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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Kean Applauds Formation of New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean joined with Senate President Stephen Sweeney and a bipartisan group of legislators from both the Senate and General Assembly to launch the New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus during a virtual event today.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean joined a bipartisan group of legislators from both the Senate and General Assembly to launch the New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus during a virtual event. (YouTube)

The Disability Caucus will serve as a bipartisan forum within the New Jersey Legislature for lawmakers and their staff to consider the impact on the disability community when shaping all public policies in the Garden State through increased awareness and a greater understanding of the complexities of the disabilities service system and issues affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.

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Governor Signs Kean Bill to Ensure Fairness of NJ Criminal Justice System

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The Governor today signed Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s bill requiring that data collection concerning the state’s criminal justice system is conducted in a consistent and uniform manner, and is easily accessible to the public.

Senate Republican Leader Kean’s legislation requiring the Attorney General to collect, record, and analyze criminal justice data, including demographic statistics was signed today by the Governor. (©iStock)

The new law requires the Attorney General to collect, record, and analyze criminal justice data, including demographic statistics.

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Senate Passes Kean Bill Providing in-State Tuition to Veterans and Family Members Engaged in Remote Learning

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean providing in-State tuition status to certain veterans and family members during a period of remote instruction was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean providing in-State tuition status to certain veterans and family members during a period of remote instruction was approved today by the New Jersey Senate. (©iStock)

“Due to the current health crisis, many public institutions of higher education have engaged in remote learning,” said Kean (R-21). “This bill will allow veterans and their family members to continue to pay in-State tuition during any period of mandatory remote instruction—even if they are living outside of New Jersey during that period.”

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Pennacchio & Kean Bill to Review Effectiveness of Programs Supporting Businesses Owned by Minorities and Women Clears Senate

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The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Republican Leader Tom Kean that would track the performance of State programs to strengthen women- and minority-owned businesses.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Pennacchio and Senate Republican Leader Kean to help minority- and women-owned businesses cleared the Senate today. (©iStock)

“Vibrant and growing women- and minority-owned enterprises are crucial to a strong New Jersey economy,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This bill will allow us to evaluate the data so we can identify trends and better understand which programs are effective, and which are falling short. We cannot make decisions about public policy that impacts the economy if we don’t have accurate, up-to-date numbers.”

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Kean’s Bill Cutting Red Tape to Help Military Spouses Resume Careers Advances

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to make it easier for military spouses to resume their careers after relocating to New Jersey has been approved by the Senate Commerce Committee.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to make it easier for military spouses to resume their careers after relocating to New Jersey has been approved by the Senate Commerce Committee. (©iStock)

“During these difficult times, the spouses of the brave men and women of our military should not have to go through unnecessary red tape to secure long-term employment after relocating to New Jersey,” said Kean (R-21). “This bill will give more flexibility to state licensing boards, and will allow otherwise qualified individuals to continue to practice their profession—as long as their spouses, who are in the military, are stationed in our state.”

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Tom Kean, Jr. on Economic Justice

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The coronavirus crisis has brought into focus the continuing challenges that women, minorities, and low-income communities face in New Jersey, especially during times of economic upheaval.

Sen. Tom Kean, Jr. (SenateNJ.com)

While much of government is consumed with gridlock and division, I will always reach across the aisle and work with Democrats like Senate President Steve Sweeney to support an effort to address the issue of economic injustice.

That’s why I was excited to play a role in the New Jersey Legislature’s reconstitution of the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity.

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Kean Bill Offering Vets Free Admission to State Parks on Veterans Day Advances

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s measure to provide free admission to State parks and forests and certain historic sites for veterans on Veterans Day has been advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Sen. Tom Kean’s measure to provide free admission to State parks and forests and certain historic sites for veterans on Veterans Day has advanced. (©iStock)

“In recognition of our brave veterans who have protected our freedoms throughout war and peace, it is fitting to offer them complimentary admission to New Jersey’s beautiful State Parks on Veterans Day,” said Kean (R-21). “It’s a small way to honor our country’s military personnel and show our appreciation for their service and patriotism. We hope that this measure will help them enjoy the tranquility that the great outdoors offers in their home State.”

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Committee Advances Kean Bill Protecting Dogs from Cruelty

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Legislation Establishes Trunk Fighting as a Third-Degree Crime

Legislation strengthening protections against animal cruelty today cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

A Senate committee advanced Senator Kean’s legislation that would designate ‘trunk fighting’ of dogs an animal cruelty offense and a crime of the third degree. (SenateNJ.com)

Sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, bill S-975 defines “trunk fighting” as the barbaric practice of enclosing two or more dogs in the trunk of a motor vehicle and instigating them to fight to the death. The bill establishes the contemptible act as an animal cruelty offense and a crime of the third degree.

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Statement from Sen. Kean on Passing of Steve Adubato, Sr.

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement on the passing of Stephen N. Adubato, Sr.:

Statement from Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on the passing of Stephen N. Adubato, Sr. (CC0 Public Domain)

“Steve was a strong and respectful individual who had great insights into people. He will be remembered for putting his enormous talents in leading, teaching, and organizing people to use to benefit his beloved community. From the North Ward Center to the Robert Treat Academy and well beyond, Steve’s legacy of helping and educating people lives on in the valuable institutions he created and in the many lives he helped improve. I extend my sincere condolences to the entire Adubato family.”

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Kean Calls Out Murphy for Waiting Too Long to Use CARES Act Funds to Help Municipalities with Pandemic Expenses

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Releasing $60 Million to Local Governments is Less than 25 Percent of What Governor Promised in April, When Federal Money Became Available

In April, New Jersey received $2.4 billion in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act money, and six months later, Governor Murphy is just now releasing a small portion of the money to local governments.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said Governor Murphy’s allocation of CARES Act funds to local governments is less than 25 percent of what was promised to municipalities in April. (Pixabay)

At a public event in Evesham Township in Burlington County that resembled a campaign photo op for Democrat Congressman Andy Kim, Murphy said he was releasing $60 million to municipal governments, a drop in the bucket compared to what New Jersey towns have spent during the pandemic.

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