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  • Sen. Bob Singer (R-30) unveiled new Senate Republican legislation to enhance New Jersey’s tourism and agriculture industries prior to the Lakewood BlueClaws home opener at FirstEnergy Park on April 9, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean visited Valley View Middle School in Watchung on April 2, 2015 to commend students in the district for working to put an end to bullying on the web, in the classroom and across the country. (Facebook/Tom Kean)

  • Senator Anthony Bucco (center) was presented the Robert B. Meyner Award for his work on alimony reform by Paris P. Eliades (left), NJSBA President, and Jeralyn L. Lawrence (right), Chair, NJSBA Family Law Section. (Press Release)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (right) and Senator Raymond Lesniak (left) announced the formation of “Faith Leaders Against Violence” at a New Jersey State House press conference on Monday, February 9, 2015. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Diane Allen views robotics technology during a tour of BCIT on December 10, 2014. Allen visited the vocational and technical school to unveil new Senate Republican legislation to improve education and strengthen the state’s workforce. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40) addressing the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation on December 8, 2014, pictured with the Minority Statement and supporting documents produced by Republican members of the committee. (Press Release)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean discussed efforts to address chronic poverty through education and economic policies at the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ’s Annual Summit in Monroe on December 4, 2014. (Photo Gallery)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) was presented the 3rd Annual Alex DeCroce Public Leadership Award by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce on October 16, 2014 for his strong support of the state’s business community. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Robert Singer (R-30) and Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36) held a State House press conference on October 16, 2014 to unveil new legislation, S-2509, to provide financial assistance to New Jersey’s urban enterprise zones. (Facebook)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean toured the Murray Hill headquarters of Bell Labs with company President Marcus Weldon (right) after unveiling legislation on October 10, 2014 to foster innovation and increase job growth in New Jersey. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Joseph W. Pezzano display a t-shirt bearing the image of Drew Keough, following the Transportation Committee’s approval of “Drew’s Law” on October 9, 2014. Lt. Pezzano, a Keansburg police officer and Drew’s uncle, testified in support of S-2243 to allow for lower speed limits in and around parks. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) was a “celebrity reader” to the preschool children at Project Self-Sufficiency’s Little Sprouts Early Learning Center in Newton, NJ on October 6, 2014. (Photo Gallery)

  • Sen. Tom Kean (R-21) and NJMEP visited DESIRON’s furniture factory in Kenilworth, NJ on October 2, 2014 in honor of National Manufacturing Day. (Facebook)

Senator Tom Kean

Kean on the Passing of Bennie Rice, Sr.

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following on the passing of Bennie Rice, Sr., the father of Senator Ronald L. Rice:

Bennie Rice, Sr., the father of Senator Ron Rice, passed away at the age of 89.

“The Senate Republican caucus and I extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Bennie Rice, Sr. As a colleague of Senator Rice and former classmate of Ron Rice Jr., I have come to know this incredible family quite well over the years.

“Bennie Rice, Sr. led by example, leaving a legacy of hardworking and dedicated children and grandchildren who continue to fight for the people of New Jersey.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Extradition of Cop-Killer Chesimard Must Be Priority in Upcoming Talks with Cuba

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Senator Joe Pennacchio released the following statement in response to news that the United States Department of State and Cuba are expected to begin talks about the extradition of Joanne Chesimard:

Joanne Chesimard is wanted for escaping from prison in Clinton, New Jersey, while serving a life sentence for murdering a New Jersey State Trooper. She relocated to Cuba in 1984, where she is thought to still be living. (FBI)

“As a long time advocate for her extradition, I’m encouraged to see this opportunity to finally return Joanne Chesimard to U.S. law enforcement where she can face the penalties she deserves for her heinous crime,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris). “Chesimard has been allowed to escape justice for more than 30 years. I can’t imagine the pain that the family of Trooper Werner Foerster has endured all these years knowing that his killer has been allowed to go free while they continue to mourn his death. The President must seize on the opportunity of these upcoming talks with Cuba to restore justice for the Foerster family, New Jersey and all of America by demanding the extradition of Chesimard.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos Announces Hazlet Beautification Project for Routes 35 and 36

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In an effort to improve Routes 35 and 36 in the Hazlet corridor, Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) has announced a beautification project which includes the planting of nearly 85 Okame Cherry, Red Maple, Willow Oak and American Holly trees throughout 11 jughandles, expected to begin as early as next week.

Hazlet, NJ (Google Maps)

“Improvements to jughandles along Routes 35 and 36 will not only provide a nicer quality of life for the residents of Hazlet but also the thousands of commuters that travel those corridors every day en route to Holmdel, Middletown, Red Bank, Sandy Hook, the shore points and beyond,” said Senator Kyrillos.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Announces New Mobile Tourism App, Farm-to-Table Promotion at BlueClaws’ Opening Day

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At Opening Day for the Lakewood BlueClaws, Senate Republican Conference Leader Robert Singer unveiled several new bills to help create and retain jobs for New Jersey’s tourism and agriculture industries. Senator Singer was joined by BlueClaws Chief Revenue & Operations Officer Adam M. Lorber, who led a tour highlighting FirstEnergy Park upgrades before Senator Singer threw the game’s ceremonial first pitch.

