New Jersey Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington) issued the following statement urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign or be fired by league ownership:
“Roger Goodell downplayed domestic violence and assault for nothing but selfish reasons, ignoring his responsibility to be a role model and a leader of men in a sport that is played or watched by people of all ages in virtually every American community, school and household.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) joined with fellow legislators and the New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations at a press conference at the state house to support legislation, AR154, showing solidarity with the State of Israel and the Jewish community. An identical version of the resolution was introduced in the Senate today.
“New Jersey has long had a strong tie to Israel and it’s more important now than ever that we take a stand to support Israel’s right to defend itself against unprovoked attacks from Hamas. The needless bloodshed wrought by Hamas is terrorism at its worst. I’m proud to support this resolution and urge continued congressional support of Israel and its ability to protect its people and ensure a future free of violence.”
Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande announced $2.3 million in state Schools Development Authority (SDA) grants for Freehold Regional High School and Freehold Township school improvement projects.
“We commend this vast and profound commitment to our students and educators, by continuing record funding levels in this program to ensure children and teachers work in the safest and most secure learning environments,” Beck said. “This is one of the few initiatives where we see residents’ hard-earned state tax dollars and property tax dollars directly infused into the classroom to foster our next generation of leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.”
Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon today called the recommendations resulting from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s recent audit problematic. The HUD audit found that “the documentation required by the State’s policy did not fully demonstrate that homeowners occupied damaged residences as their primary residences at the time of the storm.”
“This is getting to be a little outrageous,” Beck (R-Monmouth) said. “The state requires a copy of the owner’s driver’s license and performs a title search along with a check of corroborating documents. I think these people have been through enough. Demanding a more onerous process to prove your residency is just adding another pointless layer of bureaucracy. HUD’s own audit found no instances of money going to the wrong people. So, what’s the problem?”
Monmouth County Senators Jennifer Beck and Joseph Kyrillos stated the following about today’s directive from Governor Christie to the Attorney General that allows casinos and racetracks to operate sports betting pools:
“This directive paves the way for legalized sports betting in the state which will be a boon to New Jersey,” Beck said. “It will keep us competitive with other states while offering a significant new source of tax revenue. Sports betting will also offer a much-needed lifeline to our ailing casinos and horse racing industry. This bold move will have a long-term, positive impact upon our state.”
“This action is especially important to Monmouth County, the home of Monmouth Park,” said Kyrillos, who voted in favor of the original sports betting legislation. “This is good timing, as we work to create opportunities for the 8,000 people who are looking for new jobs due to Atlantic City’s struggles and the reason I voted for sports betting in the first place. We look forward to continuing our work with the administration to resolve this issue.”
End of Career Vacation & Sick Time Payouts Spell Disaster for Many Towns
On the heels of the reported $84,000 payout to the outgoing Asbury Park police chief, Senator Jennifer Beck renewed her call for the passage of legislation that limits the payout for unused sick time to $15,000 and permits a municipal employee to carry forward only one year of vacation time.
“These types of payouts can crush local governments,” said Beck (R-Monmouth). “In cases of cities like Asbury, an unplanned lump cost like this can be catastrophic. Asbury Park already has significant financial woes; this payout makes an already bad situation worse. Chief Kinmon has done a very admirable job leading the Asbury Park Police Department, he is totally within the bounds of the law to receive this payout and that’s why we need to fix the law.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
“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.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) will once again have a table at Red Bank’s National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 5th.
“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.”