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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
Panel Advances 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 about its passage today by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee:
“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.”
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. to expand notification when an offender is released from custody or transferred within the criminal justice system was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie.
“This law will protect victims, witnesses and other people close to violent crimes, and encourage more witnesses to stand up and testify in court against criminals,” said Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset). “The notification system is the least we can do for people, as we continue to look at ways to mitigate violent crime in New Jersey.”
Gov. Chris Christie has signed Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s bipartisan “Higher Education Epinephrine Emergency Treatment Act” to make New Jersey’s college campuses safer for people with allergies.
“This common-sense law is to save lives and allow colleges in New Jersey to provide the same protections to their students and staff members who have allergies as can K-12 schools in this state,” said Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset). “With the proper foresight and training colleges and universities can ensure immediate care to the many people who are allergic to things such as bee stings or certain foods.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Morris, Somerset) and Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) are speakers and members of a bipartisan legislative panel at the New Jersey School Choice Summit to address education reform in the Garden State in commemoration of National School Choice Week.
When: Wednesday, January 22, 2014, starting at 8:30 a.m.
Senator Urges Reflection on Common Ground Throughout New Session
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. addressed the 2014-2015 New Jersey Senate at its reorganization on Tuesday, January 14, stressing the importance of putting differences aside and accomplishing shared priorities of the people.
“I humbly take my leadership honor and responsibility with a primary focus on helping to make the 2014-2015 New Jersey Legislature the one that enacts our full slate of overdue bipartisan reforms to give the people the more affordable and accountable state they’ve been calling for,” said Kean (R-Union).