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August 21, 2012 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - A bill aimed at stemming the growing number of drug-related deaths in New Jersey is headed to the governor's desk following its approval by the Senate on Monday. The measure, known as the Good Samaritan Emergency Response Act, would offer limited immunity to a drug user who seeks medical help in the case of a companion's overdose. The Senate delayed voting on a more controversial bill - which would abolish the statute of limitations for civil suits in some sex-abuse cases -- after the bill's sponsor failed to muster sufficient support among the 33 legislators who attended the session.
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August 17, 2011 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Former Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis, running for a Burlington County state Senate seat, was pushed off the November ballot on Tuesday when the state's top elections official refused to certify his candidacy. A federal judge will hold a hearing on the matter Friday afternoon and could reverse the decision by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who acted in her capacity as secretary of state. Lewis, 50, a Medford Democrat, has been embroiled in a months-long legal fight over whether he meets the state's residency requirement to run in the Eighth Legislative District.
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November 26, 2008
The 17 Republicans in the New Jersey Senate have asked the Delaware River Port Authority to rescind its recently imposed increases in bridge tolls and train fares. In a resolution introduced Monday, the Republicans said the increases placed "an undue burden on the state's citizens who travel to work in the Philadelphia area. " Democrats control the Senate, so chances for passage of the resolution are slim. Tolls were increased 33 percent in September for motorists using the Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Betsy Ross and Commodore Barry Bridges.
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July 19, 2011
TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie says he's not offended by the profanity-laced tirade directed at him by the Democrat who leads the New Jersey Senate. The Republican governor says he and Senate President Stephen Sweeney have "a passionate relationship," so things said in the heat of emotional battle should be forgiven. Sweeney exploded after Christie cut $1.3 billion from the budget Democrats had sent him. The cuts included programs for AIDS patients, sexually abused children and blind students.
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September 20, 2010 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
TRENTON - A leading Democrat in the New Jersey Senate is seeking subpoena power to force Gov. Christie's top advisers to explain mistakes in a failed education grant application. Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono is sponsoring a resolution today that would give her Senate Legislative Oversight Committee power to compel top administration officials to appear at Thursday's hearing. The committee is examining mistakes that may have cost New Jersey a $400 million Race to the Top federal education grant.
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October 20, 1997
Residents of Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Voorhees and the other 14 Camden County municipalities in the Sixth Senatorial District have the sort of Election Day problem that other voters in New Jersey might envy - two qualified candidates competing. Both 18-year-veteran Republican Assemblyman John Rocco and six-year incumbent Democrat Sen. John Adler are respected legislators with experience and knowhow. But the choice in this race so vital to which party controls the New Jersey Senate is John Adler.
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January 6, 2010 | By Adrienne Lu INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
The New Jersey Senate will vote tomorrow on a bill to allow same-sex marriages, Senate President Richard J. Codey said yesterday. The Senate had been scheduled to vote on the bill Dec. 7, but the vote was postponed for lack of support. It is unknown whether any senators have changed their minds on the issue since then. "Given the intensely personal nature of this issue, I think the people of this state deserve the right to a formal debate on the Senate floor," Codey said. "I'd like to commend both sides of this issue for their passionate advocacy thus far and the heartfelt testimony that we have heard.
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December 15, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey's first Latina legislator is returning to Trenton five years after she left the state Assembly. Nilsa Cruz-Perez, who represented the Fifth Legislative District for 14 years in the Assembly, was officially appointed Saturday morning to the state Senate seat for that district. South Jersey Democrats last week had announced the selection of Cruz-Perez to fill the vacancy left by Donald Norcross when he was elected last month to the U.S. House of Representatives. She will take the oath of office at 1 p.m. Monday in the New Jersey Senate chamber.
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June 30, 2012 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Despite a few questions about her role in the firing of a prosecutor, Gov. Christie's former attorney general, Paula Dow, cruised through her judicial confirmation Thursday in the New Jersey Senate. Dow, who said she recently moved from Essex County to Willingboro, will serve on Superior Court in Burlington County. The Senate voted to confirm her by 38-0 with two abstentions. Dow originally was nominated by Christie to serve in Essex County, but an apparent dispute between Christie and senators there held up her hearing.
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September 15, 1993
The time-honored but otherwise inexplicable practice whereby a single member of the New Jersey Senate can blackball a gubernatorial appointment - known euphemistically as "senatorial courtesy" - has led to yet another embarassing abuse of power. This most recent case involves Gov. Florio's attempted reappointment of Superior Court Judge Marianne Espinosa Murphy of Morris County. While Mr. Florio is a Democrat, it is not a partisan matter. The judge is eminently qualified and has broad bipartisan support, including that of the Senate president, a Republican.
