Governor Chris Christie signed legislation today sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth) that provides for more affordable fuel during a state of energy emergency. The bill provides that when a gasoline retailer exhausts the supply of the lowest grade fuel during a state of energy emergency, the retailer may sell any remaining supply of higher-grade fuel at the same price per gallon of the lowest grade.
“I want to thank Governor Christie for signing this bill today,” said Beck. “This legislation allows gas stations to provide motor fuel at the price per gallon or liter of their lowest grade when they only have higher grades left to offer. We shouldn’t have to pay extra when we are vulnerable in the aftermath of disasters, just because there are supply shortages that are out of our control.”
Project Completion Expected by End of 2016
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone, and Neptune Committeeman Randy Bishop announced that the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT’s) Office of Maritime Resources has awarded the bid to complete the Shark River dredging project. The project’s contract was awarded to Mobile Pumping & Dredging Co., of Chester, PA.
“After over two decades, there has finally been a bid awarded to dredge Shark River. Notably, The National Marine Fisheries only allows dredging work from July 1st to December 31st, so I’m happy to see this monumental step taken forward, which, if all the stars align, will allow dredging to begin this year. None of this could have been possible without the work of Freeholder Tom Arnone and Committeeman Randy Bishop, working together in a bipartisan fashion with every state, county, and local stakeholder to make this project happen,” Beck said. “While the State is investing more than $5 million, the project couldn’t have moved forward without the assistance of Monmouth County, which is accepting the material at its landfill and helping to fund the trucking. In addition, a number of surrounding municipalities have preliminarily agreed to share in the cost of the project.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) offered the following statement calling on FEMA to extend the current deadline of Monday, September 15th for Superstorm Sandy insurance appeals:
“We stand with the entire New Jersey Congressional Delegation to ask that the deadline to appeal Superstorm Sandy insurance claims be extended three months, to December 15. Victims of Sandy, many of whom we represent in our legislative districts, need more time to compile documents for FEMA review.
With Concept in Place, Project Moves Into Design and Engineering Phase
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande issued a statement praising Congressman Chris Smith’s efforts to obtain federal funding to widen Rt. 66 in Neptune, NJ.
“I’m pleased and thankful to see the Rt. 66 widening project moving forward. Congressman Smith deserves credit for shining light on this long-standing issue with the federal government. For too often, my constituents have been stuck in traffic on a road that has far more growth and traffic than was expected when built in the 1940s. With this rapid growth, the need for road improvements become more critical. I’m happy that the first steps are being taken to correct this problem. After more than a decade of planning, residents who use Rt. 66 daily are elated this project is moving forward” said Senator Beck.
The Senate adopted a bipartisan resolution by Senators Joe Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck (both R-Monmouth), commending Dennis Drazin and the entire Monmouth Park Racetrack Team for their efforts in executing a historic day, featuring Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, at the 48th William Hill Haskell Invitational on August 2.
“With this year’s record Haskell Invitational, featuring a Triple Crown winner, Monmouth Park once again showed its economic importance for the region and state by drawing more than 60,000 spectators, a worldwide television audience and creating tens of millions of dollars in economic impact,” Kyrillos said. “The equestrian industry has a long and storied history in the Garden State, producing goods and services in excess of $710 million and providing tens of thousands of jobs, as well as generating significant revenue through racing and recreation.”
“Congratulations and big thanks to Mr. Drazin and the entire team for one of the most successful sports-tourism events in our state’s history,” Beck said. “This is a shining example of just how important Monmouth Park is as a driver of economic activity and jobs for our state, and we will continue to make sure state government will be a great companion as the park expands and moves forward into the future.”
Final Legislative Approval for Beck’s Sandy Bill to Ensure More Affordable Fuel During a State of Emergency
The Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to ensure more affordable fuel during a State of Emergency.
“This legislation allows gas stations to provide motor fuel at the price per gallon or liter of their lowest grade when they only have higher grades left in stock,” Beck said. “We shouldn’t have to pay extra when we are vulnerable in the aftermath of disasters, just because there are supply shortages that are out of our control.”
The Senate voted to pass “Michael Massey’s Law,” a bill sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck to help prevent sanitation workers from being injured or killed in automobile accidents. Senator Beck’s District 11 colleagues Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande sponsor identical legislation in the Assembly.
The bill, S-951, was named for 39-year-old Michael Massey, a Freehold Township man who was killed after being hit by a vehicle while he was loading a garbage truck as part of his public works duties in Ocean Township.
“Michael Massey’s death is a tragic reminder of the risks that sanitation workers face as a part of their daily duties,” said Beck (R-Monmouth). “Requiring motorists to slow down and move over when approaching sanitation vehicles will help to create a safety buffer for workers. I think we are all aware of the need to give extra space when approaching an emergency vehicle along the road. This legislation will make sure that same type of precaution is taken when approaching a sanitation vehicle.”
The Senate voted to adopt legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) creating a business advisory council to recommend job-creating ideas to the state Economic Development Authority, the legislature and the governor.
“The diverse council will provide unique insights about New Jersey’s business climate and what employers need to locate, grow and expand here,” said Beck (R-Monmouth). “By involving representatives from across a spectrum of economic sectors the council will be able to help identify the needs of various kinds of businesses and detect different issues that impact the attraction and retention of employers.”
Senate Republican Budget Committee Member Jennifer Beck stated the following before voting today against the Democrats’ tax-raising Fiscal Year 2016 New Jersey budget proposal:
“I voted against the Democrats’ state budget proposal, because increasing taxes only makes New Jersey a less affordable place to live and work. This is a partisan document by Democrats who chose to forge their own path against overtaxed residents, instead of working towards a bipartisan solution to benefit as many hardworking New Jerseyans as possible and excel job growth.
The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee advanced “Michael Massey’s Law,” (S-951) a bill sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck to help prevent automobile accidents that result in death or injury for sanitation workers.
The bill was named for 39-year-old Michael Massey, a Freehold Township man who was killed after being hit by a vehicle while he was loading a garbage truck as part of his public works duties in Ocean Township.
“Providing sanitation services is a dangerous line of work, and those who perform this service often go unnoticed by motorists who speed through busy streets and highways without concern for a sanitation worker’s safety,” said Senator Beck. “We must do more to protect the lives of these public servants by making sure that drivers are aware of their presence.”