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December 28, 2009

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Beck Seeks Details On Budget Freezes From Gov’s Office

State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), left, with Assemblywoman Alison McHose (R-Franklin).

State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), left, with Assemblywoman Alison McHose (R-Franklin).

Following a lead taken by state Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr., (R-Union), State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) today called on Gov. Jon Corzine to detail what funds he intends to freeze to address a $1.2 billion revenue drop in this year’s budget.  

“Time is of the essence if we are going to adequately address New Jersey’s declining revenue,” Beck said in a release. “Tough decisions inevitably must be made, but that is what governors and members of the legislature are elected to do. Governor Corzine should not keep stonewalling the release of these documents if they exist, which they should.” 

The governor’s office gave a “must be a slow news day” acknowledgement of Beck’s plea, noting that Corzine has already said he plans to release the budget details in the New Year. 

“I am going to be specific about that shortly after the 1st of the year on things that we will recommend. We have taken those steps that control the pace at which spending is occurring within government so that we can get out in front of that,” Corzine told reporters in his end of the year press conference. 

“There are some programmatic things we will have to do. Are going to cut municipal aid another time? This is one of the reasons I was interested in the pension deferral because a large portion of our expenditure are pass through. We have municipal aid, school aid, Medicaid, and then you go to rebates. You are going to have to figure out which one of those if you are dealing with real dollars. Some of those are front loaded early in the year in the budget like school aid and rebates. You options with regard with what you can do become more limited. Charity care is out the door for example. You are going to have to narrow down what you are going to do with the balance of the year.” 

Unsatisfied with the drag time, Kean and GOP members of the Senate Budget Committee announced they will sue Governor Corzine this Wednesday if he fails to release the documents first requested a month ago under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act.  

“My Republican colleagues and I have continuously called on Governor Corzine to enact specific spending restraints to prevent deficit spending,” Beck said. “The fact that Governor Corzine refuses to release these documents shows his governance style is based on secrecy and not trusting the public.”

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BECK CHOSEN FOR LEADERSHIP THINK TANK

J_beck_on_tv_110607State Senator Jennifer Beck is about to add a new line or two to her résumé.

Twelfth-district state Senator Jennifer Beck has been awarded a fellowship by the Aspen Institute, where elected officials study the values and principles underlying democracy, the think tank announced last week.

Meantime, the Asbury Park Press has a feature story today about an Ocean County resident’s web efforts to get the Republican party to nominate the first-termer from Red Bank as its candidate for the post of lieutenant governor, a job that takes effect in little more than a year.

Beck was among 24 elected officials picked for 2008 class of the Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership, the institute says in a press release. “Each of the members of the class was selected on their reputation for intellect, thoughtfulness, and a bipartisan approach to governing,” the announcement says, adding that the class is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats and represents Fellows from 22 states, serving at both local and state levels of government.

The class also includes Kentucky’s attorney general, Vermont’s lieutenant governor, and Mississippi’s treasurer. It will convene next month, the first of three domestic meetings; the program also calls for the fellows to travel together on two foreign trips.

The The Institute is based in Washington, DC, Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and has an international network of partners, it says on its website.

Here’s what the institute says about the fellowship:

The Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership program, established in 2005, works to enhance American democracy by convening the nation’s most promising young political leaders in a casual, bipartisan setting to explore the underlying values and principles of western democracy, the relationship between individuals and their community, and the responsibilities of public leadership. The Class of 2008 will begin their dialogue when they convene for the first time in January 2009; the new class will meet two more times over the course of their 24-month Fellowship. The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue.

Here’s Beck’s take on being picked, from a press release she issued:

“It is truly an honor to be chosen as a Rodel Fellow and I thank the Aspen Institute for this opportunity. I am looking forward to a thoughtful, engaging exchange of ideas with my peers from across the nation. I have always believed that state government is the incubator for many of the good ideas and policies which help elected officials serve their constituents well. I will use my time at Aspen to learn about the best practices of other states and bring them back to New Jersey.”

Beck, 40, served one term as a state Assembly member before winning election to the state Senate 13 months ago. Before that, she served on the Red Bank Council for six years.

