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Governor signs Rooney bill reimbursing county prosecutors for oversight of state law enforcement

TRENTON, N.J. – After passing the legislature unanimously, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill reimbursing county prosecutors overseeing state and interstate law enforcement agencies. The law, sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin Rooney, was drafted after the Bergen County Prosecutors Office had to investigate the Palisades Parkway Police Department over eight months. “Local taxpayers cannot afford to fund […]

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Rooney: Summer renters, owners getting burned until Murphy signs legislation

WAYNE, N.J. – With only five weeks left until Labor Day, Assemblyman Kevin Rooney urged Gov. Phil Murphy today to immediately sign legislation exempting homeowners from taxes on short-term rentals if they do not use online marketplaces like Airbnb. “When you tack on 12 percent to the price of renting a shore house for a week, […]

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Rooney bills fighting opioid epidemic become law

TRENTON, N.J. – Two bills sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney to combat the destructive opioid crisis in New Jersey were signed Monday by Gov. Phil Murphy. “Drug addiction and overdose has become a life-and-death problem in every community in the state,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “The Legislature unanimously approved these measures, and the governor’s signature demonstrates […]

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Assembly passes Rooney bills fighting opioid epidemic

TRENTON, N.J. – Rampant opioid abuse has become a major health crisis in New Jersey and across the nation. The link between prescription painkillers, heroin use, and overdose deaths is conclusive.  To combat the growing epidemic, Assemblyman Kevin Rooney sponsors two bills that were passed by the Assembly this month.  “This is a life-and-death issue,” said […]

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Assembly approves Rooney bills backing clean water projects

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney sponsored two bills recently approved by the Assembly authorizing more than $655 million for environmental infrastructure projects next year. The funding will provide low interest loans for clean water and drinking water improvements, including $22 million for four projects in the Assemblyman’s legislative district.  “The low interest loans available […]

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Assembly passes bill abolishing pet leasing

TRENTON, N.J. – For the second time in a month, the Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to ban the leasing of dogs and cats. With today’s vote, the Assembly accepted Senate amendments exempting purebred cats and dogs leased for breeding and animals trained as police K-9s and guide dogs. Sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney, the legislation […]

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Rooney blames NJ Transit, Governor Murphy for cancelled trains

TRENTON, N.J. – Temperatures are rising for commuters this summer on NJ Transit trains. Riders are angry about the agency’s failure to keep the trains moving as scheduled.  A protest by engineers upset by what they say is a contract violation by Transit is leading to an increase in cancelled trains. The employees are refusing to […]

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Assembly passes bill allowing counties to be reimbursed for oversight of state police departments

TRENTON, N.J. – County prosecutors who are required to oversee state or interstate law enforcement agencies are eligible for reimbursement under a bill approved today by the Assembly. Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney sponsors the legislation (A4223) requiring the state to pay for investigations or other expenses incurred by counties like Bergen for oversight of the Palisades […]

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Legislation creates commission to get Hudson tunnel project rolling

TRENTON, N.J. – A massive infrastructure project that would relieve rail congestion between Newark and New York City has been sidetracked for almost a decade by funding uncertainties and political posturing. But legislation passed Tuesday by the Assembly Appropriations Committee may be crucial to finally advancing the long-awaited Gateway tunnel construction.  The bill (A5570) creates the […]

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Rooney Bill Addresses Pothole Hell for N.J. Drivers

TRENTON, N.J. – It isn’t always smooth riding on the roads of the Garden State. Potholes can seem to pop-up out of nowhere, damaging vehicles, delaying commuters, and costing drivers for expensive repairs. Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney has introduced legislation requiring the Transportation Department to make pothole repairs a priority and include details in an annual […]

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