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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Passing of Former Senate President John Russo

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement today on the passing of former Senate President John Russo:

Statement from Sen. Tom Kean on the passing of former Senate President John Russo. (SenateNJ.com)

“On behalf of the Senate Republicans, I would like to offer our condolences to Bob, Caryl, and their entire family on the passing of Senate President Russo,” said Kean. “He was a dedicated public servant, a loving father, and a leader committed to improving New Jersey for all its residents.”

Sen. Bob Singer (R-30), who serves as Senate Republican Conference Leader, is married to the former Caryl Lynn Russo, daughter of Senate President Russo.

Senator Jim Holzapfel
Senator Tom Kean

Sweeney-Greenstein-Kean-Holzapfel Bill To Crack Down on Child Porn Now Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Linda R. Greenstein, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, and Senator Jim Holzapfel that would strengthen New Jersey’s child pornography laws and establish additional penalties for violators was signed into law by the Governor today.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Sweeney, Kean, Greenstein, and Holzapfel strengthening New Jersey’s child pornography laws and establishing additional penalties for violators has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“If someone in New Jersey has engaged in the large-scale collection or distribution of pictures of children in sexually suggestive poses, they pose a serious threat to our children and our community,” said Senator Kean. “The Attorney General has highlighted the need to better address this growing problem, including the establishment of new child pornography crimes, tougher punishments, and better monitoring of offenders. There’s a bipartisan consensus that these protections are overdue.”

“We cannot allow the sexual exploitation of children to be tolerated in this state, nor can we turn a blind eye to loopholes in our laws that allow people to engage in this despicable activity in any way,” said Senator Holzapfel. “It’s clear that people who collect child erotica are a threat to public safety and the children of New Jersey, and our laws must be tightened to reflect that.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Legislation Providing Nearly $3 Million for Historic Preservation Projects Signed by Gov.

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Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit Among Grant Recipients

Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-21) that funds nearly $3 million in grants awarded by the New Jersey Historic Trust for capital preservation projects was given final approval after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie. The legislation, S-2991/A-4583, was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (both R-21).

The Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit is among 25 historic New Jersey locations that will receive a preservation grant under legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean. (Reeves-Reed Arboretum)

“We’re working to provide the resources needed to preserve important historic sites across the state and in our local communities,” said Kean. “We want to ensure that these historic sites are kept intact so future generations can enjoy them.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republicans Urge Governor to Reject Backroom Deal on School Funding

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A letter signed by all sixteen members of the Senate Republican caucus was sent to Governor Chris Christie urging him to reject the school funding plan proposed by Democratic leadership, saying it does nothing to fix the systemic problems in New Jersey’s school funding formula. In the letter to the governor, the Republican senators said the deal between Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto was made without transparency and completely ignored months of work by the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness.

Senate Republicans asked Gov. Christie to reject backroom deal on school funding. (SenateNJ.com)

“This plan was negotiated in secret by the Democratic leadership and does nothing to fix the many problems inherent in our flawed school funding formula,” said Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Bergen, Passaic), Vice-Chair of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness. “Mr. Governor, please kill this backroom deal.”

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Tom Kean

Allen/Kean Resolution to Improve Sportsmanship at Youth Athletic Fields Passed by Senate

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) to ensure better sportsmanship by players, coaches and spectators at youth sporting events was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Tom Kean to improve sportsmanship at youth sporting events was passed by the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“While they can get very competitive, youth sports should still be all about having fun,” Senator Allen said. “When people get too heated it ruins that fun for everyone else. Sometimes people just need a reminder about the rules, and hopefully, this will help ensure a good time for all.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Port Authority CEO Search Fails Due to New Jersey Democrats’ Inaction

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Calls for Senate President to Lift Roadblock to Port Authority Reform, Allow Vote After Multi-Year Delay

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that the failure of New Jersey Senate Democrats to allow a vote on comprehensive Port Authority reforms has prevented the bi-state agency from hiring a chief executive officer despite a years-long search.

