New Jersey's 11th Legislative District

Senator Jennifer Beck

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck and Asm. Declan O’Scanlon joined superintendents, school board members, and parents from seven underfunded school districts at the Assembly Budget Committee’s Department of Education hearing on April 20, 2016 to support an increase in funding for their schools. (Full Story)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Sen. Jennifer Beck visited the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County in Asbury Park on March 8, 2016 to highlight legislation to help non-profits and charities. (Full Story)

  • Sign the petition to stop an increase in New Jersey’s gas tax!

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck and Sen. Michael Doherty presented transportation and pension system alternatives to Democrats’ gas tax and income tax hike proposals at a State House press conference on Dec. 14, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Jennifer Beck served as judges for the AT&T Civic App Challenge, a two-month hackathon to develop mobile applications that meet a community need. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck at a press conference with Clean Ocean Action calling for N.J. Gov. Christie and N.Y. Gov. Cuomo to veto the Port Ambrose LNG project. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Sen. Jennifer Beck joined a bipartisan group of legislators to honor Monmouth Park for a successful Haskell Invitational featuring Triple Crown winner American Pharoah on August 13, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck speaking during a New Jersey Senate floor debate on the FY 2016 state budget on June 25, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck testifying on the “Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015” during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the legislation at the New Jersey State House on April 7, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Advocates for the “Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015″ joined Sen. Jennifer Beck during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the legislation at the New Jersey State House on May 7, 2015. (Full Story)

Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck: Democrats’ “New” 23 Cent/Gallon, $1.2 Billion Gas Tax Increase Plan Nearly Identical to Old, Failed Proposal

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said that a new $1.2 billion gas tax plan announced by the Senate President and Assembly Speaker today is nearly identical to and just as bad for taxpayers as the original Senate plan that failed to advance last month.

Sen. Jennifer Beck held a roadside rally in Eatontown on June 21, 2016 to oppose a billion dollar gas tax increase. (Facebook/Jennifer Beck)

“The tax plan announced by Democrats today would still raise the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon, just as the last failed plan would have,” said Beck. “The cosmetic changes that the Senate President and Assembly Speaker have agreed to are just window dressing on the core $1.2 billion tax increase on drivers that remains largely unchanged from the previous version of the legislation.”

Beck has spearheaded the effort to oppose a gas tax, leading rallies attended by hundreds and an online petition that has been signed nearly 11,000 times.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Senate Passes Allen/Beck Bill to Establish “Adopt a Shelter Pet Month”

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to raise awareness about shelter pets passed the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Jennifer Beck to raise awareness about shelter pet adoption passed the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, SJR-41, designates September of each year as “New Jersey Adopt a Shelter Pet Month” as a way to raise awareness about the ongoing need for pet adoption, as well as the joy of pet ownership.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Beck, Doherty & Cardinale Reiterate Opposition to Gas Tax Increase

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), Senator Michael Doherty (R-23), and Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) were joined by anti-tax advocates today in releasing a statement reiterating their opposition to a billion dollar gas tax increase. The General Assembly approved a 23-cent gas tax hike last evening, with a half-cent sales tax reduction starting January 1, 2017 and another half-cent reduction on January 1, 2018.

Sen. Jennifer Beck, Sen. Mike Doherty and Sen. Gerry Cardinale were joined by anti-tax advocates in reiterating their opposition to a billion dollar gas tax increase. (Flickr)

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“I have heard the residents of New Jersey loud and clear and I remain steadfast in my opposition to a billion dollar, 23 cents per gallon increase in our gas tax,” said Senator Beck. “New Jersey residents see right through the fiscal shell game that is being played. Literally in three days, this Friday, July 1st, all 7 million New Jersey drivers will be faced with a billion dollar tax increase that will be imposed every time they take a trip to the beach, commute to work, or bring their kids to school. Without question, lowering the sales tax a penny over two years will not stop Democrats from raising it again as they have done before.”

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Beck Votes “Absolutely No” on $1.3 Billion Gas Tax Increase Bill

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, voted in committee against legislation (S-2411) that would result in a $1.3 billion gas tax increase.

Sen. Jennifer Beck voted against legislation in the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee that would result in a $1.3 billion gas tax increase. (©iStock)

“You can’t raise taxes to cut taxes. This will be devastating to our economy and back breaking to our residents. It will drive up the cost of virtually everything in our state.

“It’s undeniable that the gas tax is a regressive tax that hits low- and middle-income families the hardest. Those who already struggle with our state’s high tax burden can ill-afford to pay even more. Paying hundreds more at the pump isn’t even an option for many of the state’s nearly 7 million drivers, especially when we also have some of the highest tolls in the nation.

