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Senator Jennifer Beck

  • 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 launched by Sen. Jennifer Beck and Sen. Mike Doherty 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)

  • Senate Republican Deputy Conference Leader Jennifer Beck speaking at the jobs package press conference at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on April 23, 2015, with Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Diane Allen. (Full Story)

Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck & O’Scanlon Join Seven Underfunded School Districts in Call for Fair Funding at Assembly Budget Committee Hearing

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) joined superintendents, school board members, and parents from seven underfunded school districts at the Assembly Budget Committee’s Department of Education hearing to support an increase in funding for their schools.

Sen. Jennifer Beck and Asm. Declan O’Scanlon joined superintendents, school board members, and parents from seven underfunded school districts at an Assembly budget hearing to support an increase in funding for their schools. (SenateNJ.com)

“This issue is larger than just Red Bank and Freehold Borough,” Beck said. “We have 143 school districts that are more than ten percent below the state adequacy standard and most have seen enrollment growth, while 215 school districts are more than ten percent above the standard the majority of which have seen enrollment loss.”

“The number of superintendents, school board members, and parents here today underscores the unfairness our current school funding formula,” Beck added. “When you have school districts that have lost enrollment continuing to receive more state aid than our districts with triple-digit enrollment growth, that is a problem that the DOE and Legislature must work to resolve.”

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Beck Calls for Compromise on Estate Tax

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With legislators discussing reforms to New Jersey’s estate tax, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) suggested a compromise that would bring New Jersey’s estate tax exemption in line with other states.

Sen. Jennifer Beck has suggested compromising on estate tax reform by raising New Jersey’s exemption to $2.5 million, about the average of other state’s exemptions. (NJOLS)

“New Jersey’s current exemption of $675,000 is the lowest of any state with an estate tax,” said Beck. “We can make New Jersey more competitive by increasing our exemption to $2.5 million, about the average of other state’s exemptions.”

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Beck Holds Shark River Dredging Update with Neptune Committeeman

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Over 60 Neptune Residents Attend Project Briefing

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) held a meeting on Tuesday night in conjunction with Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop to update Seaview Island residents about the status of the Shark River dredging project.

Sen. Jennifer Beck hosted the meeting with Neptune Twp. Committeeman Randy Bishop to update Seaview Island residents on the Shark River dredging project. (SenateNJ.com)

“This project has literally been 30 years in the making,” said Beck. “I will continue to work closely with the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone, Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop, and other stakeholders as we move forward with the next phase of the project.”

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Beck Joined by Freehold Borough & Red Bank Parents at Senate Budget Hearing on Education Funding

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Over 50 Parents Seek Fair School Funding for ‘Under-Adequacy’ School Districts

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) was joined by parents from the Freehold Borough and Red Bank school districts at Tuesday’s Senate Budget Committee hearing on the Department of Education’s budget.

Sen. Jennifer Beck with parents from Freehold Borough who attending the Senate Budget committee hearing to highlight the state’s underfunding of their schools. (SenateNJ.com)

Over fifty parents came to raise awareness and advocate for their local public school systems that are each funded at ‘under-adequacy’ levels according to the Department of Education’s own metrics. Freehold Borough is funded 35 percent below the adequacy threshold, while Red Bank is 30 percent below adequacy. Each of these districts have experienced rapid enrollment growth.

Sen. Jennifer Beck with parents from Red Bank who called for increased funding to their schools. (SenateNJ.com)

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Beck: AC State Takeover Bill Not in Best Interests of Atlantic City or Monmouth County

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) issued the following statement after providing the only “no” vote in the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee on legislation allowing a State takeover of Atlantic City, S-1711:

Sen. Jennifer Beck provided the only ‘no’ vote in the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee on legislation allowing a State takeover of Atlantic City. (©iStock)

“There are many reasons why I could not support this legislation, but there are two fundamental problems with the bill. Firstly, the State takeovers of Jersey City, Newark, Paterson, and Camden public schools have not yielded successful results or outcomes. I remain unconvinced that this legislation is needed to overhaul Atlantic City’s government. As Atlantic City Mayor Guardian alluded to today, the State already has broad powers to champion meaningful reforms for the city.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean, Beck Visit Monmouth Boys & Girls Club to Promote New Legislation Supporting Charities

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In Asbury Park, the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County hosted Senate Republicans Tom Kean and Jennifer Beck as they promoted legislation that would boost charitable giving to New Jersey charities on the front lines serving millions of children and families.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Sen. Jennifer Beck visited the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County to highlight legislation to help non-profits and charities that serve millions of New Jerseyans. (SenateNJ.com)

This legislation, S-1932 introduced Monday, would establish a charitable deduction for state income tax filers on the money and gifts they provide to Garden State charities.

