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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson: Old Bridge School Among Recipients of $1 Million in Grants to Improve Achievement for Students with Disabilities

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Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) said that Jonas Salk Middle School in Old Bridge will be a recipient of a portion of $1 million in grants announced by Governor Christie to improve student achievement for students with disabilities in low performing schools.

Through the newly announced grant program, the Jonas Salk Middle School will receive $78,750 to help improve literacy and math skills for students with disabilities.

“Every student in New Jersey, including those with disabilities, deserves the opportunity to receive a good education that will provide them with the skills needed to succeed as adults,” said Thompson. “The grant announced for Jonas Salk Middle School will ensure that the school has the extra resources needed to help students with special needs to obtain those critical skills.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Introduces Legislation Closing Loophole in Accessing HIV Medical Records in Criminal Investigation/Prosecution

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, held a press conference this morning at the Somerset County Court House to discuss legislation they have introduced that permits the release, through a court order, of a person’s medical records related to HIV or AIDS infection during the course of an investigation or prosecution when the accused person commits an act of sexual penetration without the informed consent of the other person.

Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) speaking on legislation he introduced that would allow medical records to be accessed when investigating HIV/AIDS related crimes at the Somerset County Court House on Sept. 18, 2013. He was joined by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) and his 16th District colleagues, Asm. Jack Ciattarelli (l) and Asw. Donna Simon (r).

Someone who is aware they are HIV positive or has AIDS and fails to inform their partner prior to a sexual encounter can be charged with a third-degree crime. Under the current statute, accessing medical information is only granted for first-degree crimes.

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel: Jersey Shore Is Resilient, Will Recover from Boardwalk Fire in Seaside

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Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) issued the following statement following the fire that destroyed a large portion of the boardwalk and dozens of commercial establishments in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights:

“Following the anniversary of 9/11 when we remembered the first responders who were lost, we have been shown again in Seaside how those in uniform bravely respond in times of need. It was amazing to see the many fire departments from as close as Toms River and as far away as Cape May rush to help us battle this blaze.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Provide Update on State Study of Full Interchange at GSP Exit 40 – Rt.30 Connector in Galloway

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Galloway Township’s 9th District state representatives Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have provided Township and County officials with an update regarding a state study on the potential construction of a full interchange at Garden State Parkway Exit 40 – Route 30 Connector.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove have introduced legislation (S-2313/A-3530) that would permit the use of Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) funds to finance the construction of a full interchange at Exit 40 – Route 30 Connector.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill Addressing Doctor Shortage in New Jersey Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) that establishes a physician loan redemption program for certain specialties was passed by the Senate Education Committee today. The bill is based on a recommendation in a report issued by the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals that said loan forgiveness is one of the top factors that medical residents look for in determining a practice.

“By providing these incentives we can attract more doctors to needed specialties and assure New Jersey residents aren’t left with insufficient care,” said Singer. “With a growing demand for doctors and predicted shortage in many specialties in the next decade we have to act now to attract the best-trained physicians.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Kean, Pennacchio, Bucco, Oroho Statement on Senate Passage of Measure Designating “Alex DeCroce Memorial Highway”

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Senators Tom Kean Jr., Joe Pennacchio, Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho stated the following regarding today’s advancement of legislation they sponsor to rename State Highway Route 53 after the late Assemblyman Alex DeCroce:

“Alex DeCroce is eternally missed in the halls of Trenton, as well as his district,” said Republican Leader Kean (R-Union, Morris). “We miss his wit, his charm and his passion for improving New Jersey. He was an extraordinary leader to work with and we would not have been able to accomplish such significant achievements for our constituents without his deeply devoted service.”

“Alex DeCroce was one our state’s greatest leaders, a loving husband, father, grandfather and true friend,” added Pennacchio (R-Morris). “We miss him every day in the 26th district. Renaming this highway after a man whose years of dedicated service left an indelible imprint on the communities of Morris County is a true and fitting tribute.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean’s Statement on 9/11 Anniversary

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. stated the following regarding the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania:

Senator Tom Kean speaking with emergency responders at the Berkeley Heights 9/11 memorial service on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. (

“Americans and New Jerseyans are never more united than we are today — We close our eyes and picture the chilling flight path of hijacked planes into our hollowed grounds; We look at our neighbors and know that we can overcome times of great peril and be stronger than ever; and We will never forget the thousands of victims and heroic first responders whose families we join in mourning on this dark day. Today, especially, we pray that God may continue to bless this great country.”

Senator Kip Bateman

Christie Signs Bateman Measure to Establish a Conditional Dismissal Program in Municipal Court

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Governor Chris Christie today signed into law legislation co-sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) to provide a conditional assistance program in Municipal Court for certain first-time offenders.

“This initiative will give a broader range of first-time offenders who have committed a minor offense an opportunity to turn their lives around,” Bateman said. “The program will help foster participants’ rehabilitation and future success by giving them appropriate penalties without having the offense be a part of their permanent criminal record.”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel Says Sweeney Should Act on Measure to Protect Kids from Guns

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Says Common-Sense Gun Reform Shouldn’t Have Been Included in Controversial Gun Bill

Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) has called on Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-3) to take action to pass a common-sense gun reform that would protect children and the public from both planned and accidental tragedies that result from children having easy access to firearms.

Holzapfel is the sponsor of legislation (S-2729) which would increase criminal penalties for those who leave a loaded firearm within easy access of a minor resulting in injury or death. A version of this measure was included in a much larger bill (S-2723) sponsored by Sweeney that received a conditional veto from Governor Christie.

“Keeping loaded firearms out of the hands of unsupervised minors is something that everyone agrees we need to do,” said Holzapfel. “By jamming this common-sense reform into a huge gun control bill with many controversial elements, the Senate President has decreased the odds that our efforts to prevent unnecessary tragedies will be enacted.”

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Senator Tom Kean

With New ELEC Analysis, Kean Renews Call to Close Costly Campaign Finance Loophole

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In response to a telling report just released by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. reiterated his call for pay-to-play reform that encompasses all financial players.

The state analysis found that between 1999 and 2012, labor unions dominated the top 25 special interest groups, spending a total of $133 million to fund political campaigns and lobbying.

“Year in and year out, unions spend the most money to have an undue influence on government in New Jersey, which gives their members the most lucrative contracts in the workforce,” Kean said. “Unlike all other interest groups, unions can give unlimited funds to elected officials with whom they are negotiating publicly funded contracts, and also to legislative Democrats in Trenton whom they direct to protect the status quo.”

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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

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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