New Jersey's 11th Legislative District

Senator Jennifer Beck

  • Senator Jennifer Beck (left-center) toured the Asbury Park, Long Branch and Red Bank train stations with NJ Transit Executive Director Veronique Hakim (right) on July 22, 2014. (Press Release)

  • 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.

Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Statement on Central American Youths Placed in New Jersey

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State Senator Jennifer Beck today issued the following statement concerning the Central American children who are fleeing their violent countries to seek safe haven here in the United States. Casa Freehold director, Rita Dentino, recently reported that between 5-10 unaccompanied minors are now residing in Freehold Borough with a possible 1,500 already placed in New Jersey. The U.S. House of Representatives $694 million to house and process the surge of children detained at the border.

“This is an issue with far ranging implications that is being experienced all across the country. I am working closely with federal representatives and the Governor’s Office to fully understand our legal options and obligations. I am hopeful that money will come from the federal government as part of an overall response to this issue. There are real humanitarian, fiscal and capacity concerns so all decisions must be fully vetted. I will continue to communicate openly with local officials to keep all appraised of our progress.”

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Beck, Doherty Introduce Bill to Save Cats & Dogs from Death Sentences

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Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Mike Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren) introduced legislation to save cats and dogs no longer used for educational, research or scientific purposes from automatic death sentences.

Legislation by Senators Beck and Doherty would require that cats and dogs used for educational, research or scientific purposes be offered to animal rescue groups for adoption prior to euthanizing the animals. (Facebook/Beagle Freedom Project)

The Senators’ bill, S-2344, would require institutions of higher education and research facilities to offer cats and dogs to animal rescue organizations for adoption prior to euthanizing the animals.

“All cats and dogs should have every possible opportunity to be a part of a loving home, and rescued animals make for the best family members and companions,” Beck said. “Cats and dogs shouldn’t be sentenced to death at the end of an experiment or project. Their lives should be respected and cherished from beginning to end.”

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Beck & O’Scanlon to Menendez: It’s About Time!

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State Legislators Say That Although Senator Is Late to the Table on Flood Insurance Problems, They Welcome His Help

Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon responded to a NorthJersey.com article in which U.S. Senator Robert Menendez acknowledges that the flood insurance system is “is stacked against policyholders.”

Homes flooded by Hurricane Sandy pictured during an aerial damage survey of Belmar, NJ, on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

“Hundreds if not thousands of New Jersey Sandy survivors have been low-balled by NFIP,” Beck (R-Monmouth) said. “Homeowners paid premiums in good faith for decades only to find that the $250,000 limit is a farce. Many families are not back home because the flood insurance payouts were not even vaguely comparable to their home’s structural damage. I and others have been part of an outcry against the NFIP and while the Senator is 18 months late to the issue, we welcome the opportunity to work with him to fix it. It is nearly criminal what NFIP has done to our residents – the program is dysfunctional and must be repaired.”

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Beck Promotes Red Bank’s ‘National Night Out’

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) will once again have a table at Red Bank’s National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 5th.

An aerial view of Red Bank, New Jersey, where a National Night Out Against Crime will be held on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014.

“I’ve been involved in Red Bank’s National Night out for years, and each year it gets bigger,” Beck said. “We’re really looking forward to talking to folks in the community to help promote a positive relationship with the police here in town.”

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Beck: “Stand With Israel” Solidarity Rally Reflects Importance of Peaceful Resolution

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) issued the following statement in support of the “Stand With Israel” solidarity rally held at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center and hosted by the Jewish Federation on July 28, 2014:

Approximately 700 people from the Monmouth County area attended the rally to support Israel on July 28, 2014. (Jewish Federation of Monmouth County)

“The violence occurring in that region of the world today is truly horrifying. We should all be encouraging both sides to agree to a ceasefire and find a peaceful solution to these age-old disagreements. Violence is not the answer and the longer it persists the further we get from peaceful resolution.

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Beck Brings NJ Transit Executive Director to Monmouth to Examine Condition of Train Stations

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Senator Jennifer Beck toured three train stations in the 11th District with NJ Transit Executive Director Veronique Hakim and members of her staff. They visited Asbury Park, Long Branch and Red Bank train stations.

Senator Jennifer Beck (left-center) toured the Asbury Park, Long Branch and Red Bank train stations with NJ Transit Executive Director Veronique Hakim (right) on July 22, 2014. (Facebook)

“I spoke with Executive Director Hakim in the spring and she expressed her interest in visiting the district and seeing some of our stations. Monmouth County is both a highly desirable vacation destination and a commuting hub so our train stations play an invaluable role in our economy,” Beck said. “The Executive Director was able to speak to local officials in each town and see first hand the condition of the stations. Often it helps to put faces to the names and today NJ Transit did just that. A variety of needs were discussed and Executive Director Hakim made it clear that NJ Transit would work closely with our towns to address them.”

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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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