Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco and Senator Kevin O’Toole issued the following comments regarding the announcement by Senate President Steve Sweeney that pension and benefits reform would be a top priority.
“My colleagues and I are all-too-aware that the pensions and benefits systems are unsustainable at the current time,” Kean stated “This effort will build on the bipartisan cooperation on pension reform that was successful in the last legislative session. It is vital that we complete the process of identifying and implementing necessary reforms to ensure that rank and file employees’ retirement funds are safeguarded.”
Senator Kevin O’Toole, R-Bergen, Passaic and Essex, praised Governor-Elect Chris Christie for his sensitive, intelligent and non-partisan decision to let Jennifer Velez continue her outstanding service to the people of New Jersey as Commissioner of the Department of Human Services.
“Governor Christie has demonstrated again that his administration, first and last, will be about competence and dedication to public service,” O’Toole said. “Jennifer Velez has served both Republican and Democrat administrations with unsurpassed passion and ability. She is the best choice to head the biggest agency in state government, and I applaud Governor-elect Christie for recognizing this fact.”
Senate Republican Whip Kevin O’Toole praised Governor-elect Chris Christie’s selection of Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow as New Jersey’s attorney general.
“This appointment proves beyond a doubt that Governor-elect Christie will build his leadership team based on ability and not partisanship,” O’Toole said. “Paula Dow has skillfully managed the largest and busiest county prosecutor’s office in New Jersey, and has a record of public service that any career attorney can be proud of.”
Senators Bill Baroni and Jennifer Beck, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Kevin O’Toole, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, commented today on a report issued by the State Commission of Investigation (SCI) detailing waste and abuse at the local government level.
“The examples of waste and abuse of taxpayers dollars detailed in this report are appalling,” Beck stated. “The examples of abuse are widespread and cross partisan lines. Sadly it seems that some local officials are not interested in being good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”