Meantime, a Manchester Township man has launched a website devoted to the goal of having the GOP nominee for governor tap Beck as his or her running mate, the Press reports:

An Ocean County man who has worked on other legislative campaigns started the site last week with several purposes — to convince the Republican nominee for governor next year to make Beck his or her running mate, to woo Democrats who might vote for a moderate Republican and to collect signatures on a petition.”We’re electing a lieutenant governor for the first time and no matter who gets the nomination for governor, they would be best served with Beck on the ticket,” said Anthony Del Pellegrino of Manchester, the Web site’s creator and a former Monmouth County resident. “She has great appeal, not only to Republicans or Democrats, but to voters.”

The site has a tally of Beck’s votes in the Legislature, news articles and press releases about her and an online petition, the Press reports.

Here’s more on the Aspen Institute:

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways:

* Seminars, which help participants reflect on what they think makes a good society, thereby deepening knowledge, broadening perspectives and enhancing their capacity to solve the problems leaders face.

* Young-leader fellowships around the globe, which bring a selected class of proven leaders together for an intense multi-year program and commitment. The fellows become better leaders and apply their skills to significant challenges.

* Policy programs, which serve as nonpartisan forums for analysis, consensus building, and problem solving on a wide variety of issues.

* Public conferences and events, which provide a commons for people to share ideas.

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Unofficial website touts Jennifer Beck for N.J.

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by The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk

State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has a cyber admirer, promoting her as a candidate for the newly created New Jersey office of lieutenant governor.

The report said the website jenniferbeckforltgovernor.wordpress.com has a tally of Beck’s votes in the Legislature, news articles and press releases about her and an online petition. It was created by Anthony Del Pellegrino, an Ocean County man who has worked on other legislative campaigns started the site last week with several purposes — to convince the Republican nominee for governor next year to make Beck his or her running mate, to woo Democrats who might vote for a moderate Republican and to collect signatures on a petition.

The website is unofficial and Beck is not connected to it, Tom Fitzsimmons, Beck’s spokesman, told the newspaper.

 

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RED BANK – While borough resident and Republican state Senator Jennifer Beck’s representative is insisting the Senator is not seeking higher office, the prospect of having her run for the state’s first lieutenant governor continues to pique interest and is now the topic of a Web site and blog.

Anthony Del Pellegrino, Manchester Township, who calls himself a Republican Party activist, established the Web site last week to continue to bolster support for Beck apparently among the party faithful in other parts of the state.

Del Pellegrino said his online campaign is intended, “to gain support,” for a candidate that he said could contribute to a Republican victory for the Governor’s Office next November. To that end, Del Pellegrino has included a petition on his Web site asking for like-minded Republicans to sign.

“I just want a large number of valid signatures, so whoever the candidate ends up being, it’s clear to them they would be smart in picking somebody like her, someone who has so much support,” Del Pellegrino said.

His site, http://www.jenniferbeckforltgovernor.wordpress.com, is an offshoot of his primary Web site, Rebuild the Party:

A Plan for the future (www.rebuildtheparty.ning.com), which appears to be a sort of cross between a political manifesto and strategy, and a GOP My Space social networking site.

Del Pellegrino, who said he has not had any contact with Beck or anyone associated with the senator or with state party officials, said his efforts are grassroots. “I’m not any kind of major political action committee. I don’t have a great deal of resources.”

He’s backing Beck, he explained, because she, “more so than any of the others (possible candidates) has demonstrated she has a real capacity of crossing party lines.” A necessary skill to secure a possible Republican victory next year, in what is largely a blue state, Del Pellegrino insisted.

Beck, 41, won her Senate seat last year for the 12th Legislative District, after serving as one of the district’s Assembly members for one two-year term.

Beck, as a freshman Assemblywoman, challenged incumbent Democrat Ellen Karcher, in the largely Republican district, in what was a contentious – some would say bitter – and extremely expensive campaign. The race attracted statewide attention, as Democrats fought to retain that seat and Republicans sought to regain it, hoping to narrow their minority margin.

Prior to holding state office, Beck had served on the Borough Council for two three-year terms, much of that term being the lone Republican among the six-member council that also has a Democrat as mayor.

For Del Pellegrino that is another selling point, which he details on his site, that Beck was so successful running as a Republican in a community so heavily tilted toward Democrats. “She’s not viewed as a Republican by the general populace,” in the state, Del Pellegrino said. “They view her as a fighter of the people.”

