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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Warns of Dangerous Arbitrary Speed Limit Bill

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today warned his fellow legislators to apply science when considering a piece of legislation which would have legislators set the speed limit at 25 mph along certain stretches of Route 130 in Burlington at all times of the day and night, not just school hours.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon warns his fellow legislators to apply science when considering A-3576, legislation that would set the speed limit at 25 mph along certain stretches of Route 130 in Burlington at all times of the day and night, not just during school hours. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, also known as “Antwan’s Law,” (A-3576) is scheduled for a final legislative vote on Monday, Dec. 17 in the New Jersey General Assembly.

“The bill sponsors and community advocates most certainly have good intentions here. But we have science that is used to set speed limits. Allowing legislators to randomly set speed limits is not the scientific way to do it,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “You don’t alter the speed limit by randomly changing signs on the side of the road. In fact, that could make things more hazardous if those speed limits aren’t backed up by data.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Editorial: Yearly ‘Cookie Drive’ Shows the Best in Local Community

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The following editorial by Sen. Dawn Addiego (R-8) on her district office’s cookie drive to benefit members of the military serving overseas was published on Dec. 12, 2018, in The Burlington County Times.

Sen. Dawn Addiego’s editorial on her office’s cookie drive to benefit military overseas was published on Dec. 12, 2018 in The Burlington County Times. (Flickr)

This is about the time of year when the weather goes from brisk to the type of cold that smacks your face as soon as you step outside. Families put the cover over the grill, swapping dinners outdoors for the indoor warmth of the oven. While the calendar on the wall above the dinner table plans out your meals for the week, the weekend is circled for a special activity that the kids participate in.

Baking holiday cookies with the family is a time-honored tradition. Parents will always have the memories of bringing recipes to life with their children. The kids roll the dough or mix the batter in a bowl without any fear of making a mess on the table, while the sweet smell of the last batch permeates through the kitchen.

Little moments like this are often ones we take for granted that plenty of people in our country don’t get to experience. That includes certain members of our military. Our men and women serving overseas made the decision to trade in the tastes and smells of the holiday for a full time job protecting our freedom.

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District 8

Addiego, Howarth, Peters to Introduce Bill to Save Local Teddy Bear Academy

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A local school district developed a creative way to provide a trusted daycare facility that doubled as taxpayer relief and then was told by the state to shut down.

In response, Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblymen Joe Howarth and Ryan Peters will introduce legislation on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, that would revive Evesham Township’s Teddy Bear Academy and allow other school districts in the state to use public schools and district property for child care services.

District 8 lawmakers will introduce legislation to revive Evesham Township’s Teddy Bear Academy and allow other school districts in the state to use public schools and district property for child care services. (©iStock)

The bill by the 8th District Legislators is in response to a ruling made by New Jersey Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet in October that gave the childcare and preschool program for infants and toddlers until June 30, 2019 to shut down.

“Simply put, we did not agree with the ruling, and we don’t believe the state should come in the way of school districts finding creative ways to provide a service by using unoccupied space that they have,” said Addiego (R-Evesham).

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Testifies in Opposition to “Undemocratic” Constitutional Amendment

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean testified in opposition to a proposed amendment to the New Jersey Constitution, SCR-43/SCR-152/ACR-205, at a public hearing today in the Senate State Government Committee.

Included below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

Testimony for Public Hearing on SCR-43/SCR-152/ACR-205
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean
December 13, 2018

Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to speak.

I am here to express my strong opposition to SCR-43, SCR-152, and ACR-205.

The constitutional amendment that’s before us today is undemocratic. It’s a shameless stunt and a power grab that is designed to give Democrats in the Legislature a permanent majority.

Those aren’t my words. Rather, they’re the dire warnings expressed by a host of independent election experts, newspapers, civil rights leaders, and academics from across the political spectrum.

In fact, not a single person, not a single expert, not a single organization…left, right, or center…has come out in support of this proposal.

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

ALERT: Opposition to Dems’ Redistricting Scheme to Rig Elections Holds Strong

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TOMORROW, Thursday, Dec. 13, New Jersey Democrats will hold public hearings on a constitutional amendment that would disenfranchise millions of voters. The legislation, SCR-43, would make cataclysmic changes to New Jersey’s legislative redistricting process. 

The Assembly and State Senate hearings will both be held at 11 a.m. in Committee Room 11 and Committee Room 4, respectively, in the Statehouse Annex, making it cumbersome for the many who are opposed to testify on the record.


Not a single expert witness or group testified in favor of SCR-43 during a Nov. 26, 2018 committee hearing on the constitutional amendment. In the weeks that have followed, dozens of nonpartisan election experts, editorial writers, and advocates from across the political spectrum have joined the chorus of opposition to this effort to disenfranchise our democracy.

Here’s what else they’re saying…. 

