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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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Kean on the State of the State

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement on Governor Phil Murphy’s State of the State address:

Statement from Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on Gov. Phil Murphy’s State of the State address. (SenateNJ.com)

“The people of New Jersey have shown great resilience and tenacity after a year that has been one of the most difficult in memory.

“Not only were they forced to cope with the impacts of a pandemic, but they also had to navigate a slew of arbitrary executive orders that only added to the burden of an already challenging situation.

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Kean Bill Updating Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council Advanced by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean that updates the membership and purpose of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean that updates the membership and purpose of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council was advanced by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“This legislation will modernize the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council to reflect a more diverse audience—and more closely align the mission of the Council with the needs facing the deaf and hard of hearing community,” said Senator Kean (R-21). “By improving the membership and purpose of the Council, we will be able to more effectively assist individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing while enhancing public awareness of their needs.”

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Kean Bill Informing People with Disabilities and Seniors of Public Transit Fare Discounts Becomes Law

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Requires Advertising to Promote Availability of Discounted Fares and Accessibility

A state program providing discounted bus and rail transportation to seniors and those with disabilities will be promoted with advertising under legislation (S-1936) sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and signed into law today.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation requiring the State to advertise its program for discounted bus and rail fares for seniors and those with disabilities is now law. (SenateNJ.com)

The new law requires the transportation commissioner to publicize the program, the reduced fare costs, and the hours when reduced fares may be used.

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Kean & Weinberg Call for Capitol Protestors to Go Home

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg issued the following joint statement in response to the United States Capitol being breached by protestors this afternoon:

Joint statement from Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg in response to the United States Capitol being breached by protestors. (Wikimedia Commons)

“What we are witnessing in Washington is not how our democracy is supposed to function. The protestors who have breached the United States Capitol building illegally should go home immediately or face the full force of the law.”

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Kean: Nursing Home Residents Failed Again by Murphy Administration

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Delayed After Administration Misses Key Deadline

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said the residents of New Jersey’s long-term care facilities will have to wait an extra week to start receiving COVID-19 vaccinations after the Murphy Administration missed a key deadline.

Sen. Tom Kean said the residents of New Jersey’s long-term care facilities will have to wait an extra week to start receiving COVID-19 vaccinations after the Murphy Administration missed a key deadline. (DoD via Flickr)

“After more than 7,100 lives were lost in New Jersey’s nursing homes and veterans homes, you would think the Murphy Administration would waste no effort to ensure that the remaining residents would be vaccinated as quickly as possible,” said Kean (R-21). “Instead, those vulnerable seniors, our parents and grandparents, will remain at risk even longer over the Administration’s failure to file simple paperwork on time. That’s unbelievable and totally unacceptable.”

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