Editorial: Making NJ More Affordable

As I knock on the doors of my constituents, it is not surprising to hear that one central theme keeps recurring, namely, affordability. The people of District 21 want to know what can be done to make it more affordable to live here now and into the future. I understand your concerns. After all, my family has a long history here as well and I am hopeful that my daughters will want to call New Jersey home… Read more »

Photo Gallery: Out and About in the District

  Over the past several weeks I have had the opportunity to meet with so many of my constituents throughout District 21, including those who serve us in public safety; those who serve us in public office and the many residents who care about the issues and the opportunities before us in the great state of New Jersey.  Click on headline for more…                

Kean Honored For Protecting New Jersey Small Businesses

“Thank you to the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s leading small business association, for presenting me with the Guardian of Small Business Award.  I will continue to advocate for legislative policies that inspire, support and protect the independent innovators, entrepreneurs and job creators in District 21 and throughout the State of New Jersey.”

Legislative Leaders Support Senator Kean’s initiative to lure Amazon HQ to New Jersey

“The bipartisan legislation that we’ve announced will improve New Jersey’s competitiveness for Amazon’s HQ2 and every other large-scale project that’s looking for a home,” said Senate Minority Leader Kean (R-Morris/Somerset/Union). “Our quick action demonstrates nimbleness in New Jersey government that would have been unthinkable just a decade ago. It shows that we’re committed to competing for transformative projects like HQ2 that can supercharge the New Jersey economy and offer amazing new job opportunities to our… Read more »

Kean, Bipartisan Bill to Create Stronger Penalties for Child Pornography Violations Becomes Law

Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Kean that would strengthen New Jersey’s child pornography laws and establish additional penalties for violators was signed into law by the Governor today. “If someone in New Jersey has engaged in the large-scale collection or distribution of pictures of children in sexually suggestive poses, they pose a serious threat to our children and our community,” said Senator Kean. “The Attorney General has highlighted the need to better address this growing problem,… Read more »

New Kean Law Earmarks $3 Million for Historic Preservation

Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit Among Grant Recipients

Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-21) that funds nearly $3 million in grants awarded by the New Jersey Historic Trust for capital preservation projects was given final approval after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie. The legislation appropriates $2,988,859 from the “2009 Historic Preservation Fund” and constitutionally dedicated corporation business tax revenues for the purpose of awarding capital preservation grants for 25 historic preservation… Read more »

Kean Bill to Support Homeless Becomes Law

Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) to help homeless individuals during severe winter weather events is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie. The bill, S-1088, requires county offices of emergency management to coordinate with municipalities with a documented homeless population of at least 10 people to develop consistent Code Blue alert plans throughout the county. After a county emergency management coordinator declares a Code Blue, local law… Read more »

KEAN: Federal Government Must Reaffirm Its Commitment to Gateway Project

April 17, 2017 –Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean joined a bipartisan group of state leaders who called on the federal government to continue support for the Gateway Tunnel trans-Hudson rail project: “Advancing the Gateway Tunnel project is critical to protecting New Jersey commuters and the region’s economy. Recent serious disruptions to rail traffic have highlighted the need for immediate action. It is imperative that the federal government reaffirms its commitment to Gateway, which will allow… Read more »

Now Law: Kean Bill Funding Upgrades at NJ Colleges & Universities

Governor Chris Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union, Somerset) to fund upgrades and improvements at New Jersey’s public colleges and universities. The law, S-2897, appropriates the remaining $34.3 million from the “Building Our Future Bond Act,” voter-approved legislation sponsored by Senator Kean to fund capital improvement projects at public institutions of higher education statewide. “More and more high school grads are choosing to pursue a career in STEM-related fields,… Read more »

Congresswoman “Gabby” Giffords Thanks Senator Kean for “Commonsense” Gun Law

January 9, 2017 – Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, the Co-Founders of the gun violence prevention organization Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), applauded the signing of a new bipartisan, commonsense bill (S2483) into law that establishes effective procedures that will help limit domestic abusers’ access to guns by providing guidance and assurance to law enforcement, survivors, and advocates. “Today, the Garden State became a safer place to live. This… Read more »