“This has been a classic throw something out in the proverbial backrooms. It’s completely unacceptable,”Governor Phil Murphy (Insider NJ, Nov. 27, 2018)

“It’s the most undemocratic solution possible,” he said. “It’s bizarre. You have supporters of the bill being incredibly disingenuous about giving voters greater choice.” – Patrick Murray Monmouth University Polling Institute (NJ Spotlight, Dec. 12, 2018)

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: Over-Brining NJ Roads is a Large-Scale Waste of Taxpayer Funds

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) released the following statement addressing numerous recent incidents of unwarranted brining of State roadways.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon releases a statement addressing the numerous recent incidents of unwarranted brining of State roadways. (Pixabay)

“The lack of government response and preparedness for the first winter storm of the season was clearly a failure,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “Although it was somewhat ameliorated by the moving target forecast, there’s no question we should have been better-prepared, and more on top of the treacherous situation as it evolved.

“However, the answer for that failure is NOT to waste obscene amounts of taxpayer money by over-brining roads, every time the temperature dips below 40 degrees.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Steve Oroho

Sarlo, Oroho, Bucco, Singleton Bill Would Help Small Businesses & Partnerships Preserve Tax Deductibility

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Plan is ‘IRS-proof’ because it returns tax law to entity-level payment system

Legislation authored by Senators Paul Sarlo, Steven Oroho , Anthony Bucco, and Troy Singleton that will preserve the federal deductibility of an estimated $23 billion in state income taxes for small businesses and partnerships was approved by a Senate committee today.

Sens. Paul Sarlo, Steven Oroho, Anthony Bucco, and Troy Singleton’s bill will preserve the federal deductibility of an estimated $23 billion in state income taxes for small businesses and partnerships. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, S-3246, will amend New Jersey’s state tax code to the system that was in place prior to 1993 under which S corporations, Limited Liability Corporations (LLC’s) and other business partnerships directly paid the state income tax liability of their owners and partners. Entitled the “Pass-Through Business Alternative Income Tax Act,” the bill would establish an elective entity-level tax to be paid by pass-through businesses and would provide an offsetting credit to taxpayers who receive income from a pass-through business.

“This legislation will save hundreds of millions of dollars for the many New Jersey small businesses that are registered as S Corporations and pay their corporate taxes through the state income tax, as well as all of the law firms, medical groups, accounting practices and other partnerships that were created as LLCs,” said Senator Oroho, who is a Certified Financial Planner. “This plan works because the federal tax plan allows businesses to continue to deduct all of their taxes.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado/Singleton Bill to Assist Homeless Veterans Clears Budget Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin M. Corrado and Senator Troy Singleton to expand the current pilot program authorizing grants to purchase and rehabilitate abandoned homes for homeless veterans has cleared the Senate Budget Committee.

Sens. Kristin M. Corrado and Troy Singleton’s bill would authorize grants to purchase and rehabilitate abandoned homes for homeless veterans. (©iStock)

“Veterans should never have to wonder where they will rest their head at night. Our men and women in uniform have sacrificed so much for us already, we must do everything we can to guarantee these heroes have a warm bed and a roof over their heads,” Senator Corrado (R-40) said. “Many New Jersey nonprofit organizations are building hope and restoring homes for local homeless veterans. By extending additional grant money to such organizations, these volunteers will be able to buy and rehabilitate more abandoned properties to provide our veterans with the homes they earned.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Works to Stop Fare Hikes & Find New Ways to Fund NJ Transit

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In an effort to prevent NJ Transit customers from being forced to cope with fare hikes, Senator Robert Singer has sponsored legislation to find alternative ways to fund climbing expenses at the troubled agency.

In an effort to prevent NJ Transit customers from being forced to cope with fare hikes, Sen. Robert Singer has sponsored legislation to find alternative ways to fund climbing expenses at the troubled agency. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, which would establish the “New Jersey Transit Alternative Revenue Task Force” was today advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.

“Commuters have sacrificed enough. They shouldn’t have to pay more,” Senator Singer (R-30) said. “Fare hikes are not the answer. We know that there are other ways to save money and get NJ Transit back on track. This legislation will pave the way for cost-saving solutions at the agency, such as better advertising or selling off real estate holdings.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Kristin Corrado

Advanced: Bucco/Corrado Bill Package to Create American Legion License Plates

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Bills Inspired by Local Member Aim to Promote Patriotism & Raise Funds for Vets

Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Anthony Bucco and Kristin Corrado that would authorize the creation of two separate special American Legion Auxiliary license plates have been approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Anthony Bucco and Kristin Corrado authorizing American Legion Auxiliary license plates has been approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. (©iStock)

The bills would authorize the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC) to issue “American Legion Auxiliary” and “Sons of the American Legion” license plates.

“American Legion members honorably answer the call of ‘Service Not Self.’ These proud men and women have been instrumental in our efforts to advocate for policies that protect and uplift our nation’s heroes,” Sen. Anthony Bucco said. “These license plate designations are a great way to honor the Legion’s strong traditions, and support their efforts to serve, educate, and give back to local veterans.”

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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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