New Jersey's 21st Legislative District

Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

  • 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)

  • Sen. Tom Kean testifying on his dog fighting legislation during the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 7, 2015 in the State House. Union County Prosecutor Grace Park (left) also testified in support of the measure. (Full Story)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean speaking at the jobs package press conference at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on April 23, 2015, with Sen. Diane Allen. (Full Story)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean visited Valley View Middle School in Watchung on April 2, 2015 to commend students in the district for working to put an end to bullying on the web, in the classroom and across the country. (Facebook/Tom Kean)

  • 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)

Senator Tom Kean

Kean, Brewery Reps Push Job-Creating Legislation at Expanding Cape May Brewing Company

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Senator Tom Kean joined Garden State craft brewers on a tour of Cape May Brewing Company’s new facilities to promote his three now-bipartisan jobs bills that would help expand opportunities for New Jersey’s brewing, agriculture, tourism, restaurant, retail, and transportation industries.

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.

“I’m proud to have the support of New Jersey’s brewpubs, microbreweries and farmers in pushing this timely legislation to help grow multiple sectors of New Jersey’s economy and create new employment and tourism opportunities,” Kean said. “These three bills will draw more people to our attractions and eliminate prohibitions on how breweries can open, develop and expand. They will double-up on the vast successes of my bipartisan brewing legislation that was enacted in 2012.”

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Kean: Extraordinary Maroon 5 Attendance Proves A-List Legislation Would Establish AC as Premier Entertainment Destination

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that extraordinary attendance at Maroon 5’s Atlantic City beach concert proves that his bipartisan jobs and economic growth legislation, S-2721, is needed to help establish Atlantic City as a premier entertainment destination.

The Press reported that the Maroon 5 concert drew 50,000 fans to AC. Sen. Kean’s bill S-2721, can help establish Atlantic City as a premier entertainment destination.

“The extraordinary attendance and revenue figures from Sunday’s Maroon 5 concert proves that we should immediately pass S-2721 that would repeatedly and consistently draw A-List performers to New Jersey,” Kean said. “The more than 50,000 fans who paid to see A-List performer Maroon 5 give us a glimpse of how Atlantic City can transform into a premier entertainment destination, drawing tourists from the most-densely populated northeast corridor; two of America’s largest cities that are less than two hours away; and from around the world via nearby international airports. With S-2721, Sunday’s results wouldn’t be an exception. They would be the rule.”

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Kean Bill to Criminalize Dog Fighting, Punish Ring Leaders Now Law

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Gov. Chris Christie signed into law bipartisan legislation sponsored Senator Tom Kean to create criminal offenses for dog fighting and leading dog fighting networks, and amend the RICO statute to include dog fighting.

The new law sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean creates criminal offenses for dog fighting and leading dog fighting networks, and amends RICO statutes to include dog fighting. (SenateNJ.com)

“As authorities have attested and recent cases have shown, dog fighting is a barbaric crime that often extends far beyond animal murder or cruelty,” said Senator Kean. “Weapons and narcotics are frequently found at the scene of a fight, posing a threat to the safety and security of the community at large. Amending current racketeering laws to include dog fighting will give law enforcement the tools they need to combat this pervasive underground industry, where dangerous individuals bet tens of thousands of dollars on a single fight, as innocent animals suffer, starve and die in horrifyingly inhuman conditions.”

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Kean’s Statement on Kathy Crotty’s Passing

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following about the unfortunate news of Kathy Crotty’s passing:

Kathleen Crotty (Obituary)

“On behalf of the Senate Republicans, I want to express my sincerest condolences to Kathy Crotty’s family and friends in their time of grief. Kathy was an integral part of the legislature for many years and was greatly respected not only for being the first woman to hold the role of executive director in the Senate Democrats’ office, but for being a hardworking and ethical public servant.  I have fond memories of Kathy from our time working together, which I will cherish as I pray for her and her loved ones.”

Senator Diane Allen
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Allen, Kean Introduce Bill to Protect Nail Salon Workers From Exploitation, Health Hazards

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Senate Republicans Diane Allen and Tom Kean are introducing legislation to protect manicurists and cosmetologists from dangerous health hazards and exploitative labor practices in nail salons across the state.

Legislation by Sens. Tom Kean and Diane Allen would protect manicurists and cosmetologists from dangerous health hazards and exploitative labor practices. (©iStock.com)

The bill would amend the Cosmetology Act of 1984 by requiring the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling to enforce safety and health standards for all workers in licensed nail salons, conduct random inspections, ensure that salon workers are aware of their rights to a fair wage, and mandate that employers provide protective equipment.

