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Senator Samuel Thompson

Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson, Dancer & Clifton Announce Construction Funding for Schools in the 12th Legislative District

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More than $9 Million in State Money for Regular Operating Districts

Sen. Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton, all R-Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington and Middlesex, announced more than $9 million in state funding for school construction projects in seven school districts in the 12th Legislative District.

“We are confident districts will well-utilize this funding to provide safer, more efficient schools, and the result will be students who are better prepared for future success,” said Thompson. “The grants allow our districts to provide a first-rate education to all students.”

The funding of will support $22,120,278 in construction projects.

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson, Dancer & Clifton Named “Taxpayer Champions”

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Senator Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton, all R-Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington and Middlesex, have been named “Taxpayer Champions” by the New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance (NJTA). All three legislators received perfect scores from NJTA which compiled legislators’ votes on seven bills that affect taxpayers and New Jersey’s economy.

The scorecard consisted of votes of support for reforms of business taxes and incentives to create jobs, fighting fraud in the Unemployment Insurance fund and bills to reduce bureaucratic red tape.

“The best interests of our taxpayers must always be our top priority,” said Thompson. “We have worked with the governor to provide property tax relief and to implement pro-business policies in an effort to make New Jersey more affordable. As a result, New Jersey’s economy is on the rebound and people are optimistic about the future.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson: Old Bridge School Among Recipients of $1 Million in Grants to Improve Achievement for Students with Disabilities

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Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) said that Jonas Salk Middle School in Old Bridge will be a recipient of a portion of $1 million in grants announced by Governor Christie to improve student achievement for students with disabilities in low performing schools.

Through the newly announced grant program, the Jonas Salk Middle School will receive $78,750 to help improve literacy and math skills for students with disabilities.

“Every student in New Jersey, including those with disabilities, deserves the opportunity to receive a good education that will provide them with the skills needed to succeed as adults,” said Thompson. “The grant announced for Jonas Salk Middle School will ensure that the school has the extra resources needed to help students with special needs to obtain those critical skills.”

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Thompson Announces Bill to Cap Salaries at Local, County Authorities & End Waste

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Senator Sam Thompson (R- Middlesex) announced today that he will introduce legislation at the next Senate quorum on Monday to cap the salaries of employees at local sewerage, utilities and county improvement authorities, as well as end other abusive employee perks funded by public dollars.

“This bill will put a muzzle and leash on piggish public employees who think they can fill their gaping maws with the people’s money, because no one knows who they are or what they do,” Thompson said. “Newsflash to them: more and more people are starting to realize that you make excessive incomes and are afforded outlandish perks.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson to Introduce Legislation Requiring Lap/Shoulder Seat Belts in New School Buses

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Citing Recent Old Bridge School Bus Crashes, Thompson Says Measure Would Offer Increased Child Safety

Senator Sam Thompson said that recent school bus accidents in Old Bridge, including a crash in which several children were injured, has prompted his introduction of legislation to make school buses safer. The bill, which is being drafted, would require all new school buses to include three-point lap and shoulder seat belts.

Tow trucks hoist a flipped school bus following an accident on Rt. 9 on January 10, 2013. (NJ.com)

“Parents put their children in infant seats and booster seats to make sure they’re protected in their own cars, but when they send a child onto a school bus, all the child has is a lap belt to keep them safe from harm,” said Thompson. “Parents shouldn’t have to give up the expectation of safety when their children board a bus for a daily ride to school.”

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Thompson, Dancer, Clifton Announce $2.15M in Local Transportation Grants

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Sen. Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton (all R-Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex) have announced the towns in Legislative District 12 that are receiving Municipal Aid Grants and Transportation Enhancement Program Awards for Fiscal Year 2013.

The programs are administered by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and include improvement projects such as resurfacing roads or improving signalization. Transportation Enhancement (TE) projects are designed to protect environmental resources and to promote alternative modes of transportation. Funds are available for the design, right of way acquisition and construction of identified roadways.

“Assessing and upgrading the condition of a town’s local roads can be just as important as making improvements to major highways,” said Thompson. “Keeping vigilant about what areas need repair is a vital part of the services provided by a municipality. Driver safety and protecting our environmental resources are key responsibilities for a town and the funds awarded under these programs go a long way in achieving these purposes.”

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Chris Connors
Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Jim Holzapfel
Senator Joe Kyrillos
Senator Sam Thompson

Jersey Shore Republican Senators Urge House Approval of Remaining Sandy Aid

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With the U.S. House of Representatives poised to vote on $51 billion in disaster aid for Sandy recovery and relief, Senators Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth), Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth), Robert Singer (R- Ocean), Jim Holzapfel (R- Ocean), Chris Connors (R- Ocean), and Sam Thompson (R- Ocean) issued the following statement urging passage of funding package:

Prior to Sandy, the federal government has never hesitated in stepping up with financial assistance to communities and states devastated by natural disasters. Even in an era of intense partisanship, victims of Hurricane Sandy should be treated no differently. They are Americans like everyone else.

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Joe Kyrillos
Senator Sam Thompson

Monmouth County Legislators Express Outrage at Lack of Action on Federal Sandy Aid Bill

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Senate and Assembly Republican legislators representing Monmouth County municipalities devastated by Superstorm Sandy issued the statement below in response to the House of Representative’ failure to take action on a $60.4B Sandy aid package. They include Senators Joseph Kyrillos, Jennifer Beck, Sam Thompson and Robert Singer; Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini, Caroline Casagrande and Amy Handlin, and Assemblymen Declan O’Scanlon, David Rible, Sean Kean, Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton:

“We are appalled at the House of Representatives’ decision to not take action on the Sandy aid package that is so vital to our recovery efforts. Residents and businesses at the Jersey Shore are in dire need of assistance as they try to recover from this historic and unprecedented storm which has adversely affected so many lives.

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson, Dancer & Clifton Announce DEP Grants for Recycling

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The Legislative District 12 Republican team of Sen. Sam Thompson, and Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton, who represent parts of Middlesex, Ocean, Burlington and Monmouth counties, are pleased to announce the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is issuing grants totaling over $200,000 to the 14 municipalities in their district for recycling projects.

“In New Jersey, recycling pays for residents and taxpayers,” said Thompson. “These grant dollars are welcome revenue to municipalities and encourage local officials to step up their efforts to promote recycling and enforce compliance.”

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Thompson Troubled by Atlantic City Councilman’s Sad Attempt to Deflect From Car Buys

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Senator Sam Thompson, R-12, responded to disconcerting comments by an Atlantic City councilman attempting to deflect from the city’s brazen vehicle purchases for part-time elected officials.

In a Saturday article by The Press of Atlantic City, Councilman Marty Small had the following to say about Senator Thompson and the Senator’s stance against those car buys:

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