New Jersey's 21st Legislative District

Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

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  • 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)

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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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Kean’s Bill to Make NJ a Hub for Driverless Vehicles Advances to Full Senate

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The state Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee unanimously 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 an autonomous, self-driving car pictured during a test drive on a highway. (BMW)

In June 2013, Senator Kean introduced Senate bill 734 to make New Jersey the third U.S. state — and the first in the densely populated, fast-paced North East Region — to permit the testing and operation of autonomous vehicles.

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Committee Advances Kean’s Now Bipartisan Jobs Bill to Foster Innovation

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Legislation Is Key Part of Senate Republicans’ New Package of Jobs Bills

The Senate Labor Committee advanced 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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Video: Kean Discusses Plans to Make NJ a Leader in Driverless Cars and Innovative Technologies

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to talk about legislative efforts to make New Jersey a leader in developing driverless cars and other innovative technologies.

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Kean’s Statement on the Passing of Robert Littell

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following about the passing of his former Senate colleague, Robert Littell:

“Bob will never be forgotten as a tireless and universally respected leader who accomplished so much for the state of New Jersey and his home District 24. His legacy of service and bipartisanship persists in Trenton, after his 40-years in the legislature and serving our country as a U.S. Marine. I offer my deepest condolences and my continuing thoughts and prayers to his wife, Ginnie, their daughter, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, their son, Luke, and their entire family.”

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Senate Panel Passes Kean’s Now-Bipartisan Bill to Make NJ a Hub for Driverless Vehicles

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The state Senate Transportation Committee unanimously 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)

In June 2013, Senator Kean introduced Senate bill 734, which would make New Jersey the third U.S. state —and the first in the densely populated, fast-paced North East Region — to permit the testing of and licensing for autonomous vehicles.

“New Jersey’s workforce and economy, has a lot to gain from being at the forefront of such innovation, beyond that the overall implementation of driverless vehicles stands to make our roadways much safer and less congested,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris).

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Kean Unveils New Senate Republican Jobs Bills at Bell Labs

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean toured the Murray Hill headquarters of Bell Labs with company President Marcus Weldon and unveiled new legislation to create jobs by fostering innovation in New Jersey.

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 promote innovation in New Jersey.

“Bell Labs is a tremendously successful asset for New Jersey and its economy, and I am proud to stand with Marcus and have his support as we seek to increase opportunities and create high-paying jobs with this new set of bills to foster innovation,” Kean said. “This legislation will help expand research and development efforts, as well as create greater avenues for success by linking higher education and business communities. These bills can open doors to help impressive employers like Bell Labs grow here and attract more job creators by showing that New Jersey is devoted to staying a force for innovation.”

“Bell Labs is a key innovation engine driving the global communications industry,” said Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs. “This initiative aims to ensure that New Jersey continues to be a leading player on the global stage and that our heritage of invention continues at Bell Labs.”

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Kean to Unveil New Senate Republican Jobs Bills at Bell Labs

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean will be at the Murray Hill headquarters of Bell Labs on Friday to unveil several new bills to foster innovation, and in turn create opportunities for New Jersey families, residents, entrepreneurs and employers.

As announced on October 1, this “Fostering Innovation” event marks the beginning of Senate Republicans’ statewide rollout of a new six-tiered job creation and economic growth package, which will not cost taxpayers extra money and should easily attract bipartisan sponsors and support.

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