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.”
Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to protect a greater number of victims by making certain modifications to a law she pioneered, known as the “Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015,” (SASPA) which went into effect in May of 2016.
“We took a huge leap forward last year by enacting SASPA, which ensures all sexual assault survivors receive the same protections from being re-victimized – regardless of the nature of their relationship with the abuser,” Senator Beck said. “Now we are expanding those protections to survivors who have obtained a restraining order in any of the 23 other states that have laws like SASPA. This is a huge victory for survivors in New Jersey and across the country.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) responded to a lawsuit filed by rail unions to overturn a recent law she sponsored which prohibits NJ Transit engineers from operating trains while their driver’s license is suspended or revoked for Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
According to a published report, rail worker unions believe the law conflicts with looser federal regulations and doesn’t improve safety.
“The rails unions’ claim that it doesn’t improve passenger safety to keep convicted drunk drivers with suspended licenses from operating trains defies common sense,” said Beck. “If you are so untrustworthy that you are prohibited by law from driving a car, you should not be trusted with the lives of hundreds of passengers riding in a train.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) applauded the creation of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness and offered her time and research in support of the committee’s work to develop school funding reform solutions.
“I’ve worked with Senate President Sweeney over the course of the past year to find a solution to reforming the school funding formula,” Senator Beck said. “Now that the Senate has created this pathway, I’d like to volunteer to serve the committee in some capacity so that we can finally secure these long-awaited reforms.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation that establishes a new category of school aid for military-connected children. This aid would go to school districts that educate children of active or retired military members housed at Department of Defense facilities.
“Recent comments by school districts in our region notwithstanding, this primarily is a funding issue for school districts that educate military-connected children,” said Beck. “This legislation ensures that adequate funding follows these children and supports the operation of the school district that educates them. This bill does not leave the children of our military servicemen and women as a political football.”
Beck’s Legislation Inspired by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords to Increase Domestic Violence Protections Signed Into Law
Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) commended Governor Chris Christie for signing into law a bill inspired by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to expand domestic violence protections.
S-2483, sponsored by Beck, restricts access to firearms by certain persons subject to restraining orders or convicted of domestic violence offenses and provides a clear and supervised process for the immediate surrender of firearms.
“The enactment of this landmark legislation will prevent domestic abusers from committing acts of gun violence,” Senator Beck said. “We are thankful for the support and great inspiration provided by Gabby Giffords to enact these reforms that will protect our most vulnerable residents from harm. We’ve succeeded in closing a dangerous loophole and delivering on our promise to safeguard families from domestic abusers with access to firearms.”
“The inspiration provided by Congresswoman Giffords encouraged us to act, and the invaluable support of Americans for Responsible Solutions helped us to find a solution to protect the victims of domestic violence,” said Kean. “I want to thank Governor Christie and Majority Leader Weinberg for their partnership and leadership to enact these sensible reforms. We ended up with a practical solution that undoubtedly will save lives.”