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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Legislation Helping Underrepresented Students in STEM Programs Signed into Law

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation requiring new guidance in the recruitment of underrepresented students for STEM programs was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Sen. Kean’s legislation requiring new guidance in the recruitment of underrepresented students for STEM programs was signed into law by Gov. Murphy. (Pixabay)

“I am pleased that this legislation was signed today. STEM fields are some of the fastest-growing in the country and students who would like to pursue a STEM career should be able to do so regardless of their gender or ethnicity,” said Kean (R-21). “This law will make certain that colleges and universities focus on ways to recruit historically underrepresented students in STEM programs.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Why Is Murphy Opposed to Making Government More Efficient & Affordable?

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Governor Vetoes Bipartisan Bill Establishing “Government Efficiency and Regulatory Review Commission”

Senator Steven Oroho questioned why Governor Phil Murphy would veto bipartisan legislation (A-4810/S-441) designed to reduce bureaucratic red tape, improve government efficiency, and produce savings for taxpayers.

Sen. Steven Oroho questioned why Gov. Phil Murphy would veto bipartisan legislation designed to reduce bureaucratic red tape, improve government efficiency, and produce savings for taxpayers. (©iStock)

“Why is Governor Murphy opposed to making government more efficient and affordable?” Oroho (R-24) asked. “By vetoing this legislation, he’s essentially saying there’s no problem with excessive bureaucracy in New Jersey or government being too expensive. If he took the time to speak to actual taxpayers or anyone trying to do business in the state, he’d realize he’s dead wrong.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Asks Murphy for Clarification on COVID-19 Restrictions for Community Swimming Pools

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With summer rapidly approaching, Senator Robert Singer asked Governor Phil Murphy to clarify how changes to executive orders on COVID-19 restrictions will apply to community swimming pools.

Sen. Robert Singer asked Gov. Phil Murphy to clarify how changes to executive orders on COVID-19 restrictions will apply to community swimming pools. (Pixabay)

“As vaccination rates increase and infection rates decline, New Jerseyans are eager to get back to normal this summer and back to their local pool,” said Singer (R-30). “Unfortunately, there’s a lot of confusion over executive orders that have changed, are unclear, or conflict with other orders. With Memorial Day just weeks away, it’s imperative that Governor Murphy clarify how community swimming pools may operate. I would suggest that many of the pool restrictions put in place last summer are no longer necessary given the improving trends, vaccinations, and everything we now know about how little transmission occurs outdoors.”

To address those concerns, Singer sent the following letter (click here for PDF) to the governor today:

Dear Governor Murphy,

Over the past 14 months, the people of New Jersey have suffered tremendously because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as infection rates decline, and vaccination rates increase, it is time for us to start returning to normal. Considering the recent announcement that you will be lifting some of the COVID-19 restrictions contained in the over 100 executive orders issued since last March, it is safe to say you agree to some extent.

Currently, there is far too much confusion over the restrictions you have established, making it difficult for many to comply. As the summer months approach and people begin to emerge from their homes, it is imperative that New Jersey residents, organizations, and businesses have a clear sense of what is required of them. Of particular concern for many of my constituents, is the status of community pools in common interest communities, such as age-restricted communities, condominium developments, and others.

While perhaps well-intended, many of the pool restrictions currently in place are arbitrary, unclear, and not necessarily supported by science. For example, the rule that lap swimming may only be done in one direction per lane serves no apparent purpose and puts pool staff and community associations in the position of having to enforce overly burdensome and unnecessary guidelines. As we begin to emerge from the worst of this devastating pandemic, I implore you to take another look at this issue. We desperately need clear guidance and reasonable policies that are not overly restrictive.

The people of New Jersey are to be commended for their tireless efforts throughout the pandemic to protect and care for one another. Now that their hard work is starting to pay off, please help me to ensure that this summer we can all begin to heal from the overwhelming challenges we have faced these last few months.

Sincerely,
Robert W. Singer

Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Gopal Bill to Examine State Funding for Higher Education

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Requires Development of Funding Formula to Support College & Universities, Keep Tuition Affordable

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Vin Gopal are sponsoring bipartisan legislation that would help ensure predictable state funding for New Jersey’s colleges and universities to keep tuition affordable for students.

Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Vin Gopal are sponsoring bipartisan legislation that would help ensure predictable state funding for New Jersey’s colleges and universities to keep tuition affordable for students. (SenateNJ.com)

“Now that National College Decision Day has passed, many students and their parents are likely coming to grips with the reality that paying for tuition this fall, even at a supposedly lower-cost state school, isn’t as affordable as they had hoped,” said Kean (R-21). “That’s because our state has consistently underfunded our colleges and universities leading to tuition increases and a crisis of affordability. It’s time for New Jersey to systematically address the funding needs of our state colleges to lower costs for students and reduce the need for loans that may take decades to repay after graduation.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Tom Kean

MEDIA ADVISORY (5/7): Corrado & Kean to Livestream Return to School Roundtable

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Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) will hold a virtual Return to School Roundtable on Friday, May 7 at 10 a.m.

