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Kean Announces Senate Republican Leadership Team for 2018-2019 Session

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) announced the new caucus leadership for the upcoming 2018-2019 legislative session:

New Jersey Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced the new caucus leadership for the upcoming 2018-2019 legislative session. (SenateNJ.com)

  • Deputy Minority Leader – Senator Bob Singer (R-30)
  • Conference Leader – Senator Steven Oroho (R-24)
  • Deputy Conference Leader – Senator-elect Chris Brown (R-2)
  • Whip – Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26)
  • Deputy Whip – Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8)
  • Budget Officer – Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25)

“Senate Republicans see a renewed opportunity to advance initiatives that will improve the lives of the people of New Jersey,” said Kean. “We’re focused on addressing New Jersey’s crisis of affordability, creating new opportunities for students and job seekers, and rebuilding trust in government. The Senate Republican leadership team is optimistic that we can help the members of our caucus, and the Legislature as a whole, to effectively address these most pressing challenges. Every Senate Republican is engaged in this endeavor, and they each have the drive and the talent that our state will need to be successful.”

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Senator Tom Kean

In the News: Kean Offers Democrats Compromise on Modest Minimum Wage Increase for Middle-Class Tax Cuts

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NJTV reported yesterday on an offer made by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to Governor-Elect Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders to address New Jersey’s crisis of affordability in a bipartisan way:

“We have no intention of being the party of ‘no,’” said Sen. Tom Kean Jr., the Senate minority leader.

Instead, Kean proposed bipartisan compromise. If Democrats reduce the income tax for the middle class — say for families earning less than $110,000 and individuals earning $50,000 to $70,000 — Republicans would support a moderate raise in New Jersey’s minimum wage to a “fair” level. That includes carve-outs.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Re-Elected Senate Republican Leader

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The New Jersey Senate Republican caucus has unanimously re-elected Senator Tom Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset) as its leader for the upcoming 2018-2019 legislative session.

The New Jersey Senate Republican caucus has re-elected Sen. Tom Kean as its leader for the upcoming 2018-2019 legislative session. (SenateNJ.com)

Following his selection, Kean issued the following remarks:

“It’s an honor to have been given the opportunity by my colleagues to continue serving as Senate Republican Leader.

“The coming years will present some difficult challenges for New Jersey, but they are challenges we can overcome if reasonable people from across the political spectrum are willing to work together.

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Senator Tom Kean

Legislative Leaders Pledge Bipartisan Commitment to Bring Amazon’s HQ2 Corporate Headquarters to New Jersey

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Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr., and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick sent the attached correspondence to Governor Chris Christie today pledging a concerted, bipartisan effort to bring Amazon’s new HQ2 second corporate headquarters to New Jersey.

The leadership of the New Jersey Legislature pledged a concerted, bipartisan effort to bring Amazon’s new HQ2 second corporate headquarters to New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“The bipartisan legislation that we’ve announced will improve New Jersey’s competitiveness for Amazon’s HQ2 and every other large-scale project that’s looking for a home,” said Senate Minority Leader Kean (R-Morris/Somerset/Union). “Our quick action demonstrates nimbleness in New Jersey government that would have been unthinkable just a decade ago. It shows that we’re committed to competing for transformative projects like HQ2 that can supercharge the New Jersey economy and offer amazing new job opportunities to our residents.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: NJ Should Compete in Amazon’s Search for Home of New HQ, Billions in Investment & Tens of Thousands of Jobs

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Says State Should Continue Long-Term Efforts to Keep Improving Business Environment

As part of Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s continued emphasis on creating jobs in New Jersey, he encouraged State and local officials to put together proposals to compete for Amazon’s newly announced headquarters, and to identify programs and policies the Legislature and Executive branch can improve upon to make New Jersey’s business environment more attractive over both the short- and long-term.

Sen. Tom Kean encouraged State and local officials to compete for Amazon’s newly announced headquarters, and to identify opportunities to improve upon New Jersey’s business environment. (Wikimedia Commons)

“New Jersey has benefits for businesses, employees, and their families that no other location in the country can match,” said Kean. “We have direct access to markets, capital, and culture being within an hour of two major cities, we’re home to one of the nation’s premier international airports, our schools and universities compete globally, our workforce is among the most highly skilled in America, and the Jersey Shore offers the best beach experience in the United States. There’s no reason that New Jersey should not compete for Amazon and every other business that’s looking for a place to locate.”

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Kean Statement on the Passing of Sen. Jim Whelan

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding the passing of Senator Jim Whelan:

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean mourned the sudden passing of Sen. Jim Whelan. (SenateNJ.com)

“Senator Whelan gave his all to serve both his constituents and his students in Atlantic City, Atlantic County, and the 2nd Legislative District. I’m extremely saddened to learn of his sudden passing. My prayers are with his wife, Kathy, and his family. New Jersey lost a good man today.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
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Pennacchio Elevated to Republican Whip

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced today that Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) has been elevated to the position of Whip within the Senate Republican caucus leadership.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced on Aug. 21, 2017 that Sen. Joe Pennacchio has been elevated to the position of Republican Whip. (SenateNJ.com)

“Senator Pennacchio has been a tried-and-true leader in our caucus for many years now. The elevation to Republican Whip is well-deserved,” Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said. “Joe has consistently demonstrated a keen understanding of our legislative priorities. He has been a passionate advocate for school funding reform, protecting the innocent, and expanding our community outreach efforts. I have no doubt that as Republican Whip, he will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that every taxpayer has a voice in Trenton.”

Pennacchio previously served as Assistant Republican Leader from 2014 to 2017. He is taking over the role of Whip following the departure of former Senate Republican Whip, Kevin O’Toole.

“Kevin was a tenacious and dedicated public servant. He left big shoes to fill,” Senator Pennacchio (R-26) said. “I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to serve as the next Republican Whip. We have come a long way, but there is still much more we can do to cut taxes, create opportunities, and make New Jersey a better, more affordable place for everyone. I look forward to working with my colleagues to swiftly advance Republican solutions to achieve those goals.”

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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