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Senator Diane Allen
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Sen. Allen Appointed to Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee

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Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) is pleased to announce that Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) has been appointed to the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. She will fill the Republican vacancy on the committee left by Phil Haines, who has taken a seat on the New Jersey Superior Court.

“Senator Allen has demonstrated enormous compassion and concern for veterans and their families throughout her career,” said Senator Kean. “Time and again she has led the charge to ensure those who have served our country, as well as their families, receive the benefits, care, and assistance they deserve. Diane will be an outstanding addition to the committee and will work hard in her trademark, bipartisan spirit for the sake of New Jersey’s veterans.”

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Stop Stalling Over Toolkit Initiatives

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The following is an editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that was published on November 11, 2010 in The Record:

Building broad support for policy initiatives is an indispensible part of the legislative process. Reaching consensus more often than not takes a great deal of time and effort- particularly when the answers to complicated problems are not readily obvious.

However, pleas for more time to build “consensus” can also be used by those controlling the agenda at the State Capitol as an excuse not to act. With less than two months remaining in the legislative year, the Democrat Majority has yet to take up a package of reforms that would put a lid on our state’s highest in the nation property taxes- one that even they acknowledge is a necessary compliment to the 2% property tax cap passed earlier this year.

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Tom Kean Statement on the Death of Cary Edwards

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement regarding the death of Cary Edwards:

“I am truly saddened to learn that Cary Edwards has lost his courageous fight against cancer. He was a friend of the family and an exemplary public servant. He truly loved New Jersey and from an early age dedicated his energy, intellect and spirit to serving the people of this State.

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GOP Senators Call on Senate President to Post “Toolkit” Measures for a Vote

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All sixteen Republican members of the New Jersey Senate signed a letter today asking Senate President Steve Sweeney to post Governor Chris Christie’s ‘toolkit’ measures for a vote. The toolkit includes a number of comprehensive measures that will make it possible to rein in property taxes, including common-sense reforms to binding arbitration and civil service.

The full letter follows:

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Kean Statement on Senator Phil Haines

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean made the following statement today after Senator Phil Haines was confirmed to be a Judge of the Superior Court:

“Phil Haines is an effective legislator and a good friend. His understanding and insight of the issues facing New Jersey will be sorely missed by the entire Senate Chamber. However, the Senate’s loss is the court’s gain. I know Phil will bring the same compassion, intelligence and honor to the court as he brought to the Legislature and remain a strong and independent voice for the people.”

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Senate Republican Leader Kean Sponsors Legislation to Restructure NJSIAA

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding legislation introduced today that would reform the NJSIAA:

“For more than 90 years the NJSIAA has worked to ensure that scholastic sports in New Jersey are safe, fair and affordable for the students, families and districts. I too am concerned about some of the financial lapses that were describe in the report issued by the State Commission of Investigation but by no means do these allegations require that the NJSIAA be dismantled. The Legislature must repair what is broken in the organization without destroying all the good the NJSIAA has accomplished for the better part of a century.”

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Tom Kean: JBOC Must Meet to Approve Funds for Needed Transportation Projects

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding the failure of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee (JBOC) to meet to authorize funding for new construction projects:

“It is unfortunate the chairman has chosen to suspend future meetings of JBOC for the foreseeable future, especially during these difficult economic times. JBOC exists to provide critical oversight for the transfer of funds between various governmental accounts. The committee must meet in the near future in order to authorize the funding of new transportation construction projects.

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Kean Statement on Democrats Plan to Subpoena “Race to the Top” Officials

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement today after Senate Democrats voted in favor of giving subpoena power to the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee to further investigate New Jersey’s “Race to the Top” application:

“I am disappointed that New Jersey did not receive ‘Race to the Top’ funding, but Democrats are wasting time and effort chasing a question that has long been answered. The former Education Commissioner has admitted he made the mistake on the application and accepted full responsibility for the error.

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Kean’s Human Trafficking Bill Clears Committee

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Recent Arrests Confirm Pervasive Issue in N.J.

A bill sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that expands New Jersey’s Human Trafficking law was unanimously passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that has a devastating impact on victims, their families and society as a whole, ” Kean stated. “We have a responsibility to help these victims who suffer in despair waiting for anyone to take up their cause and demand justice.”

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Tom Kean: Study Demonstrates Need to Move Christie’s Reform Agenda

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding a new study that reveals New Jersey’s outmigration rate is among the highest in the nation:

“Another study on the emigration of people from New Jersey is emphasizing the need for immediate, corrective measure to strengthen New Jersey’s economic position and policies. The time for fixing the blame is past. Now it is time to fix the problem.

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