NJ Senate Republicans Predict Dem “Silly Season” on the Horizon
Trenton-(PR)–Joined by his colleagues in the Republican Caucus, Senator Tom Kean, Jr. has sent a letter to Senate President Stephen Sweeney asking that several pieces of legislation dealing with tax relief, government reform, and child protection be posted for a vote during the chamber’s fall legislative session.
“With a gubernatorial election looming and every seat in the legislature up for grabs next year, it is likely that the electoral ‘Silly Season’ will grind Trenton to a standstill next year,” said Kean. “We hope that’s not the case, but Senate Republicans are preparing for the worst based on past sessions. While certainly not an exhaustive list of our priorities, the bills we are asking be moved are relevant to the challenges facing our state and should garner broad support if considered on their merits. Many have prominent Democrat sponsors such as Majority Leader Weinberg.”
The proposals sent to the Senate President have either gained bi-partisan support or have received no reasonable opposition by Senate Democrats. All have minimal or no impact on the state budget.
“Elected to represent roughly 3.5 million people, my caucus is committed to reforming government, lowering our state’s anti-competitive tax burden and protecting our children from predators,” Kean continued. “And just as this caucus has partnered with our Democratic colleagues when common-ground existed on bills they’ve sponsored, we hope the favor will be returned in kind. A good bill should not languish simply because it is sponsored by a member of the minority. We are a Senate for all New Jersey, not just the residents represented by a Democrat.”