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March 17, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
NORTHFIELD, N.J. - A busload of concerned nature lovers fanned out inside a strip mall in this Atlantic County town on Wednesday, ready to spread the word about New Jersey's "last great wilderness" and to peacefully protest a plan to lay some pipe there. The 1.1 million-acre Pinelands National Preserve they were talking about encompasses parts of seven counties, mostly in South Jersey. Environmental groups and at least four former New Jersey governors believe that Gov. Chris Christie and other elected officials are trying to plant a candidate on the Pinelands Commission who will tilt the vote and approve construction of a 22-mile natural-gas pipeline there.
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January 14, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - A New Jersey Senate panel advanced legislation Monday that would lift a cap on the number of permits the state may issue for beaver trapping, despite objections from animal-rights and environmental groups. The Environment and Energy Committee also voted in favor of bills that would eliminate a ban on Sunday hunting and establish new apprentice hunting licenses for minors. The bills move to the full Senate for a vote and also need Assembly approval. Under current law, the Division of Fish and Wildlife may issue up to 200 permits for the beaver hunting season, which runs from Dec. 26 to Feb. 9. If demand exceeds supply, the division holds a lottery.
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December 15, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey's first Latina legislator is returning to Trenton five years after she left the state Assembly. Nilsa Cruz-Perez, who represented the Fifth Legislative District for 14 years in the Assembly, was officially appointed Saturday morning to the state Senate seat for that district. South Jersey Democrats last week had announced the selection of Cruz-Perez to fill the vacancy left by Donald Norcross when he was elected last month to the U.S. House of Representatives. She will take the oath of office at 1 p.m. Monday in the New Jersey Senate chamber.
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October 18, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
As his party lurches toward November's midterm elections at risk of losing control of the Senate, U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker said a Democratic majority is needed to tackle big problems such as immigration and corporate tax policy. "This is why I think it's so important the Democrats hold the Senate: The House is controlled by Republicans, and Republicans are heavily influenced, if not controlled, by the tea party," Booker said in an interview Tuesday with the Inquirer Editorial Board. "Trust me. You don't think [Republican House Speaker John]
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August 2, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The New Jersey Senate passed two proposals Thursday that would upend the state's bail system, hours after Gov. Christie delivered a special address imploring lawmakers to act. The Assembly did not act, but Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) notified members in the early evening that he would call for a vote Monday. That is the last day lawmakers have to vote on one of the measures - a proposed constitutional amendment eliminating the right to bail for certain defendants - if they want to put it before voters in November.
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June 21, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The New Jersey Senate on Thursday confirmed Gov. Christie's two picks to the state Supreme Court, sealing a breakthrough in a years-long impasse over the court's composition. Chief Justice Stuart Rabner was confirmed on a 29-6 vote after months of speculation about whether Christie would renominate him. The Republican governor had criticized Rabner's court as liberal and activist. The Senate also confirmed Lee Solomon, a Haddonfield Republican and state court judge, by a 34-2 vote.
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May 14, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The New Jersey Senate voted Monday to pass a bill that would ban high-capacity magazines, despite Republican opposition and reservations voiced by some Democrats. The bill, which would reduce maximum ammunition capacity from 15 rounds to 10, now heads to the Assembly, which passed an earlier version but now must consider amendments by the Senate. Proponents said the legislation was in response to the December 2012 massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, in which the assailant used guns equipped with high-capacity magazines to kill children and educators.
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March 3, 2014
Arson is a clear-cut crime even when the targets are not religious pacifists. So is assault with a baseball bat, even when the victims are not building a toy store. Such brazen alleged attacks on the sites of a Quaker meetinghouse and a Toys R Us are now the subject of a federal indictment of 10 members of a Philadelphia-based Ironworkers union. But the official leniency shown to a union member after an earlier arrest suggests anything short of such startling allegations wouldn't have caused much trouble for Local 401. Three months before the recent federal indictment, city prosecutors charged one of the defendants, Local 401 official Ed Sweeney, with harassing, stalking, and making terroristic threats against a construction executive.
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November 20, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The New Jersey Senate approved a bill Monday that would let undocumented immigrants qualify for in-state college tuition and state financial aid. Three Republicans joined 22 Democrats in supporting the bill, following brief debate spurred by one Republican over whether it would limit the opportunities of other New Jersey students. Twelve senators opposed the measure, which now must be heard by the Assembly. "We are opening up avenues for the next generation of leaders in this state and this country," said Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D., Essex)
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October 19, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Will Cory Booker be another Ted Cruz? The next Hillary Rodham Clinton? Or something new? After winning a New Jersey Senate seat Wednesday, the star-powered Newark mayor, who is so often the center of attention, will soon enter a traditionalist body where newcomers are expected to quietly earn their place and wait their turn. Will he follow Clinton's example and try to blend in, adhering to custom? Or will he join a new breed who have used the Senate as a platform to build their profiles and shape the national debate, seniority be damned?
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