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Senator Bob Singer
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Senate Committee Passes Kean & Singer Bills to Protect Students with NJCLASS College Loans Overseen by HESAA

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The Senate Higher Education Committee has advanced two Senate Republican bills to protect students with NJ CLASS loans overseen by the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA.)

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Robert Singer sponsor legislation to protect students with NJCLASS loans overseen by HESAA. Both bills were advanced by the Senate Higher Ed Committee. (Flickr)

Senator Robert Singer’s bill would require HESAA to establish a new income-based repayment option and a loan rehabilitation program for NJ CLASS borrowers. Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s bill would require HESAA to obtain a court order prior to using certain collection practices for defaulted loans.

“College students should be focused on making the most of their degree by finding a career that will allow them to gain financial independence,” Senator Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) said. “Instead, more and more graduates are using their hard-earned dollars to climb out from under a mountain of debt. Requiring HESAA to establish a fair, income-based loan rehabilitation program will enable recent grads to save for the future and funnel the money they can afford to spend on a starting salary back into the local economy.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Hoboken NJ Transit Train Crash

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset) stated the following on the NJ Transit train crash at the Hoboken Terminal.

Sen. Tom Kean extended his thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the Sept. 29 NJ Transit crash in Hoboken. (SenateNJ.com)

“My thoughts and prayers are with the more than 100 passengers who were injured this morning in Hoboken, the first responders who rushed to the scene, and the heroic civilians who worked quickly to help those who were seriously injured in the train crash.”

“My heart goes out to the countless family members and friends who are anxiously awaiting news that their loved ones are safe, or who are now coping with a tragic loss of life. As a longtime representative of communities that are home to a wealth of NJ Transit commuters, I and my colleagues in the legislature stand ready to support anyone who needs our help in the wake of this tragedy. We will do everything we can to aid all affected in their time of need.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Urges Preservation of Camden Home Where Martin Luther King Jr. Lived

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Following reports that a Camden residence once home to Martin Luther King Jr. is at risk of demolition, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has joined the effort to preserve this important piece of our state and nation’s history.

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream,” speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, march on Washington, D.C. (Wikimedia Commons)

Kean will introduce a legislative resolution urging the property located at 753 Walnut Street to be added to the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.

“Martin Luther King Jr. helped lead the civil rights movement, demonstrating how non-violent resistance could be used to challenge racial inequality,” said Kean. “It’s been suggested that Dr. King’s experiences while living in Camden led to his later involvement in the fight to end racial discrimination, segregation and poverty.”

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Kean on Capture of NJ & NYC Bombing Suspect

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean congratulated law enforcement on the quick capture of the suspect in the weekend bombings in New Jersey and New York City, and recognized the citizens who alerted authorities of suspicious devices that proved to be unexploded bombs.

Sen. Tom Kean congratulated law enforcement on the quick capture of the suspect in the weekend bombings in New Jersey and New York City, and recognized citizens who alerted authorities of suspicious devices. (FBI)

“The speed with which many law enforcement agencies coordinated to identify and capture the suspect behind this weekend’s bombings is impressive and a testament to their professionalism and improved ability to work together,” said Kean. “We owe a debt of gratitude to the New Jersey State Police, NYPD, FBI and local law enforcement around Elizabeth, Linden and Seaside Park. I also want to wish the victims of the bombings and the two police officers injured in the suspect’s capture a full and speedy recovery.”

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Kean Bill Will Bring Global Market to NJ, Streamline International Arbitration

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The New Jersey Senate has passed Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s bipartisan bill to simplify the international arbitration process for businesses that choose to set up shop in New Jersey.

Sen. Tom Kean’s bill would streamline the international arbitration process, encouraging international businesses to set up shop in New Jersey. (SenateNJ)

“Companies that engage in global trade are searching for states with laws that allow them to pursue simpler, less expensive ways to resolve international disputes,” Senator Kean (R-Union) said. “Right now, only a handful of U.S. states have laws that facilitate a streamlined arbitration process. Enacting this law will establish New Jersey as a premier destination for international businesses and corporations who have the capacity to create thousands of in-state jobs.”

