New Jersey's 7th Legislative District

Senator Diane Allen

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Diane Allen visited the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel on April 28, 2016 to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen speaking during a visit with Sen. Tom Kean to the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel on April 28, 2016 to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen was pinned as an “Angel in Adoption” on October 6, 2015 to honor her efforts to advance the rights of adopted children across New Jersey. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Allen provided an assortment of sackpacks and pencil cases containing school necessities to kindergartners, first graders and second graders at the Elias Boudinot School in Burlington City on September 17, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen visited volunteers from the American Heart Association at their “NJ Healthy Corner Store Initiative Day” on June 18, 2015. She was presented with the 2015 “American Heartsaver Award” for her work on legislation dealing with CPR in schools. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Diane Allen helped Servicios Latinos de Burlington County to celebrate 15 years of service to the community at Burlington County College’s Mt. Holly Center on May 8, 2015. (Photo Gallery)

  • Senate Republican Deputy Leader Diane Allen speaking at the jobs package press conference at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on April 23, 2015, with Sen. Jennifer Beck and Sen. Tom Kean. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen views robotics technology during a tour of BCIT on December 10, 2014. Allen visited the vocational and technical school to unveil new Senate Republican legislation to improve education and strengthen the state’s workforce. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) distributed sackpacks to students at Beverly City School in Beverly on September 17, 2014. She also visited Charles Street School in Palmyra to hand out the packs provided through a partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and Office Depot. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) visited the Burlington County Animal Shelter on August 28, 2014. She is sponsoring legislation to recognize each September as “New Jersey Adopt a Shelter Pet Month,” and is holding a photo contest to help shelter and rescue animals find a home. (Press Release)

Senator Diane Allen

Allen Bill to Improve Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Approved by Senate

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The New Jersey Senate passes legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Sen. Diane Allen’s legislation seeks to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. (Flickr)

Under the legislation (S-631) an 18-member Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Advisory Council made up of state and private transportation officials would be created and given the task of conducting a comprehensive review of issues pertaining to pedestrian and bicycle safety-related issues in New Jersey.

“We need to find the best way to improve our infrastructure, as well as our traffic laws so our roads are safer for people travelling on foot or on bikes,” Senator Allen said. “We see far too many serious injuries and fatalities – particularly along Rt. 130, in Burlington County. We need to do more to ensure people’s safety.”

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Allen Bill to Extend Death Benefits to Children of Troopers, Police & Firefighters Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to extend death benefits to surviving children of all deceased New Jersey State Troopers, local law enforcement and firefighters has cleared the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.

Sen.Diane Allen’s legislation would extend death benefits to surviving children of all deceased New Jersey State Troopers and first responders. (Flickr)

“Every day, thousands of New Jersey state troopers, police and firefighters willingly risk their lives to keep their communities safe from harm,” Senator Allen said. “Inevitably, some of these public servants will lose their lives, leaving innocent children behind. It is unconscionable to give benefits to some, but not to all, simply because of marital status. The cost of implementing this legislation is diminutive, but the impact it will have on the families our fallen heroes leave behind is truly boundless.”

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4 Allen Bills to Help Veterans, Support Military Bases Pass Senate Committee

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The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee advanced four bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) that focus on supporting veterans, preparing New Jersey’s workforce for jobs in high tech industries, and protecting and promoting the state’s military installations which are an important source of jobs in the state.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen would support veterans and protect New Jersey’s military bases. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“The military, along with the private industries that support it, has long been a steady source of high-paying jobs in New Jersey,” Senator Allen said. “We need to promote New Jersey as a military-friendly state with a skilled supporting workforce, welcoming local communities, and educational opportunities for those who serve.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Allen Highlight Importance of Charitable Deduction Legislation to Non-Profits at Alice Paul Institute

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen visited the Alice Paul Institute (API) at Paulsdale in Mt. Laurel to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents.

Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Diane Allen visited the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel on April 28, 2016 to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, S-1932, would allow a state income tax deduction for charitable contributions to qualified New Jersey-based charitable organizations.

“As someone who has long fought to eliminate the gender inequalities that persist in the workplace and elsewhere, I know that the Alice Paul Institute serves an important role in continuing the efforts of its namesake to advance the rights of women,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “The API, like many other non-profits with similarly important missions, remains dependent on the generosity of donors to fund programs and operations. Our legislation will make it easier for our non-profits to secure the funding they need to survive, while reducing the tax bills of donors.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Media Advisory: Kean & Allen to Visit Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel TODAY (4/28) to Discuss Supporting Non-Profits, Boosting Charitable Giving

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen will visit Paulsdale, the historic Mt. Laurel home of suffragist and women’s rights activist Alice Paul, today, April 28th, to discuss the importance of legislation (S-1932) to create a charitable deduction for contributions to New Jersey-based non-profits.

