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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 Call for Action to Help Tenants Living in ‘Failing Housing Complexes’ Across New Jersey

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Following today’s NJ.com report that “thousands” of New Jersey residents are living in subsidized housing complexes that have failed federal inspections, Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Ron Rice (D-Essex) called on HUD, the DCA, and Legislative leaders to take immediate action to address this crisis.

Sens. Jennifer Beck and Ron Rice call for action to help tenants, following a NJ.com report that thousands statewide are living in complexes that have failed federal inspections. Beck & Rice sponsor S-3270, the “Safe Sanitary Subsidized Rental Housing Bill of Rights.” (Facebook/Jennifer Beck)

Beck and Rice sponsor S-3270, the “Safe Sanitary Subsidized Rental Housing Bill of Rights,” which would hold negligent landlords accountable for dangerous, unsanitary, and unsafe conditions in subsidized housing.

“Senator Rice and I have been saying for months that the issue of tenants being forced to live in dangerous rental housing units is not limited to Asbury Park or Newark. Today’s report proves that this is a pervasive, statewide problem,” Senator Beck said.  “The government has a responsibility to address this crisis immediately. We will continue to call for the passage of our legislation and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the vulnerable families and seniors who need our help.”

“From the top of the state to the bottom, innocent people are suffering while their landlords collect a paycheck from the government. It’s outrageous,” Senator Rice added. “I’m glad to see HUD Administrator Patton say they have a ‘zero-tolerance policy,’ for these bad actors, but judging by today’s report, it’s clear that words are not enough. We must take action to hold all landlords accountable for providing safe and sanitary housing.”

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Beck: Property Taxpayers on Hook for $453K Sick Leave Payout While Dems Continue to Block Reform

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) repeated her calls for legislative Democrats to allow sick leave reforms to advance following reports that property taxpayers will be on the hook for yet another six-figure payout of more than $453,000 to Newark’s retired Police Chief.

Sen. Jennifer Beck called for Democrats to allow sick leave reforms to advance following news that property taxpayers will pay for yet another six-figure payout of more than $453,000 to Newark’s retired police chief. (SenateNJ.com)

“Month after month, year after year, we continue to read stories of retiring public employees taking home obscene six-figure checks for unused time at property taxpayer expense,” said Beck. “Meanwhile, the Democrats who control the Legislature continue to block every attempt at reasonable reform. We’ll eventually shame them into ending this indefensible practice, the only question is how many millions more taxpayers will have to pay before Democrats will feel enough public outrage to allow votes on our sick leave reform legislation.”

Beck sponsors S-2947, which would limit payouts at retirement to $10,000 for accumulated unused sick leave for all public employees, and limit the carrying forward of vacation leave for one year only.

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Beck Joins County, Local & Federal Officials in the Launch of $17.5 Million 537/34 Improvement Project

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) joined Monmouth County Freeholders and local officials at a groundbreaking today after a 17-year-long fight to celebrate the successful procurement of $17.5 million in funding to conduct pedestrian safety and road improvements at the Route 34/537 intersection in Colts Neck.

Sen. Jennifer Beck joined county, local, and federal officials to launch a $17.5 million improvement project at the Route 34/537 intersection in Colts Neck. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’m proud to stand side-by-side with Freeholder Director Burry in the effort to see this important project finally come to fruition,” said Beck. “I applaud Freeholder Director Burry and all of our Freeholders and local officials for moving the ball forward for more than a decade. These improvements will greatly enhance pedestrian safety and traffic calming for Colts Neck.”

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Beck Secures $25 Million in Construction Funds for Freehold Borough Schools

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After spending more than a decade working to secure additional funding for Freehold Borough Schools, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) celebrated the procurement of $25 million in much-needed funds, by attending yesterday’s groundbreaking for the Freehold Borough School expansion.

Sen. Jennifer Beck, Superintendent Rocco Tomazic (left) and Freehold Borough Board of Education President Dr. Michael Lichardi (right) break ground on the Freehold Borough School expansion project on Oct. 12, 2017. Beck fought for more than a decade to secure additional funding for the district. (Freehold Borough Schools)

“I am honored to stand side-by-side with Superintendent Tomazic and local officials who we worked with to have the State commit 85 percent in funding for the construction project,” Beck said “Freehold Borough is over capacity by nearly 600 students. The additional facilities that this construction will provide are absolutely necessary in continuing to provide our children with the education they deserve.”

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Beck Continues Support for Asbury Park Revitalization

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Beck Attends ‘Springwood Avenue’ Project Groundbreaking After Years of Community Advocacy

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) on Tuesday, October 10, attended a groundbreaking for The Renaissance Village, an affordable housing project in Asbury Park. Beck and Asbury Park Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton spent years advocating for $8 million in highly competitive funding from the State to bring the project to fruition.

