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11 Jan: Adler On The State Of The State

TRENTON – Senator John H. Adler today said Acting Governor Codey’s State of the State Address touched on three key issues for New Jersey residents: mental health care, stem cell research and property tax reform.

“If we accomplish Governor Codey’s goals for mental health, stem cell research and property tax reform, New Jersey residents will benefit for years to come,” said Senator Adler, D-Cherry Hill.

11 Jan: Sarlo Hails Codey’s References To Meadowlands, School Security

TRENTON – Senator Paul A. Sarlo today praised Governor Codey’s references to a “new vision” for the Meadowlands and to the school security proposals in his State of the State Address to the Legislature.

“I am confident that Governor Codey’s reference to a ‘new vision for the Meadowlands’ is a clear signal that the people and businesses of the entire Meadowlands region will finally realize the economic benefits they’ve been hoping for all these years,” said Senator Sarlo, D-Bergen, Essex and Passaic.

11 Jan: Bryant Reaction To State Of The State Address

TRENTON – Senator Wayne R. Bryant, Chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Acting Governor Codey’s State of the State Address today:

“The Governor outlined an ambitious plan to increase our commitment to bring health care services to the underserved inner cities and rural areas through an increase in primary care health centers in New Jersey.

11 Jan: Vitale Reaction To State Of The State Address

TRENTON – Senator Joseph F. Vitale, Chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to Acting Governor Codey’s State of the State address today:

“Governor Codey has offered a number of proposals in his State of the State which will move New Jersey in the right direction.

11 Jan: Kenny On State Of The State

TRENTON – Senate Majority Leader Bernard F. Kenny Jr. today said Acting Governor Codey’s State of the State Address was a “poignant call for government activism” in the face of complex, troubling times.

“Governor Codey and his wife, Mary Jo, together displayed courage in using her battle for mental health as a way to help thousands of other voiceless New Jerseyans get the help they need.

10 Jan: Buono: Don’t Bet On Sports Wagering

TRENTON – Senator Barbara Buono, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Wagering, Tourisim and Historic Preservation, today said the sports wagering bill advancing in the Assembly is a bad bet for New Jersey residents.

“Plain and simple – sports betting in New Jersey is illegal under federal law,” said Senator Buono, D-Middlesex. “It would be wrong to waste a dime of taxpayers’ money on challenging what appears to be a rather straightforward federal ban (on sports betting in New Jersey).”

10 Jan: Rice Bill For Rental Assistance Advances In Assembly

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Ronald L. Rice which would provide an additional $15 million for the low-income rental assistance program was approved in the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee today.

“It’s troubling to report that New Jersey is the third most expensive State in the nation for renters, behind California and Massachusetts,” said Senator Rice, Chairman of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. “What is even worse is that the minimum wage for our State is lower than that of California and Massachusetts. Working residents are unable to afford adequate housing and with legislation we can try to make the dream of affordable living a reality.”

10 Jan: Working Families To Get An Additional $15 Million In Rent Assistance

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner to help more low income families afford New Jersey’s high rent prices moved one step closer to law as it passed the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee today.

“Recent reports have shown that New Jersey’s lowest wage earners can rarely afford even the most modest apartment for their families,” said Senator Shirley Turner, D-Mercer. “When a family has to work a collective 150 hours a week just to be able to afford the average two bedroom apartment, then there is a real and immediate need for the State to develop ways of easing the burden caused by our high cost of living. We have too many people in New Jersey without a home of their own to not take action.”

10 Jan: Baer Calls For Stronger Security Measures

MAYWOOD- After an incident involving airplane debris, which fell inches from a local resident, Senator Byron M. Baer urged the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to work with the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in order to ensure stronger security measures for area airports.

“The 3 by 4 foot plane fragment that fell from a passing airplane after it took off from Teterboro Airport on Sunday brings to light the need for stronger security regulation in order to ensure the safety of the 11 million people in the New York metropolitan area,” said Senator Baer. “This event which luckily resulted in no casualties, highlights a large national concern for the safety of our smaller local airfields. In a time of heightened terror, we need to take every type of security precaution and should not allow the privatization of security measures for our airfields to jeopardize our safety.”

07 Jan: Karcher Objects To Smith Ouster From House Veterans’ Affairs Committee

TRENTON – State Senator Ellen Karcher, D-Monmouth and Mercer, issued the following statement regarding the removal of Rep. Chris Smith, R-Mercer, Monmouth, Burlington and Ocean, from the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee by Republican Congressional leaders for not toeing the party line regarding veterans’ benefits, organized labor and the environment:

“Chris Smith and I have our differences in many policy areas, but one thing that I’ve never doubted is his commitment to helping veterans receive the benefits that they rightly deserve.