The prospect of Beck as the first GOP lieutenant governor candidate got a boost early this summer when Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40), a Republican representing Essex County, said he thought the coupling of Christopher Christie, the state’s former U.S. attorney, and Beck as governor and lieutenant, respectively, would be a “dream ticket.’

This week O’Toole did not return a phone call seeking an interview for this story.

Beck was on vacation this week and could not be reached for comment. But Thomas Fitzsimmons, the Senator’s spokesman commented, “We don’t know Anthony Del Pellegrino. We had no hand in putting together this Web site.”

“The Senator has said, and continues to say, that all the attention is very flattering but she is right now just focused on being the best senator she can be,” Fitzsimmons continued. “That’s the job she wants and that’s the job she likes and that’s what she’s going to continue to do.”

As it shapes up it is still much too early to declare any candidate a front runner for the governor’s slot on the ballot, though it is widely believed Christie, who stepped down as the state’s federal prosecutor this week, will eventually throw his hat in the ring – to say nothing about the lieutenant governor.

But whoever runs and wins for the second spot would make state history. Unlike 42 other states, New Jersey has not had the office. That is until voters supported a ballot initiative in 2005 creating the position, explained Jon Shure, president of the New Jersey Policy Perspective, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that researches and takes positions on state issues.

In this state, if the governor is unable to complete a four-year term, the position is filled by the Senate president, which is how it works in four of the eight states without the lieutenant position, according to Shure.

The issue came to increasing attention when Democratic Governor James McGreevey stepped down in a swirl of controversy, and Senate President Richard Codey (also a Democrat) filled the unexpired term.

McGreevey was the second governor in a row to step down during the term, as his predecessor, Christine Todd Whitman, left in 2001 to join the President George W. Bush Administration, as head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

The two consecutive resignations, and the debate over having the Senate president continuing playing that role while also governor, was seen as a chipping away of separation of powers, and of concern for some, giving rise to the ballot initiative.

Next year, following the primaries, the gubernatorial candidates from each party will select a running mate, and voters will have to cast their ballots for the whole ticket, like voting for a president and vice president, Shure explained. Some states do allow for lieutenant governor elections, creating the possibility of a divided executive branch. But with both offices held by the same party, “it guarantees the party elected by the people will govern for the next four years,” Shure said, “which is appropriate.”

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antsavejersey_com_logoJennifer Beck for Lt. Governor Blog Launches

By Zebulon Pike | December 1, 2008             

 

 Most gubernatorial candidates haven’t even officially joined the 2009 race for Drumthwacket, but that hasn’t stopped some partisans from advocating early for their favorite Lt. Governor candidates.

  One eager NJ blogger has launched a site aimed at drafting State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-12) for the job. Senator Beck ascended to the state Senate by knocking out an incumbent in 2007. Beck is a leading candidate for the state’s newest statewide constitutional position and, of note, a friend of Christopher Christie.

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Admirer Wants To See Beck In Higher Office

adpbeckapp1State Sen. Jennifer Beck, R-Monmouth, has a cyber admirer, at least as a candidate for the newly created office of lieutenant governor.

An Ocean County man who has worked on other legislative campaigns started the site last week with several purposes — to convince the Republican nominee for governor next year to make Beck his or her running mate, to woo Democrats who might vote for a moderate Republican and to collect signatures on a petition.

“We’re electing a lieutenant governor for the first time and no matter who gets the nomination for governor, they would be best served with Beck on the ticket,” said Anthony Del Pellegrino of Manchester, the Web site’s creator and a former Monmouth County resident. “She has great appeal, not only to Republicans or Democrats, but to voters.”

The Web site at https://jenniferbeckforltgovernor.wordpress.com/ has a tally of Beck’s votes in the Legislature, news articles and press releases about her and an online petition.

“Beyond her appeal is her voting record. I agree with her stance and the initiatives she’s made in (fighting) corruption and government fiscal responsibility,” he said. “At a young age, she has a future the party can build on.”

The Web site is unofficial and Beck is not connected to it, said Tom Fitzsimmons, Beck’s spokesman.

