New Jersey's 21st Legislative District

Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

  • 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)

  • 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

Committee Advances Kean’s E-Driver’s License Legislation

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The Senate Transportation Committee passed bipartisan 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 NJ MVC would make recommendations about implementing electronic driver’s licenses under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean.

“Whenever feasible we must bring public services directly to where the people are, whether that’s social media or mobile phones,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “An e-driver’s license will be more convenient for the vast majority of residents, while making one of the most-used government services more efficient and less costly.”

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Senators Kean & Lesniak Unite Religious Leaders To Form ‘Faith Leaders Against Violence’

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Acting to educate and advocate against the proliferation of violent religious-backed attacks worldwide, Senators Tom Kean and Ray Lesniak on Monday announced the formation of a coalition of interfaith leaders from across New Jersey to create “Faith Leaders Against Violence.”

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. (SenateNJ.com)

The mission of Faith Leaders Against Violence (Faithleadersagainstviolence.org) is to join leaders from all faiths and denominations in one strong voice that delivers a simple message: religion must never be an excuse for violence. Through education, community based programming and demonstration, Faith Leaders Against Violence will leverage its access to members of all religions to promote a common voice against all forms of violence.

“Our coalition signifies the benevolent power of religion, spreading peace and good will,” said Senate Republican Leader Kean. “It shows that various faiths can and must unite to celebrate the common bonds that can unite diverse families, communities, states and nations. We are solidified across political party lines, geographic borders and belief structures to set a strong tone of peace, against persecution, hatred and violence by terrorists claiming to act in the name of God.”

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Kean Introduces Now-Bipartisan E-Driver’s License Legislation

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean introduced now-bipartisan legislation to require the state Motor Vehicle Commission to study and make recommendations about implementing electronic driver’s licenses and mobile applications.

The NJ MVC would make recommendations about implementing electronic driver’s licenses under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean.

“Whenever feasible we must bring public services directly to where the people are, whether that’s social media or mobile phones,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “An e-driver’s license will be more convenient for the vast majority of residents, while making one of the most-used government services more efficient and less costly.”

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Kean Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Bring World-Class Entertainment & Economic Boost to AC, NJ

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Democrat James Whelan introduced legislation to bring world-class entertainment to venues in Atlantic City and across New Jersey and, in turn, boost the state’s economy and job market.

“This initiative costs taxpayers nothing and offers so much to gain for working- and middle-class residents,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “Right now, world tours and widely popular entertainment aren’t repeatedly coming to New Jersey’s venues and consistently drawing tourists to our state. There is tremendous value in the ability to consistently draw world-class entertainment here, especially considering widely successful A-Lister residencies in Las Vegas, where there’s no state income tax.”

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Kean: Tax Breaks Would Be a Boon for NJ

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The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean was published in the Daily Record and Asbury Park Press:

New Jersey leaders have a responsibility to the people to improve Atlantic City along with the entire state.

Atlantic City does not operate in a vacuum. It has been, and with visionary changes can become again, an East Coast beacon that steadily attracts worldwide tourists. The city’s success directly and substantially benefits the entire state, primarily in terms of jobs and sales tax revenues. The longer Atlantic City struggles, the more likely it is that North Jersey communities will suffer similar economic issues, as evidenced by this week’s news of the temporary closure of the Izod Center.

Even though this publication and other legislators have somehow deemed it appropriate, I will not leave Atlantic City for dead; I will not leave stranded the thousands of middle-class workers and their families who have recently lost their jobs with the closure of businesses; and I will never turn my back on people or the billions of dollars invested over the past few decades by taxpayers across New Jersey.

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Kean Announces Bill to Bring World-Class Entertainment to AC, Boost NJ Economy

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced legislation to bring world-class entertainment to New Jersey by helping Atlantic City and its casinos, which have shut doors, cut thousands of jobs and, according to new data, lost nearly half of their revenues over the past eight years.

Legislation announced by Sen. Tom Kean would bring top entertainers to Atlantic City and all of New Jersey by exempting performance-related income earned in the state from taxation if certain qualifications are met.

“We need to focus on ideas that can help Atlantic City along with the entire state,” Kean said. “We can positively change Atlantic City’s image to be more attractive, widely accessible and entertainment-based, while enhancing job and economic growth opportunities at and around entertainment venues across New Jersey.”

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Kean’s Statement on Governors’ Port Authority Bill Action

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following in response to action taken by Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Port Authority of New York & New Jersey bills:

“It is telling that governors of both states and different parties disclosed the same issues with this legislation. I am firmly supportive of reforming the Port Authority as soon as possible, and my caucus and I will be carefully reviewing the rationale presented today by both governors.”

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Senate Passes Kean’s Bipartisan Jobs Bill to Foster Innovation

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Legislation Is Key Part of Senate Republicans’ New Package of Jobs Bills Being Rolled Out Across NJ

The state Senate unanimously passed 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.

More specifically, the bill, S-2442, uses existing, underutilized funds to create a fellowship program to attract the next generation of innovators to New Jersey, helping to develop an innovative ecosystem and creative network.

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Senate Passes Kean Bill to Make NJ a Hub for Driverless Vehicles

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The state Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to make New Jersey a hub for the development, testing and implementation of driverless vehicles.

A prototype of a driverless car is pictured. (BP63Vincent/Wikimedia Commons)

“The people of New Jersey, our workforce and economy have a lot to gain from being at the forefront of such innovation, and the implementation of driverless vehicles will make our roadways much safer and less congested,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “This legislation sends a strong message to innovators, entrepreneurs and job creators that New Jersey is not afraid to create waves of the future, and that New Jersey is the perfect home for them to develop and grow. I urge the state Assembly to immediately advance this legislation to Gov. Chris Christie for consideration.”

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Codey & Kean Want to Stop Pilgrim Pipeline

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Bipartisan Senate Resolution Offered Opposing Environmentally-Dangerous Pipeline That Would Cross Five NJ Counties, 30 Towns

Acting to stop the construction of an environmentally-dangerous oil pipeline that would run from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey, Senator Richard Codey and Senator Thomas Kean, Jr. have introduced a Senate resolution opposing the project.

Groups including the Coalition to Stop Pilgrim Pipeline have organized with the support of residents opposed to the pipeline’s construction.

The proposed Pilgrim Pipeline would travel 178 miles and go through five counties and 30 municipalities in New Jersey, carrying highly-volatile shale oil extracted through fracking in North Dakota. The two parallel pipelines are expected to run along Route 287 through Mahwah, Franklin Lakes and Oakland in Bergen County, through Wanaque, Pompton Lakes and Bloomingdale in Passaic County, Riverdale and Pequannock in Morris County, then through Watchung, Scotch Plains and into Linden.

“I am very concerned as to the safety risks that the construction and operation of these pipelines might pose to the neighborhoods in my district and to the integrity of the natural resources throughout the region,” said Senator Kean.

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