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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean, Jr. Submits “Caylee’s Law”

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Establishes Penalties for Failing to Report, Concealing Death or Disappearance of Children

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) has submitted legislation that establishes criminal penalties for failing to report the death or disappearance of a child. The bill is named for Florida toddler Caylee Anthony, whose disappearance and death went unreported for nearly a month.

“It is actually with a bit of reluctance that I submit this legislation, as government really should not have to legislate where common sense should prevail,” said Kean. “But common sense dictates that a parent or guardian who does not to report the disappearance or death of a child in their care should be considered criminally negligent.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Suburban NJ Towns to Receive Additional $318 Million in School Aid

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Increased Local School Aid Encourages Property Tax Relief Efforts

Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco announced today that local school districts will receive an additional $318 million in school aid for the 2011-2012 school year:

Senator Bucco worked closely with the Christie Administration in an effort to gain a fairer share of school aid dollars for suburban schools in the final state budget signed by the Governor.

“School children and property taxpayers are the primary beneficiaries of the Governor’s decision to dedicate additional state revenue to school aid for suburban communities,” said Senator Bucco. “I’m pleased that Governor Christie worked with us over the past several months to dedicate additional state revenues to school aid for suburban communities.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: “Me Thinks Democrats Protest Too Much”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Trenton Democrats’ budget theatrics:

“Months of public hearings by the Senate Budget Committee were set aside by the Democrats in favor of an early start to the election season. The Democrat’s budget which was ‘unconstitutionally unbalanced, ‘ was a political document challenging the Governor to cut programs that Democrats thought could be used to score political points in the upcoming legislative races.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean, Munoz & Bramnick Laud Governor for Increasing School Aid in FY 2012 Budget

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Senator Tom Kean, Jr., Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz are pleased to announce that local school districts will receive increased school aid for the 2011-2012 school year.

The 21st District legislators worked closely with the Christie Administration in an effort to gain a fairer share of school aid dollars in the final state budget signed by the Governor.

School children and property taxpayers are the primary beneficiaries of the Governors decision to dedicate additional state revenue to school aid for suburban communities, said Senator Kean. By making tough choices and using an unexpected bump in state revenues wisely, we were able not only to increase aid over last year, but to double the rate of increase that was originally proposed in March.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “It’s Groundhog Day in Trenton”

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“What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” Bill Murray, Groundhog Day, 1993

On Day Two of Senate Democrats’ quest to wipe out state reserve funds and plunge the state budget into the red for political purposes, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement:

“It’s beginning to feel a bit like Groundhog Day in Trenton, with another set of politically motivated override votes scheduled by the Majority.

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Senator Tom Kean

Sen. Tom Kean, Jr. on Democrat Attempts to Saddle Taxpayers With Nearly $900 Million in Additional Spending

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Remarks as delivered to the press July 11, 2011:

We are here for one reason and one reason only- the Democratic Majority saw more value in passing a political, election-year budget that was illegal and unbalanced from the minute it was introduced than in negotiating a budget with the Governor and Legislative Republicans.

And so today’s override votes are really worse than political theater- they’re offensive. They had the chance do to this properly by negotiating a budget- and they deliberately chose not to.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Comments on Democrats’ Override Attempts

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco released the following statement calling on Trenton Democrats to stop playing on the emotions of New Jerseyans in attempt to score election year points:

“As the Trenton Democrats prepare to override Governor Christie’s line item vetoes – which balanced the budget – their continued use of New Jersey’s struggling families and towns as political pawns is disturbing to me.

“Even for Trenton Democrats this latest display of blatant election year maneuvering is shocking. Democrats, who control the Legislature, passed an unconstitutional budget filled with election year spending but they conveniently ignored one thing – a way to pay for it.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Democrats’ Budget Rhetoric is Misleading, Election Year Politics”

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Democrats, Who Control the Legislature, Have Gone Too Far and Must Stop Misleading Needy Members of Our Society in an Obvious Election Year Ploy

Senator Tom Kean released the following statement demanding that Democrats to take a step back and think about the families they are hurting with their political games:

“When in doubt, Democrats in the Legislature resort to cynical and overused political rhetoric, no matter the year, issue or fiscal circumstances. Sadly, political theater is an unfortunate part of today’s Democratic-controlled Legislature but the recent actions and rhetoric of Trenton Democrats has become reprehensible.

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Senator Tom Kean

Senator Tom Kean’s Statement on Majority’s Veto Override Plans

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement of plans by Senate Democrats to hold override votes of Governor Christie’s line item budget vetoes:

“We would not be here if the Majority had chosen to negotiate a balanced budget with the Governor and Legislative Republicans rather than use the budget process to make a political statement. A bipartisan, negotiated budget worked perfectly well last year.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Don’t Allow Emotions to Stop Progress in Trenton”

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In response to remarks made by the President of the New Jersey Senate regarding Governor Christie’s budget vetoes, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. issued the following statement:

“Most times, those elected to serve are able to disagree without being disagreeable or making our policy differences personal.”

“I sincerely hope that, despite a contentious budget process, we are able to continue on the path of bipartisan problem solving. There are instances in people’s lives when emotions get out of hand and lead them to say or do things they wish they hadn’t.”

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Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony 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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