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McKeon Statement on Trump Administration's Climate Change Executive OrderAssembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Vice-Chair John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris) issued the following statement Tuesday condemning President Trump's executive order to roll back environmental policies enacted by President Obama to help address climate change.
"Today, President Trump's executive order aimed at dismantling a number of President Obama's landmark environmental regulations, most notably the Clean Power Plan, is yet another gimmick the President is trying to sell the American people. These new directives will do little to bring back coal mining jobs or make the United States more energy independent..."
McKeon asks New Jersey Attorney General to Waive Confidentiality and Release Barlyn Case DocumentsRequest Comes after Assembly's 73-0 Approval of McKeon Bill Banning Secret Whistleblower Settlements; Bill Inspired by Barlyn Case
Assembly Judiciary Chairman John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris) on Monday asked state Attorney General Chris Porrino to waive confidentiality and release documents related to the $1.5 million settlement a former assistant Hunterdon County prosecutor reached with the state as part of a whistleblower lawsuit.
"Mr. Barlyn's recent testimony before the Assembly Judiciary Committee in support of A4243 highlighted the serious questions that remain surrounding the State's motivation for dismissing the indictment against the former Hunterdon County Sheriff and two of her deputies," McKeon wrote to Porrino...
Video - NJ Assembly Democrats' Week in Review: March 20-24New Jersey Assembly Democrats Week in Review for March 20-24.
Watch the video here.
Quijano, Mukherji, Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Jones & McKeon Measure to Secure At-Risk Nonprofits Clears AssemblyPilot Program Would Allow Vulnerable Entities to Receive Security Funding
Legislation Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Raj Mukherji, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Patricia Egan Jones and John McKeon sponsored to increase security at New Jersey nonprofit organizations determined to be at an elevated risk for attacks gained General Assembly approval on Thursday.
"As I discussed this issue with different nonprofits within and outside of my district, I began to see that members of these communities have a legitimate concern regarding their safety," said Quijano (D-Union). "As chair of the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee, I believe we have an obligation to ensure that they have personnel on-site who can prevent and protect New Jersey residents from acts of targeted violence."
Assembly Signs Off on McKeon, Quijano, Benson, Houghtaling & Downey Bill Barring Public Agencies from Settling Whistleblower Suits Confidentially
Bill Stems from Christie Administration's Secret $1.5M Corruption Allegation Settlement that Cost the State an Additional $4M in Legal Fees(TRENTON) - The General Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Annette Quijano, Daniel Benson, Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey that would bar public entities from entering into confidential settlements of whistleblower lawsuits with public employees and mandate that such settlements are part of open public records.
McKeon first introduced the bill in response to the settlement reached with former Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Bennett Barlyn, who testified extensively on the bill during a hearing this week before McKeon's Judiciary Committee. Barlyn filed a lawsuit against the state in 2012 alleging he had been fired in 2010 after complaining to a superior that an indictment brought by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office had been dismissed by then Attorney General Paula Dow for political reasons.