“We know that working with toxic chemicals for long hours, day after day, often in poorly ventilated areas can cause long-term damage to a person’s health,” said Senator Allen. “Across our state, women and men are forced to live in fear and put their lives at risk – often for little or no compensation. It is our responsibility to ensure that all workers in New Jersey have access to safe working conditions and that their basic rights are upheld, regardless of what language they speak.”

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Senator Kip Bateman
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Senate Passes Bill to Give Families Choice in “Return Home” Program

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Legislation sponsored by  Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. to modify the state’s ‘Return Home’ policy was approved by the Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman with families who celebrated the Senate’s passage of reform legislation to fix the state’s flawed “Return Home New Jersey” program on July 23, 2015. (SenateNJ.com)

Under the legislation (S3117), agreed upon by the Christie Administration, the state Division of Developmental Disabilities will be prohibited from transferring an individual with a developmental disability currently residing out-of-state to a placement in New Jersey if the individual or their guardian objects in writing. The legislation is also sponsored by Senator Bob Gordon and Senate President Steve Sweeney.

“Throughout this process I’ve heard heart-wrenching stories from many families concerned about the disruption and change in the level of care that will occur if their loved ones who had spent the majority of their life at one facility were suddenly uprooted and moved back to New Jersey,” said Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “This legislation recognizes those concerns by giving families and guardians the option to determine what’s best for the treatment of their loved one.”

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New York Times Urges NJ Dems to Pass Kean’s Port Authority Reform

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following regarding a New York Times editorial urging Trenton Democrats who control the New Jersey Legislature to “step aside” and allow a vote to pass Senator Kean’s bipartisan, bi-state, comprehensive and “fair” legislation to reform the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey:

A New York Times editorial on July 22, 2015 urged Trenton Democrats who control the New Jersey Legislature to allow a vote on Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation reforming the PANYNJ. (SenateNJ.com)

“I hope today’s New York Times editorial is the final wake-up call prompting New Jersey legislative Democrats to allow my hybrid legislation to prevent an abusive Port Authority.

“With New York’s passage of this bill and Gov. Christie’s commitment to sign it into law, Trenton Democrats are the lone obstructers of this reform bill that would stop the Port Authority from wasting or wantonly increasing the billions of dollars the public agency takes each year from hard-working commuters and taxpayers. It’s past time for them to join us bipartisan, bi-state reformers and seize the opportunity we now have to enact workable, comprehensive Port Authority reform for all of the people we represent.”

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Senator Kip Bateman
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Bateman, Kean Announce Bipartisan Agreement on ‘Return Home’ Policy

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Senator Bob Gordon and Senate President Steve Sweeney announced they have reached an agreement with the Christie Administration to end the state’s ‘Return Home’ policy as it currently exists.

Sen. Tom Kean speaking at a State House press conference on July 20, 2015 to announce an agreement to end the state’s ‘Return Home’ policy as it currently exists. (SenateNJ.com)

Under new legislation sponsored by the senators and agreed upon by the administration, the state Division of Developmental Disabilities would be prohibited from transferring an individual with a developmental disability currently residing out-of-state to a placement in New Jersey if the individual or their guardian objects in writing.

“Throughout this process I’ve heard heart-wrenching stories from many families concerned about the disruption and change in the level of care that will occur if their loved ones who had spent the majority of their life at one facility were suddenly uprooted and moved back to New Jersey,” said Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “This legislation recognizes those concerns by giving families and guardians the option to determine what’s best for the treatment of their loved one.”

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Kean Statement on Porrino’s Service With Governor’s Office

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding the announced departure of Chief Counsel Chris Porrino from the Governor’s Office:

Chris Porrino (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

“Chris is a very solutions-oriented person who added incredible value to the Administration. We worked together frequently. He has always focused on what was in the best interests of the people of New Jersey. I thank Chris for his service and wish him well in all his future endeavors.”

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Senate Advances Bipartisan Kean Resolution to Halt Pilgrim Pipeline Project as Proposed

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean opposing the proposed route of an oil pipeline that would run from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey was approved by the Senate.

The Senate approved a resolution sponsored by Senators Kean and Codey calling for the rejection of the Pilgrim Pipeline project as currently proposed. (Coalition to Stop Pilgrim Pipeline)

“If tragedy strikes, this pipeline – which could carry as much as 16.8 million gallons of highly explosive crude and refined fuel through my district a day – could damage the water supplies used by millions of people,” said Senator Tom Kean (R-Morris, Somerset, Union). “The Pilgrim Pipeline would travel through areas as diverse as our most densely developed towns, to environmentally protected lands in the Highlands. As an advocate for the safety and health of the constituents I serve, I stand with the 35 towns across four counties who have spoken out in clear opposition to the pipeline. I urge the Department of Environmental Protection and United States Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a thorough environmental impact report before allowing a potentially catastrophic pipeline to run through the communities we serve.”

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