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

Kean Encouraged by Consensus on Port Authority’s Core Mission

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following after Senate Democrats asked the Port Authority to sell billions of dollars worth of non-transportation-related real estate:

Sen. Tom Kean is encouraged by Democrats’ support for a key component of his Port Authority reform legislation — a provision prohibiting the Port Authority from spending any public dollars on anything but a core mission of transportation. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s encouraging that my Democrat colleagues are now echoing a key component of my comprehensive, common-ground reform legislation — a provision prohibiting the Port Authority from spending public dollars on anything but a core mission of quality mass transportation. It’s critical to note that the common-ground bill, S-2794, includes overdue transparency reforms while eliminating from the failed S-2181 onerous property provisions, which would have made it virtually impossible for the Port Authority to sell billions of dollars of non-transportation-related real estate.”

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Senate Advances Kean’s E-Driver’s License & E-Insurance-Card Legislation

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The New Jersey Senate passed 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 Senate also passed legislation to allow drivers to display electronic proof of automobile insurance.

The Senate approved Sen. Tom Kean’s bills allowing for the electronic display of proof of automobile insurance and studying electronic driver’s licenses. (©iStock.com/samxmeg)

“Whenever possible, people should be able to access and use government services and information in a convenient and efficient manner, whether that’s via social media or mobile apps,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “People are literally attached to their phones and devices, with many of us opting for mobile forms of payment, banking and credit.”

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Kean’s Statement on Port Authority Reform

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following about reforming the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey:

Sen. Tom Kean urged bipartisan sponsors of Port Authority reform to take action on the only legislation introduced with a chance to be signed into law by both governors during a Senate session on March 16, 2015. (SenateNJ.com)

“Now that the New Jersey Senate Democrats have gotten this political game out of their system, I hope that they will join our caucus and New York Senate and Assembly colleagues, who aren’t acting on the dated and incomplete legislation that failed again today.

“We don’t have to start over. We can immediately pass comprehensive, common-ground legislation that I introduced last week to finally reform the maligned Port Authority for commuters and taxpayers. My new bill includes all of the workable provisions from bipartisan sponsors and governors on both sides of the Hudson River.

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Editorial: Kean on Benefits of Opportunity Scholarship Act Funding

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The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on the Opportunity Scholarship Act was published in The Record on March 10, 2015:

Governor Christie’s recently announced Fiscal Year 2016 budget justly includes $2 million to save students trapped in and deprived by failing schools. That funding for the Opportunity Scholarship Act gives families who otherwise don’t have the resources a chance to obtain a successful future for their children by enrolling them in one of New Jersey’s outstanding public, charter or private schools.

The Opportunity Scholarship Act ensures that students from all ZIP codes and of all socioeconomic levels will receive a top-notch education. (©iStock.com/kali9)

OSA ensures that students in all ZIP codes and of all socioeconomic levels will receive a top-notch education, and it will help directly improve and eliminate failing schools by creating healthy competition.

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Kean Introduces Comprehensive, Common-Ground Legislation to Reform Port Authority

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following after officially introducing legislation to reform the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey:

“This comprehensive, common-ground legislation is our only chance to reform the Port Authority, which has been troubled by waste, fraud and abuse over the past couple of decades. We can now pass this bill to protect commuters and taxpayers with all of the workable and helpful provisions from bipartisan sponsors and governors on both sides of the Hudson River. It’s the solution that sponsors and leaders in New York have been waiting for, as they’ve delayed the original, vetoed legislation. This is the opportunity for sponsors and leaders in New Jersey to pass complete reform that has a real chance of being signed into law.”

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Kean: New Borgata AC Development Will Maximize Impact of A-List Entertainment Jobs Bill

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following about news that the Borgata is opening transformative Atlantic City entertainment venues this year:

“This new development will help make Atlantic City a more diverse and attractive destination. It will help maximize the impact of bipartisan legislation that I introduced to regularly bring world-class entertainment to venues in Atlantic City and across New Jersey and, in turn, boost the state’s economy and job market.”

Last month, Senator Kean introduced bipartisan S-2721 to repeatedly and consistently draw A-List performers to the Garden State.

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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. (©iStock.com/samxmeg)

“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. (©iStock.com/samxmeg)

“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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