New Jersey's 21st Legislative District

Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

  • 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)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean joined Republican colleagues and state business leaders representing thousands of employers at a State House press conference on June 22, 2015 to oppose job-killing income and business tax increases proposed by Democrats. (Full Story)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean joined the New Jersey Realtors at the groundbreaking ceremony for their new Trenton headquarters on June 11, 2015. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Tom Kean visited Terracycle in Trenton on May 14, 2015 and announced a resolution urging a statewide effort to keep hazardous and hard-to-recycle materials out of landfills. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kip Bateman visited Terracycle in Trenton on May 14, 2015 and announced a resolution urging a statewide effort to keep hazardous and hard-to-recycle materials out of landfills. (Full Story)

Senator Diane Allen
Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Allen Highlight Importance of Charitable Deduction Legislation to Non-Profits at Alice Paul Institute

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen visited the Alice Paul Institute (API) at Paulsdale in Mt. Laurel 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.

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. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, S-1932, would allow a state income tax deduction for charitable contributions to qualified New Jersey-based charitable organizations.

“As someone who has long fought to eliminate the gender inequalities that persist in the workplace and elsewhere, I know that the Alice Paul Institute serves an important role in continuing the efforts of its namesake to advance the rights of women,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “The API, like many other non-profits with similarly important missions, remains dependent on the generosity of donors to fund programs and operations. Our legislation will make it easier for our non-profits to secure the funding they need to survive, while reducing the tax bills of donors.”

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Media Advisory: Kean & Allen to Visit Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel TODAY (4/28) to Discuss Supporting Non-Profits, Boosting Charitable Giving

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen will visit Paulsdale, the historic Mt. Laurel home of suffragist and women’s rights activist Alice Paul, today, April 28th, to discuss the importance of legislation (S-1932) to create a charitable deduction for contributions to New Jersey-based non-profits.

The non-profit Alice Paul Institute seeks to fulfill the life-long mission of Alice Paul to achieve full gender equality worldwide. (Wikimedia Commons)

Kean and Allen will be joined by Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute.

Who: Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean; Sen. Diane Allen; Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute.

What: Press conference on legislation creating an income tax deduction for charitable giving.

When: Today, Thursday, April 28th at 11 a.m.

Where: Alice Paul Institute (Paulsdale), 128 Hooten Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Urges Dems to Stop Blocking Bipartisan Port Authority Reforms

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Sen. Tom Kean urged Democrats to stop blocking his legislation – the speediest, most effective way to enact Port Authority reforms. (Facebook/PANYNJ)

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called on Senate and Assembly Democrats to stop putting commuters and taxpayers at risk by blocking his Port Authority reform bill, which remains the fastest way to overhaul the troubled agency.

“Passing my Port Authority reform bill is still the speediest, most effective way to enact critically-needed and long overdue reforms,” Senator Kean said. “The people of New Jersey and New York have waited long enough. No realistic path forward has been presented for any other option.”

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Kean Editorial: How We Can Boost New Jersey and Its Non-profits

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The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on his effort to help New Jersey’s non-profits while reducing the burden on state taxpayers was published in the Star-Ledger on April 24, 2016:

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation would create a state income tax deduction for donations to New Jersey-based charities. (SenateNJ.com)

New Jersey’s nonprofit charitable organizations improve people’s lives every day, and offer much-needed support in times of crisis.

While our nonprofit groups have repeatedly risen to the task, including after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, they are facing new financial pressures that put at risk their future ability to respond.

A concerning new report by New Jersey’s Center for Non-Profits has shed light on just how difficult it has become for the state’s charities to meet growing needs.

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Kean Statement on Tax Day

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While April 18 is Tax Day, the day state and federal income taxes must be filed, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean warned New Jersey residents that they aren’t off the hook just yet.

Although April 18 is Tax Day, Sen. Tom Kean noted that Tax Freedom Day for New Jersey residents is May 12 due to the state’s high tax burden. (SenateNJ.com)

“With a state and local tax burden that is among the worst in the nation, New Jersey’s residents have to dedicate every dollar they earn from New Years Day to May 12 to pay their tax bills for the year,” said Kean. “This crushing tax burden is what’s driving residents, businesses and jobs from New Jersey to lower-tax states.”

