State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth/Middlesex) offered the following response to Governor Christie’s 2011 State of the State Address:
“Governor Christie has shown the people of New Jersey what true courage and leadership looks like. After nearly ten years of leadership in Trenton that was long on politics but short on results, this Governor has laid out an agenda that is bold, direct, and puts the taxpayers first. That agenda will not be without its detractors: defenders of the status quo and those that believe political or survival is an end in itself.
Legislation reforming the property assessment process in Monmouth County has cleared the Senate. The bill (S-2234), sponsored by Senators Joe Kyrillos and Sean Kean (both R- Monmouth) and co-sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer) will provide significant cost savings to municipalities by adjusting the appeals calendar. The bill also ensures fairness for taxpayers by requiring an annual assessment revision and standardizing the software used by assessors across the county for property valuation.
Senator Joe Kyrillos:
“This legislation improves what can often be a frustrating process for property tax payers, while strengthening the financial position of municipalities in Monmouth County. Under this demonstration program, Monmouth County taxpayers will be assured of an efficient and fair process by which their real property is valued- saving tax dollars and headaches in the process.”
Senators Gerald Cardinale, Kevin O’Toole, Kip Bateman, Jennifer Beck, and Joe Kyrillos, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding today’s confirmation hearing for Ron Gravino, nominated by Governor Christie to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority:
“Ron Gravino is an exceptionally qualified nominee for the Turnpike Authority who possesses both the experience in transportation policy and strong moral character the agency needs. He previously served for six years on the New Jersey Highway Authority, the Turnpike Authority’s predecessor. His nomination should pass the Senate overwhelmingly if our Democrat colleagues consider merit and merit alone.
Legislation sponsored by Senators Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth) and Fred Madden (D- Gloucester/Camden) expanding the Business Retention and Relocation Assistance Grant Program is now law. The bill passed both houses of the Legislature on January 6, 2010 and was signed by the Governor this afternoon.
“By working across the aisle and with the Governor, we have been able to expand a highly successful job creation program to more New Jersey employers,” said Kyrillos. “I have said time and again that improving our state’s business climate and competing with other states for jobs and economic activity is the most important thing we can do as elected officials. While we have a long way to go in improving the state’s business climate, today marks a big step in the right direction.”
Legislation proposed by Governor Christie and sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) and Senator Fred Madden (D-Gloucester) to expand financial assistance grants for current and prospective New Jersey employers has cleared both chambers of the Legislature and heads to the Governor’s desk. If signed, the bill will broaden the availability of state financial assistance for those employers who wish to expand operations in or relocate to the State of New Jersey.
“By working across the aisle and with the Governor, we have been able to expand a highly successful job creation program to more New Jersey employers,” said Kyrillos. “I have said time and again that improving our state’s business climate and competing with other states for jobs and economic activity is the most important thing we can do as elected officials. Today, the Legislature took a step in the right direction by expanding a program that keeps New Jersey jobs in New Jersey while rolling out the welcome mat for those employers seeking to relocate.
Measure Will Help Clean the Bay and Boost Local Economy
Senators Sean T. Kean (R-11) and Joe Kyrillos (R-13) praised the signing of legislation (A-2290) that creates strict new rules governing the sale, use and composition of fertilizer in New Jersey. The Monmouth County legislators, both co-sponsors of the measure, said that it was necessary to protect the Barnegat Bay, promote the health and welfare of state residents and boost the multi-billion dollar shore tourism economy.
“The overuse and misuse of fertilizer is literally killing the Barnegat Bay,” said Kean. “During storms, fertilizer is washed off lawns and into storm sewers that empty into the bay. Instead of green lawns, we get a bay that’s green and brown with algal blooms that kill off everything else. This legislation enacts some common-sense measures that will protect the Barnegat Bay and other waterways, without inconveniencing homeowners.”
Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) on S-2026 and S-2027:
“The historic arbitration reform enacted by the legislature earlier this month should not overshadow the fact that local governments still lack many of the tools necessary to reign in property taxes. We owe it to every taxpayer in this state to give local officials all of the cost-cutting tools the Senate President himself acknowledged were necessary just this past summer. Most importantly, we owe it to our children to improve affordability and access to post-secondary educational opportunities at our state colleges and universities.”
Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) on S-2039 and S-2172:
“Civil service reform without an opt-out provision for municipalities is no reform at all. SB 2039 provides real relief to taxpayers by allowing municipalities and counties to do away with an antiquated and inefficient civil service system that has far outlived its usefulness. Civil service is a relic of an era that did not offer workers the protections they now enjoy under state and federal labor laws. It is time to give local governments a choice as to whether or not they continue to participate in a system that in many cases drives up personnel costs and property taxes.
More than 50 Nominations Awaiting Action in State Senate
The following editorial by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) appeared in the Asbury Park Press on December 14, 2010:
The failure of the Democratic majority in the state Senate to even consider, much less vote on, many of Gov. Chris Christie’s nominees started as ridiculous and is now verging on a constitutionally dangerous level of dysfunction. The state constitution states clearly that the governor is to make appointments to the courts and various agencies, and the Senate is to consider them and render its approval or disapproval.
There are about 53 nominations ready to be heard by the Senate, including the director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, who regulates doctors, nurses and pharmacists; four members of the state Board of Education; and most importantly, a nominee for the state Supreme Court.
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth) issued the following statement lauding the Assembly Budget Committee’s passage of the Business Retention and Relocation Grant program expansion:
“Jobs are highly mobile in today’s economy and can move anywhere with little notice. New Jersey faces a choice: either we incentivize businesses to relocate to New Jersey and expand operations here, or we watch as those employers choose to go elsewhere.
Declaring that parents must be given tools to force changes in failing schools, Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth) today announced that he has submitted groundbreaking education reform legislation to the Senate for consideration. The Parent Empowerment and Choice Act, known informally as the “parent trigger”, allows parents in chronically underperforming school districts to compel a variety of reforms be undertaken via petition.
“Children in dramatically underperforming school districts, many of which are in the poorest neighborhoods in New Jersey, report to class every day as unwilling actors in a modern tragedy,” said Senator Kyrillos. “These children are not afforded the education they need to make a better life for themselves, and are placed at a substantial disadvantage to their peers by government and the education establishment. Parents are given little choice but to look on as their children are failed in the most formative years of their lives. It is a moral imperative and an economic imperative that we not allow this to continue in New Jersey.”