New Jersey's 11th Legislative District

Senator Jennifer Beck

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck joined Gov. Chris Christie, Rep. Chris Smith, Asw. Caroline Casagrande and Neptune Mayor Michael Brantley for a ribbon cutting on July 3, 2014 to reopen the newly rebuilt Ocean Grove boardwalk for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. (NJOIT)

  • Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) speaking at the ribbon cutting of the newly rebuilt Ocean Grove boardwalk on July 3, 2014. The ceremony opened the boardwalk for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. (Paul Goldfinger/Blogfinger.net)

  • Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, speaking in opposition to the FY ’15 state budget proposal during a session of the New Jersey Senate on June 26, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) ran in the Recovery Along the River Foundation’s “Run the Hills” 5k through Shark River Hills to benefit residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy. (Facebook)

  • Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) participated in the “Women in Leadership” speaker series at Trinity Hall on May 28, 2014. Advising the young women on how to lead and succeed, Beck said, “If you say you’re going to do something – do it.” (Trinity Hall)

  • Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) with News 12′s Luke Margolis during a taping of the March 22, 2014 edition of NJ Power & Politics. They talked about the state budget, Sandy recovery and property tax relief for veterans living in continuing care retirement communities. (Facebook)

  • Senator Jennifer Beck took the oath of office during the reorganization meeting of the 2014-2015 New Jersey Senate on January 14, 2014 to represent the people of the 11th Legislative District.

  • Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) discussed the importance of public service in the Industry Magazine article, “Effecting Change.” (Vinnie Amessé/Industry Magazine)

  • Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) speaking at a Sandy recovery hearing held jointly by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee at the New Jersey State House on September 30, 2013. Legislators heard public testimony on the progress of Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

  • The 11th District’s legislators pictured on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove during a visit on August 3, 2013. From left to right: Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini and Senator Jennifer Beck. (Paul Goldfinger/Blogfinger.net)

Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Joins Governor at Ribbon Cutting for Ocean Grove Boardwalk

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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.

Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) joined Gov. Chris Christie for a ribbon cutting to reopen the newly rebuilt Ocean Grove boardwalk for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. (Photo Gallery)

“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.

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Senate Passes Beck Bill to Suspend 2.5% Tax on Commercial Development

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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.”

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Beck Applauds Budget Funds to Fight Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

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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.”

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Beck: Democrats Damage Foundation of Business Attraction Efforts in New Jersey

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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.

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) speaking in opposition to the Democrats FY 2015 New Jersey budget, which eliminated funding for already approved business incentive grants that would create jobs in the state, during a Senate debate on June 26, 2014. (Facebook)

“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?”

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Beck: Extension of Bipartisan Property Tax Cap Offers Hope for More Meaningful Reforms

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), a sponsor of bipartisan legislation to make permanent the 2-percent cap on local public employee salary increases, said the cap extension enacted by Gov. Christie offers hope for more meaningful reforms.

“I applaud my legislative colleagues and the governor for compromising to continue this important reform that has been a very effective tool for local officials to control property taxes,” Beck said. “Today’s extension of a 2-percent cap on local public employee raises is a symbol that both parties in Trenton can still work together for the benefit of all New Jerseyans.”

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Senate Republican Budget Committee Members Push Options to Avoid $1.7B in Tax, Fee Increases

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The Senate Republican members of the Budget & Appropriation Committee — Jennifer Beck, Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho, Kevin O’Toole and Sam Thompson — joined in support of options to avoid $1.7 billion in tax and fee increases proposed for the FY15 New Jersey state budget.

“We oppose the Senate Democrats plan to raise taxes by $1.6 billion. It is not a workable plan for the people of New Jersey, and for similar reasons, we oppose $137 million in tax and fee increases proposed in the governor’s budget and supported by Senate Democrats.

“The federal tax increases on families and small business owners have already caused a state revenue shortfall, to the detriment of New Jersey’s workforce. The Senate Democrats’ proposal to raise taxes by $1.6 billion will damage our economic viability regionally, nationally and internationally.

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Beck: Why the Sandy Bill of Rights Is Too Flawed to Pass

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The following editorial by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) addressing flaws in the Sandy “Bill of Rights” was published in the Star-Ledger on June 11, 2014:

In The Star-Ledger’s June 2 editorial “Republican-style whiplash,” the editorial board chose to ignore the many factual and substantive legal issues with the Hurricane Sandy “Bill of Rights” now before the Legislature. If the bill is passed, my residents will be positioned to violate federal law and regulations. I, for one, will not support that.

Let me start by saying that I did not support this bill in committee because indeed the original version also contained multiple conflicts with federal law and regulations. For example, it said people could be reimbursed for work done while their Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) housing grant application was pending. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development absolutely does not allow that despite repeated appeals by New Jersey, New York and New York City.

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Beck Statement on Jessica Lunsford Act Signing

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Senator Jennifer Beck issued the following statement on the signing of the Jessica Lunsford Act, named after the Florida girl who was sexually assaulted and murdered by a convicted sex offender:

“This new law is a significant advancement in New Jersey’s criminal justice system as we continue to work to ensure the safety of our youth. Violent acts upon our children are among the most reprehensible and warrant a truly severe penalty. Those who would prey upon children must know that New Jersey will not stand for it and they will be punished harshly and without exception. This law may offer just a small peace of mind to the families of those unfortunate victims.”

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Beck, Bateman Veterans Property Tax Relief Measure Advanced by Committee

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A proposal by Senators Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth) and Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) to extend tax benefits to eligible veterans residing in continuing care retirement communities was advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

The Senators’ S880 extends the state’s current veterans property tax deduction and disabled veterans property tax exemption to eligible veterans living at continuing care retirement communities. Under current law, honorably discharged veterans who own a home and served in a qualifying combat zone receive a $250 property tax deduction, while those that are deemed “totally and permanently disabled” are exempt from property taxes altogether.

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Beck: Feds Shortchanging NJ’s Sandy Housing Recovery Program

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The following op-ed by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) on the distribution of Superstorm Sandy aid was published May 6, 2014 in the Asbury Park Press. The op-ed is posted in its entirety below:

The May 4 Asbury Park Press article on superstorm Sandy aid distribution (“77 percent of Sandy aid still unspent”) failed to point out that most of the $1.8 billion in HUD-funded programs are reimbursement programs, which is the primary reason why much of the Sandy funding has yet to be distributed.

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