Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. announced that he will share Senate voting session agendas via Facebook so more people will have advanced notice of what their state government is doing, and that he will share his Senate session votes with “friends”/“followers” to promote government transparency, accountability and public participation at a time when it’s most needed.
“In this past election, a record-low 38 percent of voters participated in choosing our governor and full state legislature,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “Those results prove what we’ve heard and read: too many people don’t know their state legislators, what they do or what they fail to do. I’m hoping to help change that with more activity on social media.”
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The Senator pointed to a telling recent statistic: two-thirds of the country’s Internet users (about 166 million Americans) maintain Facebook profiles.
“As a Senate leader and public servant, I am proudly responsible for bringing government transparency to the people in a way that is convenient for them,” Kean said. “This initiative will connect people with their Senate via Facebook, where young professionals, parents and senior citizens tune in multiple times a day for information and networking purposes.
“I encourage all my constituents and the people of New Jersey to be active participants in the performance of their state government, and my Facebook page and Twitter account are always available for people to follow the Senate, share ideas and voice concerns.”