New Jersey's 21st Legislative District

Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick announced opposition to Democrat-proposed constitutional amendments that would lock in automatic tax increases and diminish voter influence in rigged New Jersey legislative elections. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Jennifer Beck served as judges for the AT&T Civic App Challenge, a two-month hackathon to develop mobile applications that meet a community need. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean (left) attended the groundbreaking of NJIT’s $19 million world-class life sciences and engineering facility, designed to foster revolutionary research and high quality instruction, funded in part through Kean’s ‘Building Our Future Bond Act.’ (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kean tours the Cape May Brewing Company’s new facilities while promoting three new bipartisan jobs bills to support NJ’s rapidly-growing craft brewing industry. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kip Bateman at a State House press conference on July 20, 2015 to announce a bipartisan agreement to end the state’s ‘Return Home’ policy as it currently exists. (Full Story)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean joined Republican colleagues and state business leaders representing thousands of employers at a State House press conference on June 22, 2015 to oppose job-killing income and business tax increases proposed by Democrats. (Full Story)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean joined the New Jersey Realtors at the groundbreaking ceremony for their new Trenton headquarters on June 11, 2015. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Tom Kean visited Terracycle in Trenton on May 14, 2015 and announced a resolution urging a statewide effort to keep hazardous and hard-to-recycle materials out of landfills. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kip Bateman visited Terracycle in Trenton on May 14, 2015 and announced a resolution urging a statewide effort to keep hazardous and hard-to-recycle materials out of landfills. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean testifying on his dog fighting legislation during the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 7, 2015 in the State House. Union County Prosecutor Grace Park (left) also testified in support of the measure. (Full Story)

Senator Tom Kean

Kean Addresses NJ School Choice Summit, Unveils Plans to Expand Quality Education Opportunities for All Students

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In commemoration of National School Choice Week, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean served as a speaker at the New Jersey School Choice Summit at Saint Peter’s University. As a distinguished panelist, Senator Kean highlighted New Jersey Senate Republican plans to ensure all children have access to quality education, regardless of where they live.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean highlighted New Jersey Senate Republican plans to ensure all children have access to quality education, regardless of where they live, at the NJ School Choice Summit on January 29, 2016. (SenateNJ.com)

“For a child in a chronically failing school, every day that goes by is an opportunity lost, a future sacrificed, and a community torn apart,” Senator Kean said. “My Senate Republican colleagues and I are working tirelessly to replicate successful schools that give trapped students new opportunities to achieve and succeed. We can accomplish this goal in part by expanding charter schools statewide and passing legislation to empower all parents to send their children to quality schools of their choice for a fraction of the current cost to tax payers.”

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Kean to Speak, Serve on Panel at NJ School Choice Summit

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset) will serve as a speaker and member of a bipartisan panel of legislators at the New Jersey School Choice Summit at Saint Peter’s University.

Sen. Tom Kean will speak and serve on a panel of legislators at the NJ School Choice Summit on January 29, 2016 at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City. (Facebook/NJ School Choice)

In commemoration of National School Choice Week, the annual conference sheds light on solutions for strengthening New Jersey’s education system. As a distinguished panelist, Senator Kean will address New Jersey Senate Republican plans to ensure all children have access to quality education, regardless of where they live.

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Christie Signs into Law Kean’s Jobs Bill to Foster Innovation

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Legislation Is Key Part of Senate Republicans’ Jobs & Economic Growth Package

Gov. Chris Christie signed into law legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to create a post-doctoral fellowship program that will enhance cutting-edge industrial research and development in New Jersey.

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 promote innovation in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

More specifically, the bill, last legislative session’s S-2442, uses underutilized funds to create a fellowship program to attract the next generation of innovators to New Jersey, helping to enhance technological research and develop an innovative ecosystem and creative network.

“This bill will help make New Jersey a beacon for innovation jobs, technological ingenuity and development opportunities,” Kean said. “It will create greater opportunities for the workforce, develop this state’s future workforce pipeline and open new avenues for success with a top-notch innovation network. New Jersey needs all of these things to be a true economic force once again.”

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Now Law: Kean Bill to Create E-Driver’s License Opportunity

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Gov. Chris Christie signed into law legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to require the state Motor Vehicle Commission to study and make recommendations within one year about implementing electronic driver’s licenses and mobile applications.

Sen. Tom Kean’s newly enacted law requires the NJMVC to study and make recommendations regarding the implementation of electronic driver’s licenses and mobile applications. (NJMVC)

Senator Kean said that the ideal e-driver’s license program in New Jersey, resulting from this new law, last legislative session’s S-2695, would allow people to still use traditional plastic licenses if they want. He added that it would make one of the most-used government services more efficient and less costly.

“Whenever possible, people should be able to access and use government services and information in a convenient and efficient manner,” Kean said. “People are literally attached to their phones and devices, with many of us opting for mobile forms of payment, banking, credit and flight boarding passes, for example. Today’s action puts New Jersey at the forefront of new technology and innovation in the safest way possible. We will be ahead of the curve and can learn from Iowa, which has implemented an e-driver’s license pilot test, and Delaware, which has been pursuing the implementation of e-driver’s licenses.”