“A study released by Damooei Global Research found that every dollar invested in Boys & Girls Clubs can generate 15 dollars of positive impact in the community, by way of improved safety and academic performance for children, as well as increased parental income,” said Douglas Eagles, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County. “I am greatly encouraged by any effort to make it easier for caring folks to invest in their own communities.”

S-1932 is a modified version of bipartisan S-334, originally created and introduced in 2007 by Senate Republican Leader Kean.

“The children and volunteers we met today are truly inspiring, and the extraordinary efforts of BGCM for local families are something Republicans and Democrats can get behind,” said Kean (Union, Somerset, Morris). “In every corner of New Jersey, charities are struggling to obtain enough funding to serve their missions supporting children, families, seniors, people with disabilities, those with special needs and the most-vulnerable.”

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Beck Opposes Dems’ Opportunity-Killing Mandate on Small Businesses & Charities

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) stated the following after voting against job-killing Democrat legislation, S-799, during today’s Budget & Appropriations Committee hearing:

Sen. Jennifer Beck voted against job-killing Democrat legislation, S-799, during a Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee hearing on March 7. (Ben K Adams/Flickr)

“This legislation would reduce opportunities for the people of New Jersey by reversing our continued private-sector job growth, reducing sorely needed resources for charities and increasing costs on consumers.

“It overreaches by mandating paid sick leave for businesses with one, two and three employees, as well as nonprofits. It penalizes noncompliance, making employers immediately guilty of something illegal and forcing them to pay big to prove their innocence.

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Senator Tom Kean

TOMORROW: Kean, Beck Visiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth to Highlight Programs & New Legislation

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Jennifer Beck (Monmouth) are visiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County in Asbury Park on Tuesday to highlight this organization’s amazing programs for children and to promote legislation introduced Monday that would boost charitable giving to New Jersey nonprofits.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County in Asbury Park on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 3:15 p.m.

Where: Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County, 1201 Monroe Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712.

Who: Senators Tom Kean and Jennifer Beck, hosted by BGCM Executive Director Douglas Eagles, organization staff, volunteers and member children.

Availability: Full, open.

Event Contacts: Jeremy Rosen and BGCM Communications Director Lisi Klus, lisi@bgcmonmouth.org.

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Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Kean, Beck, Oroho Introducing Legislation to Support NJ Charities

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Senate Republicans Tom Kean, Jennifer Beck and Steven Oroho are introducing legislation on Monday to boost charitable giving to New Jersey nonprofits that are on the front lines serving millions of children and families.

Senate Republicans Tom Kean, Jennifer Beck and Steven Oroho will introduce legislation establishing a state income tax deduction for gifts to New Jersey charities. (SenateNJ.com)

This legislation will establish a charitable deduction for state income tax filers on the money and gifts they provide to charities operating in New Jersey. This new bill is a modified version of bipartisan S-334, originally created and introduced in 2007 by Senate Republican Leader Kean.

“New Jersey is blessed to be served by an array of charities supporting children, families and seniors in need,” said Kean (Union, Somerset, Morris). “A host of nonprofit educational, cultural and civic organizations make our communities safer and stronger. As we have learned on many occasions, such as the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, charities are often the first to mobilize to help in times of crisis before government resources are available.”

“Nonprofit organizations work tirelessly for communities, help the state and local governments provide essential public services and create jobs and volunteer opportunities for people of all ages,” said Beck (Monmouth). “Yet it’s extremely difficult for nonprofits here to garner steady charitable giving from residents and small business owners, because, by most measures, New Jersey ranks dead last and second to last in the nation in overall tax burdens.”

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Beck Pushes Casino Expansion to Create Jobs & Ease Tax Burdens

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SCR-1 Provides Support to Monmouth Farms, Freehold Raceway & Monmouth Park

Following this week’s Senate hearing on expanding gaming in Monmouth County and into North Jersey, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) urged swift passage of enabling constitutional amendment, SCR-1.

Sen. Jennfer Beck urges action on legislation to create jobs, ease tax burdens and support Monmouth farms, Freehold Raceway and Monmouth Park. (©iStock)

“Dozens of gaming entities have amassed just outside our borders in Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware, attracting New Jerseyans to spend on gaming, retail, lodging and restaurants in those states every single day,” Beck said. “SCR-1 is critical to getting our market share back. This bipartisan-supported legislation would provide opportunities for new private-sector jobs and revenues to support critical public services for the people of New Jersey. It would help support lowering taxes, programs for senior citizens and the disabled, open space preservation and the struggling horseracing farms and venues, including Freehold Raceway, Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands.”

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