Sen. Kristin Corrado and Sen. Tom Kean will livestream a Return to School Roundtable with parents, students and education professionals on Friday, May 7 at 10 a.m. (SenateNJ.com)

During the livestreamed meeting, the senators will talk with parents, students, and education professionals about returning students to the classroom full time and the challenges and concerns resulting from pandemic-related disruptions.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Applauds State’s Finally Seeing Light … and Easing COVID Restrictions

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Says it Should Have Happened Sooner, but ‘We’ll Take It’

New Jersey residents will be able to sip a drink at the bar for the first time in almost 14 months on Friday, and Governor Murphy announced plans to further relax COVID restrictions on indoor dining and outdoor events on May 19.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon welcomed Governor Murphy’s plans to lift restrictions on businesses later this month, but said the data supported easing the pressures on the economy weeks ago. (Pixabay)

“This isn’t perfect. Our finally catching up with our surrounding states is later than it had to be, but it is good news for our state’s businesses and residents as the summer season approaches,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon. “This is what we were hoping to hear with Murphy’s ‘big announcement’ last Monday, but we’re happy and relieved it is finally happening now.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Calls for Murphy to Reopen State Government Offices, Including Unemployment Walk-in Centers

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Senator Kristin Corrado called on Governor Phil Murphy to reopen State government offices that serve the public, including unemployment walk-in centers, following news that New Jersey’s indoor capacity restrictions are being eliminated.

Sen. Kristin Corrado called on Gov.Phil Murphy to reopen State government offices that serve the public, including unemployment walk-in centers, following news that New Jersey’s indoor capacity restrictions are being eliminated. (Pixabay)

“With all of the public health metrics pointing in the right direction, there’s no justification for Governor Murphy to keep government offices closed that should be open to serve the public,” said Corrado (R-40). “We continue to hear from hundreds of unemployed workers who can’t resolve their claims online or over the phone to get the benefits they’re owed. It’s unbelievable they still can’t walk into an unemployment center to quickly resolve whatever issues they’re having in a face-to-face conversation. Governor Murphy needs to reopen those walk-in centers and other public-facing offices immediately.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin and Catalano Oppose New Jersey Natural Gas Proposed Rate Increase

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In response to a recent proposal from New Jersey Natural Gas to increase rates for customers, the legislators at the 10th District have called on the Board of Public Utilities to oppose any increase during this economically troubling time. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are expressing their concerns over the crippling effects this rate hike will have on their constituents, particularly senior citizens and those struggling to overcome financial hardships related to the pandemic.

In response to a recent proposal from New Jersey Natural Gas to increase rates for customers, Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin, and Asm. John Catalano have called on the Board of Public Utilities to oppose any increase during this economically troubling time. (SenateNJ.com)

The 10th District Legislators have released the following statement on this issue which they believe will create another financial burden for struggling families.

“The proposed rate increase by New Jersey Natural Gas couldn’t have come at a worse time,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “We are in the midst of a financial crisis because of Governor Murphy’s extended shutdowns and many of our middle class families and senior citizens are living on fixed incomes. This proposal should be thrown out immediately by the Board of Public Utilities and not be considered until this crisis is over.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Signed by Governor Will Help Build a Better New Jersey for Less Taxpayer Money

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that will save taxpayer money on public construction projects was signed today by Governor Murphy.

Governor Murphy signed legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that will allow more efficient design-build contracts to help complete projects sooner and at lower costs, saving taxpayer money on public construction projects. (Pixabay)

The bill, A-1285, establishes procedures for awarding more efficient design-build contracts that will help complete projects sooner and at lower costs.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Measure Expanding Influence of NJ Infrastructure Bank Signed into Law

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman that would authorize the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (NJIB) to finance aviation and marine infrastructure projects was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman that would authorize the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank to finance aviation and marine infrastructure projects was signed into law by Gov. Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am pleased that this legislation was signed today. The NJIB can be an invaluable asset in mitigating the impact of the pandemic and protecting New Jersey,” said Bateman (R-16). “Coronavirus taught us that the State must be prepared to respond to emergencies of all types, and projects to control a viral outbreak are complicated and costly. Authorizing the NJIB to provide emergency relief or disaster loans in the event of a public health emergency or other crisis will help us maintain essential clean water and transportation projects.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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