New Jersey's 21st Legislative District

Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

  • Sen. Tom Kean (R-21) with student members of the Must Love Dogs club and club advisor Larry Cohen from Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School following Kean’s receipt of an award from The Humane Society of the United States on March 27, 2014 for his work on Patrick’s Law and efforts to prevent animal cruelty. (Facebook)

  • Senator Tom Kean (right-center) and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (left-center) joined with students, teachers and other local officials for a White Out against bullying rally at Watchung Hills Regional High School on Friday, March 1, 2014. (Denis J. Kelly/Echoes-Sentinel)

  • Senator Tom Kean (R-21) joined BrawlHouse for the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony at their new sports training facility in Mountainside on February 28, 2014. (BrawlHouse)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. addressed the 2014-2015 New Jersey Senate at its reorganization on January 14, 2014, stressing the importance of putting differences aside and accomplishing shared priorities of the people. (Press Release)

  • Senator Tom Kean, Assemblywoman Nancy Foster Muñoz and Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson joined with Janice Lilien of YWCA Union County on October 24, 2013 to support the YWCA’s Purple Purse campaign which encourages people to talk openly about domestic violence and financial abuse. (Facebook)

  • Senator Tom Kean (R-21) met with Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, executive director of the New Jersey School Boards Association, and local school board members on October 8, 2013. (NJSBA)

  • Sen. Tom Kean (R-21) visited Exothermic Molding in Kenilworth to mark National Manufacturing Day on October 4, 2013. (Frank Mustac/Independent Press)

  • Senator Tom Kean (R-21) helped promote Project Medicine Drop at the Union County Police Department on October 3, 2013. The program provides receptacles at law enforcement station across the state for the safe disposal of unused prescription medications. (Facebook)

  • Senator Tom Kean (r) and Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (l) with Springfield Township Councilman Ziad Andrew Shehady (c) at the ribbon cutting of the new athletic turf field at Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield on September 20, 2013. (Facebook)

  • Senator Tom Kean (R-21) had a discussion about all things New Jersey with the next generation of public leaders from Junior State of America’s New Jersey Institute on Leadership and Politics at the State House on August 8, 2013.

Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Failure to Extend Arbitration Cap Cripples Bipartisan Reforms to Curb Property Tax Growth

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr., (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) issued the following statement today after joining Governor Christie, state and local elected leaders in urging the Assembly Majority to take action on legislation extending the 2-percent interest arbitration award cap.

“The Senate Republican Caucus stands with Governor Christie in urging the passage of this bipartisan legislation to extend the 2-percent cap on arbitration awards. It’s no coincidence that under the cap, contracts and property taxes grew at the lowest levels in decades.

“Unfortunately, we now stand to lose the progress we have made. How can we expect municipalities to hold down costs if there’s no ability to control arbitration awards for police and fire salaries?

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Senate Passes Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators

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The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following about its passage today by the full Senate. The legislation will now to go the Governor’s desk for final approval.

“These protections to guard against repeat sexual offenders are long overdue in New Jersey,” said Allen (R- Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005. “Keeping child predators behind bars where they belong will send a message that those types of monstrous crimes will be punished as severely as possible and help to eliminate an opportunity for a repeat offender to strike again.”

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NJ Superintendents Ask Senate Committee for Kean or Bateman Legislation to Extend QSAC Cycle

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During today’s Senate Education Committee meeting, New Jersey school superintendents called for the passage of legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. or Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to extend the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) in high performing school districts to every seven years.

“I would like to thank superintendents for calling attention to this common-sense legislation,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “The less time educators have to spend on unnecessary bureaucracy, the more that they can devote to improve education for our students. That is what is most important.”

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Panel Advances Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators

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The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following about its passage by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee:

“These protections to guard against repeat sexual offenders are long overdue in New Jersey,” said Allen (R- Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005. “Keeping child predators behind bars where they belong will send a message that those types of monstrous crimes will be punished as severely as possible and help to eliminate an opportunity for a repeat offender to strike again.”

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Kean, Bramnick & Muñoz Applaud Grants to Prevent Passaic River Flooding

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr., Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (R- Union, Somerset, Morris) said today that Governor Christie’s $3 million in Stream Cleaning Grants for Passaic River Basin municipalities will greatly protect against flooding in the 21st District.

Under a grant announced this week, counties and municipalities in the 21st District will receive $300,000 as part of an ongoing, long-term effort to reduce flood impacts in communities in the Passaic River Basin.
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Video: Patrick the Pit Bull Inducted into NJVMA Animal Hall of Fame

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Patrick Provided Inspiration for “Patrick’s Law” Increasing Penalties for Animal Abuse

Patrick the Pit Bull, the inspiration for Patrick’s Law sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris), was inducted into the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) Animal Hall of Fame on Sunday, March 9, 2014.

“Patrick’s comeback is inspiring, and he did not suffer in vain,” said Kean. “Patrick’s Law now provides a substantial deterrent to animal abuse in New Jersey.”

Watch the video below detailing Patrick’s journey from near death following horrific abuse to full recovery and his new life as a happy, healthy and playful dog living in a loving home.

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Kean to Introduce Bill to Criminalize ‘Upskirting’ in NJ

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. said today that he will introduce legislation to criminalize “upskirting,” in order to deter people from taking secret photographs underneath other people’s clothes in New Jersey. On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that “upskirting” was legal, prompting that state to enact a law today to criminalize the practice.

“We must do everything possible to protect women in New Jersey from this sickening act, which like other offensive actions involving photos or videos has the potential to be popularized by the internet if that hasn’t happened here already,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “We need to make it clear that this is an illegal act in New Jersey that will not be tolerated.”

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Kean Announces Facebook Initiative to Increase Awareness of NJ Senate Activities

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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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Video: Tom Kean Talks About How Educational Opportunities Impact New Jersey’s Economy

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to talk about how educational opportunities impact New Jersey’s economy.

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Panel Advances Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators

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The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following about its passage today by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee:

Senator Diane Allen (R-7) with Mark Lunsford at a New Jersey State House press conference on March 21, 2011.

“We’ve waited far too long to put these child protection measures into law here in New Jersey,” said Allen (R- Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005 and testified today for its passage. “There is little as heinous as the sexual assault of a child and it’s time we send a message that those types of monstrous actions are going to be punished severely. Those vile enough to commit this type of a crime once should never be afforded an opportunity to put a second child and family through a similar tragedy.”

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