Doherty, Bateman & Beck Blast Democrats’ Plans to Fund Pork Rail Projects with New Gas Taxes from TTF
Say Democrats Are Pulling Bait & Switch on Drivers Who Were Promised Safe Roads and Bridges from 23 Cent/Gallon Gas Tax Increase
Just a week before a 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase will hit drivers at the pump, Senate Democrats announced their support for spending $1 billion of gas tax revenues to pay for an expensive light rail project.
“The ink hasn’t even dried on the gas tax increase, yet Democrats are already scheming ways to divert billions paid by drivers to build the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Extension and other similar projects in their districts,” said Doherty. “We warned that this is exactly what they would do, and now they’ve proven us correct. It won’t be long before they’re back asking for another gas tax increase.”
Beck reforms would reduce health benefits costs by 33 percent, provide more than $1 billion in savings to the state and $2.7 billion in local property tax relief.
The New Jersey Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission on Friday, Oct. 21, reviewed Senator Jennifer Beck’s health benefits reform package and recommended that the New Jersey Legislature enact her legislation.
“I’m pleased that the nonpartisan Pension and Health Benefits Review Committee has recommended that the Legislature act on my proposals,” Senator Beck (R-Monmouth) said. “New Jersey taxpayers and public employees in cost-sharing cannot afford platinum health coverage, when there are clearly more inexpensive alternatives available to use. My legislation would provide for a 33% reduction in health benefits cost to our State and local government units, leading to $1 billion in State savings and $2.7 billion in direct property tax relief. The time for legislative leadership to act is now, and I call on leaders in both houses to give my legislation a hearing in the most expeditious manner possible.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) participated in New Jersey Domestic Violence Awareness Advocacy Day, sponsored by the NJ State Junior League.
“I’m proud to make sure that domestic violence remains a priority for legislators in Trenton. I remain dedicated to ensuring that victims of domestic violence are protected in our State, which is just one reason that I am proud to sponsor legislation crafted with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ input to restrict access to firearms by persons subject to restraining orders or convicted of domestic violence offenses. There is more work to be done, however, to rid our society of domestic violence. I urge anyone in need to call the National Domestic Violence help-line, 24 hours a day, at 1-800-799-SAFE, or visiting www.TheHotline.org.”
Beck Writes to State Law Enforcement & Military Officials to Halt Navy Plans to Open NWS Earle Housing to Civilians
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has sent formal correspondence to Governor Christie, Colonel Rick Fuentes of the New Jersey State Police, Brigadier General Michael Cunniff of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Director Chris Rodriguez of the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security to enlist their assistance in halting the Department of Defense’s plan to allow civilians to reside on the active Naval Weapons Station Earle base.
“I am opposed, in the strongest possible terms, to the Navy’s plan allowing members of the general public to utilize Naval Weapons Earle housing. The current proposal is a dangerous one, and I will fight tirelessly against it,” said Beck. “The Department of Defense must abandon this proposal and ensure our area’s safety. Our Congressman, Chris Smith, is asking for a meeting with senior Navy officials on this proposal and I formally requesting that the State of New Jersey put its resources behind the effort to block this risky proposal from seeing the light of day.”
Bills creates a task force to study technology and other methods that could be used to limit or stop telemarketing harassment and intimidation
Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to protect consumers from harassment by telemarketers was advanced by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.
“Due to advances in technology and approaches used by companies to skirt the rules of ‘Do-Not-Call’ laws, consumers are open to a constant barrage of calls from telemarketers they don’t want to hear from,” Senator Beck said. “Now people are getting these kinds of calls on their cellphones, which is even more intrusive and annoying than calls to landlines. We need to review what kinds of methods are available to us that can be used to fight this growing problem.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement in response to the enactment of a 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase by Governor Chris Christie:
“I’m disappointed that the Governor signed the gas tax into law. I have no doubt that his office, just like my office and those of most legislators, was bombarded with calls from the many people of this state who oppose this billion dollar tax increase.
“Defying the will of so many people on such an important affordability issue will not help us to change the perception shared by too many residents that they are being taxed out of New Jersey.
Urges passage of Ballot Question #1 to return gaming revenues to our State & support the equine industry
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Anthony Perretti, Director of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners of New Jersey, toured two Monmouth County horse farms with members of the media to raise awareness of the dire situation in the New Jersey equine industry and urge passage of this year’s gaming expansion ballot question. Beck and Perretti toured Hunter’s Run Farm in Wall Township, a thoroughbred farm and Boxwood Farm in Manalapan, a standardbred farm.
“There is only one bite of the apple to help secure a future for New Jersey’s equine industry: this year’s gaming referendum. Passage of this referendum is imperative for residents of Monmouth County. The negative TV ads that residents are seeing are being funded by Pennsylvania and New York casino interests to ensure that they can keep stealing New Jersey gaming revenues. The citizens of this State must know that passage of this referendum will result in $1 billion in new gaming revenue for the State and the creation of 43,000 jobs.” said Beck.
MEDIA ADVISORY (10/12) – Beck to Visit Horse Farms, Rally Support for Gaming Expansion Ballot Question
Senator Jennifer Beck will visit two local horse farms on Wednesday, October 12 as part of the effort to rally support for the gaming expansion ballot referendum.
Senator Beck will join farm owners to assess their status and needs as New Jersey’s horse farm community faces mounting pressure to sell their property to real estate developers. Gaming expansion is a critical need to support New Jersey’s equine industry, one of the largest sources of open space in Monmouth County.
Beck will visit Hunters Run Farm in Neptune and Boxwood Farms in Manalapan. She will be accompanied by Anthony Perretti, Director of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners of New Jersey, as the group works to preserve and protect the equine industry throughout the state.
Leads Opposition to One of the Largest Tax Increases in NJ History
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) continued to lead the fight against a billion dollar has tax hike with a ‘NO’ vote during today’s Senate session.
“I’ve had tens of thousands of people reach out to me saying that another tax increase would push them over the edge financially,” said Beck. “This is one of the largest tax increases in New Jersey history, and our residents pay too much already.”
More than 25,000 people signed an online petition maintained by Beck and Senator Mike Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren) in opposition to the gas tax increase.
Assembly Committee Advances Weinberg/Beck Bill Inspired by Gabby Giffords to Expand Domestic Violence Protections
The Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee has approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), and inspired by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, to enhance protections for victims of domestic violence.
The proposal, S-2483, restricts access to firearms by certain persons subject to restraining orders or convicted of domestic violence offenses, and provides a clear and supervised process for the immediate surrender of firearms.
“This legislation closes loopholes by ensuring that when firearms must be surrendered due to conviction or restraining order, there are no gaps where the person still has access to their guns or the ability to cause additional harm,” said Beck. “If a person poses such a risk to another that a restraining order is necessary, their guns should be surrendered immediately.”