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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

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:

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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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Tom Kean: “Harris, Kwon Nominations a Proud Moment for New Jersey”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement in reaction to Governor Christie’s nomination of Phillip Kwon and Bruce Harris to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

“Governor Christie has picked two nominees with impeccable legal credentials to serve on our state’s highest court. Mr. Kwon has helped lead the fight on public corruption in New Jersey in the offices of the Attorney General and U.S. Attorney. Mr. Harris, a constituent with whom I had the pleasure of campaigning this past fall, comes from two of New Jersey’s most prestigious and influential law firms. The most important qualification for a nominee to the Supreme Court is his or her skill and knowledge as an attorney. The Governor has found in Phillip Kwon and Bruce Harris two extraordinarily qualified members of the Bar to serve the people of this state.”

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Tom Kean: “Republican Ideas Restoring Optimism, Getting Results for New Jersey”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued this statement following Governor Christie’s 2012 State of the State Address:

“In government, we should do what is proven to work and learn from what has failed.

“New Jerseyans are more optimistic about the future of our state and her economy today than they have been in years because legislative Republicans and Governor Christie have taken our state in a different direction.

“What we’ve been doing is working, despite the doomsday, class warfare predictions of those who were happy to continue spending money we didn’t have and raising taxes to pay for it.

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Video: Tom Kean Addresses the Senate at Start of New Legislative Session

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean addressed the New Jersey Senate at the start of the new legislative session on Tuesday, January, 17, 2012 to talk about priorities for the future of New Jersey.

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Video: Tom Kean Remembering His Friend Alex DeCroce

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean appeared on My9’s New Jersey Now on Sunday, January 15, 2012 to talk about the passing of his friend, Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce.

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Kean and Allen Sponsored “Caylee’s Law” Signed by Governor Christie

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Legislation arising from the Caylee Anthony tragedy in Florida has been signed into law by Governor Christie.

The measure, “Caylee’s Law”, was sponsored in the state Senate by Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) and Diane Allen (R- Burlington). The law upgrades to a crime of the fourth degree failure to report the death of a person while creating a new crime, also of the fourth degree, of failing to report the disappearance of a child within 24 hours.

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