Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) took action today to have the New Jersey Senate vote on legislation she sponsors to prevent corrupt government officials from collecting public pensions. Her effort was immediately blocked by the majority Senate Democrats.
“I’ve introduced the same bill to punish government corruption since 2008, and it’s astonishing that Senate Democrats have continued to block the bill from moving forward for so long,” added Beck. “On several occasions over the past year, I have urged the chairman of the Senate State Government Committee to allow this ‘good government’ bill to be heard in committee. That request has been repeatedly ignored, so I took action today to try to move the bill forward.”
Beck’s legislation, S-1557, provides for the full forfeiture of public pensions for elected and appointed government officials convicted of any crime touching their office.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will host a meeting on February 8th at the Shark River Hills Firehouse for Sandy victims who are still having problems to provide assistance with the recovery process.
WHO: Senator Jennifer Beck
WHAT: Meeting for victims of Superstorm Sandy who need assistance.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 8th at 6 p.m.
Following today’s public hearing, Senators Joe Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck (both R-Monmouth) urged state officials and agencies to reject an unnecessary power line project that has been fiercely opposed by residents of Monmouth County.
“These unsightly power lines would cut through some of Monmouth County’s most significant historic districts and most beautiful natural landscapes,” Senator Kyrillos said. “This project is no more welcome now than it was when it was first proposed 25 years ago. Residents have made it clear both in written correspondence, as well as at public meetings, that they do not want these power lines. We believe that the state should take these objections seriously and reject this project.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will next week bring Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington to schools in Asbury Park, Long Branch, Freehold Borough, and Red Bank, where the Commissioner will have the opportunity to join Senator Beck on a tour of each school and participate in a discussion on a variety of educational issues with school officials.
“The school officials, Commissioner Harrington, and I will meet with all have different challenges and accomplishments they want to highlight,” Senator Beck said. “Whether it is school funding, literacy, or career readiness each district is different and will have an opportunity to brief Commissioner Harrington on the unique issues impacting their students and schools.”
MEDIA ADVISORY (2/3): Beck Hosts First Ever ‘Senator Joseph Palaia Day’ Celebration at Ocean Township School
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will on Friday Feb. 3 host a celebration marking the first annual “Senator Joseph Palaia Day” at Wayside Elementary School in Ocean Township, where his daughter now serves as Principal.
The event follows Jan. 31 signing of Sen. Jennifer Beck’s resolution declaring Feb. 3 of each year “Senator Joseph Palaia Day” in honor of the beloved Monmouth County legislator and educator.
When: 9: 15 a.m. on Friday Feb. 3, 2016
Where: Wayside Elementary School: 733 Bowne Road, Ocean Township, NJ
Who: Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth); Principal Denise Palaia, the late Senator Palaia’s daughter and current principal of Wayside Elementary School; a student assembly, and staff.
“I cannot think of a better place to mark the first ever ‘Senator Joseph Palaia’ Day, than an elementary school in Ocean Township – a community Senator Joe spent decades serving, first as a beloved educator and then as one of the most admirable elected officials our state has ever seen,” Senator Beck said. “What makes this celebration even more special, is the fact that we will be joined by his daughter Principal Denise Palaia, who is carrying on his legacy as a devoted elementary school principal.”
Beck & Officials: Expiration of Temporary Stay on Civilian Rentals on NWS Earle Needs to Be Extended
Senator Jennifer Beck, Freeholder Director Lillian Burry, Colts Neck Mayor Russell Macnow and Tinton Falls Mayor Gerald Turning issued the following statement on the Feb. 1 expiration of the temporary stay on Balfour Beatty, the housing administrator for Naval Weapons Station Earle, from seeking civilians to rent on-base housing. All officials voiced their support for an additional stay to be granted until local officials can meet with the new Assistant Secretary of the Navy on this issue.
“In light of the new administration at the Navy, I am seeking that an additional stay be granted so we can bring Navy officials up to speed with the widespread public opposition to the incredibly serious safety issues associated with this proposal. I remain opposed to the Navy’s plan allowing members of the general public to live on an active military weapons installation; it is dangerous and I will continue to fight tirelessly against it.” said Senator Beck.
February 3, of every year will now be known as “Senator Joseph Palaia Day” thanks to a resolution sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“Joe Palaia was a dedicated educator loved by the Monmouth County community and a model legislator respected by his colleagues in Trenton and across the state,” Senator Beck said. “Before I was even elected to the Legislature, I knew Senator Palaia for his work in the community as a kind man with a true passion for helping people. I remember that his example of dedication and advocacy to the residents of Monmouth County was always something that I admired. He was well known for his hard work in the statehouse, but for many, he will always be remembered first as a beloved principal and tireless advocate for students across New Jersey.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) responded to Governor Christie’s comments to members of the construction trades union yesterday wherein he commented there is “no excuse” for Republicans to not have voted to authorize a 23-cent, billion-dollar gas tax increase earlier this year.
“I will always stand up for what is right by my constituents, even in the face of pressure from the Governor and special interests. I have vocally opposed increases in the gas tax since my election to the Legislature in 2005. Residents in my district continue to be overtaxed and opposed to the billion-dollar gas tax scheme. Governor Christie ran for Governor on a platform of opposing new taxes and fees with the overwhelming support of Monmouth and Ocean counties. Our residents commute and bear the burden of this tax increase. I will continue to be a forceful advocate to decrease our tax burden here in the state. The bottom-line is the billion-dollar gas tax was not needed and no pressure from the Governor or special interests will make me waver in my position.”
Group discusses local transportation projects and priorities with local mayors and council members
Senator Jennifer Beck invited senior Department of Transportation officials to her district to meet with local leaders to discuss ongoing projects and issues. The group toured District 11 and met with local mayors, administrators, and council members to discuss transportation priorities within their communities. On this particular tour, the group met with representatives of Deal, Shrewsbury Borough and Red Bank.
“The Department of Transportation offered to come into the district to talk to local leaders and I was happy to make it happen,” said Beck. “The roads and thoroughfares in the region are constantly being updated and improved, it is important that the state hears about local needs and concerns. Monmouth County has presented a number of unique transportation challenges that we will need to be addressed at both the state and local level.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to ensure top-notch healthcare diagnosis by ensuring the quality of the state’s laboratories was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“These labs process samples, and the results they produce often determine what medical treatment a patient gets,” Senator Beck said. “If we can’t be sure that our labs are being run properly, people can’t have confidence that their doctors will get the critical information they need to make the right recommendations.”