New Jersey's 11th Legislative District

Senator Jennifer Beck

  • Freehold Borough Superintendent Tomazic and Red Bank Superintendent Rumage joined Sen. Jennifer Beck for the Governor’s Budget Message at the New Jersey State House on Feb. 28. The superintendents have worked with Beck to secure additional state aid for massively underfunded districts like theirs. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck and Commission of Education Kimberley Harrington visited schools in Asbury Park and Long Branch on Feb. 14. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck honored members of the Asbury Park High School football and boys soccer teams at a New Jersey Senate session on Feb. 13. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck toured Monmouth County horse farms on October 12, 2016 to rally support for the gaming expansion ballot question that would support the state’s equine industry. Pictured at Boxwood Farm in Manalapan. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck was honored at the Affordable Housing Alliance’s 25th Anniversary Awards Luncheon on September 23, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Senator Jennifer Beck, a former rape crisis counselor and longtime advocate for survivors of sexual assault, hosted an appreciation dinner on Sept. 14, 2016 honoring advocates that serve 180 Turning Lives Around. (Full Story)

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

  • 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. (Full Story)

  • 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. (Full Story)

  • 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)

Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck & Rice: We Support Class Action Suit Against ‘Renter Hell’ Property Owners

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Senator Ron Rice (D-Essex) today pledged their unwavering support for tenants at Pueblo City, as they file a class action lawsuit against the owners of the Newark housing complex. Pueblo City was one of the properties visited by the senators and featured in the Asbury Park Press investigative series: “Renter Hell.”

Sens. Jennifer Beck and Ron Rice pledged to support the tenants of Pueblo City in Newark, as they file a class action lawsuit against the owners of the housing complex. Beck and Rice sponsor legislation to hold negligent landlords accountable for dangerous and unsanitary rental housing conditions. (Facebook/Jennifer Beck)

The main plaintiff in the class action lawsuit is Yanira Cortes, a Pueblo City tenant who has been actively working alongside the senators as they fight to advance their “Safe Sanitary Subsidized Rental Housing Bill of Rights.” Other plaintiffs include Pueblo City residents who have lived in the complex within the last 6 years. The suit, which was filed on Sept. 22, 2017, claims “breach of warrant of habitability” and “consumer fraud.” The suit also requests that the building be put into receivership.

“Pueblo City was arguably one of the worst subsidized housing complexes we have seen,” Senator Beck said. “Families were living among rats and in cramped spaces with mold crawling up the walls. I commend Yanira and her fellow tenants for having the courage to file a class action suit. They deserve justice and a safe place to live, as do all tenants who are forced to live in such horrific conditions. We will continue to fight for our legislation, so that no one ever has to live through this hell again.”

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Beck Calls on Senate to Pass Permanent Interest Arbitration Cap to Protect Property Taxpayers

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Says Sunset of Critical Property Tax Stabilization Tool Will Lead to Big Tax Increases

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said that the New Jersey Senate must act to prevent the expiration of the state’s two-percent cap on interest arbitration awards to help municipalities control costs and prevent the recurrence of large annual property tax increases that were the norm before the cap was instituted.

Sen. Jennifer Beck called on the New Jersey Senate to protect property taxpayers by preventing the expiration of the state’s two-percent cap on interest arbitration awards. (SenateNJ.com)

“We made significant progress in slowing the growth of property taxes in recent years through the passage of the two-percent property tax cap, health and benefits reforms, and a temporary cap on interest arbitration awards,” said Beck. “Unfortunately, the interest arbitration cap, a key component of those property tax stabilization efforts, is set to expire at the end of the year. If the Legislature fails to prevent the expiration of the interest arbitration cap, it’s likely that property taxes will begin to rise again at rates unseen since the McGreevey and Corzine eras.”

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Beck Warns Drivers of Potential Gas Tax Increase, New Tolls & Toll Road Sale

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Group Pushes for Reconsideration of Failed Corzine Toll Plans

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) warned today that drivers may soon face the triple threat of another gas tax hike, the addition of tolls on more New Jersey highways, and the resurrection of the failed Corzine plan to privatize the state’s toll roads.

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

“Last year’s billion dollar gas tax increase may have been the first step in a long-term plan by some to massively increase costs on New Jersey drivers,” said Beck. “Left-leaning special interest groups want to add tolls to currently free highways and to resurrect the failed Corzine privatization plan that would have resulted in 800% toll hikes. I vehemently opposed the toll scheme when Governor Corzine first proposed it, and successfully mobilized residents to defeat that plan. I’m ready to do it again.”

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Beck Applauds Move Towards Banning Fracking in Delaware River Basin

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) today applauded a Sept. 13th vote by the Delaware River Basin Commission to move forward with drafting rules and regulations for banning fracking in the basin. Beck has sponsored legislation establishing a moratorium on the practice of hydraulic fracturing in New Jersey.

Sen. Jennifer Beck said she is pleased that the Delaware River Basin Commission is willing to consider a permanent ban on fracking in the basin. (Flickr)

“I have heard from many residents over the years who are very concerned about the safety and environmental consequences of fracking,” Senator Beck said. “The Delaware River Basin supplies water to millions of people, including many families right here in New Jersey. Allowing oil and gas drilling anywhere near this area is a risk we cannot afford to take.”

