Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth/Middlesex) issued the following statement in outrage of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 8-1 decision to protect the rights of hate groups to protest at military funerals:
“As any American, I support the First Amendment,” said Kyrillos, “but I simply do not believe that the Constitution protects the ability of bigots and hate mongers to violate the sanctity of a service member’s funeral. These protests do irreparable and deliberate harm to the families and loved ones of the fallen.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth/Middlesex) intended to encourage economic development is now law. The bill, S-6, which streamlines state and local business permitting for economic development projects, was signed yesterday by Governor Chris Christie:
“Economic development projects are hard enough for investors to get off the ground, and government should not needlessly add to that burden,” said Kyrillos. “By streamlining the permitting process where possible and appropriate at every level of government, we can make New Jersey that much more attractive to investors and the jobs they create.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth/Middlesex) today noted the Monmouth County Freeholders swift disciplinary action against workers involved in last week’s ‘sick-out’ of SCAT bus drivers:
“The Freeholders did the right thing by immediately suspending three individuals who called out sick on Friday, February 25th, only to be caught on camera at a protest in Trenton,” Kyrillos said. “The actions of these employees and others, who organized a disruption of bus service, endangered the well-being of SCAT’s developmentally disabled and elderly clients. It is my hope that county officials will summarily be able to ascertain if others were absent without proper excuse and take appropriate action.”
In an effort to offer relief to property taxpayers and prevent public safety layoffs, Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth/Middlesex) will attempt to force consideration of the Governor’s conditional veto of S-2220, which eliminates payouts of unused sick time for public employees, at tomorrow’s Senate session.
“Rather than trying to override the Governor on bills the Majority cannot find the funds to support, the Senate should be passing unfinished toolkit legislation that will help avert public safety layoffs and property tax increases,” Kyrillos said. “Sick leave cash outs present an enormous strain on local government budgets that must be stopped. The Governor is absolutely right in requiring that these cash outs be phased out for all employees, current and future, in his veto message. Sick leave should be used when you are sick, not as a cash gift upon retirement.”
In response to an apparent ‘sick-out’ staged by Monmouth County SCAT bus drivers, Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth/Middlesex) called for the immediate firing of the 17 CWA workers involved:
“It is outrageous that 174 disabled and elderly clients who depend on SCAT were stranded by what appears to be a coordinated effort by employees to disrupt service without notice,” said Kyrillos. “The actions of these workers is completely unbecoming of any public servant, and should make every taxpayer in Monmouth County furious. CWA, the union representing these employees, needs to denounce their members for putting the well-being of these vulnerable individuals at risk, and the employees in question should be fired.”
“As usual, the Governor was clear, direct and inspiring.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) issued the following statement in response to Governor Christie’s FY 2012 budget address:
“Governor Christie continues to lead the nation in calling for spending and tax cuts, now, for the second year in a row. The Christie model is the new default position for Republican and Democrat reformers across America.
“Not only does he propose surgical business tax cuts to motivate jobs and the economy, he increases school aid for all districts throughout the State.
State Senator Joe Kyrillos, Jr. (R- Monmouth/Middlesex) signaled his strong opposition to the federal takeover of healthcare by opposing the formation of a state taskforce charged with implementing the law (SCR 141).
“I strongly disapprove of President Obama’s federal takeover of healthcare because it will increase costs, restrict access, deny patients choices in their care, and place a heavy financial burden on taxpayers.
Measure Designates Route 35 in Honor of Veterans of Korean War Battle
A measure sponsored by Senator Sean Kean, Senator Joseph Kyrillos and Assemblyman Dave Rible, which would designate a portion of Route 35 in honor of veterans of a renowned Korean War battle, has been signed into law.
The bill honors the American-led United Nations (U.N.) soldiers, know as the “Chosin Few,” who held off the much larger Chinese forces during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in North Korea in 1950.
State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth) has been named “State Senator of the Year” by BIO-NJ. The group is the New Jersey Chapter of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the industry leading advocacy and support group.
“As the Medicine Chest of the World, New Jersey’s economy is intimately tied to a thriving biotech industry,” said Senator Kyrillos. “It is a point of pride for all New Jerseyans that life saving innovations happen right here in our great state, and it is incumbent upon policymakers to do everything we can to nurture and encourage this industry. I’m honored to receive this award.”
Eleven Monmouth County Residents Confirmed by the Senate
Senators Joe Kyrillos, Jennifer Beck, and Sean Kean (all R- Monmouth) today applauded Senate confirmation of eleven Monmouth County residents to various state and county positions, including Peter Warshaw as Monmouth County Prosecutor, and Leslie-Ann Justus and Linda Grasso Jones as Monmouth County Superior Court judges.
“Governor Christie made fantastic appointments of Monmouth County residents that, frankly, took far too long for the Senate Judiciary Committee to consider. I want to congratulate each of the appointees confirmed today and wish them the best of luck as they go about the service with which they have been charged. I am, however, disappointed that George Kolber’s nomination to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority was held by the Committee despite his nomination being submitted in March of 2010. That body has been operating a multi-million dollar budget for nearly a year with members serving on expired terms due to the Senate’s inaction on Governor Christie’s appointments.”