New Jersey's 21st Legislative District

Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Diane Allen visited the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel on April 28, 2016 to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean speaking during a visit with Sen. Diane Allen to the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel on April 28, 2016 to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Steven Oroho toured Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County on March 21, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean was presented with the 2015 Humane State Legislator Award by Kathleen Schatzmann, New Jersey Senior State Director for the Humane Society on March 14, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Sen. Jennifer Beck visited the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County in Asbury Park on March 8, 2016 to highlight legislation to help non-profits and charities. (Full Story)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick announced opposition to Democrat-proposed constitutional amendments that would lock in automatic tax increases and diminish voter influence in rigged New Jersey legislative elections. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Jennifer Beck served as judges for the AT&T Civic App Challenge, a two-month hackathon to develop mobile applications that meet a community need. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean (left) attended the groundbreaking of NJIT’s $19 million world-class life sciences and engineering facility, designed to foster revolutionary research and high quality instruction, funded in part through Kean’s ‘Building Our Future Bond Act.’ (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kean tours the Cape May Brewing Company’s new facilities while promoting three new bipartisan jobs bills to support NJ’s rapidly-growing craft brewing industry. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kip Bateman at a State House press conference on July 20, 2015 to announce a bipartisan agreement to end the state’s ‘Return Home’ policy as it currently exists. (Full Story)

Senator Joe Pennacchio
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Senate Republicans Urge Governor to Reject Backroom Deal on School Funding

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A letter signed by all sixteen members of the Senate Republican caucus was sent to Governor Chris Christie urging him to reject the school funding plan proposed by Democratic leadership, saying it does nothing to fix the systemic problems in New Jersey’s school funding formula. In the letter to the governor, the Republican senators said the deal between Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto was made without transparency and completely ignored months of work by the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness.

Senate Republicans asked Gov. Christie to reject backroom deal on school funding. (SenateNJ.com)

“This plan was negotiated in secret by the Democratic leadership and does nothing to fix the many problems inherent in our flawed school funding formula,” said Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Bergen, Passaic), Vice-Chair of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness. “Mr. Governor, please kill this backroom deal.”

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Senator Diane Allen
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Allen/Kean Resolution to Improve Sportsmanship at Youth Athletic Fields Passed by Senate

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) to ensure better sportsmanship by players, coaches and spectators at youth sporting events was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Tom Kean to improve sportsmanship at youth sporting events was passed by the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“While they can get very competitive, youth sports should still be all about having fun,” Senator Allen said. “When people get too heated it ruins that fun for everyone else. Sometimes people just need a reminder about the rules, and hopefully, this will help ensure a good time for all.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Port Authority CEO Search Fails Due to New Jersey Democrats’ Inaction

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Calls for Senate President to Lift Roadblock to Port Authority Reform, Allow Vote After Multi-Year Delay

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that the failure of New Jersey Senate Democrats to allow a vote on comprehensive Port Authority reforms has prevented the bi-state agency from hiring a chief executive officer despite a years-long search.

Sen. Tom Kean said that the failure of New Jersey Senate Democrats to allow a vote on comprehensive Port Authority reforms has prevented the bi-state agency from hiring a CEO despite a years-long search. (Flickr)

It has been reported that John Degnan, Chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, will announce today that a national search to fill a new CEO position will be canceled due a lack of interest from qualified candidates stemming from uncertainty surrounding the role.

“We’ve warned for years that statutory reforms are needed to guarantee the stability that a top-tier candidate would require to assume this important leadership role at the Port Authority,” said Kean. “Despite these concerns, New Jersey Senate Democrats have prevented a final vote on legislation that would codify the structural and transparency reforms that would attract the type of experienced leader that the CEO role demands. Who would risk their career to take on such a high-profile, high-risk job if the role could easily be eliminated or manipulated by fickle politicians?”

Click here to view a timeline of Sen. Kean’s Port Authority Reform efforts from 2014 to the present.

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Kean Legislation Providing Nearly $3 Million for Historic Preservation Projects Passes Senate

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Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit Among Grant Recipients

The New Jersey Senate has provided final legislative approval to a measure sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-21) that funds nearly $3 million in grants awarded by the New Jersey Historic Trust for capital preservation projects. The legislation, S-2911/A-4583, was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (both R-21).

The Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit is among 25 historic New Jersey locations that will receive a preservation grant under legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean. (Reeves-Reed Arboretum)

“We’re working to provide the resources needed to preserve important historic sites across the state and in our local communities,” said Kean. “These special places provide an important link to New Jersey’s history that we cannot afford to lose.”