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Kean’s Statement on O’Toole’s Final Term Announcement

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following about Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40 Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) announcing today that this is his final Senate term:

Sen. Kevin O’Toole serving as temporary Senate President during the New Jersey Senate’s reorganization on January 12, 2016. (SenateNJ.com)

“On behalf of the Senate Republican caucus, I would like to thank Kevin for his friendship, inspiring leadership and dedication to representing our constituents in the legislature for 22 years and in public office over the course of four decades.

“The Senator has always come to Trenton with enthusiasm and tenacity to do whatever it takes to accomplish the needs of New Jerseyans and the 40th legislative district. I know he will continue serving the remainder of his term with that same outstanding vigor and success that has endeared him to the people, his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, local officials and community leaders.

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Kean Dismayed over NJ Dems’ Ongoing Obstruction of Pro-Commuter & Pro-Taxpayer PANYNJ Reform Law

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following after Senate Democrat leaders at a Senate State Government Committee hearing decided to continue blocking bi-state, bipartisan legislation (S-355) to reform the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

A New York Times editorial on July 22, 2015 urged Trenton Democrats who control the New Jersey Legislature to allow a vote on Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation reforming the PANYNJ. (SenateNJ.com)

“On behalf of constituents and commuters across New Jersey, I am dismayed that New Jersey Senate Democrats continue to waste time and resources on smokescreen bills. Their obstruction leaves commuters and taxpayers vulnerable, without S-355 in place to prevent the Port Authority from ever again wasting or wantonly increasing the billions of dollars the public agency takes each year from hard-working commuters and taxpayers.

“New York’s legislature and governor have acted to make S-355 law in that state, and they have said they are not going to pass a different New Jersey Democrat version. New York did its job. Now, New Jersey’s legislature should not waste any more public time and resources on bills that are dead on arrival.

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Bipartisan Bill to End “Return Home” Now Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. to end the state’s ‘Return Home’ policy has been signed into law. Under the law (S3117), stemming from an agreement reached in July between legislators and the Christie Administration, the state Division of Developmental Disabilities is prohibited from transferring an individual with a developmental disability currently residing out of state to a placement in New Jersey if the individual or his or her guardian objects in writing.

Sen. Kip Bateman with families who celebrated the Senate’s passage of reform legislation to fix the state’s flawed “Return Home New Jersey” program on July 23, 2015. (SenateNJ.com)

“Throughout this process I’ve heard heart-wrenching stories from many families concerned about the disruption and change in the level of care that will occur if their loved ones who had spent the majority of their life at one facility were suddenly uprooted and moved back to New Jersey,” said Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “This law now permanently recognizes those concerns by giving families and guardians the option to determine what’s best for the treatment of their loved one. I applaud the family members and guardians for their diligence in making their concerns known and bringing us to this point today.”

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With SCR-188 Dead, Kean Committed to Bipartisan Redistricting Solution for All New Jerseyans

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (Union, Somerset, Morris) and Senator Ronald Rice (D-Essex) stated the following on the killing of SCR-188:

Senators Tom Kean and Ron Rice expressed their commitment to working together on a bipartisan solution on legislative redistricting. (SenateNJ.com)

“We thank all of the outside experts, pollsters, professors, minority population representatives, grassroots organizations, nonpartisan policy professionals, editorial boards and residents of all political affiliations who in short order over the holiday season took the time to help us stop this dangerous, misleading and overtly partisan constitutional amendment.

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Kean, Cardinale Stand with the People Unanimously Opposed to the Democrats’ Election-Rig Scheme

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Dems’ SCR-188/ACR-4 Means Taxation without Representation for at Least 75% of NJ

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Ranking Republican Senator Gerald Cardinale stood with dozens of experts, residents and organizations who at Thursday’s State Government hearing unanimously opposed and pushed to stop the Democrats’ election rigging scheme, SCR-188.

Senators Tom Kean and Gerry Cardinale stood with dozens of experts, residents and organizations to oppose the Democrats’ election rigging scheme, SCR-188. (SenateNJ.com)

“This Democrat political scheme would give lifelong tenure to at least 90 of New Jersey’s 120 legislators,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “It would give at least 75 percent of the legislature a free pass to fail their constituents, as voters would no longer have a basic democratic ability to hold them accountable in elections. This Democrat attempt to rig elections is anti-American, and that’s why no other U.S. state has required non-competitive legislative districts in their constitutions or statutes.”

As stated by political scientist Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, the Democrats’ SCR-188 “fails miserably” and is a “bald-faced attempt to pull the wool over voters’ eyes; making them complicit in a process that will only serve to increase their cynicism about politics.”

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Assembly Panel Advances Kean’s E-Driver’s License Bill

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The Assembly Transportation Committee passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to require the state Motor Vehicle Commission to study and make recommendations within one year about implementing electronic driver’s licenses and mobile applications.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation is a step toward making electronic driver’s licenses available in New Jersey. (©iStock.com)

Senator Kean said that the ideal e-driver’s license program in New Jersey, resulting from S-2695, would allow people to still use traditional plastic licenses if they want. He added that it would make one of the most-used government services more efficient and less costly.

“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,” Kean said. “People are literally attached to their phones and devices, with many of us opting for mobile forms of payment, banking, credit and flight boarding passes, for example. New Jersey should be at the forefront of new technology and innovation in the safest way possible. “We still have an opportunity to be ahead of the curve and learn from Iowa, which has implemented an e-driver’s license pilot test, and Delaware, which has been pursuing the implementation of e-driver’s licenses.”

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