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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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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean & Tony Bucco: “Governor Helps Suburban Schools While Fixing Democrats’ Illegal Budget”

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Governor Christie Balances Budget While Increasing School Aid

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco praised Governor Christie’s changes to the Democrats illegal, out of balance budget today for heeding Republican calls for added suburban school aid in the context of a balanced, fiscally responsible budget:

“The budget passed by legislative Democrats was political, partisan, and unbalanced from the minute it was introduced,” said Senator Kean. “I commend the Governor for taking the bold action necessary to fill the more than $700 million hole he was handed yesterday by the Majority, and for doing so while increasing aid for suburban districts that are treated unfairly by current school funding law. The Governor has proven what Republicans have been saying all along: we can do right by the taxpayers of New Jersey without resorting to the budget gimmicks and irresponsibility of the past. His changes to the budget will provide a doubling of this year’s suburban school aid increase and unfreeze the ‘Senior Freeze’ program without raising taxes and hurting job creation to pay for it.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises Borough of Tenafly and Saddle Brook Board of Education’s Support of Fair School Funding Solution

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Borough of Tenafly and the Saddle Brook Board of Education’s support of his Fair School Funding Solution:

“The Borough of Tenafly and the Saddle Brook Board of Education, elected by taxpayers to represent the interests of their constituents, have passed a resolution supporting a fair school funding formula that treats all children across the state equally. The elected officials in Saddle Brook and Tenafly have acknowledged the language in the state constitution is clear: state aid must be distributed equally.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Applauds Governor Christie’s Decision to Abolish COAH

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Legislature also Suspends 2.5% COAH Tax

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) issued the following statement today following Governor Chris Christie’s announcement today that he abolished the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH):

“As the original sponsor of legislation to end the failed Council on Affordable Housing, I applaud the Governor’s decision today. By abolishing COAH, we are helping to protect municipalities from heavy handed state oversight, and duplicative government services.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman & Ciesla Bill Protects Water Supply From Improper Disposal of Medications

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) and Andrew Ciesla (R-Ocean) that would prohibit health care institutions from discharging medications into sewer or septic systems was passed by the Senate today.

“The improper disposal of medications may cause pollution in wastewater, harming fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking supply, ” Bateman stated. “Precautionary measures must be put in place to limit unintentional exposure to these very powerful drugs.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Democrats Ignore the Law; Pass Unbalanced Budget”

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Following the Majority’s passage of a budget out of balance by upwards of $700 million, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) issued the following statement:

Poll-tested politics was the driving force behind the Majority’s budget plan. How else could one explain the decision to ignore the law and submit a budget that was unbalanced from the minute it was introduced?

Of particular concern is the Majority’s decision to cite $165 million in savings that two weeks ago they admitted were no longer realistic due to compromises made in the pension and benefits reform legislation signed into law yesterday.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer: Democrat Budget is a Step Backwards for New Jersey

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Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) issued the following statement today following the Senate passage of the Democrat sponsored Fiscal Year 2012 State Budget:

“Governor Christie and my Republican colleagues have been taking aggressive action to correct state spending and straighten out our state’s finances. New Jersey residents cannot afford to support the bloated, oversized government Democrats built over the past eight years with constant tax increases and incessant borrowing.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Democrats Pass Unrealistic Budget, Threatening Future Prosperity

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) issued the following statement today following the Senate passage of the Democrat sponsored Fiscal Year 2012 State Budget:

“Governor Christie has been a welcome change for New Jersey residents who suffered through the past eight years under Democrat Governors who increased spending by $11 billion, pushed through 115 tax increases and doubled state debt making New Jersey more and more unaffordable for middle class families.

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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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