Both houses of the New Jersey Legislature on Monday passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) designating February 3 of each year as “Senator Joseph Palaia Day.” SJR-87 pays tribute to “Senator Joe” Palaia, a beloved Monmouth County legislator and elementary school principal who passed away on August 20, 2016 at the age of 89.
“Senator Joe was a beloved educator and a true statesman, and his name is synonymous with public service in our community,” Senator Beck. “I knew when I was elected to serve Monmouth County that I had big shoes to fill. Joe always put the needs of the people of New Jersey first. He was an exceptionally kind and dedicated school principal who became a champion for children across our state.”
The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to create foreclosure protections for Superstorm Sandy victims. The bill now heads to Governor Chris Christie’s desk for final approval.
Senator Beck’s bill, S-2300, would establish temporary protections against foreclosure for families who continue to experience economic distress as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
“The process of securing state and federal recovery funds is long and complex,” Senator Beck said. “It’s been four years and yet we still have 3,200 Sandy victims eager to complete elevation and construction projects, including some that have just begun. Providing a pathway to prevent foreclosure will protect families who are struggling to fund both a mortgage and rent from losing the very home they have spent years trying to rebuild. It’s the right thing to do and I look forward to seeing the bill signed into law as swiftly as possible.”
Sen. Beck & Rep. Smith Announce 60-Day Temporary Stay on Renting Military Housing to Civilians at NWS Earle
Congressman Chris Smith and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) have announced that the Navy has agreed to place a 60-day temporary freeze on renting Naval Weapons Station Earle Housing to civilians.
“We have urged the Navy to reevaluate its dangerous current proposal in the context of recent terrorist events, especially and including events in New Jersey,” said Smith, who successfully fought against a similar proposal at Earle’s former Laurelwood Housing Units in 2010. “It is my sincere hope that these 60 days will be sufficient time for the Navy to better assess and fully appreciate the significant security challenges, as well as the public safety and education issues their plan creates for our region and tenuous new burdens it would place on our municipalities.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) today voted against legislation giving large pay raises to members in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.
“This outrageous legislation could not come at a worse time. Giving large pay increases to the politically connected at a time when hardworking residents are coping with a billion dollar gas tax increase is unconscionable. How can this legislature justify giving huge raises to public employees who are already making six figure salaries while so many families struggle to make ends meet? Public service is service and salaries will generally not be on par with the private sector.
Beck Supporting Project Little Soldier by Collecting Toys for Children with Deployed Military Parents
Gifts Will Be Collected Through Tuesday, December 20th
The legislative district office of Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) is once again participating with Project Little Soldier to serve as a collection point for gifts to send to children who have a parent deployed in the military.
“The men and women who serve in our nation’s military make significant sacrifices everyday,” said Beck. “By providing the children of these soldiers serving overseas with a few gifts at the holidays, we might be able to put their minds at ease a little knowing that their children are being cared for at home. Our communities have once again stepped up to provide that peace of mind, and I am very grateful.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement after legislation was posted on the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee agenda giving large pay raises to members in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.
“Before the ink was even dry on a 23-cent, $1.3 billion dollar gas tax increase, the public is once again subject to a cloak-and-dagger scheme. This time it’s a plan to give large pay increases to members of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government,” said Beck. “I will be voting ‘absolutely not’ on this proposal when it comes before me tomorrow as a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. I urge everyone to contact their legislators to tell them to oppose this expensive proposal.
Beck Co-Sponsors Bill Calling for Special Prosecutor to Handle Investigations of Any Sitting Governor
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has co-sponsored legislation filed by Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) that would require the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor recommended by the Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court if a criminal complaint is filed against the governor and probable cause is found.
“Restoring integrity and public trust to investigations should be a bipartisan issue given the public’s current lack of faith that we’ve seen with respect to Secretary Clinton’s e-mails, police shootings, and during Bridgegate” said Beck. “A special prosecutor to serve as an impartial investigator in cases where probable cause is found will go a long way to restoring the public’s trust in government.”
Weinberg/Beck Bill Inspired by Gabby Giffords to Increase Domestic Violence Protections Heads to Governor
Legislation sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg and Senator Jennifer Beck and inspired by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to expand domestic violence protections has passed the Assembly. The bill now heads to Governor Christie’s desk for final approval.
S-2483 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.
“This landmark legislation will prevent domestic abusers from committing acts of gun violence,” Senator Beck said. “People who have proven they have the capacity to commit such atrocities should not be given a one-week grace period to surrender a firearm.”
“Senator Weinberg and I worked tirelessly to close this dangerous loophole and deliver on our promise to safeguard families from domestic abusers with access to firearms,” Beck added. “This bill is proof that the legislators can work together to protect our most vulnerable residents from harm. It should be signed into law immediately.”
The New Jersey Senate has passed 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). The law went into effect in May of 2016.
Senator Beck’s bill, S-2601, would ensure New Jersey law recognizes and provides for the enforcement of protective orders originating from the 23 other states that also offer the protections established under SASPA.
“Any sexual assault survivor who has gone through the arduous process of obtaining a restraining order in another state must be able to keep those protections when they come to New Jersey,” Senator Beck said. “We can make this a reality under my Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act; by giving law enforcement the ability to enforce a protective order issued in any of the 23 other states that have these lifesaving laws in place.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) congratulated local advocates for securing the restoration of the T. Thomas Fortune House. One of only two national historic landmarks in New Jersey with a role in African American history, the house will now be transformed into a cultural center dedicated to advocating for social justice.
“I am so grateful to the concerned citizens who rescued T. Thomas Fortune House from permanent destruction,” Senator Beck said. “This landmark was home to one of the most influential social justice advocates in our nation’s history. I cannot think of a better way to honor that legacy than to use the newly-restored landmark as a cultural and educational center dedicated to continuing Thomas’s lifelong mission to teach tolerance and secure equal rights for all.”