New Jersey's 7th Legislative District

Senator Diane Allen

  • 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)

  • Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) speaking after legislation she sponsored requiring high school students to receive CPR/AED training was signed into law by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno at a ceremony at Burlington Twp. Middle School on August 20, 2014. (Press Release)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers to talk about efforts to increase the participation of women in public service and elected office. (View the Video)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) welcomed Constable Alan Simon Crowcroft (seated) during a Senate session on June 23, 2014. Crowcroft, from the island of Jersey, participated in New Jersey’s 350th birthday celebration on behalf of his island’s government. (Facebook)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) recognized New Jersey chefs Nicholas Elmi (left) and Kevin Sbraga (right), winners of the 11th and 7th seasons, respectively, of Bravo’s Top Chef during a session of the New Jersey Senate on Thursday, June 12, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) speaking to the women of the Center for American Women and Politics #newlnj14 program in the New Jersey Senate chamber on June 9, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) sharing a moment with Mark Lunsford at the New Jersey State House on June 2, 2014 after Gov. Christie signed into law a bill to increase penalties for child predators. Allen and Lunsford worked together for years to pass the legislation, “Jessica’s Law,” named after Lunsford’s 9-year-old murdered daughter. (Press Release)

  • Mark Lunsford speaks after Gov. Christie (right) signed a bill into law to increase penalties for child predators. The legislation, “Jessica’s Law,” is named after Lunsford’s 9-year-old murdered daughter. Also pictured (from left) are bill sponsors Sen. Tom Kean, Asw. Alison McHose, Asw. Nancy Muñoz, and Sen. Diane Allen. (Press Release)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) speaks at the signing of the Jessica Lunsford Act at the New Jersey State House on June 2, 2014, as Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (R-21), Governor Chris Christie and Mark Lunsford watch. (Press Release)

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Video: Allen Talks About “Right to Try Act” and Allowing Terminally Ill Patients Access to Experimental Drugs

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Senator Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to discuss the “Right to Try Act,” which would allow terminally ill patients access to certain experimental drugs and treatments while they are still undergoing clinical trials. Allen is the primary sponsor of the legislation, S-2186.

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Allen Legislation Allocating Funding for Preservation of McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Advanced

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to allocate funding for the preservation of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst advanced from the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Under Sen. Allen’s legislation, a $200,000 appropriation for the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs to protect McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst from closure would be made statute and would be considered for inclusion in each coming budget. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“The Joint Base contributes billions of dollars to the state’s economy and employs tens of thousands of people in Burlington County and the surrounding area,” said Allen, a member of the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs “We have to make sure resources are made available to show Washington and the nation how important this base is to our families who serve, to our communities and to the state as a whole.”

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Allen Passes Out School Supplies to Students in Palmyra, Beverly City

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) provided school supplies to more than 175 preschool and kindergarten students in Palmyra and Beverly City in partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and Office Depot Inc.

Sen. Diane Allen distributing 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. (Photo Gallery)

Sackpacks filled with pencil cases and supplies donated by Office Depot Inc. were given to students at Palmyra Charles Street School and Beverly City School. NFWL has a longstanding partnership with the office supply store chain to provide students across the country with needed supplies.

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Allen Legislation Facilitating Donations to Local Libraries Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to facilitate charitable contributions for county and municipal libraries has been signed into law by Governor Christie.

Sen. Diane Allen’s legislation giving taxpayers the option to make contributions to public libraries on their tax returns was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (Abhi Sharma/Flickr)

Senator Allen’s bipartisan legislation, S1803, gives taxpayers the option on their tax return to contribute a portion of their tax refund to support county and municipal libraries. The option to donate to the “Local Library Support Fund” will be added to 2015 state income tax returns.

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Beck, Allen, Addiego: Goodell Must Be Fired; Urge NFL Owners in NJ to Lead

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New Jersey Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington) issued the following statement urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign or be fired by league ownership:

“Roger Goodell downplayed domestic violence and assault for nothing but selfish reasons, ignoring his responsibility to be a role model and a leader of men in a sport that is played or watched by people of all ages in virtually every American community, school and household.

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Allen Announces Legislation, Photo Gallery to Save Animals in Need of a Home

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Senator Diane Allen, joined by her colleagues Senators Jennifer Beck, Joe Kyrillos, Anthony Bucco, Robert Singer, Dawn Addiego, Joe Pennacchio, Steven Oroho and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr., announced legislation and a photo gallery to save animals in need of a home.

Sen. Allen 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 sponsoring a photo gallery to help shelter and rescue animals find a home.

In an effort to encourage more residents to consider adopting a sheltered or rescued animal, Senator Allen and her colleagues are sponsoring legislation to recognize the month of September each year as “New Jersey Adopt a Shelter Pet Month.” To coincide with the legislation, Senator Allen (R-7) and Senators Beck (R-11), Kyrillos (R-13), Bucco (R-25), Singer (R-30), Addiego (R-8) and Pennacchio (R-26) are sponsoring a photo gallery (details below), highlighting local shelter or rescue animals.

“Shelters and rescue agencies have too many animals without homes and not enough resources to support them,” said Allen. “I hope by designating September as Adopt a Shelter Pet Month it can become a time each year filled with events promoting local shelters and a time where more and more animals find a loving, permanent home.”

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Allen Bill to Require High School Students Receive CPR/AED Training Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen requiring public and charter high schools to provide students with training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator is now law after being signed by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno on August 20, 2014.

Acting Governor Kim Guadagno signed into law a bill sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (left) requiring high school students to receive CPR/AED training at a ceremony at Burlington Twp. Middle School on August 20, 2014. (High Res)

“There’s undeniable value in this life-saving training and I’m proud that today as a state we have taken the step to make sure it’s taught in our high schools,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “Teaching students the ability to save a life is the most important skill we can give them.”

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Allen Announces National Night Out Events

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The 7th Legislative District celebrates National Night Out!

The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, began in 1984 an effort to promote participation in crime prevention activities, promote partnerships between the community and police departments, encourage camaraderie and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are alert and prepared. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, typically on the first Tuesday of August. Five towns in the 7th Legislative District are observing National Night Out with fun family-friendly events: Bordentown Township. Burlington City, Burlington Township, and Cinnaminson all will host events Tuesday, August 5th and Willingboro is presenting its National Night Out “pre-event” tonight, Monday, August 4th.

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Video: Allen Talks About Efforts to Increase Participation of Women in Public Service

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Senator Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Robert Traynham to talk about efforts to increase the participation of women in public service and elected office.

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Allen Announces FY15 Budget Funding for Preservation of McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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Senator Diane Allen is proud to announce that funding she fought for to preserve Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is included in the FY 2015 state budget.

“The Joint Base is critical to communities, families and businesses in the 7th District and surrounding counties in the state,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “This funding is integral to making sure we do everything possible to keep the base open for our residents and thousands of our bravest men and women who sacrifice so much to protect us. As a longtime member of the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs, I’ve worked tirelessly with council members and the administration to get this appropriation.”

Last month, Senator Allen introduced a state budget resolution requesting an appropriation to protect the joint base, which is vulnerable to being realigned or closed by the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC).

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