Category: Press Release

Rible Blasts Ruling Freeing Cop Killer

Assemblyman says Acoli’s release would be a great injustice

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Assembly Republican Conference Leader and former police officer Dave Rible said he was appalled to learn this week that a court ruling cleared the way for Sundiata Acoli, who was found guilty of murder in the 1973 shooting death of a New Jersey state trooper, to be released on parole.

Dave Rible

“I am profoundly appalled at the mere thought that someone who committed such a heinous crime should be allowed to re-enter society, even after serving decades behind bars. Not only would his release be a great injustice to the family of Werner Foerster, it would also be an injustice to all law enforcement officers,” Assemblyman Rible said.

Assemblyman Rible also lauded the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s [FBI] efforts to capture Joanne Chesimard for her part in the 1973 murder by naming her one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists.

Chesimard and Acoli were both found guilty in connection with the death of Foerster while he was conducting a traffic stop along the New Jersey Turnpike. Chesimard escaped prison in 1979 and allegedly fled to Cuba, where she is believed to remain today.

“Law enforcement officers put their safety on the line every day while protecting and serving the public. As seen in the 1973 murder of Foerster, no traffic stop is routine. While justice was served with the guilty conviction of Acoli decades ago, we must ensure justice continues to be served by keeping him in prison where he belongs,” Assemblyman Rible said.

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O’Scanlon Introduces Legislation Allowing Governor to Retain Powers When Out-Of-State

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Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon today introduced legislation that proposes a constitutional amendment allowing the Governor of the State of New Jersey to retain his/her executive powers when traveling out-of-state. Currently executive authority is passed to the Lt. Governor while the Governor is out of the state.

Declan O'Scanlon

“In today’s world with constant communication and nearly instant access to phones and computers, the thought that Governor is somehow out of communication with the State while travelling is ridiculously dated,” said O’Scanlon. “Whether in New Jersey or out of the state, in 2014, the Governor is able to perform all of his duties with equal amounts of efficiency thanks to modern technology.”

The bill is in response to Governor Christie recent comments while out of the state, “wherever I am, there’s Wi-Fi and cell phones – I’m the governor when I’m in New Hampshire. I’m the governor when I’m in Iowa. I’m the governor when I’m in Texas. I’m the governor when I’m in South Carolina. I’m the governor – and I don’t think there’s any confusion among anybody in the state about who the governor is.”

O’Scanlon added, “This bill allows for the Governor to maintain the executive powers allowed in the office, while still preserving the office of Lt. Governor in case of incapacitation, or a vacancy of the office. The Vice President does not become the President when the President travels out of the country, so this is not a revolutionary concept.”

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Reserve Your Spot Now for Bramnick Cyber Security Discussion with Homeland Security on Oct. 20

Press Release – Members of the public are encouraged to make a reservation now for a public discussion Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick will hold on cyber security with state Homeland Security officials on Monday, Oct. 20, at Kean University.

Jon Bramnick

Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, will lead the discussion with experts on how the public and corporations can protect themselves from cyber security theft.

The 1 p.m. event will be held in the STEM Auditorium, Room 221. To reserve a seat today, please call Glen Beebe in the Assembly Republican Office at 609-847-3400 or email GBeebe@njleg.org.

The summit is in response to recent security breaches at major stores that have affected millions of credit and debit cardholders. Home Depot reported a data breach earlier this month that involved 56 million credit and debit cards in the U.S. and Canada. Other stores, including Target and PF Changs, have experienced similar security breaches.

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O’Scanlon: Poll Confirms the Public Knows Red-Light Cameras are a Money Grab

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Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon today issued the following statement in response to a Monmouth University poll concerning the state’s failed red-light camera program.

Declan O'Scanlon

“The poll confirms that the public believes that this equipment is all about the revenue. We have proven that this equipment doesn’t improve safety – it’s all about the revenue. The more people know about these ATM’s (automatic taxing machines) the more they realize that they are nothing more than government sanctioned theft.

“Every competent, objective study done of this equipment across the country has shown the equipment doesn’t improve safety. Lastly, if a follow up question were asked – of even just the people who said they approve of this equipment – ‘Do you believe that the systems ought to be set up using sound engineering criteria and yellow lights should be timed to give motorists the benefit of the doubt?’ virtually 100% of people would answer ‘yes.’

