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Kean Responds to Ruling in Public Worker State Residency Case

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean responded to a ruling by a Superior Court judge that a Somerville teacher living in Pennsylvania could not be fired because a state residency requirement is unconstitutional:

Sen. Tom Kean responded to a court ruling that a Somerville teacher living in Pennsylvania could not be fired because a state residency requirement is unconstitutional. (©iStock)

“It’s been clear for years that the law forcing employees who work for the State, local governments, and public schools to live in New Jersey was flawed for a number of reasons, including those cited by the judge,” said Kean (R-21). “While the ruling appears to apply just to this one individual, it’s likely to lead to other litigation and be cited in other cases. It makes more sense than ever to repeal the residency requirement completely.”

Kean sponsors S-261, which would eliminate the state residency requirement for most public employees. He first introduced the bill in 2015, saying the bill failed to fix the problems that drove people to leave the Garden State.

“We shouldn’t have to depend on artificial barriers to keep workers in New Jersey,” Kean added. “It’s imperative that we address a lack of affordability, high taxes, and excess regulation that continues to drive our residents to other states.”

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