Sen. Tom Kean said that the failure of New Jersey Senate Democrats to allow a vote on comprehensive Port Authority reforms has prevented the bi-state agency from hiring a CEO despite a years-long search. (Flickr)

It has been reported that John Degnan, Chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, will announce today that a national search to fill a new CEO position will be canceled due a lack of interest from qualified candidates stemming from uncertainty surrounding the role.

“We’ve warned for years that statutory reforms are needed to guarantee the stability that a top-tier candidate would require to assume this important leadership role at the Port Authority,” said Kean. “Despite these concerns, New Jersey Senate Democrats have prevented a final vote on legislation that would codify the structural and transparency reforms that would attract the type of experienced leader that the CEO role demands. Who would risk their career to take on such a high-profile, high-risk job if the role could easily be eliminated or manipulated by fickle politicians?”

Click here to view a timeline of Sen. Kean’s Port Authority Reform efforts from 2014 to the present.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Legislation Providing Nearly $3 Million for Historic Preservation Projects Passes Senate

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Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit Among Grant Recipients

The New Jersey Senate has provided final legislative approval to a measure sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-21) that funds nearly $3 million in grants awarded by the New Jersey Historic Trust for capital preservation projects. The legislation, S-2911/A-4583, was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (both R-21).

The Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit is among 25 historic New Jersey locations that will receive a preservation grant under legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean. (Reeves-Reed Arboretum)

“We’re working to provide the resources needed to preserve important historic sites across the state and in our local communities,” said Kean. “These special places provide an important link to New Jersey’s history that we cannot afford to lose.”

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Tom Kean

Advanced: Allen/Kean Resolution to Improve Sportsmanship at Youth Athletic Fields

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) to ensure better sportsmanship by players, coaches and spectators at youth sporting events was advanced by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Tom Kean to improve sportsmanship at youth sporting events was passed by a senate panel. (SenateNJ.com)

“While they can get very competitive, youth sports should still be all about having fun,” Senator Allen said. “When people get too heated it ruins that fun for everyone else. Sometimes people just need a reminder about the rules, and hopefully, this will help ensure a good time for all.”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel
Senator Tom Kean

Senators Sweeney, Greenstein, Kean & Holzapfel Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Child Pornography Law and Establish Stricter Penalties

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Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senate Law & Public Safety Committee Chair Linda R. Greenstein, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, and Senator Jim Holzapfel yesterday introduced legislation that would strengthen New Jersey’s child pornography laws and establish additional penalties for violators.

Sens. Sweeney, Kean, Greenstein, and Holzapfel introduced legislation that would strengthen New Jersey’s child pornography laws and establish additional penalties for violators. (©iStock)

“If someone in New Jersey has engaged in the large-scale collection or distribution of pictures of children in sexually suggestive poses, they pose a serious threat to our children and our community,” said Senator Kean. “The Attorney General has highlighted the need to better address this growing problem, including the establishment of new child pornography crimes, tougher punishments, and better monitoring of offenders. There’s a bipartisan consensus that these protections are overdue.”

“We cannot allow the sexual exploitation of children to be tolerated in this state, nor can we turn a blind eye to loopholes in our laws that allow people to engage in this despicable activity in any way,” said Senator Holzapfel (R-Ocean). “It’s clear that people who collect child erotica are a threat to public safety and the children of New Jersey, and our laws must be tightened to reflect that.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Now Law: Kean Bill to Support Homeless During Winter

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) to help homeless individuals during severe winter weather events is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Tom Kean’s bill to help protect homeless individuals during the winter was signed into law. (©iStock)

“Extremely cold weather can put our homeless population in incredible danger,” Senator Kean said. “It’s important that we were able to move this legislation forward with plenty of time in the upcoming warm months to implement these changes and ensure we can help people this winter.”

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