The Senate Republican leadership team held a State House press conference to culminate their statewide rollout of a 36-bill job creation and economic growth package that will not cost taxpayers extra money.
“In an age when officials in Trenton like to talk a lot about jobs, Senate Republicans have been actually bringing job-creating and economic growth solutions to stakeholders, employers, entrepreneurs, educators and innovators in all corners of the state and from diverse backgrounds,” said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean. “We’re excited that many of the cost-neutral jobs solutions we’ve unveiled over the past several months have already garnered bipartisan sponsorship and votes, as well as the support of various representatives of the business and higher education community. We’re now trying to accelerate this momentum to finish the job for New Jersey families and people in the workforce.”
The Senate Republican Leadership team will hold a State House press conference on Thursday, April 23 to culminate their statewide rollout of a 36-bill job creation and economic growth package.
When: Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Room 319 (Senate Republican Caucus Room) of the New Jersey State House, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ
Who: Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean; Deputy Republican Leader Diane Allen; Conference Leader Robert Singer; Deputy Conference Leader Jennifer Beck
Availability: Full, open
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following on the passing of Bennie Rice, Sr., the father of Senator Ronald L. Rice:
“The Senate Republican caucus and I extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Bennie Rice, Sr. As a colleague of Senator Rice and former classmate of Ron Rice Jr., I have come to know this incredible family quite well over the years.
“Bennie Rice, Sr. led by example, leaving a legacy of hardworking and dedicated children and grandchildren who continue to fight for the people of New Jersey.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean talked with NJTV News about his legislative effort (S-2854) to eliminate state worker residency requirements.
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:
“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.”
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.
“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.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following about reforming the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey:
“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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.