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Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Corrado: Sexual Assault Detailed in WSJ Story Should Serve As a Call to Action for the NJ Legislature

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Kristin Corrado said new details of an alleged sexual assault by a former campaign worker of Governor Phil Murphy reinforce the need for legislative hearings into the administration’s hiring practices, and said the difficulties experienced by the victim in seeking justice should prompt a review of New Jersey’s criminal and civil statutes regarding sexual assault.

Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kristin Corrado said new details of an alleged sexual assault by a former campaign worker of Gov. Phil Murphy reinforce the need for legislative hearings, and called for a review of New Jersey’s criminal and civil statutes regarding sexual assault. (©iStock)

“The sexual assault alleged by Ms. Brennan was just the beginning of a story that is both heartbreaking and all too common among the victims of sex crimes,” said Kean. “Despite taking every reasonable step that a person subject to such a traumatic assault could be expected to take, Ms. Brennan was unable to find justice in either a court of law or with her employer. This should serve as a call to action for the Legislature to address these issues immediately.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Supports Call for Investigation of Murphy Administration’s Hiring Practices

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, who also serves as a member of the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee, expressed support for a call by Republican women legislators for an investigation into the hiring practices of the Murphy Administration:

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean expressed support for a call by Republican women legislators for an investigation into the hiring practices of the Murphy Administration. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’ve seen a number of recent instances where it’s clear that the Murphy Administration hasn’t properly vetted candidates for employment in important positions in our New Jersey government, including an individual convicted of corruption and another who was under investigation for criminal sexual misconduct.

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Senate & Assembly Republicans

GOP Women Legislators Call for Bipartisan Investigation of Murphy Administration’s Hiring Practices

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Republican women legislators sent a letter today to Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin calling for a bipartisan legislative investigation into the hiring practices of Governor Philip D. Murphy.

Republican women legislators are calling for a bipartisan investigation into the hiring practices of Governor Philip D. Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

The letter follows revelations that the administration hired one individual clearly prohibited by state law from public employment and another who was under criminal investigation for sexual misconduct.

Click here to read the letter.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Hiring of Convicted Public Official Typifies NJ’s Extremist Policies

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Calling it a clear betrayal of the public trust, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove questioned how the Murphy Administration could rationalize, legally and morally, hiring a corruption-convicted ex-public official for a $70,000-a-year job with the New Jersey Department of Education.

Calling it a clear betrayal of the public trust, 9th District Legislators question how the Murphy Administration could rationalize hiring a corruption-convicted ex-public official for a $70,000-a-year job with the NJ DOE. (SenateNJ.com)

The 9th District Delegation’s comments were in response to the controversy surrounding the state’s hiring of former Passaic councilman Marcellus Jackson who pled guilty to bribery charges in 2007. Amid a recent firestorm of criticism, the individual has since resigned from his state position.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following statement in response to constituent outreach regarding the controversy:

“State law already disqualifies a convicted public official from any public office. How, then, was this individual hired, let alone determined to be more qualified than persons who haven’t been convicted of betraying their oath of office and the public trust?

“Governor Murphy contends that the hiring was about second chances. What about denying a qualified person, who’s never broken the law, their chance at an employment opportunity? Aside from the legal questions, there is also the issue of the alarming precedent that would be set for the hiring of government employees.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Audit Demonstrates Need for Reform of New Jersey Transit

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement after joining Governor Phil Murphy at an event this morning to discuss the results of a comprehensive independent audit of the finances and operations of New Jersey Transit:

Sen. Tom Kean said an independent audit of NJ Transit’s finances and operations left no doubt that legislative reforms are needed to ensure reliable, affordable service for commuters. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s imperative that commuters who rely on New Jersey Transit get the reliable, affordable service they deserve. When buses run late or trains are canceled, there is a real impact on the lives, jobs, and families of millions of New Jerseyans.

“This audit has left zero doubt that legislative reforms are needed to help New Jersey Transit improve service and increase responsiveness to customer concerns.

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Senator Steve Oroho

SIGNED: Oroho Law Expands New Jersey Prompt Payment Act

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Ensures Local Governments Pay Bills on Time

Governor Phil Murphy has signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) that expands the New Jersey Prompt Payment Act to include local governments.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s law expands the New Jersey Prompt Payment Act to include local governments. (©iStock)

“When a family buys a product, they have to pay their bills on time,” Senator Oroho stated. “Vendors who do business with local governments must be paid just as quickly. There’s no reason municipalities should stall payments that could put small businesses at risk.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

New Corrado Bill Would Require For-Profit Cemeteries to Pay Fair Share of Local Taxes

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Legislation Eliminates Exemption for Commercial Cemeteries that Masquerade as Charities

Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) has introduced legislation that would eliminate property tax exemptions for cemeteries that turn a profit.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s legislation would eliminate property tax exemptions for cemeteries that turn a profit. (SenateNJ.com)

“For-profit companies must pay their fair share of taxes,” Corrado said. “Currently, money-making cemeteries have been benefiting from a nonprofit system. This is unfair. Taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho/Space/Wirths Statement on Reversed Brewery Regulations

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District 24 legislators Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space, and Assemblyman Hal Wirths issued the following statement regarding the suspension of recently unveiled brewery regulations by the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC):

Oroho, Space & Wirths welcomed the suspension of recently release brewery regulations by the NJ Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. (©iStock)

“This is welcome news. Suspending these burdensome rules will offer government and industry leaders the ability to re-work regulations so breweries can successfully operate in this state. Our ultimate goal should be to support our businesses while allowing residents to continue to enjoy craft breweries as they grow in popularity. We can, and should, get this right without pitting certain industries against one another. We stand ready to work with our legislative colleagues on a viable solution.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Calls for Legislative Hearings on Murphy Admin’s Hiring of Convicted Politician

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Senator Kristin Corrado called for legislative hearings to determine how a former politician convicted of bribery could be hired into the Murphy Administration despite state laws prohibiting the employment of corrupt officials in government positions. Corrado’s call for hearings was made in a letter to Senate President Steve Sweeney.

Sen. Kristin Corrado called for legislative hearings to determine how the Murphy Administration hired a corrupt public official in violation of New Jersey law. (©iStock)

“Governor Murphy’s suggestion that his administration conducted a legal review that supported the hiring of Marcellus Jackson despite his prior conviction on federal corruption charges doesn’t pass the smell test,” said Corrado. “Both the Attorney General and the Office of Legislative Services have said the hiring is a violation of New Jersey law. We must hold legislative hearings to determine where the process broke down and how it can be fixed going forward to maintain the public’s trust in government.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: NJ’s Microbrewery Success Story Needs to Continue

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that legislative efforts are needed to ensure that New Jersey’s microbrewery success story can continue following new rules imposed by the state’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control that would stifle the burgeoning industry:

Sen. Tom Kean touring the Cape May Brewing Company’s facilities in 2015 while promoting three bills to support NJ’s rapidly-growing craft brewing industry. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’ve worked closely with our microbreweries for the past decade to eliminate Prohibition-era laws that prevented this innovative industry from growing in New Jersey as it has in so many other states.

“Our efforts to modernize the state’s brewery laws have been successful beyond belief, leading to an economic success story that few could have imagined when we started. We shouldn’t allow a State regulatory body to turn back the clock after everything we’ve accomplished.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

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

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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