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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Bi-State Reform Needed to Fund DRPA Toll Cut

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Assistant Senate Republican Leader and Transportation Committeeman Joe Pennacchio stated the following regarding Senate President Sweeney’s proposal for the Delaware River Port Authority to reduce toll fares from $5 to $4 for certain commuters.

“I agree with the Senate President that the DRPA charges commuters too much and ask him again to support my bi-state form legislation that would actually fund and maintain a toll cut,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris).

“We need this legislation (S-2013) to make certain the money commuters are paying is going to the right place. Commuters now are still on the hook for the hundreds of millions of dollars that have been wasted by the agency. It is unacceptable that 50 cents of every dollar paid to the DRPA funds debt service, thanks to political spending on economic development that doesn’t benefit commuters. Preventing waste and abuse on a permanent basis at the DRPA will make sure all hard working families get a fair shake.”

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Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Christie Signs Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators

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The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following after it was signed into law by Governor Christie today.

Mark Lunsford speaking at the signing of the Jessica Lunsford Act at the New Jersey State House on June 2, 2014. Also pictured (from left to right): Senator Tom Kean, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, Assemblwoman Nancy Muñoz, Senator Diane Allen, Governor Chris Christie and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini. (SenateNJ.com/Photo Gallery)

“With Governor Christie’s signing of this legislation today we have sent a message that crimes against children will be punished as severely as possible,” said Allen (R-Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005. “These needed protections to guard against repeat sexual offenders are long overdue in New Jersey.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: VA Private Hospital Decision Serves Best Interest of Veterans

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Remarking on it as a necessary and long overdue policy correction, 9th District legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove commended the federal government for finally expanding the number of veterans who can receive care at private hospitals in an effort to address the backlog at Veterans’ Affairs (VA) facilities. The decision was made in the wake of allegations of treatment delays and falsified records at VA centers nationwide.

The 9th District delegation were prime sponsors of a 2011 State law that established the Veterans’ Hospital Task Force which was charged with preparing recommendations for a comprehensive plan for expanding health care access for military veterans living in the southern part of the state. Among the Task Force’s key final recommendations was the creation of a pilot program to give area veterans greater access or portability of health care insurance and treatment to local medical centers, including Atlanticare, the Bacharach Institute of Rehabilitation, Cape May Regional Medical Center, the Virtua System, Shore Memorial Hospital, the Inspira Health Network, and the Meridian Health Care System, which represents just a portion of the health care facilities that expressed interest in participating in the pilot program.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Time to Increase Public Access to NJ Beaches & Eliminate Beach Tag Fees

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The following editorial by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) on legislation he has sponsored to increase public access to New Jersey beaches was published in the Asbury Park Press:

Free beaches: Everyone should be able to enjoy

Given the substantial public investment being made to rebuild our beaches following superstorm Sandy, now is the time for state policymakers to consider ways to improve beach access for all New Jersey residents.

I have proposed legislation, S-648, that would require towns that accept state or federal beach replenishment funds to provide free beach access, and to provide free public toilet facilities for beachgoers from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Foye’s Canceled SCI Testimony Should End Costly Partisan ‘Inquiry’

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. stated the following regarding the New Jersey Select Committee on Investigation canceling Port Authority of New York/New Jersey Executive Director Patrick Foye’s scheduled testimony at the request of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman:

“The U.S. Attorney’s notice should serve as a conclusion to this legislative committee’s costly, excessively partisan ‘inquiry.’ At last, it is time for the select committee to accomplish something for the public good and turn its full attention to passing bipartisan legislation to reform this long-troubled Port Authority.”

Senator Tom Kean

Kean Urges Action on Republican Solutions to Address Comptroller’s Findings on Mega Raises, Low Turnout for Fire Districts

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. urged legislative Democrats to post Republican and bipartisan solutions to combat the type of property-tax-raising, mega salary increases that were reported today by the New Jersey Comptroller’s Office.

“In no realm is it reasonable for public salaries to triple after five years of service, let alone on the backs of the nation’s highest property taxpayers,” said Kean (R-Union). “Today’s Comptroller audit report makes it abundantly clear that this Legislature must pass bills to end abuse and lower costs for hard-working New Jerseyans. In this situation, cut property taxes and make government more accountable by enacting a permanent 2-percent cap on raises for local government employees, allowing fire districts to consolidate, and moving fire district elections to November.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Memorial Day Job Fair Holds Hope for Veterans

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) is encouraging honorably discharged veterans who are seeking employment to attend a job fair on May 28 at the Port of New York and New Jersey.

“In these difficult economic times, a ray of good news is being offered at the Port of New York and New Jersey. It is especially heartening to know that these are specific job opportunities for our heroes and heroines – our veterans,” said Senator Pennacchio.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Offers Solutions for NJ’s Economy

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) stated the following after his conversation with OLS Budget and Finance Director David Rosen during today’s Senate Budget Committee hearing:

“Escalating taxes are the reason New Jersey and many other states now find themselves facing this drop-off in revenue. What’s clear from the Obama Administration’s tax hikes is that the top earners have the means and resources to easily move their primary residence to avoid paying exorbitant tax rates like New Jersey’s. As a practicing Certified Financial Planner, I read about and hear my professional colleagues talk about this impact constantly.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean, Weinberg Bill Allowing Crime Victims to Obtain Records at No Cost Clears Budget Panel

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by  Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg to allow crime victims to get official records related to a crime they suffered at no cost, and ensuring their requests are kept confidential, was approved today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

“The tolls of being victimized are already high enough,” said Kean (R-Union). “Vulnerable and suffering victims deserve free, easy access to public records in this way, so that they can better protect themselves and their families.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Beck, Bateman Veterans Property Tax Relief Measure Advanced by Committee

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A proposal by Senators Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth) and Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) to extend tax benefits to eligible veterans residing in continuing care retirement communities was advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

The Senators’ S880 extends the state’s current veterans property tax deduction and disabled veterans property tax exemption to eligible veterans living at continuing care retirement communities. Under current law, honorably discharged veterans who own a home and served in a qualifying combat zone receive a $250 property tax deduction, while those that are deemed “totally and permanently disabled” are exempt from property taxes altogether.

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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

Chris Connors

District 9

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

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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