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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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Kean & Corrado: Sexual Assault Detailed in WSJ Story Should Serve As a Call to Action for the NJ Legislature

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Kristin Corrado said new details of an alleged sexual assault by a former campaign worker of Governor Phil Murphy reinforce the need for legislative hearings into the administration’s hiring practices, and said the difficulties experienced by the victim in seeking justice should prompt a review of New Jersey’s criminal and civil statutes regarding sexual assault.

Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kristin Corrado said new details of an alleged sexual assault by a former campaign worker of Gov. Phil Murphy reinforce the need for legislative hearings, and called for a review of New Jersey’s criminal and civil statutes regarding sexual assault. (©iStock)

“The sexual assault alleged by Ms. Brennan was just the beginning of a story that is both heartbreaking and all too common among the victims of sex crimes,” said Kean. “Despite taking every reasonable step that a person subject to such a traumatic assault could be expected to take, Ms. Brennan was unable to find justice in either a court of law or with her employer. This should serve as a call to action for the Legislature to address these issues immediately.”

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Kean Supports Call for Investigation of Murphy Administration’s Hiring Practices

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, who also serves as a member of the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee, expressed support for a call by Republican women legislators for an investigation into the hiring practices of the Murphy Administration:

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean expressed support for a call by Republican women legislators for an investigation into the hiring practices of the Murphy Administration. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’ve seen a number of recent instances where it’s clear that the Murphy Administration hasn’t properly vetted candidates for employment in important positions in our New Jersey government, including an individual convicted of corruption and another who was under investigation for criminal sexual misconduct.

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Kean: Audit Demonstrates Need for Reform of New Jersey Transit

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement after joining Governor Phil Murphy at an event this morning to discuss the results of a comprehensive independent audit of the finances and operations of New Jersey Transit:

Sen. Tom Kean said an independent audit of NJ Transit’s finances and operations left no doubt that legislative reforms are needed to ensure reliable, affordable service for commuters. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s imperative that commuters who rely on New Jersey Transit get the reliable, affordable service they deserve. When buses run late or trains are canceled, there is a real impact on the lives, jobs, and families of millions of New Jerseyans.

“This audit has left zero doubt that legislative reforms are needed to help New Jersey Transit improve service and increase responsiveness to customer concerns.

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