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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

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Tom Kean: “Democrats’ Budget Rhetoric is Misleading, Election Year Politics”

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Democrats, Who Control the Legislature, Have Gone Too Far and Must Stop Misleading Needy Members of Our Society in an Obvious Election Year Ploy

Senator Tom Kean released the following statement demanding that Democrats to take a step back and think about the families they are hurting with their political games:

“When in doubt, Democrats in the Legislature resort to cynical and overused political rhetoric, no matter the year, issue or fiscal circumstances. Sadly, political theater is an unfortunate part of today’s Democratic-controlled Legislature but the recent actions and rhetoric of Trenton Democrats has become reprehensible.

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Senator Tom Kean’s Statement on Majority’s Veto Override Plans

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement of plans by Senate Democrats to hold override votes of Governor Christie’s line item budget vetoes:

“We would not be here if the Majority had chosen to negotiate a balanced budget with the Governor and Legislative Republicans rather than use the budget process to make a political statement. A bipartisan, negotiated budget worked perfectly well last year.

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Tom Kean: “Don’t Allow Emotions to Stop Progress in Trenton”

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In response to remarks made by the President of the New Jersey Senate regarding Governor Christie’s budget vetoes, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. issued the following statement:

“Most times, those elected to serve are able to disagree without being disagreeable or making our policy differences personal.”

“I sincerely hope that, despite a contentious budget process, we are able to continue on the path of bipartisan problem solving. There are instances in people’s lives when emotions get out of hand and lead them to say or do things they wish they hadn’t.”

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Tom Kean & Tony Bucco: “Governor Helps Suburban Schools While Fixing Democrats’ Illegal Budget”

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Governor Christie Balances Budget While Increasing School Aid

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco praised Governor Christie’s changes to the Democrats illegal, out of balance budget today for heeding Republican calls for added suburban school aid in the context of a balanced, fiscally responsible budget:

“The budget passed by legislative Democrats was political, partisan, and unbalanced from the minute it was introduced,” said Senator Kean. “I commend the Governor for taking the bold action necessary to fill the more than $700 million hole he was handed yesterday by the Majority, and for doing so while increasing aid for suburban districts that are treated unfairly by current school funding law. The Governor has proven what Republicans have been saying all along: we can do right by the taxpayers of New Jersey without resorting to the budget gimmicks and irresponsibility of the past. His changes to the budget will provide a doubling of this year’s suburban school aid increase and unfreeze the ‘Senior Freeze’ program without raising taxes and hurting job creation to pay for it.”

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Tom Kean: “Democrats Ignore the Law; Pass Unbalanced Budget”

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Following the Majority’s passage of a budget out of balance by upwards of $700 million, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) issued the following statement:

Poll-tested politics was the driving force behind the Majority’s budget plan. How else could one explain the decision to ignore the law and submit a budget that was unbalanced from the minute it was introduced?

Of particular concern is the Majority’s decision to cite $165 million in savings that two weeks ago they admitted were no longer realistic due to compromises made in the pension and benefits reform legislation signed into law yesterday.

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Tom Kean: “Pension, Benefits Reforms Save Taxpayers Billions, Put State on Better Course”

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Following Governor Christie’s signature of a public worker pension and benefits overall estimated to save $120 billion over the next three decades, Senator Tom Kean, Jr. said that long awaited relief for taxpayers has finally arrived in New Jersey:

Today, state government has reaffirmed that it works for the taxpayers and not the reverse- taxpayers working to sustain a government they cannot afford.

This law provides sustainable, long term relief that doesn’t rely on the gimmicks of the past. It does so the right way- containing the cost of government and passes the savings along to the most highly taxed people in America- New Jersey residents.

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Tom Kean: “Dems Propose Dubious, Unbalanced Budget”

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Proposal Spends More, Taxes More, Relies on Phantom Revenues, and Forces False Choice Between Jobs and Suburban School Aid

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union), responding to press reports that Democrats are drafting an alternative budget proposal, issued the following statement expressing grave concerns regarding the plan’s fiscal honesty:

“Democrats yesterday told the press they’ll be submitting a budget that will be out of balance the minute it is introduced,” Kean said. “We’ve been down the road of using phantom revenues and one shot gimmicks with Governors McGreevey and Corzine. It is an unhappy place to which New Jersey residents do not wish to return.”

Kean noted that while a bill is not available for public consumption, Democrats have told media sources they’ll rely on hundreds of millions in inflated revenue projections and dubious “savings”.

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Tom Kean: “Today, the Taxpayers Won”

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Lauds Senate Passage of Historic Pension, Benefits Reforms

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued this statement following Senate passage of S-2937, reforming public employee pension and health benefits:

“Today, the taxpayers won.”

“The compromise legislation passed by the Senate will save taxpayers well in excess of $100 billion over the long term and induce a near immediate reduction of local property taxes.”

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Tom Kean Statement on the Passing of the Brother of Senator O’Toole

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. issued the following statement regarding the sudden passing of Brian P. O’Toole, brother of State Senator Kevin O’Toole (R- Essex/Bergen/Passaic):

“It is with a heavy heart I am announcing that Brian P. O’Toole, brother of Senator Kevin O’Toole, succumbed yesterday to pancreatic cancer. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Senate go out to the O’Toole family for their loss.”

Visiting hours will be held Sunday, May 29, 2011 from 4PM – 8PM at Shook’s Funeral Home in Cedar Grove, NJ. A funeral mass will be held at 10AM on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church.

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Tom Kean: “Supreme Court Goes off the Deep End”

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Decision Fails Children and Taxpayers

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement in response to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s ruling ordering the state to spend $500 million on the 31 former Abbott school districts:

“The unelected justices of the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a ruling today that created law from the bench despite having no constitutional authority to do so. In so doing, they have thumbed their noses at the residents of the state who elected a Governor and a Legislature to make these policy decisions as is prescribed by the state constitution.”

“The Court is wrong. A thorough and efficient system of education is not solely contingent on dollars, but requires significant reforms to make those dollars work better for students: rewarding excellent teachers for merit rather than longevity, reforming tenure to more easily and quickly remove ineffective educators from the classroom, and capping superintendent salaries to rein in administrative costs. Quality education is about holding the system accountable for student outcomes, and we should not turn to spending as a remedy until accountability measures are put in place.”

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