“We have no connection to the site, and I’m not even sure she knows him. He did it on his own,” Fitzsimmons said. “There is a lot of speculation (about the lieutenant governor’s post) and we can’t control that. She’s (Beck) busy being a good senator for the 12th District.”

Del Pellegrino said he’s never met Beck, but he has followed her career since 2000, when she became the first Republican to be elected to the Red Bank borough council in 10 years.

“She was the only Republican in Democratic-controlled Red Bank and won re-election,” he said.

Last fall, Beck, then an assemblywoman, beat incumbent State Sen. Ellen Karcher, a Democrat, in a campaign in which Karcher spent millions of dollars on the race. Del Pellegrino believes Beck would have wide appeal throughout the state.

“She won while Republicans in New Jersey were losing,” he said. “She doesn’t come across as a Republican politician. She comes across to people as a fighter for them.”

Exposure and building name recognition in other parts of the state for Beck is one of the Web site’s goals, he said.

“That’s why I’m starting now,” he said. “I’m starting a grassroots action now to get recognition for the effort. I believe in time, Beck’s own work will raise to the forefront, she’ll get (statewide) coverage and word will spread.”

Fitzsimmons said Beck currently has no plans to run for lieutenant governor.

By Larry Higgs • COASTAL MONMOUTH BUREAU • December 8, 2008

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December 1, 2008

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Starting Early in New Jersey – Online Support for Jennifer Beck

In Sunday’s Star Ledger there was a little blurb (I looked on NJ.com but couldn’t find it in 5 seconds so no link for you) about a blogger starting a petition and a website to draft State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) for NJ’s first Lt. Governor.  I was actually going to make a generic post on how politicians should get a jump start on 2009, but I’ll use Anthony Del Pellgrino’s grassroots effort as the example.

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO START NOW FOR 2009 ELECTIONS

  1. Build Your Online Tools Now – It used to be you can throw up a website, hope people show up but in the end you’d rely on proven techniques like phones, mail, radio, and if you were big enough TV.  You’d work the backrooms in NJ politics and all of that takes time, money, and staff.  Building a website takes a fraction of the dollars needed to run a full campaign and like Anthony, you can put up a decent site with all of the tools using WordPress (I put my board of ed site up in a few hours with a total amount spent of $15).  Basically to get started, you need a marketing plan and maybe ONE PERSON who knows what they are doing online.
  2. Social Networking Supporters Don’t Just Magically Appear – I wrote a great post called Why Weren’t We More Social which examined some false conclusions regarding Senator McCain’s social marketing techniques.  The net take away is that you must start early to really have a conversation and get people involved.  That means building a blog, a Facebook page, a YouTube channel, a Twitter account, and your email-supporter list.  Anthony gets it right by starting now.
  3. If You Build It, Will They Come? – Grassroots efforts require seeding – that is people and supporters who are willing to put in time without any long term promises.  They need to make comments on NJ blogs, link to other sites, drive traffic, and put the tools at people’s disposal to spread the messages.  Basically, you need to direct supporters onto NJ blogs, news sites, NJ popular sites, etc to generate activity.  As with any grassroots efforts and without paid advertising, this means you need time to gain critical mass.
  4. Earned Media Is Your Best Friend – One of my major lessons learned from Senator McCain’s campaign and specifically campaign manager Rick Davis is that even when you are down and out, earned media is your best friend.  That means you need to make yourself available to the press – radio, TV, and print in order to get free media. Whether you are officially running or not, the press can do for you what a branding campaign can do for you  – get you brand name recognition.
  5. Get Online Experience – Once you put together your marketing plan, you’ll undoubtedly have groups of voters that skew online and other that don’t.  That doesn’t mean that you can’t use online tools to contact all of them, but you need to get experience with which ones work more effectively by your target groups.  Plus, when you look at what you need to win at the state level, who knows how many votes you can get in the long tail.   Anyway the beautiful aspect of online marketing is how measurable it is so you can optimize your efforts and get the experience needed before your competition does.

The only critique I’d make regarding Anthony’s efforts are to ease up on the length of the posts and that’s saying a lot coming from me.  I don’t know how he is doing on the other points above (petition right now has 5 signatures including Anthony) so it is unfair to critique.  However, he is setting an example for NJ politicians on how to get a jump now on 2009.

