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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

Statement from Sen. Tom Kean on Passing of U.S. Representative Donald Payne

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement mourning the death of U.S. Representative Donald Payne:

“Congressman Payne was not only a pioneer in New Jersey politics, he was a thoroughly decent man and public servant. I had the pleasure of getting to know Don through our shared representation of Millburn. He lent gravitas to every cause he championed, particularly his concern for the poor, disadvantaged, and oppressed the world over.

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Senator Kean’s Legislation Increasing Penalties for Concealing and Harboring Sex Offenders Advances

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Hindering the apprehension and prosecution of a sex offender attempting to evade registration and monitoring requirements under Megan’s Law will become a crime of the third degree with a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison under legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union).

“Those who knowingly aid a sex offender in skirting the requirements of Megan’s Law and evade authorities put our communities at risk,” said Kean. “Given the rate of recidivism among convicted sex offenders and the heinous nature of their crimes, those who harbor these individuals must also be held accountable. The public has a right to know when sex offenders are inhabiting their communities, and those who stand in the way of that right deserve to be brought to justice.”

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Tom Kean: “The Public Understands that Educational Success for Every Student Will Not Be Measured in Dollars”

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Senate Republican Leader and education reform advocate Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following reaction to the latest Quinnipiac University poll showing strong support for education reform ideas put forth by Senate Republicans and Governor Christie:

The public fundamentally understands that dollars alone will not provide a quality education for every student in the State of New Jersey.

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Video: Tom Kean Talks About Cutting the Income Tax on ‘Power & Politics’

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) appeared on ‘Power & Politics’ on News12 New Jersey to talk about the FY2013 state budget and his support for the proposal to implement an across the board income tax cut.

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Senator Kean: The Income Tax Matters for Job Creators

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The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean was published in the 2/29/12 edition of The Asbury Park Press:

KEAN: Income Tax Cut Good for Business

To hear the Governor’s critics tell it, New Jersey’s high income tax rates have no effect on our economic health. To them, the income tax can be raised without consequence to our economy, while reducing rates yields little or no benefit.

New Jersey’s business leaders- the entities responsible for employing the vast majority of the state’s workforce- disagree, however.

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Senator Kean’s Reaction to Gov. Christie’s Budget Message

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement in response to Governor Chris Christie’s FY 2013 Budget Message:

Click here to view video of Senator Kean responding to Governor Christie’s budget address.

The Governor’s budget is focused on rebuilding and improving the foundation of our economy so that it will create sustainable, private sector jobs. By holding the line on spending reducing taxes for every working family, we can compete for jobs with every other state in America and show businesses that New Jersey is a good investment.

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Kean & Cardinale: “Leak of Confidential Documents is a Violation of Senate Rules, Must be Punished”

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All information or remarks concerning the character or qualifications of any person nominated by the Governor which are brought to the attention of the Judiciary Committee or other appropriate committee during its consideration of the nomination shall not be made public. (Senate Rule 20:4)

Each house shall choose its own officers, determine the rules of its proceedings, and punish its members for disorderly behavior. (New Jersey State Constitution, Article 4, Sec. 4, Par. 3)

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) and Senator Gerald Cardinale (R- Bergen), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the release and public discussion of documents pertaining to Supreme Court nominees Bruce Harris and Phil Kwon that are guaranteed confidentiality under Senate rules.

The Senators have sent a letter requesting an investigation and corrective action, including disciplinary proceedings for any Senator involved, to Senate President Stephen Sweeney:

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Kean & Lesniak: “NJEA Executive Director’s Callous Remarks Make the Case for Opportunity Scholarship Act”

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Senator Tom Kean, Jr. and Senator Raymond Lesniak said today that dismissive comments made by NJEA Executive Director Vincent Giordano about school children in chronically failing districts make a compelling case for school choice.

When asked about children in failing districts whose families did not have the resources to pay for private education, Mr. Giordano responded, “Life’s not always fair and I’m sorry about that.”

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Tom Kean: “Majority Holding Up Harris and Kwon Hearings for Political Gain”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement regarding Senate Democrats’ increasingly evident intention of breaking its promise of confirmation hearings for the nominations of Phil Kwon and Bruce Harris to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

“I am deeply disappointed that the Senate Majority seems intent on breaking the Senate President’s promise of speedy confirmation hearings for Phil Kwon and Bruce Harris.”

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Senator Kean Thanks DOBI Commissioner Considine for His Service to New Jersey

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement upon learning that Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Thomas Considine will be departing the Christie Administration to return to the private sector:

“Commissioner Considine was a tireless advocate for business who worked hard to streamline a regulatory process that had become overly burdensome and adversarial for job creators in New Jersey.

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