New Jersey's 21st Legislative District

Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean speaking at the reorganization of the New Jersey Senate at the State House on January 9, 2018. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Diane Allen visited the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel on April 28, 2016 to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean speaking during a visit with Sen. Diane Allen to the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel on April 28, 2016 to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Steven Oroho toured Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County on March 21, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean was presented with the 2015 Humane State Legislator Award by Kathleen Schatzmann, New Jersey Senior State Director for the Humane Society on March 14, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Sen. Jennifer Beck visited the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County in Asbury Park on March 8, 2016 to highlight legislation to help non-profits and charities. (Full Story)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick announced opposition to Democrat-proposed constitutional amendments that would lock in automatic tax increases and diminish voter influence in rigged New Jersey legislative elections. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Jennifer Beck served as judges for the AT&T Civic App Challenge, a two-month hackathon to develop mobile applications that meet a community need. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean (left) attended the groundbreaking of NJIT’s $19 million world-class life sciences and engineering facility, designed to foster revolutionary research and high quality instruction, funded in part through Kean’s ‘Building Our Future Bond Act.’ (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kean tours the Cape May Brewing Company’s new facilities while promoting three new bipartisan jobs bills to support NJ’s rapidly-growing craft brewing industry. (Full Story)

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Panel Clears Kean Resolution Seeking Commissioning of U.S.S. New Jersey Submarine on the Camden Waterfront

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A resolution sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean calling for the commissioning of the new U.S.S. New Jersey fast-attack nuclear submarine to be held in New Jersey was endorsed by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee today.

A resolution sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean calls for the U.S. Navy to commissions the new U.S.S. New Jersey fast-attack nuclear submarine here in New Jersey.

“It is more than appropriate that the historic commissioning of this state-of-the-art vessel be conducted right here in this state, and more specifically in view of the retired Battleship New Jersey on the Camden waterfront,” said Kean (R-21).

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Kean Measure Designating April of Each Year as ‘Educational Opportunity Fund Month’ Signed into Law

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A joint resolution sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that designates April of each year as “Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Month” was signed into law yesterday by Governor Murphy.

A joint resolution sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean that designates April of each year as “Educational Opportunity Fund Month” was signed into law by Gov. Murphy. (Pixabay)

“This is an important piece of legislation and I am pleased that it has finally been signed into law. Since 1968, the Educational Opportunity Fund has provided critical services and support for hundreds of thousands of students, including counseling, tutoring, and developmental course work,” said Kean (R-21). “By designating the month of April as ‘Educational Opportunity Fund Month,’ we will help bring awareness to this important program that continues to make college more attainable for students facing academic and financial challenges.”

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Kean Bill Establishing Resume Bank for People with Disabilities Clears Committee

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean that would establish a voluntary resume bank for individuals with a disability was approved yesterday by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean that would establish a voluntary resume bank for individuals with a disability was advanced yesterday by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Establishing this resume bank will help ensure that our government continues to be more thoughtful, inclusive, and supportive of the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families,” said Kean (R-21). “This legislation will allow the state to more easily recruit talented people with disabilities to serve on important commissions and will give better overall representation to those individuals in state government.”

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Kean Bill Establishing NJ Transit ADA Task Force Advances

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A task force will be created to ensure New Jersey Transit is meeting its Americans with Disabilities Act obligations under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and advanced today by the Transportation Committee.

A task force will be created to ensure New Jersey Transit is meeting its Americans with Disabilities Act obligations under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and advanced by the Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill (S-2645) would establish a New Jersey Transit ADA Task Force to study terminals, stations, and equipment operated by or under contract with NJ Transit for compliance with the federal requirements.

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Kean Applauds Selection of Steven Oroho as Senate Republican Leader

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released a statement today congratulating his successor, Senator Steven Oroho after he was declared by acclamation as the next caucus leader:

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said it is an honor to be succeeded by Senator Oroho, whose steady hand will lead a unified and invigorated Senate Republican team into the new legislative session in January. (SenateNJ.com)

“It is my honor to be succeeded by Senator Oroho, whose steady hand will lead a unified and invigorated Senate Republican team into the new legislative session in January.

