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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Asks Commissioner of Education Cerf to Investigate Elizabeth School Lunch Case

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, has sent a letter to New Jersey Acting Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf asking him to investigate allegations of fraud in the National School Lunch Program by the Elizabeth school district detailed in a published report by the Star-Ledger.

Click here to view a PDF of the letter from Doherty to Cerf.

Doherty said: “The program that provides free or reduced price lunches to needy children is certainly important to ensure that those children have the proper nutrition during the school day. Sadly, it seems that cynical officials have expropriated the program for their own selfish needs.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Asks A.G. Dow to Investigate School Lunch Fraud in Elizabeth

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Expose by Star-Ledger Uncovers Fraud at Highest Levels

Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, has sent a letter to New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow asking her to investigate allegations of corruption and fraud in the National School Lunch Program in the Elizabeth school district. According to published reports in the Star-Ledger, the president of the Elizabeth Board of Education, a school principal, and a supervisor of custodians, all have children enrolled in the free or reduced price lunch program, even though their incomes appear to significantly exceed the level needed to qualify for the program.

Click here to view a PDF of the letter from Doherty to Dow.

Doherty stated, “If the Star-Ledger story is true, it appears that highly paid school officials in Elizabeth are gaming the system for their own personal enrichment. Perhaps of greater importance, under New Jersey’s system for funding schools, enrolling a student in the free and reduced price lunch program triggers an “At Risk” designation for the student, which results in an additional $6,000-7,000 of state school aid for each student enrolled in the program. This additional school aid, which can exceed hundreds of millions of dollars per year, is collected from taxpayers throughout the state.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Continued NJ Job Growth a Positive Sign

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Employment Report Shows Six Straight Months of Private Sector Job Growth in New Jersey

Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) said that a string of positive employment reports showing sustained private sector job growth in New Jersey is proof that the common-sense approach to budgeting and tax policy employed by the Christie Administration is yielding results.

“Governor Christie and Republicans in the Legislature have maintained that the best way to create jobs in New Jersey is to lower the cost of government and create a stable environment for businesses that want to grow here,” said Oroho. “Our approach, which is working, stands in stark contrast to the massive increases in taxes and spending under past Democrat administrations that drove businesses and jobs from the Garden State in the last decade.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

McHose-Oroho Bill Requiring State Agencies To Feature “Jersey Fresh” Products Is Signed Into Law

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State Agencies Serving Food Would Have to Feature and Encourage Use of “Jersey Fresh” Products

State agencies now have to feature and promote “Jersey Fresh” products in their eateries under a law signed today by Governor Christie that was sponsored by Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Senator Steve Oroho.

“Serving homegrown produce or baked goods at our state facilities sends a positive message about our state, supports local economies and helps preserve New Jersey’s farming heritage,” McHose, R-24, said. “When people eat at a New Jersey facility, they should have no doubt they’re in the Garden State with plenty of menu options featuring Jersey peaches, corn and tomatoes to choose from.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho’s Farmland Preservation Bills Signed Into Law

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Over $60 Million in Voter-Approved Funding to Help Local Communities Preserve Open Space

Two bills sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) that help local governments purchase farmland for preservation purposes were signed into law today.

“These lands are integral to maintaining the beauty and character of our state, maintaining jobs in the farming and agri-tourism sectors as well as supplying healthy, locally grown food options for families, ” Oroho stated. “This legislation will protect valuable open space while ensuring property owners receive fair market value for their land.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “The Numbers Don’t Lie, Show Wisdom of Governor’s Budget”

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July Tax Collections Come in as Governor Projected

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) today issued the following statement regarding state revenue collections for the month of July:

“The Treasury Department has released actual tax collections for the month of July, and the numbers confirm what Republicans said in June: that the Governor’s revenue certification was fiscally sound. While one month does not a trend make, it is heartening that the governor balanced the Democrats’ budget by veto. Had their revenue estimates been allowed to stand in this years budget, we would be in trouble if this month’s revenue tracking holds throughout the year.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

O’Toole, Oroho: MVC Budget Hearing a Campaign Event

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Calling today’s Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee field hearing regarding long-standing technology issues at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission little more than a campaign event, Republican committee members Kevin O’Toole (R- Essex), and Steve Oroho (R- Sussex) issued the following statements:

Senator Kevin O’Toole (R- Essex):

“The idea that problems resulting from MVC’s computer systems have miraculously sprung up in less than two years under the Christie Administration is laughable on its face. Today’s hearing, held in a swing legislative district rather than Trenton despite no public testimony being taken, is little more than a campaign event held for the benefit of area legislators’ re-election campaigns. Today’s hearing was great political theater. However, this hearing accomplished nothing in the line of problem solving.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Secures Funds for Open Space Acquisition

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced today that he has secured additional funds for open space acquisition, farmland preservation and historical preservation in Warren and Hunterdon Counties. Governor Christie signed the bill authorizing the transfer of the funds Wednesday.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Lauds Green Acres Funding for Preservation, Recreation Projects

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Senator Robert W. Singer (R- Ocean/Mercer/Burlington/Monmouth) today lauded Governor Christie’s approval of $157 million in funding for local preservation and recreation projects. The funds were appropriated as part of New Jersey’s “Green Acres” program to help municipalities and counties acquire lands for preservation or recreational development.

“Preserving land for public benefit is all the more important when you live in the most densely populated state in America,” said Singer. “Since its inception, Green Acres has been highly successful in helping local government defray the cost of preserving or developing desirable spaces for recreational use. The latest round of funding authorized by law today will help communities in our area maintain the quality of life that residents expect and deserve.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Green Acres Legislation Funding Local Preservation Projects Signed by Governor Christie”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union), co-prime sponsor of S-2858, appropriating nearly $15 million for environmental conservation projects, said that local recreation and open space preservation projects will benefit from Governor Christie’s approval of his legislation. Kean’s legislation, along with two “Green Acres” bills, were signed by the Governor this morning.

“New Jersey, and particularly Northern New Jersey, is the most densely populated place in America,” said Senator Kean. “I want to thank the Governor for signing my legislation, as well as two other bills that will help municipalities and non-profit groups acquire and preserve green space for recreational and conservation purposes. Preserving what little open space we have left for public enjoyment is uniquely important to the quality of life in our communities. Our children should be able to look out the window or walk down the street to see trees and fields, not just more housing developments or shopping centers.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

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

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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