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 & Oroho: First Amazon, Now Google. How Many Opportunities Will NJ Miss Before We Take Action?

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Senate Republicans Call for Changes to Business Tax Policies in Wake of NYC Google Expansion Announcement

In light of yesterday’s Wall Street Journal report detailing Google’s plans to add 12,000 new jobs in New York City, Senate Republicans Tom Kean and Steven Oroho said that the expansion would cost New Jersey thousands of  jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in lost tax revenue.

Senate Republicans Tom Kean and Steven Oroho are calling for action following reports of Google’s plans to add 12,000 new jobs in New York City, which the senators said will cost New Jersey thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in lost tax revenue. (WikiCommons)

“Given our state’s bad-for-business policies, it wasn’t a surprise that Amazon chose Long Island City over New Jersey, but the news of Google’s decision to expand to New York City is just as bad,” Senator Oroho said. “Many of these new Google employees will most likely choose to raise families in New Jersey, while paying income taxes in New York. That means we will lose out on the high-paying jobs that could have been created here, and the tax revenue we need to fund our schools.”

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Kean: Murphy’s Tax Increases Blew NJ’s Shot for Amazon’s HQ2

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said massive tax increases imposed by Governor Phil Murphy and legislative Democrats this year have likely blown New Jersey’s shot at luring Amazon’s new headquarters and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs.

Sen. Tom Kean said massive tax increases imposed by Gov. Phil Murphy and Democrats this year have likely blown New Jersey’s shot at luring Amazon’s new headquarters and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey was well on the path to creating the stable, predictable tax environment that employers like Amazon require until Governor Murphy’s budget reversed nearly a decade of fiscal discipline,” said Kean. “The massive multi-billion dollar business tax increase signed by Governor Murphy in July was the nail in the coffin for Newark’s proposal to host HQ2.”

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Kean: NJ Transit Rail Commuters Need Relief Now

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Following yet another day of major service disruptions for commuters who rely on New Jersey Transit trains to get to work, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called for the agency to take immediate action to prevent future problems.

Following major service disruptions for NJ Transit rail commuters, Sen. Tom Kean called for the agency to take immediate action to prevent future problems. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’ve heard from countless commuters that whenever they think things are as bad as they can possibly be on our rails, NJ Transit finds a way to prove them wrong,” said Kean. “After so many repeated failures to deliver safe and reliable service, there’s no more time for excuses from Transit’s management. Commuters deserve to hear from the leadership at NJ Transit what contingency plans they can implement today to improve service.”

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Kean Takes Action to Support Jersey-Based Artists

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Legislation Would Create Artist District Designations; Support the National Endowment for the Arts

The Senate has passed two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to empower Jersey-based artists to grow and create.

The first bill, S-521, would establish a special designation that municipalities can use to promote artists living and working in New Jersey and across the United States.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation would empower Jersey-based artists to grow and create. (Wikimedia)

Look across New Jersey, and you will see concrete examples on how the arts play an integral role in our ongoing efforts to build vibrant communities,” Senator Kean, a longtime supporter of the arts, said. “Jersey-based creators not only support local jobs, they foster statewide economic growth. We can do much more to empower these job creators to stay in New Jersey.”

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Kean Bill to Combat Human Trafficking Passes Senate

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The Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would bolster the efforts of the New Jersey Commission on Human Trafficking.

Senator Tom Kean listening to local residents at the NJ Human Trafficking Forum in 2013. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Kean’s bipartisan legislation, S-2691, would make a supplemental appropriation of $100,000 to the New Jersey Commission on Human Trafficking.

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NJ Legislative Leaders United In Condemnation of Attempted Bomb Attacks

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Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr., Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick issued the following joint statement today condemning the attempted bomb attacks targeting former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, the offices of CNN and others:

Senate President Sweeney, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and fellow legislative leaders condemned the attempted bomb attacks targeting former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, the offices of CNN and others. (SenateNJ.com)

“We stand united in condemnation of the attempted acts of political violence that targeted prominent Americans that could have easily caused the loss of life or serious injury to them or others. We are grateful that the intended tragedy was prevented. We praise the swift and effective response of the Secret Service, the FBI, the Postal Service and local law enforcement. Their actions helped to protect the targets and other potential victims.

“This was not just an attack on these individuals. It was an assault on our democracy and on the way we live as Americans in a diverse country that honors the principles of justice, safety and mutual respect. We can possess different opinions on how to best serve the country’s needs, but differing ideas are no justification for violence and no excuse for expressions of hate, prejudice or animosity.

“We won’t be intimidated by those who threaten our safety and we won’t allow their agenda of violence to undermine the values that unite us as Americans.”

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Kean on Passing of First Lady Tammy Murphy’s Father

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement on the passing of Edward Brown Snyder, the father of New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy:

Statement from Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on the passing of the father of New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy. (CC0 Public Domain)

“First Lady Tammy Murphy, Governor Murphy, and their family are in my thoughts today. I hope that their time in the holy land, as they honor Edward’s Jewish faith, will also provide them both with comfort and peace during this difficult time.”

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Kean Moves to Support Jersey-Based Creators & National Funding for the Arts

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Legislation Would Create Artist District Designations; Support the National Endowment for the Arts

The Senate State Government Committee has passed two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to support artists in New Jersey and across the country.

NJ Senate Committee passes Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to support artists in New Jersey and across the country. (Pixabay)

The first bill, S-521, would establish a special designation that municipalities can use to promote Jersey-based artists living and working in that community.

“The Garden State is blessed with a number of vibrant downtowns where local artists thrive,” Senator Kean (R-21) said. “Jersey-based artists generate local jobs. Nurturing and promoting active artist districts will stimulate economic growth, create educational opportunities, and help our local tourist destinations become even more widely-known.”

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Kean Bill to Combat Human Trafficking Passes Committee

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Legislation Follows Reports that Thousands Have Been Impacted by Human Trafficking in NJ in Recent Years

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would bolster the efforts of the New Jersey Commission on Human Trafficking has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Senator Tom Kean listening to local residents at the NJ Human Trafficking Forum in 2013. (SenateNJ.com)

“Human trafficking is truly a form of modern-day enslavement. It routinely and disproportionately impacts our most vulnerable residents – and it’s happening right here in New Jersey,” Kean said. “Our state is situated between two major cities. You can get here in a flash by taking an airplane, arriving at a seaport, or speeding down an interstate. These are all factors that have made New Jersey a target for human trafficking.

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Kean Commends Creation of Senate Select Committee on Investigation

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Following his calls for the Legislature to conduct a bipartisan investigation into the Governor’s hiring practices and a review of New Jersey’s criminal and civil statutes regarding sexual assault, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean commended the creation of a special Senate Select Committee on Investigation to address these matters:

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean commended the creation of a special Senate Select Committee on Investigation. (©iStock)

“The Senate is taking the right step in forming a select committee to investigate government hiring practices, review the handling of the allegations raised by Ms. Brennan, and examine how our criminal justice system handles cases like hers,” said Kean. “I sincerely hope our colleagues in the General Assembly will demonstrate their understanding of the importance of this effort and make this a joint effort by the full Legislature.”

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