New Jersey's 21st Legislative District

Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

  • 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)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean met with student government leaders from eleven of the state’s independent colleges at the First Annual Meeting of the SG Voices at Caldwell College on April 4th, 2014. (Facebook)

  • 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)

Senator Tom Kean

Sen. Tom Kean Completes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Calls Out Other Legislative Leaders

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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.

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Senate Passes Kean Legislation to Create Criteria for Colleges to Get State Tax Dollars

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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.”

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Kean, Bucco Offer Options to Eliminate $1.7B in Tax, Fee Increases Proposed for FY15 Budget

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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.

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Kean, Weinberg Bill Allowing Crime Victims to Obtain Records at No Cost Heads to Christie

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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.”

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Kean’s Statement on 70th Anniversary of D-Day

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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:

D-Day, a turning point in WWII: Troops invade 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.

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NJ’s ‘Jessica Lunsford Act’ Sponsors Send Letters Urging Four Remaining States to Pass the Law

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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.

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Christie Signs 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 after it was signed into law by Governor Christie today.

Mark Lunsford speaking at the signing of the Jessica Lunsford Act at the New Jersey State House on June 2, 2014. Also pictured (from left to right): Senator Tom Kean, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, Assemblwoman Nancy Muñoz, Senator Diane Allen, Governor Chris Christie and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini. (Photo Gallery)

“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.”

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Kean: Foye’s Canceled SCI Testimony Should End Costly Partisan ‘Inquiry’

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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.”

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Kean Urges Action on Republican Solutions to Address Comptroller’s Findings on Mega Raises, Low Turnout for Fire Districts

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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.”

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Kean, Weinberg Bill Allowing Crime Victims to Obtain Records at No Cost Clears Budget Panel

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by  Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg to allow 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 Budget and Appropriations Committee.

“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.”

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