New Jersey's 13th Legislative District

Senator Joe Kyrillos

  • Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Joseph W. Pezzano display a t-shirt bearing the image of Drew Keough, following the Transportation Committee’s approval of “Drew’s Law” on October 9, 2014. Lt. Pezzano, a Keansburg police officer and Drew’s uncle, testified in support of S-2243 to allow for lower speed limits in and around parks. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Asm. Declan O’Scanlon (both R-13) toured the Rebuilding Union Beach demonstration project on July 9, 2014. The project is purchasing and installing storm resistant and environmentally friendly modular homes for 12-15 Union Beach families whose homes were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. (Twitter)

  • The RAINE Foundation presented Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) with a United States flag recovered among the destruction in Union Beach caused by Superstorm Sandy. (Press Release)

  • Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) with his family at the reorganization meeting of the New Jersey Senate on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. (Press Release)

  • Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) speaking at the Bell Labs Renovation Kickoff in Holmdel on September 16, 2013. “It is a true monument of American ingenuity and will once again be an important part of the Holmdel community,” Kyrillos said. (Asbury Park Press/Mary Frank)

  • Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) speaking at the Bell Labs Renovation Kickoff in Holmdel on September 16, 2013. “It is a true monument of American ingenuity and will once again be an important part of the Holmdel community,” Kyrillos said. (Asbury Park Press/Mary Frank)

  • Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) presenting a Senate Resolution to the Stavola Family at Edgewater Beach Club in Sea Bright on June 28, 2013 in recognition of their hard work and dedication in rebuilding after Super Storm Sandy. (TRTNJ.com)

  • Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) helping William Gehlhaus cut the ribbon at the grand reopening of Keansburg Amusement Park on May 18, 2013. The park reopened after being closed for six months due to devastation from Hurricane Sandy. (CNN)

  • Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) during a Senate session.

  • Sen. Joe Kyrillos speaks after Gov. Chris Christie signed S-29 into law, providing New Jersey families with real, long-term property tax relief on July 13, 2010. S-29 puts a hard cap on property taxes at 2 percent, provides for limited exceptions and puts the final authority to exceed the cap in the hands of the people. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

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Kyrillos Confident in NJ’s Continuing Fight for Sports Betting

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), a prime sponsor of New Jersey’s recently enacted law repealing prohibitions on sports wagering at racetracks and casinos, stated the following after a federal court’s ruling late last week to prevent Monmouth Park from accepting sports wagers:

A federal court’s ruling will prevent Monmouth Park from accepting wagers on sporting events. (nakashi/Flickr)

“This was another unacceptable court ruling to the direct detriment of New Jersey residents, their quality of life, the state’s economy and the creation and retention of jobs at Monmouth Park and in Atlantic City. I fully expect we will prevail in our continued fight for New Jerseyans, and that the repeals we enacted will ultimately stand.”

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Kyrillos Renews Push to Allow Hunting for Working People

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With a prime hunting season now underway in New Jersey, Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) renewed his push for the passage of legislation that he sponsors to allow hunting on every day of the week, during established hunting seasons.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Kyrillos, S-699, would allow for hunting on Sundays during established hunting seasons. (Dave Menke/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

“I’ve heard from many hard-working constituents who work long hours Mondays through Fridays or Mondays through Saturdays due in part to the high cost of living in this state and they’re looking for a way to hunt and put some food on their tables,” Kyrillos said. “They deserve this legislation, which could also generate additional revenue for our state.”

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Kyrillos on the Passing of Robert Littell

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Senator Joe Kyrillos stated the following about the passing of his former Senate colleague, Robert Littell:

“No one I have served with has left a more lasting mark on New Jersey’s public affairs than legislative giant Bob Littell. He was a teacher and mentor to me and many others. Susan and I offer our condolences to his great family, Ginnie, Alison and Luke.”

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Sweeney/Kyrillos Sick Leave Reform Bill Advances

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement after legislation (S-2318) that he sponsors with Senate President Stephen Sweeney (Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem) to limit sick leave payouts for all retiring public employees to $15,000 was advanced by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee:

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Senate President Stephen Sweeney would limit payouts to all retiring public employees to $15,000 for accrued sick leave, the limit that has long applied to state employees. (Ben K Adams/Flickr)

“Six-figure payouts to retiring public employees for hundreds of days of accrued sick leave are budget killers for municipalities and a ridiculous burden on property taxpayers.

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Committee Approves Kyrillos/Smith Bill Streamlining Approvals for Residential Standby Generators

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Following a number of long-term power outages in recent years that have affected New Jersey residents, the Senate Community & Urban Affairs Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) and Senator Bob Smith (D-Middlesex, Somerset) that would streamline the local approval process to make it easier for residents to install automatic standby generators on their homes.

