State Senator Jennifer Beck today issued the following statement concerning the Central American children who are fleeing their violent countries to seek safe haven here in the United States. Casa Freehold director, Rita Dentino, recently reported that between 5-10 unaccompanied minors are now residing in Freehold Borough with a possible 1,500 already placed in New Jersey. The U.S. House of Representatives $694 million to house and process the surge of children detained at the border.
“This is an issue with far ranging implications that is being experienced all across the country. I am working closely with federal representatives and the Governor’s Office to fully understand our legal options and obligations. I am hopeful that money will come from the federal government as part of an overall response to this issue. There are real humanitarian, fiscal and capacity concerns so all decisions must be fully vetted. I will continue to communicate openly with local officials to keep all appraised of our progress.”
Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Mike Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren) introduced legislation to save cats and dogs no longer used for educational, research or scientific purposes from automatic death sentences.
The Senators’ bill, S-2344, would require institutions of higher education and research facilities to offer cats and dogs to animal rescue organizations for adoption prior to euthanizing the animals.
“All cats and dogs should have every possible opportunity to be a part of a loving home, and rescued animals make for the best family members and companions,” Beck said. “Cats and dogs shouldn’t be sentenced to death at the end of an experiment or project. Their lives should be respected and cherished from beginning to end.”
State Legislators Say That Although Senator Is Late to the Table on Flood Insurance Problems, They Welcome His Help
Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon responded to a NorthJersey.com article in which U.S. Senator Robert Menendez acknowledges that the flood insurance system is “is stacked against policyholders.”
“Hundreds if not thousands of New Jersey Sandy survivors have been low-balled by NFIP,” Beck (R-Monmouth) said. “Homeowners paid premiums in good faith for decades only to find that the $250,000 limit is a farce. Many families are not back home because the flood insurance payouts were not even vaguely comparable to their home’s structural damage. I and others have been part of an outcry against the NFIP and while the Senator is 18 months late to the issue, we welcome the opportunity to work with him to fix it. It is nearly criminal what NFIP has done to our residents – the program is dysfunctional and must be repaired.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) will once again have a table at Red Bank’s National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 5th.
“I’ve been involved in Red Bank’s National Night out for years, and each year it gets bigger,” Beck said. “We’re really looking forward to talking to folks in the community to help promote a positive relationship with the police here in town.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) issued the following statement in support of the “Stand With Israel” solidarity rally held at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center and hosted by the Jewish Federation on July 28, 2014:
“The violence occurring in that region of the world today is truly horrifying. We should all be encouraging both sides to agree to a ceasefire and find a peaceful solution to these age-old disagreements. Violence is not the answer and the longer it persists the further we get from peaceful resolution.
Senator Jennifer Beck toured three train stations in the 11th District with NJ Transit Executive Director Veronique Hakim and members of her staff. They visited Asbury Park, Long Branch and Red Bank train stations.
“I spoke with Executive Director Hakim in the spring and she expressed her interest in visiting the district and seeing some of our stations. Monmouth County is both a highly desirable vacation destination and a commuting hub so our train stations play an invaluable role in our economy,” Beck said. “The Executive Director was able to speak to local officials in each town and see first hand the condition of the stations. Often it helps to put faces to the names and today NJ Transit did just that. A variety of needs were discussed and Executive Director Hakim made it clear that NJ Transit would work closely with our towns to address them.”
Jersey Shore Landmark Reopens for First Time Since Sandy
Senator Jennifer Beck joined Governor Chris Christie in reopening the Ocean Grove boardwalk. The Shore landmark was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, and Ocean Grove struggled to procure the aid necessary to rebuild. After numerous appeals, FEMA approved the request for funds and repairs began. Nearly a year later, the boardwalk is rebuilt and ready for the 2014 summer season.
“This is a very exciting day for shore residents. The reopening of the Ocean Grove boardwalk is a significant step forward in our recovery from Sandy. I worked closely with Ocean Grove officials and FEMA representatives through the application process and the numerous appeals.
The New Jersey Senate recently passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck re-establishing the moratorium on the imposition of fees on non-residential construction projects to support affordable housing projects for the period beginning with the moratorium’s prior expiration date of July 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015.
“This was essentially a tax on all non-residential development in New Jersey,” Beck explained. “Further, this fee voids all municipal ordinances that otherwise imposed development fees or payment in lieu fees on non-residential developers. I have opposed this 2.5% assessment on commercial development from day one — it deters new businesses from locating in New Jersey, which means it stops jobs creation.”
Senator Jennifer Beck applauded the funds allocated in the new state budget for domestic violence and sexual violence services. The 2015 budget provides $1.8 million for domestic violence services and an additional $400,000 for the direct services to victims of sexual violence.
“Over the past three years I have worked closely with the Christie administration to ensure these services were funded at the necessary levels,” said Beck. “In a year that every dollar was more important than ever, it is encouraging to see sexual violence services made a priority. I know these funds will go a long way in assisting victims of domestic and sexual violence.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said that the Democrats’ elimination of funding in the FY 2015 New Jersey budget for payments approved through the state’s Business Employment Incentive Program (BEIP) would serve as a warning to employers who are considering whether the Garden State is a good place to do business.
“Many companies that signed deals with the state under BEIP are dependent on those funds to continue operating, and the state has a contractual obligation to make the payments,” said Beck. “With other states aggressively promoting lower taxes, better regulatory structures and their own incentive programs, how can New Jersey afford to break its word?”