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Jennifer Beck

Allen/Beck Legislation to Promote Adoption of Shelter Animals Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to help shelter animals find a home passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Jennifer Beck to raise awareness about shelter pet adoption passed senate committee. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, SJR-41, designates September of each year as “New Jersey Adopt a Shelter Pet Month” as a way to raise awareness about the ongoing need for pet adoption, as well as the joy of pet ownership.

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Beck’s “Superstorm Sandy Homeowners Protection Act” Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to aid Superstorm Sandy survivors by extending the Consumer Fraud Act to homeowners enrolled in the RREM and LMI programs has cleared the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. The bill would ensure that Sandy homeowners are treated fairly in the rebuilding process while providing recourse for homeowners who are victims of contractor fraud.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s “Superstorm Sandy Homeowners Protection Act” passed the Senate Community & Urban Affairs Committee. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

“More than three years after Superstorm Sandy, there are 7,776 homeowners enrolled in the RREM program and 316 in the LMI program, and far too many are still struggling to rebuild,” Senator Beck said. “Sandy survivors shouldn’t have to navigate through endless red tape without adequate support, nor should they have to fear retribution from a fraudulent contractor. My bill will protect these homeowners, who have already suffered significant hardships in the wake of the storm, from being further victimized.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Beck & Doherty Joined by Small Business, Taxpayer Advocates to Oppose Billion Dollar Gas Tax Increase

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) were joined by small business and taxpayer advocates in opposition of a proposed billion dollar gas tax increase at a State House press conference. Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) offered a statement opposing the gas tax increase as well.

Sen. Jennifer Beck and Sen. Mike Doherty held a press conference to oppose a gas tax increase proposal at the New Jersey State House on June 15, 2016. (SenateNJ.com)

Beck has introduced a plan to fund the state’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) without a gas tax increase, and has hosted rallies in Tinton Falls and Freehold with concerned citizens who oppose raising the gas tax.

“We’re standing up for the citizens of New Jersey to oppose a billion dollar gas tax increase,” said Beck. “I’ve provided a detailed plan that shows there’s a real alternative to raising taxes. The thousands of people who signed our online petition and those who joined me at our rallies deserve for my legislation to be considered. Raising taxes shouldn’t be the only option that’s put up for a vote.”

Doherty has long-called for a study to examine excessive state transportation costs as the starting point of any transportation funding discussion. He is the sponsor of S-1888, which would create the “State Transportation Cost Analysis Task Force.”

“Advocates for a 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase have never explained why we need $2 billion annually for transportation spending,” said Doherty. “They’ve never seriously addressed the Reason Foundation report that shows we spend the most per mile in the nation or the disparity in spending figures cited by others. Before we ask drivers and taxpayers for even a penny more for our roads, I believe the state has an obligation to prove that the taxes and tolls already collected are spent wisely.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

REVISED MEDIA ADVISORY (Wednesday, June 15th): Senators Beck and Doherty Press Conference Opposing Gas Tax Increase

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Update: Press conference moved from noon to 11:30 a.m.

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) will hold a State House press conference on Wednesday with opponents of a proposed billion dollar gas tax increase.

Senators Jennifer Beck and Mike Doherty will hold a State House press conference on Wednesday, June 15th in opposition of a gas tax increase. (©iStock)

WHO: Senator Jennifer Beck; Senator Mike Doherty; Laurie Ehlbeck, State Director for NFIB; Erica Jedynak, State Director for Americans for Prosperity; and others.

WHAT: Press conference in opposition of a proposed gas tax increase.

WHEN: TOMORROW – Wednesday, June 15 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Room 319 of the New Jersey State House.

Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Statement in Opposition to Gas Tax Increase Proposals

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement regarding a pair of gas tax increase proposals that were announced today:

Sen. Jennifer Beck expressed her steadfast opposition to a proposed 23 cent/gallon gas tax increase. (SenateNJ.com)

“On behalf of the residents of this state and the 6.954 million licensed New Jersey drivers, I am steadfast in my opposition to a 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase. The answer to high taxes is not higher taxes.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Join Sen. Beck at Freehold Rally TUESDAY (6/14) Against Billion Dollar Gas Tax Increase

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Following up on a successful rally in Tinton Falls on Monday, June 6th in opposition to a proposed 23 cent per gallon, $1.3 Billion gas tax increase, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will hold another rally in Freehold on Tuesday, June 14th to continue to give more residents the opportunity to speak out.

More than 50 local residents and commuters joined Sen. Jennifer Beck and Americans for Prosperity at a rally in Tinton Falls on June 6, 2016 to oppose a gas tax increase. (SenateNJ.com)

“Nearly 3,000 people have signed my online petition and more than 50 came out to rally with us in Tinton Falls to oppose a gas tax increase,” said Beck. “We’ll continue in Freehold on June 14th to show legislative leaders in Trenton the growing public opposition to hiking the gas tax.”

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