Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) stated the following on Gov. Chris Christie’s nomination of Kevin O’Dowd as Attorney General:
“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working closely with Kevin for some time, and Governor Christie could not have nominated a superior individual to be our Chief Law Enforcement Officer. Kevin’s tenure in the Governor’s office and in the U.S. Attorney’s Office has been marked by tremendous successes highlighted Kevin’s deliberative nature and innate intelligence. I fully expect Kevin to bring these same skills to the Attorney General’s Office. I look forward to a swift confirmation process.”
O’Toole Blasts Assembly Dems for Discriminatory Hearing on Lane Closures; Raises Concerns about Sweetheart Deal for Fort Lee
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) blasted Democrats for conducting today’s discriminatory Assembly Transportation Committee hearing about early September lane closures that affected the Fort Lee commuters without addressing why rest of New Jerseyeans must endure Fort Lee induced traffic every day.
“Today’s hearing is an example of the type of government waste that happens when out-of-touch Democrats try to score political points against an ever-popular governor,” O’Toole said. “What could possibly be the reason to hold a hearing specifically for Fort Lee commuters, to the determent of commuters from elsewhere?”
Certain victims of serious crimes and their families should soon have the opportunity to witness parole hearings, with today’s Senate passage of legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic).
“Victims are already asked to relive the most traumatic experiences of their lives as part of parole proceedings,” O’Toole said. “They should not be denied access to hearings that could provide closure or a full understanding of their tragedies.”
14 Men Are the First Arrested Under O’Toole’s New Child Pornography Prevention Law
Senate Republican Whip Kevin O’Toole stated the following regarding today’s announcement from the New Jersey Attorney General that 14 men have been arrested under the Senator’s new law for allegedly using a file-sharing network to distribute images of child pornography.
“We should all be proud of the growing and improving efforts of state and federal authorities to terminate child pornography in New Jersey. Perpetrators who think the Internet gives them a cloak of anonymity and an easier way to share and profit off of a sick fix must now think twice. With the arrest of these 14 men, predators are on notice: New Jersey now has some of the toughest laws and penalties for child pornography offenders.”
O’Toole, DeCroce on Christie’s Energy Resiliance Initiative: Legislative Leaders Must Approve Power Protection Act
Senator Kevin O’Toole and Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce lauded Governor Christie’s administration for allocating $25 million to pursue creative and cost-effective alternatives to enhance statewide energy resilience – including the purchase of generators. The funds are being allocated from the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
DeCroce (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) and O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) sponsor the N.J. Residents Power Protection Act (A-3495), which seeks to address the power outage problems following Superstorm Sandy that hit New Jersey late last October. O’Toole noted that the Christie Administration energy resilience plan includes a $7 million grant program that will allow targeted retail fuel stations, on and near evacuation routes, faster and more reliable access to backup power during an energy emergency.
New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee member Kevin O’Toole stated the following after today’s Committee approval of state Supreme Court nominee Judge Faustino Fernández-Vina:
“Judge Fernández-Vina gracefully proved his fitness for the state’s highest court, while ethically and calmly avoiding the bait that some Democratic Senators presented in the form of politically pointed questions about cases and issues pending before the Supreme Court. It is clear that his experiences on the bench and 22 years of private-sector legal experience have equipped him with the knowledge, judgment and respect for the constitution that’s necessary to serve on the Supreme Court.
District 40 legislators Senator Kevin O’Toole and Assemblymen Scott Rumana and David Russo announced today that Essex County and Little Falls are receiving a total of $360,000 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds to support energy projects to make the state stronger in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
“These funds will support a broad range of technologies to make communities more resilient in the face of future natural disasters,” O’Toole said. “This Program also allows the county and township to tap into a vast network of national, regional and local experts and resources, which can better help them prioritize infrastructure improvements.”
Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole and Assemblyman David Russo (both R-40) to indicate veteran status on driver’s licenses and identification cards administered by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
“This law allows our most honorable public servants to show proof of their veteran status on a daily basis,” O’Toole said. “It’s a simple offering that our heroes and heroines have requested to make their lives a little easier.”
Legislation sponsored by Senators Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen) and Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to protect the e-privacy of job seekers was signed into law today by Gov. Chris Christie.
“This new law protects job candidates from having to choose between protecting their right to privacy and earning an income,” O’Toole said. “People can be assured that they will not be unjustly judged for employment based on personal information, beliefs, relationships and preferences.”
The full Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senators Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen) and Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to protect the e-privacy of job seekers.
“Fundamental liberties dictate that employers should not have the right to judge a job candidate based on photo albums, political affiliations, religious beliefs, sexual preference and private messages with family and friends,” O’Toole said. “People should not have to walk away from jobs because their privacy is being unjustly threatened, nor should they be put in a position of having to provide an employer with private, personal information. There are plenty of steps in a job application process for employers to analyze an applicant’s experience, fitness and personality.”