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Senator Mike Doherty

Senator Doherty: JCP&L Needs to Seek Additional Help to Restore Power Faster

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations committee, issued the following comments regarding the slow restoration of power in North Western New Jersey:

“The late October record snowfall and high winds caused significant damage to homes, businesses and the power distribution grid in New Jersey. People are suffering, particularly the old or infirm.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Governor’s Plan to Restore Greystone Will Yield Benefits for Morris

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660 Acres Will Be Restored to Provide Open Space and Recreation

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee issued the following statement regarding the restoration of Greystone Park:

“This morning I was pleased to join with Governor Christie at Greystone Park to announce the final phase in its transformation from a dilapidated, contaminated ruin into new pastoral open space. This site has been idle for years, slowly decaying, and posing a danger to the surrounding communities.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Asks Treasurer If Any State Funds at Risk from Bankruptcy of Corzine’s Investment Firm

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Auditors Find $633 Million Missing from Client Accounts at Corzine’s MF Global

In light of a recent audit by regulators which found $633 million missing from client accounts at the failed investment firm of former Governor Jon Corzine, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) has asked New Jersey Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff to determine if any state funds were affected by the collapse of Corzine’s firm, MF Global.

“It’s important that the State of New Jersey work quickly to identify any investment funds that may have been impacted by the bankruptcy of MF Global,” said Pennacchio. “While the rapid collapse of Corzine’s firm is disturbing in and of itself, the investigation of any state assets that may be at risk is given added importance by the fact that regulators have indicated that client accounts may have been inappropriately raided to support the firm’s bad investments.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Years of Wrong Energy Priorities Catch Up With NJ

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Senator Michael J. Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comments regarding the continued and pervasive power outages throughout New Jersey:

“For years, the state legislature has passed bills that require money from our utility bills to be re-directed to fund alternative, “green energy” programs. These government mandates have taken away valuable resources that could have been used to maintain and upgrade our electrical power grid.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senator Oroho To Receive Public Service Award

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) was chosen by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) to receive its “Paul L. Troast Public Service Award.” The NJBIA presents the Troast Award annually to a public servant who has made an outstanding contribution to the State of New Jersey and its business community.

“I am honored to be chosen to receive this award and am grateful to NJBIA for its commitment to the business community of New Jersey,” said Oroho. “Given these difficult economic times, we need to focus on creating private-sector jobs and economic growth opportunities. I look forward to working with NJBIA and other business groups on that goal and making New Jersey a more competitive state in which to do business and create jobs.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senator Tom Kean Asserts Subway Line Extension Will Boost Regional Economy

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Meadowlands, Xanadu and Future Super Bowls and Olympics Would Receive Boost

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean commented today on the ancillary benefits of the proposed extension of the Number 7 subway line to the Secaucus transfer station:

“New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently discussed a study that confirmed the value of extending the MTA’s Number 7 line to Secaucus. Governor Christie has encouraged serious consideration of the project. The extension will create jobs and reduce traffic congestion in northern New Jersey. Economic development, cleaner air and improved commuter convenience make this proposal a win, win, win.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Praises JBOC for Approving Transportation Funding

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Vote Paves Way for Critical Transportation Projects, Puts People Back to Work

Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25), a member of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee, praised the committee for finally voting to authorize the Transportation Trust Fund Authority to make use of $1.315 billion of unused bonding capacity to fund critical transportation projects. He said that the vote was given added importance by a new report issued by Transportation for America which cited the poor state of North Jersey bridges.

“The report issued by Transportation for America is further proof that we can no longer delay the funding of critical transportation projects, including bridge repair and replacement,” said Bucco. “I am glad that members of both parties were able to break through the legislative gridlock that was preventing us from getting to work on making our transportation infrastructure safe. Just as importantly, this funding will help create new jobs for many in the construction industry who have been hit especially hard by the down economy.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Calls for Toll Relief for Locals Impacted by Recent Delaware Toll Hikes

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33% Hike in Down Economy Hurts Seniors and Families

Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement urging enactment of a program that will provide toll discounts for local residents who are impacted by the recently enacted toll hikes on Delaware River bridges.

“A 33% toll hike was not the right course of action to impose on working families and seniors during hard economic times. The Bridge Commission historically had a program that allowed local residents who relied on the bridges to receive discounts. I am calling on the Commission to issue coupons or tokens, as they did in the past, to offset the recent increase.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senator Tom Kean Notes Federal Government’s Actions on Student Loans

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President Also Needs to End Debt Collectors’ Robo Calls to Cell Phones

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement regarding a proposal by President Obama that would allow students to consolidate their loans at lower interest rates:

“The very difficult economic environment that has persisted during President Obama’s tenure demands that extraordinary measures be taken to ease the burden of students unable to find employment. The President’s proposal to permit students to consolidate loans from the federal government, at lower interest rates is worthy of consideration in these difficult economic times and could provide some relief to struggling graduates.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Lauds Reported Proposal to Extend No. 7 Subway Line to NJ

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Says Plan Makes More Sense than Cancelled ARC Tunnel, Billions Cheaper for NJ Taxpayers

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) said that a proposal that reportedly is being considered to extend New York City’s Number 7 subway line to the Secaucus Junction rail station would provide mass transit in the region with a much needed boost in capacity, provide commuters with increased flexibility and save New Jersey taxpayers billions of dollars relative to the cancelled ARC tunnel project.

“Unlike the ARC tunnel project, which Governor Christie rightly cancelled last year, the extension of the Number 7 subway line to Secaucus Junction makes sense for New Jersey,” said Pennacchio. “While the ARC tunnel would have sent riders to a new station deep under Macy’s basement that connected to nothing else, train riders connecting to the Number 7 line at Secaucus Junction would immediately be tied into the whole New York City subway system. This makes practical sense for New Jersey commuters in a way that the ARC tunnel never did.”

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Republican Senators

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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