“The problem for the camera systems is that if they are set up fairly, you reduce infraction rates by 50% to 90% – and there is not enough revenue generated to pay for the systems themselves, never mind enrich the coffers of compliant local officials’ budgets.”

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Dancer Bipartisan Bill Secures Funds to Educate Children of Military Families

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Ron Dancer

Assemblyman Ron Dancer is securing millions of dollars in federal money for the education of military members’ children in New Jersey under a bipartisan bill he sponsors that was approved today by the General Assembly.

The bill, A-1286, would allow school districts to establish a special account using federal dollars to offset the loss of property taxes from federal property. Under the bill, the state would be prevented from reducing education aid because of the federal funds.

“This will benefit property taxpayers and communities that host military bases,” said Dancer, R-Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth. “It is the right thing to do from a moral and economic standpoint,” said Dancer. “It protects millions of dollars of educational funding for the children whose families are fighting to keep us safe. New Jersey will set a national example by committing to use these funds for what they are intended – educating the children of our brave men and women in the armed forces,” Dancer continued.

According to the Office of Legislative Services, approximately 16 of 21 New Jersey counties have school districts that receive the federal funds.

“We need to act quickly and make sure our schools serving these military families don’t lose these federal dollars,” said Dancer, adding that the legislation is critical because the federal government would be more likely to preserve funding in states that ensure the dollars would go toward educational costs of military families, rather than balancing state budgets.

Dancer’s legislative district includes several school districts that receive federal impact aid.

The bipartisan bill is also sponsored by Bob Andrejczak and Troy Singleton.

School Districts Receiving Federal Impact Aid in FY 2012 & FY 2013

 

 

County District Impact Aid (FY 2012) Impact Aid (FY 2013)
       
Atlantic Atlantic City

$28,723

$36,357

Bergen Allendale Bor.

$37,500

Burlington NewHanoverTwp.

$738,544

$2,104,519

Burlington North HanoverTwp.

$8,735,585

$7,693,165

Burlington Northern BurlingtonRegional

$1,746,912

$1,486,010

Burlington Pemberton Twp.

$1,159,099

$1,299,626

Camden CamdenCity

$57,955

$46,417

Cape May Cape MayCity

$1,130,751

$1,110,283

Hudson HobokenCity

$200,202

$139,275

Mercer TrentonCity

$5,157

Mercer Robbinsville Twp.

$2,588

$7,511

Middlesex EdisonTwp.

$52,843

Monmouth Colts Neck Twp.

$517,890

$1,818,885

Monmouth Eatontown Bor.

$123,110

$80,208

Monmouth Long BranchCity

$33,703

$27,244

Monmouth Monmouth Regional

$53,651

$39,199

Monmouth TintonFalls

$74,749

$95,412

Morris MorrisSchool District

$5,233

$6,978

Morris Rockaway Twp.

$371,449

$872,941

Ocean LakehurstBor.

$1,357,481

$902,299

Ocean Plumsted Twp.

$1,600,370

$1,785,111

Passaic Little Falls Twp.

$5,678

Salem SalemCity

$12,034

$21,023

Somerset Watchung Hills Regional

$15,368

$152,458

Sussex Kittatinny Regional

$294,554

$304,691

Sussex Montague Twp.

$285,901

$304,691

Sussex Sandyston-Walpack Twp.

$285,915

$646,637

Warren PhillipsburgTown

$39,432

$39,512

Information provided by OLS using data from the Department of Education

 

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Rible-Auth Bill Changes Response Rate for Firefighters

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republicans Dave Rible and Robert Auth changing the percentage of responses needed to be made by paid and volunteer firefighters in order to receive a death benefit provided by the State Fireman’s Association was approved by the Assembly today.

Dave Rible

“Firefighters are selfless individuals devoted to saving lives,” said Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean. “They respond to calls any day or time. Firefighters do not serve to receive accolades or recognition. Their safety may be in jeopardy any time they answer a call and this benefit is a way of acknowledging the risk they take.”

The bill (S-1092/A-1537) reduces the requirement that firefighters must participate in emergency calls from 60 to 50 percent to receive an exempt fireman certificate. The certificate entitles the firefighter to death benefits funded by a two percent tax on fire insurance premiums paid by out-of-state companies.

