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Senator Mike Doherty

Statement from Senator Michael Doherty on the Passing of Assemblyman Peter Biondi

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Senator Michael J. Doherty (R – Warren) today issued the following statement regarding the death of Assemblyman Peter Biondi:

“I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Assemblyman Peter Biondi. Pete Biondi was a highly respected legislator who always looked out for the interests of his constituents. More importantly, he was an outstanding family man and friend, and was loved by all who knew him. The Garden State has lost one of its finest. He will be sorely missed.”

Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Bateman Mourns the Passing of Asm. Peter Biondi

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- 16) today issued the following statement regarding the passing of Assemblyman Peter Biondi:

“It is hard to imagine serving the people of the 16th District without Peter Biondi by my side.  Pete was more than a great legislator, he was a good friend.  He always put service to our constituents ahead of politics and partisanship, and constantly reminded us that legislators could disagree in the State House while maintaining respect for one another.  His presence will be sorely missed in all of our lives, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Biondi family.”

Senator Tom Kean

Senator Tom Kean, Jr. Statement on the Passing of Assemblyman Peter Biondi

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Senate Republican leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) today issued the following statement mourning the death of Assemblyman Peter Biondi:

“Rhonda and I extend our deepest condolences to the Biondi family.  Pete was an effective legislator and a warm, gregarious man who reminded us all not to let our political differences stand in the way of working together for the people of New Jersey.  He will be missed by all of us in the State House.”

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Ridgewood on “Fair School Funding” Plan

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Senator Michael Doherty, A members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting on the “fair school funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held Monday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. in The Stable 259 North Maple Avenue Ridgewood

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republicans Elect Leadership for 2012-2013 Session

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The Senate Republican Caucus today met to elect its leadership team for the 2012-2013 legislative session. Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R- 21), will serve as Republican Leader, with Senator Diane Allen (R- 7) serving as Deputy Republican Leader.

Rounding out the caucus’s leadership team is Senator Kevin O’Toole (R- 40), Republican Whip, Senator Robert Singer (R- 30), Conference Chairman, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- 16), Deputy Conference Chairman, and Senator Anthony Bucco (R- 25), the caucus’s Budget Officer. All leaders were elected unanimously.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Highest Vote-Getters in State Legislative Elections

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With final elections tallies in, 9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove received the highest vote totals of any State Legislative candidate in either House for this year’s General Election.

According to election results provided by the New Jersey Division of Elections, Senator Connors received 31,601 votes while Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove received 30,494 and 29,493 votes, respectively.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: JCP&L Will Have to Answer for Inadequate Storm Response

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Nearly a Week After Snow Storm, Many Residents Remain Without Power

Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) has called for hearings to investigate why thousands of JCP&L customers remain without power nearly a week after service was disrupted by the October 29 snow storm that hit New Jersey. According to information released by JCP&L on Friday, nearly 15,000 of its customers remain in the dark six days after the storm passed.

“Following the lengthy outages that plagued thousands of state residents as a result of Hurricane Irene in August, New Jersey utilities had pledged to develop better response plans for future storms,” said Bateman. “With thousands of JCP&L customers still in the dark nearly a week after the season’s first snow storm, it appears that at least one utility has failed to respond as customers were promised. I intend to make sure that we find out why.”

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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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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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