PardonMyFrench,

Eric

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunday Star-Ledger

THE AUDITOR…..An insider look at the week in New Jersey

Never mind that republicans don’t yet have a nominee for governor next year — or even a guarantee that presumed favorite U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie will choose to run.

None of that has stopped the Trentom buzz about who could be his running mate.  The speculation about the state’s first-ever crop of lieutenant governor candidates got more oxygen last week with the launch of a website supporting State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), who is often mentioned as a potential Christie Partner.

The graphics-and  photos-studded site, jenniferbeckforltgovernor.wordpress.com, is a tribute to Beck’s career and GOP credentials and other accomplishments, such as running trathalons.  “Her long distance runs are indicative of the endurance level that she possesses in all responsibilities that she undertakes,” it says.

“The way I see it, if she is not running for governor herself, whoever is the candidate, I believe, would only have their chances boosted if they select Jennifer Beck as the lieutenant governor candidate,” said the site’s creator, Anthony Del Pellegrino, a Manchester resident.

Del Pellegrino said he’s had “no communication with her or any of her people” about the site or Beck’s intentions.

Beck could not be reached for comment but has said she remains focusseed on her district and hadn’t seriously considered running.

“Obviously it’s flattering that people would mention my name,” she said.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Someone Really Likes Sen. Beck

Someone out there is a huge fan of Monmouth County Republican Sen. Jennifer Beck.

His name is Anthony Del Pellegrino, he uses the email handle liberalsrlosers and he thinks Beck represents the future of the Republican party. So much so that Del Pellegrino has launched a petition to back her as a lieutenant governor candidate next year and a stunningly detailed web site, https://jenniferbeckforltgovernor.wordpress.com/.

It includes a bio that ranges from her experience to her education to her love of long-distance running, her voting record and a petition to convince whoever becomes the Republican gubernatorial nominee to pick Beck for lieutenant governor. Both Del Pellegrino and Beck’s office say the Senator has nothing to do with the site.

Del Pellegrino, who has worked on Republican campaigns in New York and for GOP Assemblyman Samuel Thompson in New Jersey, said he is not currently working for anyone else, giving him the freedom to speak his mind.

“I feel she really is the future of the party. The party throughout the country has to rebuild and the same holds for New Jersey,” said Del Pellegrino, 41.

He believes Beck is articulate and able to reach across party lines, pointing to her ability to win a Senate seat in 2007 while Republicans elsewhere in New Jersey lost ground, but is true to GOP principles.

“I won’t use the word conservative in New Jersey, but she does hold true to the Republican ideals that I and many other Republicans value,” Del Pellegrino said.

A Manchester resident, Del Pellegrino also writes a conservative blog, http://politics247.wordpress.com/.

Beck’s name has previously been tossed into speculation about who will run for lieutenant governor next year. The state does not currently have a lieutenant governor, but will add the position in 2010. The nominees for governor will pick their running mates. Del Pellegrino said he hopes his petition helps convince the Repubilcan candidate, whoever it is, to look for people like Beck. So far he has two signatures in the three days since his Beck site went active.

Beck spokesman Tom Fitzsimmons laughed when he saw the blog. “That’s hilarious,” he said.

“We have nothing to do with this,” he said. “It’s flattering, but really she’s maintained all along that she’s focused on her job.”

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November 21, 2008

ASBURY PARK PRESS

Rescuing the rescuers

State Sen. Jennifer Beck and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, both R-Monmouth, convened a roundtable last week to confront issues that have resulted in a drop in the number of volunteer wildlife rehabilitators statewide from 100 to 35 in the past few years — a time when more wildlife struggled as their habitat succumbed to booming development. The intervention was necessary, and is something the State Division of Fish and Wildlife now should continue on its own.

The roundtable included state officials and drew licensed rescuers, veterinarians and pet shelter managers from throughout the state to hash out problems such as overzealous home inspections, lack of resources and dwindling ranks that cause the few who remain to be on duty virtually around the clock. Monmouth and Ocean counties are down to just three people licensed to take in injured and abandoned woodland critters, and only one person is licensed to handle birds. No one in the two counties has a license to rescue turtles, snakes, bats, beaver, coyote or fox. More help is needed.

