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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean & Tony Bucco: “Governor Helps Suburban Schools While Fixing Democrats’ Illegal Budget”

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Governor Christie Balances Budget While Increasing School Aid

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco praised Governor Christie’s changes to the Democrats illegal, out of balance budget today for heeding Republican calls for added suburban school aid in the context of a balanced, fiscally responsible budget:

“The budget passed by legislative Democrats was political, partisan, and unbalanced from the minute it was introduced,” said Senator Kean. “I commend the Governor for taking the bold action necessary to fill the more than $700 million hole he was handed yesterday by the Majority, and for doing so while increasing aid for suburban districts that are treated unfairly by current school funding law. The Governor has proven what Republicans have been saying all along: we can do right by the taxpayers of New Jersey without resorting to the budget gimmicks and irresponsibility of the past. His changes to the budget will provide a doubling of this year’s suburban school aid increase and unfreeze the ‘Senior Freeze’ program without raising taxes and hurting job creation to pay for it.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises Borough of Tenafly and Saddle Brook Board of Education’s Support of Fair School Funding Solution

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Borough of Tenafly and the Saddle Brook Board of Education’s support of his Fair School Funding Solution:

“The Borough of Tenafly and the Saddle Brook Board of Education, elected by taxpayers to represent the interests of their constituents, have passed a resolution supporting a fair school funding formula that treats all children across the state equally. The elected officials in Saddle Brook and Tenafly have acknowledged the language in the state constitution is clear: state aid must be distributed equally.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Applauds Governor Christie’s Decision to Abolish COAH

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Legislature also Suspends 2.5% COAH Tax

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) issued the following statement today following Governor Chris Christie’s announcement today that he abolished the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH):

“As the original sponsor of legislation to end the failed Council on Affordable Housing, I applaud the Governor’s decision today. By abolishing COAH, we are helping to protect municipalities from heavy handed state oversight, and duplicative government services.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman & Ciesla Bill Protects Water Supply From Improper Disposal of Medications

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) and Andrew Ciesla (R-Ocean) that would prohibit health care institutions from discharging medications into sewer or septic systems was passed by the Senate today.

“The improper disposal of medications may cause pollution in wastewater, harming fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking supply, ” Bateman stated. “Precautionary measures must be put in place to limit unintentional exposure to these very powerful drugs.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Democrats Ignore the Law; Pass Unbalanced Budget”

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Following the Majority’s passage of a budget out of balance by upwards of $700 million, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) issued the following statement:

Poll-tested politics was the driving force behind the Majority’s budget plan. How else could one explain the decision to ignore the law and submit a budget that was unbalanced from the minute it was introduced?

Of particular concern is the Majority’s decision to cite $165 million in savings that two weeks ago they admitted were no longer realistic due to compromises made in the pension and benefits reform legislation signed into law yesterday.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer: Democrat Budget is a Step Backwards for New Jersey

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Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) issued the following statement today following the Senate passage of the Democrat sponsored Fiscal Year 2012 State Budget:

“Governor Christie and my Republican colleagues have been taking aggressive action to correct state spending and straighten out our state’s finances. New Jersey residents cannot afford to support the bloated, oversized government Democrats built over the past eight years with constant tax increases and incessant borrowing.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Democrats Pass Unrealistic Budget, Threatening Future Prosperity

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) issued the following statement today following the Senate passage of the Democrat sponsored Fiscal Year 2012 State Budget:

“Governor Christie has been a welcome change for New Jersey residents who suffered through the past eight years under Democrat Governors who increased spending by $11 billion, pushed through 115 tax increases and doubled state debt making New Jersey more and more unaffordable for middle class families.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Democrat Budget Built on Fantasy and Faulty Assumptions

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Senator Steve Oroho (R- Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement today following the passage of the Democrat sponsored Fiscal Year 2012 state budget:

“Over the past 10 years, the Democrat majority have been intent on pushing through dramatic tax increases, and irresponsible budget gimmicks to fund an insatiable desire to spend taxpayer dollars. It is no coincidence that during this same period it was the first time in recorded history where the state had less private sector jobs at the end of the decade than we had at the beginning.

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District 9

9th District Delegation Praises Appointments to South Jersey Veterans’ Hospital Task Force

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove today praised the Governor’s appointments to the Veterans’ Hospital Task Force which was established to study and evaluate, and develop recommendations relating to, the construction and operation of a veterans’ health care facility in southern New Jersey.

The 9th District Delegation sponsored the law enacted this February that established the Task Force. Senator Connors and Assemblywoman Gove, both of whom serve on the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee of their respective Houses, were named by the Governor earlier this year to serve as Legislative representatives on the Task Force.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Announces Senator Gerald Cardinale Joins the “Fair School Funding Act” As Co-Sponsor

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriation Committee, announced today that that the Senior Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed join him as a co- sponsor of SCR-162, “The Fair School Funding Act.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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