Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:
“Thirteen years ago, thousands of innocent Americans became sudden victims of terror. Today, we remember and pay tribute to those who truly embodied perseverance, courage, and heroism not only on September 11, 2001, but also during the difficult days of recovery and rebuilding. We hold first responders, victims and their families in our hearts. Their strength stands as a testament to American resiliency. Today, we reflect on how our nation has come together in the past 13 years to overcome one of the darkest days of our history. We remember and honor those who gave and make tremendous sacrifices for us all.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean was nominated to complete the ALS ice bucket challenge by Amanda Woloshen Glass. He responded to the challenge, with the help of his daughters, and nominated New Jersey’s other legislative leaders — Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick — to take the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. Senator Kean will also make a donation to the ALS Association.
Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. to create criteria to determine how state tax dollars are allotted to colleges and universities throughout New Jersey was advanced today by the full Senate.
“A Commission has long been needed to study and determine an accountable, consistent and equitable measure for how billions of dollars in public funding is annually provided to colleges and universities,” said Kean (R-Union). “New Jersey’s overtaxed residents cannot afford to pay for any arbitrary state spending. We need to continuously examine every dollar spent to ensure that taxpayers are getting the most for their money.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco presented options to eliminate approximately $1.7 billion in tax and fee increases proposed for the FY15 state budget.
“Senate Republicans believe that budget negotiations should steer sharply away from dozens of tax and fee increases,” said Kean (R-Union). “We support 99 percent of the Governor’s proposed budget, but believe that there is a better way to finish the document than raising so many costs on New Jerseyans and job creators.
“We are not surprised and we will absolutely not support the Senate Democrats’ proposals to raise $1.6 billion in taxes on those who pay the most to fund critical public services, which would drastically decrease state revenues and put middle-class public pensioners out of work,” Kean said.
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg allowing crime victims to get official records related to a crime they suffered at no cost, and ensuring their requests are kept confidential, was approved today by the Senate. It now heads to the governor’s desk.
“The tolls of being victimized are already high enough,” said Kean (R-Union). “Vulnerable and suffering victims deserve free, easy access to public records in this way, so that they can better protect themselves and their families.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. stated the following regarding today’s 70th anniversary of D-Day, the historic U.S. Military invasion in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944:
“We all need to take at least a moment today to honor the bravery and dedication to freedom that our fighting forces exhibited 70 years ago at Normandy. If you are fortunate enough to be with a World War II veteran today or in the near future, give that person a hug, listen closely to their stories, and make sure that their legacies continue to be passed on for future generations.
The prime sponsors of New Jersey’s recently signed “Jessica Lunsford Act” sent letters to the governors and legislative leaders of the four remaining states that have not passed similar protections urging them to take up similar legislation and are offering their support in assisting with the passage of such legislation.
New York, Illinois, Idaho and Hawaii are the only states not to have passed similar legislation.
Christie Signs Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators
The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following after it was signed into law by Governor Christie today.
“With Governor Christie’s signing of this legislation today we have sent a message that crimes against children will be punished as severely as possible,” said Allen (R-Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005. “These needed protections to guard against repeat sexual offenders are long overdue in New Jersey.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. stated the following regarding the New Jersey Select Committee on Investigation canceling Port Authority of New York/New Jersey Executive Director Patrick Foye’s scheduled testimony at the request of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman:
“The U.S. Attorney’s notice should serve as a conclusion to this legislative committee’s costly, excessively partisan ‘inquiry.’ At last, it is time for the select committee to accomplish something for the public good and turn its full attention to passing bipartisan legislation to reform this long-troubled Port Authority.”
Kean Urges Action on Republican Solutions to Address Comptroller’s Findings on Mega Raises, Low Turnout for Fire Districts
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. urged legislative Democrats to post Republican and bipartisan solutions to combat the type of property-tax-raising, mega salary increases that were reported today by the New Jersey Comptroller’s Office.
“In no realm is it reasonable for public salaries to triple after five years of service, let alone on the backs of the nation’s highest property taxpayers,” said Kean (R-Union). “Today’s Comptroller audit report makes it abundantly clear that this Legislature must pass bills to end abuse and lower costs for hard-working New Jerseyans. In this situation, cut property taxes and make government more accountable by enacting a permanent 2-percent cap on raises for local government employees, allowing fire districts to consolidate, and moving fire district elections to November.”