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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Passing of NJ Hall-of-Famer Steve Kalafer

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement on the passing of Steve Kalafer, an inductee in the New Jersey Hall of Fame:

Statement from Sen. Tom Kean on the passing of NJ Hall-of-Famer Steve Kalafer. (CC0 Public Domain)

“Steve was a loving family man, an all-star in business, including as founder of the Somerset Patriots, and a dedicated philanthropist who cared about improving his community. He truly lived a Hall of Fame life that should serve as a model for us all.”

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Allocating $10 Million to Local Food Banks Signed into Law

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that would appropriate $10 million in federal funds to support New Jersey food banks was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho that would appropriate $10 million in federal funds to support food banks was signed into law today by Gov. Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am pleased that this legislation was signed today. Each day, so many New Jersey families struggle to put food on the table, and unfortunately, the pandemic has only exacerbated this problem,” said Oroho (R-24). “The hunger crisis has led even more families to depend on food banks for their survival, and we need to do whatever we can to ensure those organizations can continue to support individuals and families in need.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: Murphy Administration COVID Predictions Prove, Once Again, that the Administration Should Stop Making Predictions, Stop Making Policies Based on Those Projections … Start Following Those with Better Records

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon pointed to the Murphy Administration’s dismal COVID case and hospitalization prediction record and called on the Governor to cease making predictions that prove to be consistently, wildly pessimistic.

Noting the Governor’s dismal record of overestimating the spread and severity of COVID, Senator Declan O’Scanlon said Murphy should stop trying to frighten residents into compliance with his edicts. (Pixabay)

“The Administration’s record on predictions has been dismal. Either the administration’s prognosticators are incompetent, or they’re purposefully, consistently and wildly overestimating case rates to scare people into compliance with continued restrictions. Either way, they need to stop. Incompetence doesn’t instill confidence, and none of us needs to be terrified into compliance. We get it already.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Murphy Should Listen to Businesses Trying to Drive NJ’s Economic Recovery

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Senator Steven Oroho said Governor Phil Murphy should start listening to the concerns and recommendations of the New Jersey business community as it attempts to drive the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Steven Oroho said Gov. Phil Murphy should start listening to the concerns and recommendations of the New Jersey business community as it attempts to drive the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. (©iStock)

“Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve joined the business community in urging Governor Murphy to be transparent about his decision-making process to make it possible for the small businesses, Main Street shops, and industries that employ millions of New Jerseyans to lead our economic recovery,” said Oroho (R-24). “If New Jersey is to minimize the amount of harm to our working families as we head towards reopening, the governor needs to start listening to the serious concerns raised by their employers.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: It is WAY Past Time for Murphy to Realize We Don’t Have to Live in Fear

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Calls for Timeline for Lifting COVID Restrictions on Events, Businesses

Organizers of the huge Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival are hard at work selling tickets for the first weekend in June, while promoters of other similar events are stuck in a holding pattern waiting for Governor Murphy to relax restrictions. The beer fest is supported by two state-affiliated agencies – the New Jersey Lottery and Meet AC, which is funded by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

As vaccinations continue across the state and COVID cases decline, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called on Murphy to follow the example of other governors and announce a timeline for lifting COVID restrictions. (SenateNJ.com)

“What do they know that we don’t know? What isn’t Murphy sharing with the rest of us?” asked Senator Declan O’Scanlon. “Hundreds of event planners remain in a Murphy-induced state of limbo while this event, a partially state-sponsored event, is selling maybe thousands of tickets. If they are doing it without any guidance from the state, that’s a hell of a risk given the slow-roll, business-devastating attitude the administration has taken over the last year.  Event planners are dying – and dying for even the slightest hint that the Governor will hope to permit these events to take place.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Editorial: Murphy Should Still Be Held Accountable for Unnecessary Harm He Caused

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The following editorial by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) calling for a bipartisan select committee with subpoena power to probe Gov. Phil Murphy’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey was published by NJ.com on April 20, 2021:

For nearly a year, Republicans in the New Jersey Legislature have called for bipartisan legislative oversight of the Murphy administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following independent hearings and explosive revelations by the media, Sen. Joe Pennacchio said a bipartisan select committee with subpoena power must be formed to probe Gov. Phil Murphy’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey. (NJ Senate Republicans/Facebook)

We pushed our Democratic colleagues to join us, and when they continued to resist after 10 months of trying, we moved forward with independent hearings on our own.

As a result of our efforts and explosive revelations by the media, we’re more certain than ever that a bipartisan select committee with subpoena power must be formed.

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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Testa Introduces Legislation Barring Government Mandated ‘Vaccine Passport’

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Calls Vaccine Passports an Infringement on Constitutional Rights

Following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of the Excelsior Pass program which will allow people to prove their vaccination or COVID-19 status, Senator Michael Testa introduced legislation that would bar such ‘Vaccine Passport’ from being mandated in New Jersey.

Following N.Y. Gov. Cuomo’s announcement of the Excelsior Pass program which will allow people to prove their vaccination or COVID-19 status, Sen. Michael Testa introduced legislation that would bar such ‘Vaccine Passport’ from being mandated in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“No Government entity should require their residents to carry a ‘Vaccine Passport’ around to gain access to schools, businesses, and their daily life,” Senator Testa stated. “These types of passports completely violate an individual’s right to personal freedoms, and they are a direct violation of HIPPA laws.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado’s Bill Enhancing Rights of Sexual Assault Victims Signed into Law

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Law Inspired by Katie Brennan Establishes Victim’s Right to Be Notified of County Prosecutor’s Charging Decision

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado to ensure that victims of sexual assault are notified by county prosecutors whether criminal charges will be filed in their case has been signed into law.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s bill ensuring that victims of sexual assault are notified by county prosecutors whether criminal charges will be filed in their case has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“Katie Brennan bravely shared her story of sexual assault and the frustrating manner in which she learned that criminal charges would not be brought in her case,” said Corrado (R-40). “Her testimony inspired this new law requiring county prosecutors to be more transparent with the survivors of sexual assault.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Legislation that Will Help Prevent Overdose Deaths Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would help save lives from opioid overdose was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would help save lives from opioid overdose was signed into law today by Gov. Murphy. (Adapt Pharma)

“I am pleased that this legislation was signed today. The opioid crisis continues to claim lives and tear families apart at a mind-numbing rate,” said Bucco (R-25). “Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the nation, and the pandemic has only increased the problem in the Garden State.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco/Dunn Bill Helping Small Towns Hire Emergency Management Coordinators Becomes Law

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Measure Waives Residency Requirement for Some Municipalities

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn helping ensure small municipalities are well-prepared to cope with local emergencies was signed into law today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and Asw. Aura Dunn helping ensure small municipalities are well-prepared to cope with local emergencies was signed into law. (Flickr)

The new law, S-551/A-1057, makes it easier for towns with less than 5,000 residents to hire emergency management coordinators who play crucial roles in preparing for and reacting to local disasters and crises.

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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

Chris Connors

District 9

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

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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