New Jersey's 21st Legislative District

Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

  • 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)

  • Senator Tom Kean (right-center) and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (left-center) joined with students, teachers and other local officials for a White Out against bullying rally at Watchung Hills Regional High School on Friday, March 1, 2014. (Denis J. Kelly/Echoes-Sentinel)

  • Senator Tom Kean (R-21) joined BrawlHouse for the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony at their new sports training facility in Mountainside on February 28, 2014. (BrawlHouse)

Senator Tom Kean

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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Kean & Singer Seeking Update from State Health Commissioner on New Jersey’s Preparedness to Respond to Ebola

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) and Senator Bob Singer (R-30), the ranking Republican member of the Senate Health Committee, sent the following letter to New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd seeking an update on the preparedness of the Department of Health to effectively respond and protect the public should persons infected with the Ebola virus be identified in the state.

Following the breakdown of infectious disease protocols with the first domestic infection of the Ebola virus in Texas, Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Bob Singer are working to ensure that the same mistakes are not made in New Jersey. The virus is pictured in a colorized transmission electron micrograph. (CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith)

Letter from Sens. Kean & Singer to Health Commissioner O’Dowd on NJ’s Ebola Preparedness

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Kean Rolls Out New Senate Republican Job Creation Package

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced that the caucus will be touring the state to unveil a new job creation and economic growth package throughout the next couple of months.

“On behalf of the caucus, I am excited to introduce this new set of bills to create New Jersey jobs and grow the state economy without costing taxpayers extra money,” Kean said. “The Republican caucus looks forward to bringing these solutions into the neighborhoods of employers, entrepreneurs, innovators and working families across the state. I am confident that these innovative ideas will attract bipartisan support and sponsorship quickly to pass this legislation.”

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Kean’s Statement on Remembering 9/11/2001

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:

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)

“Thirteen years ago, thousands of innocent Americans became sudden victims of terror. Today, we remember and pay tribute to those who truly embodied perseverance, courage, and heroism not only on September 11, 2001, but also during the difficult days of recovery and rebuilding. We hold first responders, victims and their families in our hearts. Their strength stands as a testament to American resiliency. Today, we reflect on how our nation has come together in the past 13 years to overcome one of the darkest days of our history. We remember and honor those who gave and make tremendous sacrifices for us all.”

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Sen. Tom Kean Completes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Calls Out Other Legislative Leaders

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean was nominated to complete the ALS ice bucket challenge by Amanda Woloshen Glass. He responded to the challenge, with the help of his daughters, and nominated New Jersey’s other legislative leaders — Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick — to take the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. Senator Kean will also make a donation to the ALS Association.

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Senate Passes Kean Legislation to Create Criteria for Colleges to Get State Tax Dollars

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. to create criteria to determine how state tax dollars are allotted to colleges and universities throughout New Jersey was advanced today by the full Senate.

“A Commission has long been needed to study and determine an accountable, consistent and equitable measure for how billions of dollars in public funding is annually provided to colleges and universities,” said Kean (R-Union). “New Jersey’s overtaxed residents cannot afford to pay for any arbitrary state spending. We need to continuously examine every dollar spent to ensure that taxpayers are getting the most for their money.”

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Kean, Bucco Offer Options to Eliminate $1.7B in Tax, Fee Increases Proposed for FY15 Budget

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco presented options to eliminate approximately $1.7 billion in tax and fee increases proposed for the FY15 state budget.

“Senate Republicans believe that budget negotiations should steer sharply away from dozens of tax and fee increases,” said Kean (R-Union). “We support 99 percent of the Governor’s proposed budget, but believe that there is a better way to finish the document than raising so many costs on New Jerseyans and job creators.

“We are not surprised and we will absolutely not support the Senate Democrats’ proposals to raise $1.6 billion in taxes on those who pay the most to fund critical public services, which would drastically decrease state revenues and put middle-class public pensioners out of work,” Kean said.

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Kean, Weinberg Bill Allowing Crime Victims to Obtain Records at No Cost Heads to Christie

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr.  and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg allowing crime victims to get official records related to a crime they suffered at no cost, and ensuring their requests are kept confidential, was approved today by the Senate. It now heads to the governor’s desk.

“The tolls of being victimized are already high enough,” said Kean (R-Union). “Vulnerable and suffering victims deserve free, easy access to public records in this way, so that they can better protect themselves and their families.”

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