The non-profit Alice Paul Institute seeks to fulfill the life-long mission of Alice Paul to achieve full gender equality worldwide. (Wikimedia Commons)

Kean and Allen will be joined by Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute.

Who: Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean; Sen. Diane Allen; Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute.

What: Press conference on legislation creating an income tax deduction for charitable giving.

When: Today, Thursday, April 28th at 11 a.m.

Where: Alice Paul Institute (Paulsdale), 128 Hooten Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen & Bucco to Introduce Bill in Memory of State Trooper Sean Cullen, Prevent Emergency Worker Deaths

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Bill would rename “Move Over Law” in memory of New Jersey State Police Trooper Sean Cullen who was killed in the line of duty while responding to a motor vehicle crash on March 7 in West Deptford, NJ.

Legislation by Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Anthony Bucco would would rename the state’s “Move Over Law” in memory of New Jersey State Police Trooper Sean Cullen. (Facebook/NJSP)

Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) announced plans to introduce legislation renaming “The New Jersey Move Over Law” in memory of New Jersey State Police Trooper Sean Cullen, a Cinnaminson High School graduate, who was killed on March 7 while responding to a motor vehicle crash in West Deptford.

“Trooper Cullen’s death is a stark reminder of the tremendous risk he and all emergency responders face as they work to protect their communities from harm,” Senator Allen said. “Law enforcement officers are especially vulnerable working in or around busy streets, intersections and highways, such as southbound 295, where Sean tragically lost his life. It is imperative that motorists be made aware of their presences.”

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Adavanced: Allen Bill to Add Cyber-Harassment to Domestic Violence Statutes

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In an effort to help victims of domestic violence, Senator Diane Allen’s legislation that would add cyber-harassment to New Jersey’s domestic violence statutes was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Diane Allen’s legislation would add cyber-harassment to the state’s domestic violence statutes. (©iStock)

“We need to provide greater protections to victims and make sure they aren’t subjected to even more abuse,” Allen said. “Cyber-harassment is a new form of domestic violence, subjecting victims to immense emotional pain and fear. This bill would extend New Jersey’s already strong domestic violence laws to ensure people aren’t victimized online or via social media, where they can be more easily and frequently targeted.”

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Allen Bill to Improve Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Approved by Transportation Committee

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Senator Diane Allen’s (R-Burlington) legislation to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Sen. Diane Allen’s legislation seeks to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. (Flickr)

Under the legislation, S-631, an 18-member Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Advisory Council comprised of state and private transportation officials would be created and tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of pedestrian and bicycle safety-related issues in the Garden State.

“We need to understand why pedestrians in New Jersey are involved in higher rates of fatal accidents than elsewhere in the country, including along Rt. 130 in Burlington County which is perhaps the most dangerous stretch of road in the state,” said Allen. “The advisory council would review and recommend feasible infrastructure, design and traffic law changes that could be implemented to make our roads safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.”

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Allen: Democrat Politicians Can’t Change Justice LaVecchia’s Identity as a Strong Independent Woman

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Deputy Senate Republican Leader Diane Allen stated the following about Senate Democrats trying to change the identity and record of New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Jaynee LaVecchia:

Deputy Senate Republican Leader Diane Allen said it’s time for New Jersey Democrats to stop their political games regarding the state Supreme Court. (©iStock)

“Senate Democrat politicians, no matter how much they yell or push, cannot change the identity of Supreme Court Justice LaVecchia — a strong independent woman with an exemplary record of public service.

“Democrat politicians do not know better than Justice LaVecchia who she is and in what she personally believes, which her record proves has had no negative bearing on her performance interpreting and upholding New Jersey’s laws and constitution.

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Allen Pledges to Continue Fight to Preserve and Strengthen McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) issued the following statement reiterating her commitment to continue working to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst from President Obama’s latest closure attempt and to enhance its economic and operational vitality.

Sen. Diane Allen reiterated her commitment to continue working to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst from President Obama’s closure attempt. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“I have whiplash considering that just a year after visiting McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, looking the many dedicated service members in the eye and thanking them for putting their lives on the line, President Obama has resurrected a proposal that could close this joint base and put our state and military families at risk,” said Allen, a member of the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs. “We simply can’t allow this to happen. This President can’t be allowed to continue weakening our military and hurting our economy.”

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