Rehabilitators operate with no government financing. The only people who get paid in wildlife rescue are state Fish and Wildlife officials. The state should beef up and promote its Web site to include the ability to solicit and accept public donations and inform citizens how to donate to individual rehabilitators privately.

Licensing requires a one-year apprenticeship, a written test, home inspections, continuing education, submission of reports and acquiring various permits. Rescue volunteers say standards for home facilities have been unnecessarily stringent. The agency must be more flexible.

The legislators are to be commended for taking the lead in bringing parties together in hope of averting onerous legislation. Now it’s up to the Fish and Wildlife office to keep those lines of communication open and expand opportunities to work out the kinks in this network of dedicated volunteers.

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November 19, 2008

Abury Park Press

Senators want governor to put spurs to ailing N.J. horse-race industry

As state horse-racing regulators prepare to take on funding issues that threaten the operations of Freehold Raceway, state Sens. Jennifer Beck, R-Monmouth, and Richard Codey, D-Essex, on Tuesday called on Gov. Jon S. Corzine to put together a promised panel that will look at allowing slot machines at racetracks or come up with alternative ways to best prop up the ailing racing industry.

The state Racing Commission will meet at 1 p.m. today in Trenton. Regulators have been asked by a horsemen’s group to referee the group’s dispute with the operators of Freehold Raceway over stipulations included in a $90 million horse-racing bailout program, which is built on subsidies to be paid by the Atlantic City casinos.

Corzine earlier this year announced his intention to sign an executive order establishing a commission to study permanent funding solutions for the horse-racing industry. Wagering on New Jersey horse races declined 25 percent, to $924 million, between 1999 and 2006, according to a state-funded study released last year.

Codey and Beck released a copy of their letter to Corzine urging him to “impanel this Blue Ribbon Commission as soon as possible.”

“The recently signed purse supplement was a short-term solution for an industry with longer-term issues,” Codey said in a news release. “If we don’t move quickly, we’ll be left in the starting gate while other states race to the prize.”

Beck said, “The horse-racing industry in New Jersey is vital to our economy and a major source of open-space preservation. It is imperative that we find a long-term solution to keep the industry viable and competitive with neighboring states. I believe that the creation of this commission is an excellent first step to doing that.”

The dispute between Freehold Raceway and its horsemen’s group stems from what track officials claim are unfavorable terms attached to the bailout program.

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December 29, 2008

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State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), left, with Assemblywoman Alison McHose (R-Franklin).

Beck Seeks Details On Budget Freezes From Gov’s Office

 Following a lead taken by state Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr., (R-Union), State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) today called on Gov. Jon Corzine to detail what funds he intends to freeze to address a $1.2 billion revenue drop in this year’s budget.  

“Time is of the essence if we are going to adequately address New Jersey’s declining revenue,” Beck said in a release. “Tough decisions inevitably must be made, but that is what governors and members of the legislature are elected to do. Governor Corzine should not keep stonewalling the release of these documents if they exist, which they should.” 

The governor’s office gave a “must be a slow news day” acknowledgement of Beck’s plea, noting that Corzine has already said he plans to release the budget details in the New Year. 

“I am going to be specific about that shortly after the 1st of the year on things that we will recommend. We have taken those steps that control the pace at which spending is occurring within government so that we can get out in front of that,” Corzine told reporters in his end of the year press conference. 

“There are some programmatic things we will have to do. Are going to cut municipal aid another time? This is one of the reasons I was interested in the pension deferral because a large portion of our expenditure are pass through. We have municipal aid, school aid, Medicaid, and then you go to rebates. You are going to have to figure out which one of those if you are dealing with real dollars. Some of those are front loaded early in the year in the budget like school aid and rebates. You options with regard with what you can do become more limited. Charity care is out the door for example. You are going to have to narrow down what you are going to do with the balance of the year.” 

Unsatisfied with the drag time, Kean and GOP members of the Senate Budget Committee announced they will sue Governor Corzine this Wednesday if he fails to release the documents first requested a month ago under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act.  

“My Republican colleagues and I have continuously called on Governor Corzine to enact specific spending restraints to prevent deficit spending,” Beck said. “The fact that Governor Corzine refuses to release these documents shows his governance style is based on secrecy and not trusting the public.”

Max Pizarro is a PolitickerNJ.com Reporter and can be reached via email at max@politicsnj.com.

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