Sen. Jennifer Beck attended a groundbreaking for The Renaissance Village, an affordable housing project in Asbury Park. Beck worked with Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton for years to get funding for the project. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am proud to have worked with Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton, the Michael’s Organization, and others to make Renaissance Village possible,” Senator Beck said. “We were able to secure nearly $8 million in highly competitive State funding. Hundreds of applications were sent to the state but only a few received the funding. This project will bring 64 units of needed housing along Springwood Avenue.”

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Beck’s ‘Stephen Komninos Law’ Signed by Governor

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“Stephen Komninos’ Law,” bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to protect people with developmental disabilities, by improving accountability and transparency at group homes and care facilities was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s “Stephen Komninos Law” protects people with developmental disabilities from abuse. The law is named for a 22-year-old man who died at the hands of a neglectful caregiver. (SenateNJ.com)

“This is the final step in a long journey to get lifesaving protections for people with disabilities signed into law.  Unfortunately, we are devastated that this came too late for Billy Cray, who lost his life in a group home less than two months ago,” Senator Jennifer Beck said. “Billy’s mother, Martha, was a tireless advocate for ‘Stephen Komninos Law.’ I am grateful to her, Tom Komninos, Aileen Rivera, Gus Egizi, and all those who worked so hard with us over the years.”

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Beck Introduces Bill Opposing Dangerous Oil Drilling Off Jersey Shore

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Beck Stands with Thousands of Residents, Advocates, and Local Officials in Opposing Oil and Natural Gas Drilling Off NJ’s Coast

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has  introduced legislation urging the federal government not to pursue a dangerous proposal to drill for oil and natural gas off the Jersey shoreline.

Sen. Jennifer Beck is introducing legislation opposing oil and gas drilling off the Jersey Shore coastline. (Wikimedia Commons)

The legislation was introduced in response to a recent action by the United States Department of the Interior to conduct oil and natural gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. The executive order also seeks to loosen regulatory requirements on seismic air gun testing, which could have dramatically negative impacts on commercial fishing; a large industry for New Jersey.

“New Jersey’s tourism industry supports more than 300,000 jobs and bolsters almost 10 percent of our workforce. A majority of this hinges on the health of our coastline,” Beck said. “Thousands of residents, fishing families, and local officials have made their voices known in opposition to this proposal and I stand with them.”

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Beck Introduces Legislation to Increase State Income Tax Deduction for Property Taxes

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Tax Relief Plan Would Increase Value of Important Deduction by Up to 75%

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation increasing the state income tax deduction for property taxes paid by homeowners and renters.

Sen. Jennifer Beck has introduced legislation increasing by 75% the maximum state income tax deduction for property taxes that can be claimed by homeowners and renters. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey’s current $10,000 limit on the state income tax deduction that can be claimed for property taxes does not represent the reality of what many homeowners actually pay,” said Beck. “Increasing the limit substantially will provide much needed tax relief to many overburdened residents.”

Beck’s tax relief plan would increase the maximum deduction that can be claimed under the New Jersey Gross Income Tax for property taxes that have been paid from $10,000 to $17,500.

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Beck’s ‘Stephen Komninos Law’ Gains Final Senate Approval

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The New Jersey Senate on Thursday, October 5, concurred with Governor Christie’s conditional veto of “Stephen Komninos’ Law,’ bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to protect people with developmental disabilities, by improving accountability and transparency at group homes and care facilities.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s “Stephen Komninos Law,” to protect people with developmental disabilities, gained final legislative approval on Oct. 5, 2017. It now heads back to Governor Christie’s desk to be signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“This is the final step in a long journey to get lifesaving protections for people with disabilities signed into law.  Unfortunately, we are devastated that this came too late for Billy Cray, who lost his life in a group home less than two months ago,” Senator Jennifer Beck said. “Billy’s mother, Martha, was a tireless advocate for ‘Stephen Komninos Law.’ I am grateful to her, Tom Komninos, Aileen Rivera, Gus Egizi, and all those who worked so hard with us over the years.”

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Beck to Introduce Legislation Increasing State Income Tax Deduction for Property Taxes

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Says Proposed Elimination of Federal SALT Deduction Highlights Need for State Tax Reforms

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will introduce legislation increasing the state income tax deduction for property taxes paid by homeowners and renters.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s new legislation will increase the state income tax deduction for property taxes paid by homeowners and renters. (Flickr)

“New Jersey’s current $10,000 limit on the state income tax deduction that can be claimed for property taxes does not represent the reality of what many homeowners actually pay,” said Beck. “Increasing the limit substantially will provide much needed tax relief to many overburdened residents.”

Beck’s tax relief plan would increase the maximum deduction that can be claimed under the New Jersey Gross Income Tax for property taxes that have been paid from $10,000 to $17,500.

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