Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R-Burlington) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Chris Christie’s State of the State speech:
“Governor Christie is building a new foundation for a smarter, more efficient government that offers more value for every dollar spent.
“During these difficult economic times, Governor Christie is putting forth the necessary solutions to help confront the hard choices New Jersey families face every day. By reining in government spending, lowering the tax burden and creating an environment of entrepreneurship and growth we are reinventing and reenergizing New Jersey’s ailing economic status and overall fiscal health.
Senators Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden), Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer), and Dawn Marie Addiego (R- Burlington) were joined by Republican women of the Assembly to call for a vote on Anne Patterson to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Their comments come in response to controversy surrounding the appointment of an interim justice to fill the vacancy created by John Wallace’s departure from the bench.
“There is no need for the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court to continue,” said Senator Allen. “The dispute over the interim justice could end tomorrow if the Senate President and Judiciary Committee Chairman would schedule confirmation hearings and a vote on Anne Patterson’s nomination to the Court. In fact, we never would have gotten to this point in the first place had the Majority respected the Governor’s Constitutional authority to make judicial appointments and the Senate’s responsibility to actively consider and vote on the nomination. Advice and consent means an up or down vote, not delay and deal cutting. Anne Patterson is extremely well qualified and has built an impressive legal and public service career. She should be judged on those merits and those merits alone, and all Senators should be given the opportunity to register their opinion of the nomination on the floor of the Senate.”
Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R- Burlington), member of the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee, issued this statement following the panel’s approval of legislation reforming interest arbitration for public employees:
“Taxpayers are the winners under this agreement,” said Senator Addiego. “The compromise proposal reached between legislative leaders and the Governor is a major milestone for reform in New Jersey- one that too many residents thought would never come. Placing a realistic cap on arbitration awards, speeding up the time in which cases must be resolved, and requiring that arbitrators be chosen at random will reduce labor costs and the pressures they exert on local budgets. I look forward to supporting this bold property tax reform measure when it comes to the floor of the Senate.”
Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today called on Senate Democrats to include complementary legislation from Republican lawmakers in efforts to spur job creation in New Jersey:
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R- Essex, Bergen, Passaic):
Unemployed New Jersey residents expect that we all work together to attract business and create jobs- regardless of our philosophical differences and political affiliations. The debate we had today in the Budget Committee is one that Republicans asked to start in January. I am hopeful that these efforts are just a starting point in the Legislature’s efforts to put New Jersey back to work and that other ideas that have been presented on both sides of the aisle will be included in further discussions.
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) today welcomed former Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego (R- Burlington) as the newest member of the Senate Republican Caucus:
“Burlington County Republicans made an outstanding choice in Dawn Marie Addiego to fill the shoes of Phil Haines,” said Senator Kean. “Dawn’s tenure in the Assembly has been one of tireless advocacy for reform in order to make New Jersey a more affordable place to live, work, and raise a family. I know I am joined by all my Republican colleagues in welcoming Senator Addiego to the caucus, and we look forward to working with her to further our agenda of tax reform, job creation, and fiscal responsibility.”
Dawn Marie Addiego taking the oath of office to become the new Senator representing the 8th legislative district on Monday, December 6, 2010.
The female Republican members of the State Senate and General Assembly would like to offer the following statement of support for Governor Christie’s New Jersey Supreme Court nominee, Anne Patterson:
“New Jersey can be proud of its record on women in government. In fact, in 1925, New Jersey was the sixth State in the nation to elect a woman to represent them in the U.S. Congress.
“In that spirit, as female elected-officials, we would like to voice our support for the Senate to hold confirmation hearings for Anne Patterson as a nominee to the New Jersey Supreme Court. If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Patterson’s appointment to the court would mean that for the first time in New Jersey history, we would have a majority of women on the State Supreme Court. New Jersey would become only the fifth State in the nation to have such a balance.