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Senator Diane Allen
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Advanced: Allen/Kean Resolution to Improve Sportsmanship at Youth Athletic Fields

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) to ensure better sportsmanship by players, coaches and spectators at youth sporting events was advanced by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Tom Kean to improve sportsmanship at youth sporting events was passed by a senate panel. (SenateNJ.com)

“While they can get very competitive, youth sports should still be all about having fun,” Senator Allen said. “When people get too heated it ruins that fun for everyone else. Sometimes people just need a reminder about the rules, and hopefully, this will help ensure a good time for all.”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel
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Senators Sweeney, Greenstein, Kean & Holzapfel Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Child Pornography Law and Establish Stricter Penalties

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Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senate Law & Public Safety Committee Chair Linda R. Greenstein, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, and Senator Jim Holzapfel yesterday introduced legislation that would strengthen New Jersey’s child pornography laws and establish additional penalties for violators.

Sens. Sweeney, Kean, Greenstein, and Holzapfel introduced legislation that would strengthen New Jersey’s child pornography laws and establish additional penalties for violators. (©iStock)

“If someone in New Jersey has engaged in the large-scale collection or distribution of pictures of children in sexually suggestive poses, they pose a serious threat to our children and our community,” said Senator Kean. “The Attorney General has highlighted the need to better address this growing problem, including the establishment of new child pornography crimes, tougher punishments, and better monitoring of offenders. There’s a bipartisan consensus that these protections are overdue.”

“We cannot allow the sexual exploitation of children to be tolerated in this state, nor can we turn a blind eye to loopholes in our laws that allow people to engage in this despicable activity in any way,” said Senator Holzapfel (R-Ocean). “It’s clear that people who collect child erotica are a threat to public safety and the children of New Jersey, and our laws must be tightened to reflect that.”

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Now Law: Kean Bill to Support Homeless During Winter

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) to help homeless individuals during severe winter weather events is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Tom Kean’s bill to help protect homeless individuals during the winter was signed into law. (©iStock)

“Extremely cold weather can put our homeless population in incredible danger,” Senator Kean said. “It’s important that we were able to move this legislation forward with plenty of time in the upcoming warm months to implement these changes and ensure we can help people this winter.”

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Kean: Amtrak Needs a Better Plan to Protect New Jersey Commuters

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that Amtrak needs a better plan to protect commuters during a pair of track outages at Penn Station over the summer that would last a combined 44 days under a reported draft engineering proposal.

Rails leaving Penn Station in Manhattan. (Wikimedia Commons)

“I’ve heard from my constituent commuters and they are irate. I’m speaking on their behalf when I say that recent serious disruptions on Amtrak’s rails are unacceptable to fare payers.

“Amtrak’s proposal for additional lengthy service outages at Penn Station, including during weekday commuting hours, should be reconsidered. New Jersey’s commuters deserve a better plan.”

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Kean Statement on Amtrak’s Penn Station Repairs & Long-Term Rail Delays

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Highlights Importance of Gateway Project to Replace Century-Old Rail Tunnels

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that Penn Station track repairs announced by Amtrak that will result in more than a year of potential rail delays show the great cost of delaying critical infrastructure work. The projects follow on the heels of several recent service disruptions that caused massive delays for NJ Transit commuters into Manhattan.

Sen. Tom Kean said that expected long-term delays from Penn Station track repairs announced by Amtrak show the great cost of deferring critical infrastructure work. (Amtrak)

“New Jersey commuters will once again pay the price for Amtrak’s failure to properly maintain its rails,” said Kean. “Recent derailments and service disruptions have demonstrated the risk of deferring maintenance on Amtrak’s aging rail infrastructure. It seems likely that work that may have caused a minor inconvenience at an earlier date will now result in major long-term delays. Amtrak should do everything possible to minimize the impact on commuters.”

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Kean Joins Bipartisan Group of State Leaders to Urge Federal Government Support for Gateway Tunnel Project

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean joined a bipartisan group of state leaders who called on the federal government to continue support for the Gateway Tunnel trans-Hudson rail project:

Sen. Tom Kean joined a bipartisan group of state leaders to urge the federal government to recommit to the Gateway Tunnel project. (SenateNJ.com)

“Advancing the Gateway Tunnel project is critical to protecting New Jersey commuters and the region’s economy. Recent serious disruptions to rail traffic have highlighted the need for immediate action. It is imperative that the federal government reaffirms its commitment to Gateway, which will allow us to continue planning for this important project.”

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