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Kean: $200 Million Employer Tax Cut Result of Forced UI Fund Discipline

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that the restoration of the New Jersey Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to full solvency and a resulting $200 million tax cut just announced for employers started with the approval of a constitutional amendment he sponsored to prohibit the fund from being raided to pay for other budgetary items.

Kean sponsored SCR-60, which appeared on the 2010 ballot as Public Question No. 1, to prevent raids of the New Jersey Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

“In the years before Public Question No. 1 was approved by voters in 2010, more than $5 billion had been diverted from the state’s UI fund to support other spending,” said Kean. “We warned before 2008 that what seemed to be large UI fund surpluses could quickly turn negative in an economic downtown. Unfortunately, we were proven right.”

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Kean on Walter Timpone’s Nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement following the nomination of Walter Timpone to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

Sen. Tom Kean’s statement on the nomination of Walter Timpone to the New Jersey Supreme Court. (©iStock)

“Today’s nomination of Walter Timpone represents the first opportunity in six years for the New Jersey Supreme Court to be fully staffed by confirmed justices.

“I hope this is the first step in clearing a large backlog of nominations that has left dozens of courtrooms empty and threatened speedy justice in New Jersey.”

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Kean Statement on Port Authority Reforms

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that New Jersey Senate and Assembly Democrats can stop being contrarian and obstructionist by joining New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), the New York Legislature, and Senate and Assembly Republicans to support the enactment of consensus Port Authority reform legislation, S-355.

Sen. Tom Kean called on New Jersey Democrats to stop blocking consensus legislation, S-355, that provides the only real opportunity to enact Port Authority reforms. (Facebook/PANYNJ)

“There is broad, bipartisan agreement on both sides of the Hudson that we need to implement S-355 to increase transparency, improve efficiency and prevent abuses at the Port Authority,” said Kean. “Despite this, New Jersey Senate and Assembly Democrats remain a roadblock to enacting this critical Port Authority reform legislation.”

S-355, sponsored by Kean, provides governance, transparency, and accountability reforms at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It is identical to legislation already approved by the New York Legislature and signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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NJ Senate Leaders Recognize Historic Commitment to New Manhattan Bus Terminal

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Sweeney, Kean, Weinberg, Gordon, Sarlo & Kyrillos Join With Port Authority Official, Transportation Advocates & Commuters in NYC on Plan to Build New Terminal

Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Senator Paul Sarlo, Senator Bob Gordon and Senator Joe Kyrillos joined with transportation advocates and commuters to continue to promote the need for a new bus terminal and to praise the bi-state leadership of the Port Authority, especially Chairman John Degnan, for their support for the historic plan recently approved by the Port Authority to construct the new facility in Manhattan.

Pictured from left to right: Sen. Sweeney, Sen. Kean, Sen. Weinberg, Sen. Sarlo, Sen. Kyrillos and Sen. Gordon. (SenateNJ.com)

“We worked together across the aisle to stand up for New Jersey’s commuters, and the final decision to build the replacement terminal in Manhattan represents a real victory for our state,” said Senator Kean. “The agreement is recognition that our commuters demand and deserve mass transportation that is both fast and convenient. A bus terminal in New Jersey, as some had proposed, would have been neither.”

“This is an historic achievement that will serve the critical transportation needs of the entire region for generations to come,” said Senator Sweeney, referring to the Port Authority’s vote to include the construction of a new bus terminal in its capital plan. “My colleagues in the New Jersey Senate and I have been fighting for this for years as a top priority so we are all grateful for the support of both governors and the Port Authority’s leadership. They helped to make this happen.”

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Kean: Port Authority’s Bus, Rail & Airport Plans Good for New Jersey

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean praised the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s for considering resolutions that outline plans for long-term bus, rail and airport infrastructure improvements that benefit New Jersey and its commuters.

Kean attended the meeting of the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners on March 24.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said the Port Authority’s long-term plans to improve bus, rail and airport infrastructure are good for New Jersey. (Flickr)

“Today’s actions by the Port Authority represent a win for New Jersey commuters,” said Kean. “We fought to preserve a one-seat ride for bus riders into Manhattan, and we succeeded.”

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