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Senate Republican Budget Committee Members Push Options to Avoid $1.7B in Tax, Fee Increases

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The Senate Republican members of the Budget & Appropriation Committee — Jennifer Beck, Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho, Kevin O’Toole and Sam Thompson — joined in support of options to avoid $1.7 billion in tax and fee increases proposed for the FY15 New Jersey state budget.

“We oppose the Senate Democrats plan to raise taxes by $1.6 billion. It is not a workable plan for the people of New Jersey, and for similar reasons, we oppose $137 million in tax and fee increases proposed in the governor’s budget and supported by Senate Democrats.

“The federal tax increases on families and small business owners have already caused a state revenue shortfall, to the detriment of New Jersey’s workforce. The Senate Democrats’ proposal to raise taxes by $1.6 billion will damage our economic viability regionally, nationally and internationally.

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Thompson, Dancer & Clifton Laud Open Space Purchase in Jackson

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State legislators Sen. Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton, all R-Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex and Burlington, praised the recent announcement by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) of the $4.5 million purchase of a 293-acre tract in the Barnegat Bay watershed in Jackson Township that will be permanently preserved.

“This is an important open space purchase that will help us to prevent additional runoff into Barnegat Bay and protect a major aquifer that provides drinking water to Central and South Jersey,” said Thompson. “This purchase is also a good demonstration of how different levels of government can partner together to fund major land preservation projects.”

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Thompson & Barnes Call CBC’s PATH Deficit Reduction Proposal a ‘Nonstarter’

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Senators Sam Thompson (R-12) and Peter J. Barnes, III (D-18) called a non-profit organization’s report calling for sales and/or property tax increases in five New Jersey counties to generate new revenues to reduce operating deficits of the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (“PATH”) rail system a “nonstarter.”

The report, issued by the New York Citizens Budget Commission (“CBC”), recommends tax increases in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex and Union counties to generate up to $233 million for PATH deficit reduction.

“The New Jersey Legislature has been committed to finding ways to reduce our residents’ tax burden,” said Thompson. “The CBC’s suggestion to increase sales or property taxes on millions of New Jersey residents to fund a service that few actually use is nonsensical.”

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Thompson: Millions Wasted in Newark Abuses Could Have Been Used to Fund Public Safety, Prevent Spike in Violent Crimes

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Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) said that the spike in violent crimes in Newark precipitated by budget problems and police layoffs demonstrates the tangible harm caused by fraud and the abuse of government authority by public officials in the city:

“At the same time that the State Comptroller identified millions of dollars being wasted at the Watershed Corporation under ex-Mayor, now U.S. Senator Cory Booker, hundreds of Newark police officers were laid off due to budget cuts leading to a surge of violent crimes, including a 41 percent increase in murders in the city from 2009 to 2013.

“It is crystal clear that the reported waste, abuse or fraud associated with the Newark Watershed has directly impacted the safety and well being of residents.

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Video: Thompson Breaks Down Need for Legislative Select Committee to Investigate Abuses in Newark

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In the following video, Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) breaks down the need for the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation to look into serious abuses of government power in Newark that were uncovered by the State Comptroller.

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Thompson and Senator Ron Rice (D-28) have launched a petition at http://senatenj.com/newark to support their bipartisan call for the Select Committee perform this inquiry.

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Thompson Op-Ed: Activist Judges Need to Be Held Accountable

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The following op-ed by Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) on the need to hold activist judges accountable was published in the Star-Ledger:

Members of the New Jersey Bar Association and the judiciary have expressed concern over what they see as a threat to judicial independence posed by Gov. Chris Christie and others who criticize “activist” jurists, and the governor’s break with tradition when he declined to nominate two sitting Supreme Court justices for lifetime tenure.

Ralph Lamparello, president of the bar association, was quoted in the April 6 Star-Ledger: “There is a concerted effort among the executive and legislative branches of government to politicize the judicial branch and to subordinate its co-equal status.”

To the contrary — it is the activist judges who long ago eliminated the co-equal status of the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Activist judges have decreed the judiciary is superior to the executive and legislative branches, and they have done so time after time by issuing rulings based not upon what the constitution or statutes clearly state, but rather upon what they believe they should have said.

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Video: Thompson Discusses Abuse of Taxpayer Funds in Newark & Need for ‘Select Committee’ Investigation

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Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) discussed the waste and abuse of state taxpayer dollars in the Newark watershed on Comcast Newsmakers with host Laura Jones.

Thompson explained why it is important for the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation to look into abuses uncovered by the State Comptroller.

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Thompson, Rice Launch Petition to Prompt ‘Select Committee’ Investigation into Abuses in Newark

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With the support of legislative Republicans and Democrats, Senators Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean) and Ron Rice (D-Essex) launched an online petition for the people to prompt a “New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation” inquiry into government abuses of power and cover-ups in The City of Newark, including those uncovered by the state Comptroller.

“We reject the notion that one legislator, or a handful of lawmakers, should determine how to use the taxpayer-funded ‘Select Committee’ over the next two years,” Thompson said. “The New Jersey legislature and all of its committees and powers are beholden to the people of this state. Taxpayers all across New Jersey — who give $100 million a year in state tax dollars as well as federal funds to the City of Newark — can now use this petition as an avenue to urge an investigation into abuses and cover-ups in the state’s largest city. Many Senate and Assembly Republicans support this initiative.”

Here is the petition url: http://www.senatenj.com/newark/.

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Thompson, Rice Announce Bipartisan Initiative for ‘Select Committee’ Investigation into Abuses by City of Newark, Booker

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New Jersey Senators Sam Thompson (R-12) and Ron Rice (D-28) held a joint press conference this morning to announce a bipartisan initiative for the “New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation” to open a full inquiry into government abuses of power and cover-ups in The City of Newark, under its former mayor and now U.S. Senator Cory Booker.

Senators Sam Thompson (R-12) and Ron Rice (D-28) held a joint press conference on Feb. 27, 2014 to urge a “Select Committee” investigation into the City of Newark. (SenateNJ.com)

“Senator Rice and I are urging this committee to start this investigation on behalf of taxpayers all across New Jersey who give $100 million a year in state tax dollars as well as federal funds to the state’s largest city,” Thompson said. “The City of Newark has a storied history of government issues and state Comptroller reports from December and this month raise deeply troubling concerns for all New Jerseyans who are now represented in the U.S. Senate by the city’s former mayor. Such abuses have no place in any government and beg many questions as to what other abuses of power and tax dollars or cover-ups were done under Newark’s former mayor Booker and council.”

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Thompson Urges ‘Select Committee’ Inquiry on Newark’s Abuse of Tax Dollars, in Light of Latest Comptroller Findings

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Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean) urged the chairman and chairwoman of the “New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation” to open a full inquiry into the City of Newark’s abuse of tax dollars, in light of state Comptroller investigative report released today.

“This Committee is empowered to investigate any matter ‘raising concerns about abuse of government power or an attempt to conceal an abuse of government power’ over the next two years,” said Thompson. “Democrats vowed that this would remain a bipartisan committee. Just as other legislative committees address many different matters during a legislative session, this committee can investigate how New Jersey’s largest city has been wasting billions of dollars from taxpayers all across this state — and potentially covering up such action.”

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