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Senator Kip Bateman
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Governor Signs Kean/Bateman Bill to Allow Wagering at Far Hills Race Meeting

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Kip Bateman to allow pari-mutuel betting at the Far Hills Race Meeting was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation by Sen. Tom Kean and Senator Kip Bateman allowing pari-mutuel betting at the Far Hills Race Meeting. (Facebook/Far Hills Race Meeting)

The bill, A-1697/S-2394, authorizes the New Jersey Racing Commission to grant a special two-day permit annually to conduct a steeplechase race, and to allow wagering on the event.

“The signing of this legislation represents recognition of the Far Hills Race Meeting’s long history of supporting charitable causes and its positive impact on the region,” said Kean. “Wagering will expand the ability of the event to support local healthcare services and help maintain the viability of New Jersey’s horse farms.”

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Kean: Further Delaying Legislative Approval of Port Authority Reforms Will Hurt NJ Commuters

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Warns of Longer Commutes, Higher Fares & Tolls

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that Garden State commuters will pay the price for the New Jersey Senate’s continued failure to adopt Port Authority reforms that have languished since May.

Sen. Tom Kean warned that New Jersey commuters will suffer longer commutes and higher fares and tolls if the Senate President continues to delay Port Authority reforms. (Flickr)

“The Port Authority’s search for a new chief executive has stalled due to uncertainty in the agency’s future structure and governance, and plans for a new Manhattan bus terminal to receive New Jersey commuters have begun to fall apart.

“We need an extremely experienced leader to head the Port Authority and direct the tens of billions of bus, rail and airport projects that are on the horizon.

“Until we finish the legislative process of reforming the agency, however, it’s unlikely that we’ll be able to hire someone who is capable of getting critical projects like the Manhattan bus terminal back on track.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Mourns Passing of Former Sen. Joe Palaia

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement on the passing of former Senator Joe Palaia:

Former Senator Joseph Anthony Palaia Sr. passed away at the age of 89. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am saddened by the loss of Joe Palaia. He was one of the kindest and most decent legislators to ever serve in Trenton.

“As a son of the Jersey Shore, Joe was beloved by Monmouth County residents. A dedicated public servant, he served for more than four decades as a council member, mayor, freeholder and legislator.

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Now Law: Kean Bill to Commemorate Upcoming National Park Service Centennial

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New Jersey will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service on August 25, 2016 under legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) and signed into law by Governor Christie.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 2016. (NPS)

“From the Paterson Great Falls, to the Pinelands Preserve, the landscape of our state would not be the same without the preservation efforts carried out by the National Park Service over the course of the last 100 years,” Senator Kean said. “I am pleased to see the Governor sign this law honoring the Park Service for protecting natural and historic treasures in the Garden State and across the nation.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos
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Kean & Kyrillos Call for Construction of Port Authority Bus Terminal on West Side of Manhattan

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Senators Join Bipartisan Effort to Preserve One-Seat Ride to New York for New Jersey Commuters

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union, Somerset) and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) have joined State and federal officials on a bipartisan basis to call for the construction of a new bus terminal in New York that will preserve a one-seat ride to New York for New Jersey’s commuters and create economic growth throughout the bi-state region.

Senators Tom Kean and Joe Kyrillos joined NJ state and federal officials in calling for construction of Port Authority Bus Terminal on West Side of Manhattan. (Flickr)

Kean and Kyrillos, both longstanding advocates for New Jersey commuters, are joined by eight members of the New Jersey House delegation and eight other members of the New Jersey Legislature in sending a letter to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey leadership detailing the need for construction of a new bus terminal on Manhattan’s West Side designed to meet a projected 50 percent increase in ridership demand by 2040.

Click here to view a PDF of the letter. The full text of the letter is below:

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