Sen. Bob Singer unveiled new legislation to enhance New Jersey’s tourism and agriculture industries prior to the Lakewood BlueClaws home opener at FirstEnergy Park on April 9, 2015. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’m excited to have the BlueClaws support as we push for legislation that will revolutionize the way New Jersey attracts tourists and jobs to our many unique sites and enhances farm-to-table opportunities for restaurants, farmers and agro-tourism destinations,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “A key bill in this package will overhaul New Jersey’s tourism efforts, in part, with a global marketing campaign to feature a mobile app to attract people in real-time to any of the historical sites, parks, trails, museums, beaches and venues across the state. This package will make New Jersey competitive with other states, including Michigan, California, Florida and New York, which every day are drawing our residents and families from our tourist base to their states and, in turn, improving their economies.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Video: Kean Discusses Effort to Eliminate State Worker Residency Requirements

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean talked with NJTV News about his legislative effort (S-2854) to eliminate state worker residency requirements.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

During Budget Hearing, Beck Tries to Stop NJ Transit’s Proposed Fare Hikes

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During today’s Senate Budget & Appropriations hearing with NJ Transit, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) stated the following to try to stop the agency from increasing its fares again on commuters:

During a Senate Budget Committee hearing with state transportation leaders, Sen. Jennifer Beck discussed the need to prevent further NJ Transit fare increases. (Flickr/Bryan Bruchman)

“In 2010, I opposed the staggering 22-percent fare hike, and frankly it’s unacceptable to hit hard-working commuters with another increase to fund the same level of services.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer to Unveil New Senate Republican Jobs Bills Before BlueClaws’ Opening Day

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Prior to the Lakewood BlueClaws Opening Day on Thursday, April 9, 2015, Senator Robert Singer will announce several new jobs bills that will enhance New Jersey’s tourism and agriculture industries. Senator Singer will be joined by BlueClaws Chief Revenue & Operations Officer Adam M. Lorber.

Lakewood BlueClaws (Flickr/Ted Kerwin)

Following a joint press conference, Mr. Lorber will lead a pre-game tour of FirstEnergy Park, which will be open to the media, and highlight exciting stadium upgrades for the new season. Senator Singer will then throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

“In addition to a great evening of festivities at one of New Jersey’s many first-rate attractions, the BlueClaws’ Opening Day 2015 will also mark a turning point for our state’s tourism and agricultural economies,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “The legislation we are announcing will implement modern technologies to attract people from across the world to this state’s unique sites, such as FirstEnergy Park, creating more jobs and economic opportunities for families and communities. As neighboring states are competing more strongly than ever to attract our residents and tourism base, we must overhaul New Jersey’s tourism and marketing efforts to make people aware in real-time that our state is the place to relax and vacation.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Budget Officer Bucco’s Statement on FY16 Proposal at Committee Hearing

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco prepared the following statement for the budget committee overview hearing with the New Jersey Treasurer:

“I’m pleased that Gov. Christie has again presented us with a state budget proposal that focuses on fiscal restraint and everyone’s future.

State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff presented an overview of the proposed FY 2016 New Jersey budget to the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee on March 31, 2015. (SenateNJ.com)

“This budget makes the largest-ever investment in our students and the next generation, with nearly $13 billion in school aid, all without increasing taxes or fees. It helps continue job creation by implementing the fifth and final year of bipartisan tax reforms that will allow employers to grow and improve their operations and also help continue to increase state revenues.

“With this budget’s record-high $1.3 billion pension payment, the Gov. Christie administration has allocated more money to the state pension system than the five previous administrations combined over 15 years.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer to Introduce Legislation Protecting Disabled Adults Following Bullying of Autistic Howell Man

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Senator Robert Singer will introduce legislation expanding legal protections for disabled adults following a reported incident in Manasquan where a developmentally disabled man nearly drowned after being dared to jump from a jetty into the frigid ocean.

A developmentally disabled man nearly drowned in frigid water after he was goaded into jumping off the jetty at the Manasquan Inlet by two men who filmed the incident. (Bing Maps)

According to a report in the Asbury Park Press, the 19-year-old man, who is autistic and diabetic, was egged into jumping from the jetty into the ocean on February 25 by two acquaintances who taped the incident with their cell phone and then later posted the video online. Law enforcement authorities said they couldn’t charge the men criminally because the conduct didn’t fall under any current state statute.

“This is a very troubling incident where a young man with a mental disability was taken advantage of,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “This was not a harmless prank. It was flat out wrong and could have resulted in this young man’s death. This type of abuse of a developmentally disabled person who didn’t know any better simply can’t be tolerated.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Editorial: Thompson on Historical Rarity of Successful Veto Overrides in New Jersey

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The following editorial by Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) regarding the historic number of veto override attempts conducted by legislative Democrats against Governor Christie was published by the Asbury Park Press on March 26:

Editorial writers, Democrats and others have reported Gov. Chris Christie has set a record with the number of bills he has vetoed and have continuously asserted that Republican members of the Legislature are spineless, intimidated cowards because, despite 50 veto override attempts, they have never provided the votes for a single veto override.

Sen. Sam Thompson notes that Gov. Christie has faced a record number of attempts by Democrats to override his vetoes of legislation, and that successful veto overrides are historically rare in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

A historical review of records of gubernatorial vetoes and veto override attempts belies both of these statements. However, it also reveals the most significant and record-making number usually cited is actually the 50 override attempts. This is truly a record for the last 60 years.

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