A New Jersey street lit only by a car’s headlights during a power outage caused by Superstorm Sandy. A Senate committee has advanced a bill by Sen. Joe Kyrillos to make it easier for homeowners to install emergency standby generators that provide electricity during blackouts.

“Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and recent blizzards and storms have reminded us how dependent we are on electricity and how hard it can be to get by when our power infrastructure is down,” said Kyrillos. “Following those outages, many homeowners have sought to install permanent standby generators for use in future emergencies. Some have found, however, that the local approval process to install a generator to be unnecessarily complicated and difficult, which this bill addresses.”

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Statement from Sen. Kyrillos on Federal Court NJ Sports Betting Ruling

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Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), a sponsor of New Jersey’s recently enacted law repealing prohibitions on sports wagering at racetracks and casinos, responded to a federal court’s restraining order that will prevent Monmouth Park from starting to accept sports wagers as planned:

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on October 24, 2014 preventing Monmouth Park, pictured, from starting to accept wagers on sports as had been planned. (nakashi/Flickr)

“I am disappointed that the temporary restraining order imposed by a federal court will prevent Monmouth Park from starting to accept wagers on sporting events this weekend as was planned. I believe, however, the court will find after a more thorough review that New Jersey’s repeal of prohibitions on sports betting at our racetracks and casinos is compliant with both federal law and the guidance provided in previous federal court rulings.”

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Kyrillos Praises Quick Signing of Sports Betting Bill

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement following the signing of legislation that removes state prohibitions on sports wagering at New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union) and Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) to remove state prohibitions on sports betting at racetracks, including Monmouth Park, and Atlantic City casinos was signed into law on October 17, 2014. (Ted Kerwin/Flickr)

“I am pleased that our legislation removing state prohibitions on sports betting was signed into law so quickly. Monmouth Park has been preparing for this to happen and is poised to start taking bets in the upcoming days,” said Kyrillos, a prime sponsor of the legislation. “Sports betting will provide a financial lifeline that will help protect jobs at Monmouth Park and Atlantic City casinos. The legislation was drafted based on guidance from federal courts, and we trust it will stand up to any future challenge.”

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Lesniak & Kyrillos Urge Gov. Christie to Sign Sports Betting Bill

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Assembly Gives Final Legislative Approval to Measure Removing Prohibitions on Sports Betting at Racetracks & Casinos

Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), prime sponsors of Senate legislation that would explicitly remove language in state law that prohibits wagering on sporting events, applauded the New Jersey General Assembly’s approval of the legislation (A-3711/S-2460) and urged Governor Chris Christie to sign the bill into law.

Following Assembly action on S-2460, Senators Lesniak and Kyrillos urge Governor Christie to sign the legislation to remove prohibitions in state law on sports wagering at casinos and racetracks, including Monmouth Park, pictured. (Five Furlongs/Flickr)

“We are a short step away from getting this done and a lot closer to bringing sports betting to New Jersey,” said Lesniak. “It’s been a long, tough effort and we’ve gone up against powerful interests, but now there is an urgency because sports gaming will be a lifeline to the Atlantic City casino industry at a critical time. It will produce jobs, generate economic activity and be a long-term benefit to New Jersey. I urge the governor to sign it into law as fast as he can.”

“Sports betting can assist New Jersey’s struggling casino industry and with our challenges at Monmouth Park Racetrack,” said Kyrillos. “Both houses of the Legislature acted quickly to approve this critical measure, and I am confident Governor Christie will join our efforts to help protect Atlantic City and Monmouth Park jobs by signing the bill into law.”

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Senate Approves Sports Betting Bill

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Measure Would Clear Legal Obstacles

Acting to remove legal obstacles in the effort to bring sports betting to New Jersey, the Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), Senator Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) and Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) that would explicitly remove language in state law that currently prohibits wagering on sporting events.

The New Jersey Senate approved legislation to remove prohibitions in state law on sports wagering at casinos and racetracks, including Monmouth Park (pictured). (Five Furlongs/Flickr)

The move would reinforce the state attorney general’s attempt to lift the court injunction preventing the state from moving forward on plans to allow casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting.

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“Water Infrastructure Protection Act” Advances from Senate Budget Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) that would help to maintain water infrastructure and the quality of drinking water in New Jersey was approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

The “Water Infrastructure Protection Act,” S-2412, streamlines the process through which municipalities and municipal, county and regional utility authorities could transfer, sell or lease their water or wastewater assets to private entities.

“New Jersey’s ability to maintain our water infrastructure is critical to the health of our state’s residents, our economy and the environment,” said Kyrillos. “The challenges of maintaining and replacing aging water infrastructure can escalate quickly beyond the technical and financial means of government entities and taxpayers. Despite this, current law makes it nearly impossible to let those with sufficient resources and know-how to take over these systems and effectively address emergent conditions.”

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