“As a staunch advocate for keeping our waterways clean and contaminant-free, I am pleased to see that the DRBC is willing to consider a permanent ban on fracking in the basin,” Beck continued. “It’s the right call and I hope that the commission will follow through and enact these protections as soon as possible.”

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Beck & Rice Say Pueblo City Inspection Shows Severity of Housing Problem

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Senator Ron Rice (D-Essex) said that a recent failing inspection score for Pueblo City in Newark shows the severity of the unsafe and unsanitary conditions that tenants are forced to live in at some rental housing complexes in New Jersey.

Sen. Jennifer Beck and Pueblo City resident Yanira Cortes during a tour of rental housing complexes in Asbury Park and Newark with Sen. Ronald Rice on July 11, 2017. (Facebook/Jennifer Beck)

The Senators learned that Pueblo City scored 10 out of 100 on a recent Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) inspection of the complex by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Beck Commends AG’s Sandy Fraud Lawsuits Against Egregious, Predatory Contractors

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Says there is still more work to be done

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) commended New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs for taking legal action against two contractors accused of fraud against Sandy-impacted homeowners.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s “Superstorm Sandy Homeowners Protection Act” has awaited action by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee since June 16, 2016. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

“I applaud Attorney General Porrino and his team for taking legal action against two more fraudulent Sandy contractors. I have met with the Attorney General and Director of Consumer Affairs as well as Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Chuck Richman several times regarding CRA and TMB Services,” Beck said. “These predatory contractors must be held accountable for the crimes they have committed against vulnerable homeowners looking to get their lives back.”

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Beck Hosts 11th Annual Dinner Honoring Rape Crisis Advocates

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Senator Jennifer Beck, a former rape crisis advocate and longtime advocate for survivors of sexual assault hosted her 11th Annual Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate Appreciation Dinner on August 23, 2017, to honor the advocates who serve at 180 Turning Lives Around.

Sen. Jennifer Beck on Aug. 23 hosted her 11th Annual Dinner honoring rape crisis advocates at 180 Turning Lives Around, a Hazlet, N.J. nonprofit that has served more than 600,000 survivors and their families over the last 37 years. (SenateNJ.com)

“These advocates are some of the most selfless, compassionate and courageous people you will ever meet. After all these years, I am still in awe of their unwavering commitment to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in our community,” Senator Beck said. “Counseling survivors is incredibly heartbreaking work. It’s a job very few people are able to do. I am so grateful that those struggling with trauma in Monmouth County have somewhere to turn. 180 Turning Lives Around is truly a beacon of hope in our community. I will continue to do everything I can to show my support.”

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Beck Celebrates NJ’s History As Wage Equality Leader

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement today regarding Women’s Equality Day:

Sen. Jennifer Beck honored the late Millicent Fenwick for her work advancing women’s equality during the Senate session on March 13. The board behind Beck contains news articles from 1970 on the law sponsored by Fenwick prohibiting gender-based wage discrimination in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“As a woman who has fought my way in the professional and political world, I am celebrating Women’s Equality Day today by proudly honoring the life and work of Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick,” Beck said. “Then-Assemblywoman Fenwick’s very first piece of legislation in the State Assembly was to outlaw wage discrimination in New Jersey. Since her legislation was signed on June 2nd 1970, New Jersey has been viewed as having one of the most aggressive wage equality laws in the nation.”

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Beck & Rice Deem ‘Renter Hell’ Inspection Results ‘Unconscionable’

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Legislators Call For Immediate Action To Pass “Safe Sanitary Subsidized Rental Housing Bill of Rights”

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Senator Ron Rice (D-Essex) today called for immediate action following information showing that Garden Spires, a Newark property featured in the APP series “Renter Hell”, had inconceivably passed an inspection by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Sens. Jennifer Beck and Ron Rice are calling for immediate action on their “Safe Sanitary Subsidized Rental Housing Bill of Rights” to protect tenants and hold negligent landlords accountable. (SenateNJ.com)

“The fact that Garden Spires passed a HUD inspection is unconscionable. Our State inspectors at the Department of Community Affairs have issued more than 2,300 violations for this property,” Beck said. “There were more than 500 fire safety violations noted by DCA; that alone should result in a failing HUD score. In the HUD inspection, the actual units in Garden Spires failed, but the exterior passed. Resulting in a REAC (Real Estate Assessment Center) score of 66, which means the building passes.”

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Beck Urges Opposition to Dangerous Move to Drill Oil Off the Jersey Shore

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Beck stresses concerns from thousands in coastal communities regarding offshore drilling

Following reports that the federal government is moving forward with a new program to explore oil and gas drilling along the Atlantic coast, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) urged New Jersey residents to join her and Clean Ocean Action in opposing any such efforts that could put the Jersey Shore at risk.

Sen. Jennifer Beck is urging residents to stand together and oppose oil and gas drilling off of the Jersey Shore. (Wikimedia Commons)

“New Jersey’s $44 billion tourism industry is heavily reliant on revenue from the Jersey Shore,” Senator Beck said. “Local business communities up and down the coast have spent years trying to rebuild in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. An oil spill anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic region would undue all of the progress we have made and more.

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