Robert Auth

Robert Auth

“Communities depend on the dedication and training of firefighters to protect the public and their property,” said Auth, R-Bergen and Passaic. “They answer calls without hesitation or knowing how dangerous a situation they face. No call to fire department is insignificant or taken for granted. These first responders put themselves in harm’s way without hesitation or ever knowing the outcome.”

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Farmers to Benefit from DiMaio-McHose Measure

Press Release – (Trenton, NJ) – Legislation Assemblyman John DiMaio and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose sponsor, that allows 16-year-olds with agricultural driver’s licenses to operate farm vehicles without adult supervision, today won General Assembly approval.

John DiMaio

“Farming is very much a family business and often, in this economy, everyone needs to help,” said DiMaio, R-Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset. “These limited use driver’s licenses allow teenaged family members to provide assistance that is vital to the farm’s operations.”

The graduated driver license program, established in 2001, significantly changed the driving privileges of permit holders and new licensees. The changes undermine the purpose and value of an agricultural driver’s license by requiring 16-year-old permit holders to be supervised by a licensed driver over the age of 21.

The DiMaio-McHose bill, A-535, exempts teens with agricultural driver’s licenses from the restriction, but requires they complete an approved minimum six-hour behind-the-wheel driver training course and display a special lerner’s permit decal on their license plate.

Alison Littell McHose

“This restriction makes the agricultural driver’s license for teens virtually useless,” stated McHose, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “Many of our farmers rely on their family members to help work their farms. Lifting this restriction for this very specific population will help ease an undue burden on our farmers.”

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Rible-Sponsored Resolution Supporting Israel Passes Assembly

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Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean, who is a primary sponsor of Assembly Resolution 154, which expresses support for the State of Israel in defending itself against attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization, said he was pleased the bill received unanimous approval in the Assembly today.

Dave Rible

“Israel has an inherent right to protect its people and homeland. Both Israel and the Palestinians deserve to live in peace, free from fear and violence. Hamas’ unprovoked attacks on Israel and Gaza resulted in bloodshed and the loss of innocent lives. New Jersey’s long-standing alliance and friendship with the Israel is stronger than ever. I hope that a peaceful resolution to this conflict is achieved which respects the rights of all people.”

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Brown Resolution Supporting Israel’s Right to Defend Itself Passes Assembly

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With overwhelming bi-partisan support, a resolution introduced by Assemblyman Chris Brown expressing support for the state of Israel’s right to defend itself terrorism passed the Assembly today.

Assemblyman Brown, a veteran twice activated for war, said it is important to support Israel. “The ability of our friend Israel to defend itself against terrorism is a fundamental right necessary to guarantee it can survive as a free society,” Brown said.

The resolution, AR-154, expresses support for the state of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization. Further, the resolution condemns the use of civilians as human shields by Hamas, supports additional United States aid to Israel for the maintenance of the Iron Dome program, and urges the permanent demilitarization of Hamas.

Chris A. Brown

“In Hebrew, the word ‘chesed’ captures the blend of our responsibility and friendship with our feelings of concern and loyalty with Israel. This resolution is our attempt to live up to chesed,” Brown said.

AR-154 highlights the attempts by Israel to achieve lasting peace in the region by withdrawing from both Gaza and Lebanon, embracement of treaties with Egypt and Jordan, and has cooperation on multiple levels with the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Hamas has rejected a number of ceasefires, which were supported by both the Palestinian Authority and neighboring Arab nations.

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Kean Disappointed with Court Decision Releasing State Trooper Murderer

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Assemblyman Sean Kean said he is extremely disappointed with an Appellate Court decision today releasing Sundiata Acoli (a.k.a. Clark Edward Squire) on parole. Acoli was convicted in the 1973 slaying of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. Joanne Chesimard, who was also convicted in the killing, escaped to Cuba where she is now in hiding.

Sean Kean

“The decision to release one of Trooper Foerster’s killers is quite disappointing, regardless of how much time has passed,” said Kean, R-Monmouth and Ocean, who has sponsored several resolutions calling for the extradition of Joanne Chesimard to the United States. “Time will not heal the wounds felt by the Foerster family and his many friends. Expressing remorse does not change that a husband and father was lost. Life in prison without parole is a justified sentence. I intend on working on legislation that will prevent parole under these circumstances from happening again.”

The state attorney general’s office said it would appeal the decision.

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