SOMERSET HILLS NJ - Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Senator Tom Kean will serve again as the Republican leaders of the Assembly and Senate after unanimous votes in the Republican caucuses in Trenton on Thursday, November 5. Both Kean and Bramnick represent the 21st Legislative District, which includes Far Hills and Basking Ridge.
On Tuesday, Bramnick was re-elected to a sixth term in the Assembly where he has served as Republican Leader since 2012. Bramnick holds the title "Funniest Lawyer in New Jersey" because he is a part-time comedian who volunteers his talents for charitable causes.
Bramnick needed his renown sense of humor during the recent election season. The Republican caucus lost three members as Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Carolyn Cassagrande, and Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi lost their re-election bids.
Senator Kean and his state senate colleagues did not face re-election this year. Kean came to the state senate in 2003 after serving two years in the Assembly. His Republican colleagues elected Kean Senate Minority Leader in 2008.
“I thank my colleagues for their unanimous support. Senate Republicans will continue to create and advance solutions to make New Jersey the place to live, grow, work, vacation and retire,” Kean said. “I look forward to working with Governor Christie, Steve, Jon and Vincent on lowering costs, creating jobs, enhancing education, empowering people and shoring up our infrastructure and benefits systems. We may disagree on some policy items, but those priorities of our constituents are not debatable and must get done in the session ahead.”
Kean and Bramnick will serve in their leadership posts for the 2016-2017 legislative session.