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Oroho, Space & Wirths Call for Opening of New Jersey State Parks and Forests

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Today Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) call upon Governor Murphy to reopen the outdoor portions of New Jersey’s state parks and forests.

Taxpayers paid for State parks and forests like Worthington State Forest in Warren County, and Senator Oroho and Assemblymen Space and Wirths want Murphy to re-open these spacious areas to responsible public use. ( Division of Parks & Forestry)

“Closing the state parks and forests in all parts of the state suspends a vital outlet for many in New Jersey to recreate and maintain safe social distancing and a healthy lifestyle – both mentally and physically,” said Oroho. “The residents in our district have been responsible and compliant with the Governor’s order. Why punish the whole state for a few ‘knuckleheads’?”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Open Our State and County Parks

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Senator Kip Bateman is calling for New Jersey to reopen State and county parks during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Sen. Kip Bateman is calling for New Jersey to reopen State and county parks during the COVID-19 outbreak. (CDC)

“As the weather gets nicer, people will want to get outdoors, especially after being cooped up at home for so long,” said Bateman (R-16). “In this time of uncertainty, we should encourage folks to go outside and explore their local park while practicing safe social distancing. With fresh air and exercise being so important to our physical health, mental health, and overall well-being, I am calling for our parks to be reopened as soon as possible.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: People are Scared and They are ‘Begging’ for Help from Doctors

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No New Jersey Citizen Should Have to Beg the Government for Permission to be Treated by Their Doctor

In an email to Senator Joe Pennacchio’s district office, a constituent related the frustrations and fears of her friend who after conferring with a telemed doctor, went to the emergency room with symptoms of COVID-19. With no test, New Jersey does not allow the patient access to anti-viral therapy (hydroxychloroquine).

Sen. Pennacchio said he received a heartbreaking email from a constituent who was pleading for New Jersey to allow HCQ for sick patients who have not been tested for COVID-19. (SenateNJ.com)

The patient was sent home to “fight it out,” the email said.

“It is heartbreaking. People are ‘begging’ for help,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “No one should ever have to beg for their government to allow their doctors treat them.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Lauds Two More Babies Saved by NJ Safe Havens

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In a news cycle filled with reports about the coronavirus-related illness and hospitalizations, a press release about two infants surrendered at Safe Haven sites in the state was easily overlooked.

Senator Anthony M. Bucco welcomed news that two infants have been saved this month at Safe Haven locations in the state. (NJSafeHaven.org)

“This is good news, that two little babies have been saved in the midst of all of this stress and suffering,” said Senator Anthony M. Bucco, a long-time advocate for the Safe Haven program and sponsor of a law requiring public schools to provide instruction on the “New Jersey Safe Haven Infant Protection Act.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Applauds Pharmaceutical Co. Eli Lilly for Donating PPE

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Senator Kip Bateman commended global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company, particularly their local campus in Branchburg, for donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers and first responders.

Sen. Kip Bateman commended pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly for donating PPE to healthcare workers and first responders. (CDC)

“During this pandemic, businesses both small and large are stepping up and pitching in to protect those who need it most,” said Bateman (R-16). “These vital supplies will help our nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers on the front lines continue to care for the critically ill. With PPE in high demand, Eli Lilly’s generosity is setting an example for other businesses to follow. “

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty, DiMaio & Peterson: We Need COVID-19 Federal Funding for Warren and Hunterdon Counties

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Senator Michael Doherty and Assemblymen John DiMaio and Erik Peterson (all R-23) released the following joint statement after learning that both Warren and Hunterdon counties received no federal funding from the ”Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act).

Doherty, DiMaio & Peterson released the following statement after both Warren and Hunderton counties received no federal funding from the CARES Act. (CDC)

“Nearly 400 of our constituents have tested positive for COVID-19. No New Jersey community has been immune from the wrath of this epidemic, so why didn’t Warren and Hunterdon counties receive funding to help combat this crisis? We are calling for federal discretionary funds to be used to help slow the spread in Northwest New Jersey.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: To Beat the Virus, Governments Must Work Together

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Somerset County Lost Out on 35,000 Protective Masks When the Feds Grabbed Them

Senator Kip Bateman said the critical shortage of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers has created a free-for-all environment that has local governments competing with federal agencies and other states for supplies.

After Somerset County lost a shipment of 35,000 masks to the federal government, Sen. Bateman called for the State to coordinate access to emergency supplies. (SenateNJ.com)

“The pandemic is taking lives and overworked healthcare professionals are exposed to the contagion every hour of the day,” said Bateman (R-16). “To help the sick, we first must protect the doctors, nurses and EMTs. As stocks of masks and protective gear dwindle, the urgency increases to find new sources. Unfortunately, the market has become ‘every man for himself.’”

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District 10

10th District Legislators Address Littering of PPE

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The legislators from the 10th District are alerting residents of the growing number of used personal protection equipment (PPE) littering parking lots and sidewalks and are asking residents to dispose of these items safely and properly. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano understand the importance of PPE against the coronavirus, however, they are warning residents that littering still carries a fine for those who are carelessly discarding these items once they have been used.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano are urging people to properly dispose of single-use protective gloves and reminding them not to litter. (CDC)

“It has been brought to our attention that soiled gloves, masks and wipes are being left behind in parking lots of supermarkets and big-box retailers,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “It is disappointing to see so many people discarding their gloves onto the ground and driving off. This is a finable offense and this problem needs to be addressed now for the safety of our residents.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio to NJ State Health Department: Begin an Immediate Retrospective Analysis of the Effectiveness of HCQ as a Prophylactic Treatment for COVID-19

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As evidence continues to mount supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) against the coronavirus, New Jersey remains behind the curve in its approach to treatment and prevention of COVID-19.

Sen. Pennacchio is calling on the State health department to launch a study comparing coronavirus rates in patients who have been prescribed HCQ for other diseases and people who have not taken the drug. (SenateNJ.com)

Numerous doctors have joined Senator Joe Pennacchio in his call to unshackle them, and allow doctors to treat patients and prescribe HCQ as both a treatment and early preventative against this virus.

“Minimally, the State should have secured HCQ pills and developed a distribution protocol,” said Senator Pennacchio.

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa: NJDOC Must Stop Transferring Inmates to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

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Senator Michael Testa called on the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) to stop transferring inmates from “hot zones” of infection in North Jersey to prisons in South Jersey to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the confines of our correctional facilities.

Sen. Michael Testa called on the NJDOC to stop transferring inmates from ‘hot zones’ of infection in North Jersey to prisons in South Jersey to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Pixabay)

“The NJDOC hasn’t locked down inmate transfers enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from prison to prison,” said Testa (R-1). “We heard of a prisoner who was transferred several days ago from a ‘hot zone’ in North Jersey to South Woods State Prison. The prisoner was symptomatic upon arrival at South Woods, brought to a hospital, and tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s increasingly clear that inmate transfers at this time within the New Jersey prison system is creating unnecessary risk for other inmates and the Corrections Officers who watch over them.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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