New Jersey's 21st Legislative District

Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean speaking at the jobs package press conference at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on April 23, 2015, with Sen. Diane Allen. (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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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. 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)

  • Sen. Tom Kean joined residents, local officials and first responders on September 11, 2014 for a ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial Park in Berkeley Heights in remembrance of the lives lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (Photo Gallery)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean speaking in opposition to the 2015 New Jersey budget and tax increases proposed by Democrats, saying we shouldn’t give more reasons for our family members and employers to leave the state. (Facebook)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) spoke to the New Jersey Association of Realtors and answered questions about how to make New Jersey more affordable at the organization’s Realtors Day breakfast at the Masonic Temple in Trenton, NJ on June 5, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Mark Lunsford speaks after Gov. Christie (right) signed a bill into law to increase penalties for child predators. The legislation, “Jessica’s Law,” is named after Lunsford’s 9-year-old murdered daughter. Also pictured (from left) are bill sponsors Sen. Tom Kean, Asw. Alison McHose, Asw. Nancy Muñoz, and Sen. Diane Allen. (Press Release)

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Senate Republican Leadership Team Culminates Rollout of NJ Job Creation & Economic Growth Package

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The Senate Republican leadership team held a State House press conference to culminate their statewide rollout of a 36-bill job creation and economic growth package that will not cost taxpayers extra money.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean speaking at the jobs package press conference at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on April 23, 2015, with Sen. Diane Allen. (SenateNJ.com)

“In an age when officials in Trenton like to talk a lot about jobs, Senate Republicans have been actually bringing job-creating and economic growth solutions to stakeholders, employers, entrepreneurs, educators and innovators in all corners of the state and from diverse backgrounds,” said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean. “We’re excited that many of the cost-neutral jobs solutions we’ve unveiled over the past several months have already garnered bipartisan sponsorship and votes, as well as the support of various representatives of the business and higher education community. We’re now trying to accelerate this momentum to finish the job for New Jersey families and people in the workforce.”

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Senate Republican Leadership Team to Culminate Rollout of NJ Job Creation & Economic Growth Package

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The Senate Republican Leadership team will hold a State House press conference on Thursday, April 23 to culminate their statewide rollout of a 36-bill job creation and economic growth package.

Senate Republicans have rolled out segments of the package at events around New Jersey. (©iStock.com/courtneyk)

When: Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Room 319 (Senate Republican Caucus Room) of the New Jersey State House, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ

Who: Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean; Deputy Republican Leader Diane Allen; Conference Leader Robert Singer; Deputy Conference Leader Jennifer Beck

Availability: Full, open

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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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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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Kean Encouraged by Consensus on Port Authority’s Core Mission

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following after Senate Democrats asked the Port Authority to sell billions of dollars worth of non-transportation-related real estate:

Sen. Tom Kean is encouraged by Democrats’ support for a key component of his Port Authority reform legislation — a provision prohibiting the Port Authority from spending any public dollars on anything but a core mission of transportation. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s encouraging that my Democrat colleagues are now echoing a key component of my comprehensive, common-ground reform legislation — a provision prohibiting the Port Authority from spending public dollars on anything but a core mission of quality mass transportation. It’s critical to note that the common-ground bill, S-2794, includes overdue transparency reforms while eliminating from the failed S-2181 onerous property provisions, which would have made it virtually impossible for the Port Authority to sell billions of dollars of non-transportation-related real estate.”

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Senate Advances Kean’s E-Driver’s License & E-Insurance-Card Legislation

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The New Jersey Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to require the state Motor Vehicle Commission to study and make recommendations about implementing electronic driver’s licenses and mobile applications. The Senate also passed legislation to allow drivers to display electronic proof of automobile insurance.

The Senate approved Sen. Tom Kean’s bills allowing for the electronic display of proof of automobile insurance and studying electronic driver’s licenses. (©iStock.com/samxmeg)

“Whenever possible, people should be able to access and use government services and information in a convenient and efficient manner, whether that’s via social media or mobile apps,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “People are literally attached to their phones and devices, with many of us opting for mobile forms of payment, banking and credit.”

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Kean’s Statement on Port Authority Reform

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following about reforming the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey:

Sen. Tom Kean urged bipartisan sponsors of Port Authority reform to take action on the only legislation introduced with a chance to be signed into law by both governors during a Senate session on March 16, 2015. (SenateNJ.com)

“Now that the New Jersey Senate Democrats have gotten this political game out of their system, I hope that they will join our caucus and New York Senate and Assembly colleagues, who aren’t acting on the dated and incomplete legislation that failed again today.

“We don’t have to start over. We can immediately pass comprehensive, common-ground legislation that I introduced last week to finally reform the maligned Port Authority for commuters and taxpayers. My new bill includes all of the workable provisions from bipartisan sponsors and governors on both sides of the Hudson River.

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Editorial: Kean on Benefits of Opportunity Scholarship Act Funding

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The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on the Opportunity Scholarship Act was published in The Record on March 10, 2015:

Governor Christie’s recently announced Fiscal Year 2016 budget justly includes $2 million to save students trapped in and deprived by failing schools. That funding for the Opportunity Scholarship Act gives families who otherwise don’t have the resources a chance to obtain a successful future for their children by enrolling them in one of New Jersey’s outstanding public, charter or private schools.

The Opportunity Scholarship Act ensures that students from all ZIP codes and of all socioeconomic levels will receive a top-notch education. (©iStock.com/kali9)

OSA ensures that students in all ZIP codes and of all socioeconomic levels will receive a top-notch education, and it will help directly improve and eliminate failing schools by creating healthy competition.

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Kean Introduces Comprehensive, Common-Ground Legislation to Reform Port Authority

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following after officially introducing legislation to reform the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey:

“This comprehensive, common-ground legislation is our only chance to reform the Port Authority, which has been troubled by waste, fraud and abuse over the past couple of decades. We can now pass this bill to protect commuters and taxpayers with all of the workable and helpful provisions from bipartisan sponsors and governors on both sides of the Hudson River. It’s the solution that sponsors and leaders in New York have been waiting for, as they’ve delayed the original, vetoed legislation. This is the opportunity for sponsors and leaders in New Jersey to pass complete reform that has a real chance of being signed into law.”

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Kean: New Borgata AC Development Will Maximize Impact of A-List Entertainment Jobs Bill

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following about news that the Borgata is opening transformative Atlantic City entertainment venues this year:

“This new development will help make Atlantic City a more diverse and attractive destination. It will help maximize the impact of bipartisan legislation that I introduced to regularly bring world-class entertainment to venues in Atlantic City and across New Jersey and, in turn, boost the state’s economy and job market.”

Last month, Senator Kean introduced bipartisan S-2721 to repeatedly and consistently draw A-List performers to the Garden State.

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