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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

Senator Tom Kean Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. has announced that he will not seek re-election to the State Senate. Kean will serve out his term in the 21st legislative district as Leader of the Senate Republican caucus.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. has announced that he will not seek re-election to the State Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Public service will always be a part of who I am and how I live my life, but after thoughtful discussion with my family, I have decided not to seek re-election for the State Senate in the 21st legislative district,” said Kean. “It has been an honor to serve these communities and I will always cherish the countless friendships and memories we have made together. I am committed to continuing a bipartisan approach as a leader throughout the remainder of this term and will work every day to deliver solutions for my constituents.”

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Kean Legislation to Help Fight Human Trafficking Signed into Law

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation requiring new posters to be developed and displayed in various places to raise awareness of human trafficking was signed today by Governor Murphy.

Sen. Tom Kean’s bill requiring new posters to be developed and posted to raise awareness of human trafficking was signed into law today. (National Human Trafficking Hotline)

“I am proud that this legislation will be enacted today, especially during Human Trafficking Awareness Month,” said Kean (R-21). “The more we raise awareness of human trafficking, including what it looks like and where it happens, the harder it will be for traffickers to get away with their despicable crimes.”

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Kean Bill Targeting Non-Functioning Government Bodies Gains Senate Approval

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To Remain Active, Authorities, Boards and Commissions Would Be Required to Meet at Least Once Annually

Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. that would shut down do-nothing advisory groups was approved today by the Senate.

The Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would shut down do-nothing advisory groups. (SenateNJ.com)

“Dormant boards and authorities are useless to the State and the taxpayers,” said Kean (R-21). “If a government-established body doesn’t conduct business, fails to accomplish anything, and hides in the shadows, there is no need to retain it. We can eliminate these fruitless entities and reduce bureaucratic paralysis.”

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Senate Advances Kean/Singleton Bill Making Trunk Fighting a Third Degree Crime

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The Legislation Protects Dogs from Inhumane Treatment

Trunk fighting with dogs would become an animal cruelty offense and a crime of the third degree under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Troy Singleton and approved today by the Senate.

The Senate approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Troy Singleton that would protect dogs from inhumane, torturous trunk fighting. (©iStock)

The bill, S-975, defines trunk fighting as enclosing two or more dogs in the trunk of a motor vehicle and instigating them to fight to the death.

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Kean Bill Requiring Civics Classes in Middle School Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean that requires civics instruction in middle school has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean that requires civics instruction in middle school was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“Civics education helps foster an understanding and appreciation of our democracy,” said Senator Kean (R-21). “All students should have the opportunity to learn about the function of government, the rights of citizens, and the values that underpin American democracy. This legislation will give students the skills and knowledge they need to actively participate in a democratic society.”

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Kean Statement on Bateman Retirement

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement on Senator Kip Bateman’s announcement that he will not seek reelection:

Statement from Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on Sen. Kip Bateman’s announcement that he will not seek reelection. (SenateNJ.com)

“With over three decades of service to the people of New Jersey, I wish Kip the very best in his retirement. As much of a loss as this is for the Senate as an institution, I will forever be grateful for his tremendous work and his friendship to so many of us over the years.

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Weinberg, Kean, Diegnan, Benson Laud Port Authority for Advancing Plan for New Bus Terminal

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NJ legislators who served on Bi-State PA Bus Terminal Workgroup endorse decision to build on current site convenient to major subway lines

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, and Senate and Assembly Transportation Committee Chairs Patrick Diegnan and Dan Benson today backed the decision to move forward with plans to build a new, enlarged Port Authority Bus Terminal on the current site adjacent to major subway lines.

New Jersey legislators who served on the Bi-State PA Bus Terminal Workgroup backed the decision to move forward with plans to build a new, enlarged bus terminal on the current site adjacent to major subway lines. (Flickr)

“I’m glad our bipartisan efforts on both sides of the Hudson have resulted in this plan to ‘build in place’ the new Port Authority Bus Terminal,” said Senator Kean (R-Union). “This has long been our preferred option as it maintains a one-seat ride for New Jersey commuters while preserving convenient access to local subway and bus lines. The new facility will ensure that the Port Authority has the extra capacity it needs to meet growing demand while vastly improving the customer experience.”

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Kean Bill Requiring Civics Classes in Middle School Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean that requires civics instruction in middle school has been approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean that requires civics instruction in middle school was advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (Pixabay)

“Civics education helps foster an understanding and appreciation of our democracy,” said Senator Kean (R-21). “All students should have the opportunity to learn about the rights of citizens, the function of government, and the values that underpin American democracy. This legislation will give students the skills and knowledge they need to actively participate in a democratic society.”

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Kean Bill Establishing Crime of Trunk Fighting Clears Senate Budget Committee

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The Legislation Protects Dogs from Inhumane Torture

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation strengthening New Jersey’s laws against animal cruelty advanced today with approval from the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

The Senate budget committee approved Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s bill to make trunk fighting an animal cruelty offense and a crime of the third degree. (Flickr)

Kean’s bill, S-975, establishes the contemptible act of “trunk fighting” as an animal cruelty offense and a crime of the third degree. As defined by the measure, trunk fighting is the barbaric practice of enclosing two or more dogs in the trunk of a motor vehicle and instigating them to fight to the death.

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Kean Statement on Senator Weinberg’s Pending Retirement

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement on Senate Democrat Leader Loretta Weinberg’s decision not to run for reelection after nearly 30 years in the Legislature:

Senate Republic Leader Tom Kean responded to Senate Democrat Leader Loretta Weinberg’s announcement that she would retire at the end of this term. (SenateNJ.com)

“Loretta has been a good friend, a dedicated representative of her constituents, and at times, a worthy adversary. During her tenure in public office, the Senator’s steady, measured demeanor and thoughtful, authoritative voice helped her become an influential Democrat leader. I enjoyed working closely with her on several important bipartisan initiatives as her commitment to helping the people of New Jersey has always been undeniable.  I look forward to continuing to work with her in the year ahead.”


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