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Kean Says Treasury Announcement on Ben & Jerry’s Shows Success of Law Prohibiting State Investment in Companies that Boycott Israel

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) said an announcement by the New Jersey Department of Treasury today demonstrates the success of a 2016 law which prohibits the investment of state public employee retirement funds in companies that boycott Israel.

Sen. Tom Kean said an announcement by the Treasury Department demonstrates the success of a 2016 law which prohibits the investment of New Jersey public employee retirement funds in companies that boycott Israel. (Pixabay)

“Our anti-BDS law was one of the first in the nation to use the power of state investment decisions to remove support for businesses that boycott Israel,” said Kean. “The announcement by Treasury that state investment will be prohibited in the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s following a review we requested pursuant to the law we enacted is yet another example that the process works as intended.”

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Kean Urges President Biden to Add Union & Morris Counties as Declared Major Disaster Area

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean urged President Joseph Biden to add Union and Morris counties to the list of New Jersey counties that have been declared major disaster areas following the devastating impact of Hurricane Ida:

Sen. Tom Kean urged President Biden to add Union and Morris counties to the list of New Jersey counties that have been declared major disaster areas following the devastating impact of Hurricane Ida. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’ve been touring Morris and Union counties and meeting with homeowners and business owners who suffered devastating flood damage as a result of Ida,” said Kean (R-Union/Morris/Somerset). “It’s clear they have the same urgent need for federal support as the six New Jersey counties that have already been declared major disaster areas. I urge President Biden to extend the major disaster declaration to Union and Morris counties to ensure that all of our communities get the help they will need for a full and successful recovery.”

Senator Bob Singer
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Senator Kip Bateman
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Senate Republican Leadership Calls on Senate President Sweeney to Recognize Sen. Vince Polistina

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Say Atlantic County Families Can’t Afford to Wait Months for Help

The Senate Republican leadership team called for Senate President Stephen Sweeney to recognize the swearing-in of Senator Vince Polistina (R-2) that occurred on Monday, August 23.

The Senate Republican leadership team called for Senate President Stephen Sweeney to recognize the swearing-in of Senator Vince Polistina (R-2) that occurred on Monday, August 23. (SenateNJ.com)

The following joint statement was issued by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21), Deputy Leader Bob Singer (R-30), Conference Leader Kristin Corrado (R-40), Whip Joe Pennacchio (R-26), Deputy Whip Kip Bateman (R-16), and Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24):

“We are deeply concerned that Senate President Sweeney will not recognize the swearing-in of Senator Polistina. We believe the families of the 2nd Legislative District deserve the representation and support that a sitting senator can provide during this extremely difficult time.

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Kean Statement on Swearing-in of Senator Vince Polistina

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) issued the following statement on the swearing-in of Senator Vince Polistina (R-2) on Monday:

Statement from Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on the swearing-in of Senator Vince Polistina. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s imperative that the residents of Atlantic County and the 2nd Legislative District have a sitting senator who is actively fighting to resolve their problems with Governor Murphy’s broken unemployment system, motor vehicles, and the many other important challenges that have arisen during the pandemic.

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In Memory of Timothy Piazza: Bateman/Kean Measure to Combat Hazing Signed into Law

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Senator Kip Bateman and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to increase penalties for hazing has been signed into law by Governor Murphy.

Senator Kip Bateman and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to increase penalties for hazing has been signed into law. (The Timothy J. Piazza Memorial Foundation)

Timothy Piazza of Readington, a 19-year-old Penn State University student, died in February 2017 during a fraternity hazing ritual.

“Shortly after Timothy’s death, I received a letter from Matthew Prager, a 12-year-old student who was Timothy’s friend and neighbor, asking that I introduce anti-hazing legislation in Timothy’s name,” said Bateman. “To this day, I am grateful to Matthew for sending me that letter. No student deserves to go through the ritual humiliation that 19-year-old Timothy Piazza experienced. With the signing of this bill, hazing will no longer be tolerated in New Jersey.”

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