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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado & Bateman Running “Socks for Soldiers” Collection Drive in February

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Senators Encourage Schools, Businesses, and Local Governments to Participate

Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Kip Bateman are launching a “Socks for Soldiers” drive to collect one of the most requested items by our troops serving around the world.

Sen. Kristin Corrado and Sen. Kip Bateman are launching a “Socks for Soldiers” drive to collect one of the most requested items by our troops. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our ‘Socks for Soldiers’ program was a great success the past two years, but I know we can do even better if expand our partnership and enlist more help to collect sock donations,” said Corrado (R-40). “We’re going to reach out to area schools and local governments to see if they can serve as collection points and actively promote this important effort. I encourage everyone who’s interested to participate.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Bill to Power Fusion Energy Development with Scholarship Program Clears Committee

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Senator Joe Pennacchio’s legislation to attract top-level graduate students and researchers to the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics was approved by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s bill supports the development of clean, renewable power in New Jersey with scholarships for graduate students and researchers studying fusion energy and plasma physics. (SenateNJ.com)

“Fusion is an exciting renewable energy option with limitless potential,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This bill will support the development of researchers and scientists to advance the innovations necessary to realize the promise of fusion as a safe, economical, and sustainable energy source for our long-term energy needs.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Helping Military Dependents Attend NJ Colleges Advances

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation allowing the children of military members who attended high school in the New Jersey to qualify for in-state college tuition rates was passed by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation would provide in-state college tuition rates to the children of service members who attended high school in New Jersey but no longer live here due to military obligations. (Flickr)

“Families often relocate to our state because of military obligations,” said Kean (R-21). “They become part of the New Jersey fabric, attending school, participating in the community, and making life-long friendships. New orders may take them away, but this bill makes it easier for them to return to attend college in the Garden State, and possibly start careers and families here after graduation.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill to Support Veterans in College Advances

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to help veterans further their education while serving their country has unanimously passed the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to help veterans further their education while serving their country has unanimously advanced. (©iStock)

“Going to school while serving is a difficult undertaking in itself, let alone trying to manage the traditional college semester timeline around deployment dates and other military obligations,” said Kean (R-21). “New Jersey should do everything in its power to be more accommodating to the brave men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. Offering military members the flexibility to register late for classes and refunds for course tuition that conflicts with deployments is a small way to express our gratitude to those who have sacrificed so much to defend our country.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa to AG: Sanctuary State Policies Do Support Lawbreakers

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Senator Michael Testa responded to the New Jersey Attorney General’s comments that the Murphy Administration’s immigration policies do not provide “‘sanctuary’ to those who break the law.”

Sen. Michael Testa responded to the New Jersey Attorney General’s comments that the Murphy Administration’s immigration policies do not provide “‘sanctuary’ to those who break the law.” (©iStock)

“I have great respect for our Attorney General, but it’s surreal to hear New Jersey’s top law enforcement official suggest that people who have entered our country illegally and who live here without Lawful Permanent Resident status are not breaking the law,” said Testa. (R-1) “To most people, it doesn’t pass the smell test to suggest that the Murphy Administration is not providing those lawbreakers with ‘sanctuary’ by making them eligible for driver’s licenses, free college tuition, and assistance paying their legal fees with taxpayer dollars to fight deportation.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Hosts Economic Development Meeting with Orthodox Jewish Chamber, Ocean & Monmouth Officials

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Today, the 30th Legislative District held an economic development meeting with Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce Founder and CEO Duvi Honig, Ocean County Freeholder Director Joe Vicari, and numerous mayors from Ocean and Monmouth counties.

The 30th Legislative District held an economic development meeting with Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce Founder & CEO Duvi Honig, Ocean County Freeholder Director Joe Vicari, and numerous mayors from Ocean and Monmouth counties. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey is blessed with strong human capital, a prime location, robust transportation infrastructure, and the best public schools in the country,” said Singer (R-30). “Still, more can be done to increase our state’s economic competitiveness. I am proud to work with Mr. Honig and the Orthodox Jewish Chamber Of Commerce to help enhance our business development efforts, especially in Ocean and Monmouth counties.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Committee Assignments Cover Veterans, Health, Seniors, Federal Relations, & Higher Education

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Rumpf and Gove Named as Policy Co-Chairs to Assembly Republican Caucus

9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have received their committee assignments for the 2020-2021 Legislative Session.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove have received their committee assignments for the 2020-2021 Legislative Session. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Connors will once again serve on the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee and the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Assemblyman Rumpf will continue serving on the Assembly Health Committee and the Assembly Regulatory Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee. Assemblywoman Gove will be returning to both the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee as well as the Assembly Higher Education Committee. The Assemblywoman will be taking on a new assignment by joining the newly formed Assembly Senior Services Committee.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: Murphy Energy Plan Too Much Too Soon

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon expressed major concern regarding the new Energy Master Plan (EMP) released today by Governor Phil Murphy.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon expressed major concern regarding today’s release of Gov. Phil Murphy’s new Energy Master Plan, citing significant increased costs for New Jersey residents. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am a firm believer in the age old adage that one needs to learn to walk before running,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “The EMP, with the best of intentions for New Jersey residents, fails to consider this wisdom. The EMP fails to consider the impacts on the ratepayer. It is simply too much too soon.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Governor’s Energy Master Plan Creates More Uncertainty for Business & Families

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Under Newly Signed Executive Order, DEP Could Deny Permits Based on “Climate Change Considerations”

Senator Steven Oroho said a new executive order signed by Governor Phil Murphy in conjunction with the release of his new Energy Master Plan will lead to increased uncertainty for both businesses and families.

Sen. Steven Oroho said a new executive order signed by Gov. Phil Murphy in conjunction with the release of his new Energy Master Plan will lead to increased uncertainty for both businesses and families. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’re already seeing an exodus from New Jersey due to the high cost of living and doing business here,” said Oroho. “Now the governor wants to give the DEP another reason to deny permits that are already difficult to obtain. Ask anybody in the Highlands Region how many years it takes to get a project approved if they are lucky enough to get approval at all. Who would consider trying to build anything in New Jersey going forward with yet another impossible hoop to jump through?”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: NJ Families & Businesses Need Affordable Energy Plan

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Governor’s Energy Master Plan Will Increase Cost to Customers by Phasing Out Clean Natural Gas

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said New Jersey needs a more balanced and practical approach to meet its energy needs than what was proposed in Governor Murphy’s new Energy Master Plan.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said Gov. Murphy’s new Energy Master Plan, which phases out natural gas, is another example of the governor not understanding the extreme cost to New Jerseyans for implementing his far-left progressive agenda. (Pixabay)

Under the Governor’s proposal, the state would begin to phase out the use of natural gas, which is the most affordable energy resource, and pursue higher-cost energy policies. A poll by the Operating Engineers released last week showed two-thirds of residents opposed the plan.

“While Governor Murphy’s energy plan may earn him pats on the back from other liberal millionaires, it’s nothing more than a tax that will drive up gas and electric bills of hard-working New Jerseyans who are already at the limit of what they can afford,” added Bucco. “It’s another example of the governor not understanding the extreme cost of implementing a far-left progressive agenda. Instead of offering relief that people are seeking, he’s promising higher energy bills that will drive the outmigration of more families and businesses from New Jersey.”

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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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