Senator Kevin O’Toole speaks after Governor Chris Christie signed the Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey (TEACHN) Act at Von E. Mauger Middle School in Middlesex, N.J. on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen) Press Release
Senator Kevin O’Toole speaks after Governor Chris Christie signs FY 2011 Budget with the First Lady Mary Pat Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno in South River, N.J. on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)
Senator Kevin O’Toole speaking at a ceremony to mark the signing of S-2, S-3 and S-4 by Governor Chris Christie on March 22, 2010. O’Toole is a primary sponsor of S-2, legislation which make various changes to public employee pension systems, and of S-4 which concerns payouts for unused sick leave and sick leave injury. (Governor Photos/Tim Larsen)
Senator Kevin O’Toole speaking during a Senate session on Monday, February 22, 2010.
Senator Kevin O’Toole speaking during a Senate session on December 10, 2009.
Senator O’Toole Questions State Treasurer Rousseau at Senate Budget Committee Hearing
Senator Kevin O’Toole Questions Treasurer Rousseau During Budget Hearing
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) Speaking During Senate Session on 3/7/08
Senate Republican Whip Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) continued his call for bipartisan efforts to continue rapid employment growth in this state, in response to news that New Jersey has passed 12 states in private-sector job gains over the past two months:
“I get that it’s an election year, but my colleagues in the legislature need to consider those who put us in office instead of focusing on political missions.
“Some pro-business measures and reforms have helped New Jersey add nearly 128,000 private-sector jobs under Gov. Christie’s leadership, and New Jersey is now 15 spots higher in job growth than it was under Gov. Corzine. These gains make it clear that if Democrats join us, we can regain the rest of the 211,200 private-sector jobs lost under Corzine.
Senate Republican Whip Kevin O’Toole stated the following in response to today’s announcement of New Jersey’s continued private-sector job growth:
“I commend the Gov. Christie for leading New Jersey’s economy on this path toward recovering the roughly 250,000 private-sector jobs lost under the Corzine administration. Instead of bracing for the consistent sting of job loss, we can now be encouraged, as thousands of New Jerseyans each month are returning to work to provide for their families.
As New Jersey struggles to rebound from the economic recession, a resolution, sponsored by Senators Kevin O’Toole and Nellie Pou, encouraging the federal government to waive a federal provision requiring New Jersey to foot a minimum of 25 percent of Hurricane Sandy cleanup – which would save the state more than $7 billion – was approved Monday by the full Senate.
“New Jerseyans continue paying a substantially high investment in America, while receiving a proportionately low return, as other states reap more benefits,” said Senator O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic). “Now, far too many New Jersey residents remain displaced from their homes and businesses, as communities try desperately to rebuild. It is only right for the federal government to repay New Jersey all necessary funds to fully recover from our worst natural disaster.”
The full Senate passed today a comprehensive, bipartisan child pornography prevention act.
Senator Kevin O’Toole speaking in support of S-2493 during a session of the New Jersey Senate on Monday, March 18, 2013.
“This legislature has the duty to pass one of the most important initiatives in state history — to protect children from the most dangerous predators and destroy a rapidly proliferating industry that ruins lives,” said the act’s primary sponsor Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic).
New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would toughen penalties against those convicted of producing, distributing and having child pornography. Sen. Kevin O’Toole, who sponsored the bill, told NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider that the prevalence of child pornography has increased in recent years, especially through the internet.
Comprehensive bipartisan legislation to deter child pornography and prevent repeat incidents was unanimously passed today by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“There is a rapid proliferation of child pornography especially online, and so New Jersey’s child pornography laws must better protect children and capture more predators,” said the bill’s primary sponsor Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic). “With this measure, law enforcement will be able to keep the most disturbing criminals behind bars longer, without parole or early release.”
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) has introduced comprehensive legislation to deter child pornography and prevent repeat incidents.
“Predators convicted at the state level will face the most severe punishment for getting their fixes by abusing and profiting off of vulnerable children,” O’Toole emphasized. “Families and communities must be protected from the disgusting impulses of the most disturbing criminals.”
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) introduced legislation today that will allow certain trained municipal employees to immediately clear utility lines during emergencies, such as Superstorm Sandy.
“After Superstorm Sandy, too many roads and properties remained blocked or closed by debris for far too long, while communities waited for utility companies to take care of business,” O’Toole said. “This measure will assure that public workers can without delay save lives, property and utility infrastructure, and re-open road access to motorists free of charge to taxpayers.”
Senators Kevin O’Toole, Jennifer Beck, and Robert Singer issued the following statements in response to statements made by Senate President Stephen Sweeney that Governor Christie “prayed a lot” and “got lucky” that Hurricane Sandy devastated portions of New Jersey: