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Senator Anthony Bucco

Editorial: Hold Governor Accountable for Shocking Budget, Taxes

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The following editorial by Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) on Governor Phil Murphy’s massive budget and tax increase proposal was published by The Record on March 18, 2018:

Gov. Phil Murphy shocked all of New Jersey with an outrageous budget proposal that would massively increase state spending while raising taxes by billions of dollars on our already overtaxed families and businesses. While the Governor had promised tax increases during his campaign, the sheer scope of the proposal offered in his budget address last week left most in disbelief.

Editorial by Sen. Anthony Bucco on Gov. Phil Murphy’s outrageous budget proposal that would massively increase state spending while raising taxes by billions. (©iStock)

Tellingly, Democratic legislators offered little applause as Murphy laid out the gory details of tax increases totaling more than $1.6 billion.

The Democratic leadership, which had seized every opportunity in recent years to criticize every aspect of the former administration’s budget proposals, scurried off the Assembly floor following the speech to avoid questions from the press.

What’s so distasteful? To start, Governor Murphy wants to hike spending by nearly $3 billion to $37.4 billion in 2019, an increase of almost eight percent over the current year’s budget.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Editorial: The Time to Fund Gateway Project Is Now

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The following editorial by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) on the need to advance funding for the Gateway Tunnel project was published by the Courier News on March 16, 2018:

New Jersey rail commuters have dealt with crippling delays and detrimental cancellations for far too long. Politicians cannot gamble using commuters as leverage for political gain. It is critical that partisan feuds are not entangled with sensible public policy. This not only inconveniences our commuting workforce but wreaks havoc on our thriving business economy throughout the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.

Editorial by Sen. Kip Bateman on the importance of advancing funding for the Gateway Tunnel project. (

Almost a million people utilize the Northeast Corridor in eight states and Washington, D.C. every day. 200,000 daily commuters take the Hudson River tunnels in and out of New Jersey. If railroad service was to be disrupted, the Northeast Corridor Commission estimates an economic loss of $100 million per day. According to the director of Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative 825, a shutdown of a single Hudson tunnel could reduce commuter capacity by 75%.

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson, Dancer & Clifton: School Districts Like Chesterfield Shortchanged by Murphy’s Misguided School Funding Plan

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Call for School Funding Reform to Fix Broken Formula

Senator Sam Thompson, Assemblyman Ronald Dancer, and Assemblyman Robert Clifton (R-12) responded to Gov. Phil Murphy’s release of proposed state school aid for 2019, which failed to provide necessary school funding increases for underfunded districts like Chesterfield and Kingsway:

Thompson, Dancer & Clifton responded to Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed state school aid for 2019, which fails to provide necessary funding increases for underfunded districts like Chesterfield. (©iStock)

“Governor Murphy’s budget proposal fails to meet the needs of Chesterfield’s students and teachers,” said Thompson. “This is unacceptable and provides further proof that New Jersey’s school funding formula is critically flawed and in need of reform. While the formula is flawed, the application is even worse, with many school districts such as Jersey City being utterly overfunded.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego
Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Addiego/O’Scanlon Launch #DontTaxMyRide to Oppose Murphy’s Ridesharing Tax

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Senators Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington) and Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) expressed opposition to Governor Murphy’s proposed plan of taxing ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft, and launched a #DontTaxMyRide campaign for others to express their opposition as well.


Tell Gov. Murphy #DontTaxMyRide. Join Senators Dawn Addiego and Declan O'Scanlon in opposing new taxes on ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft! Post your own video #DontTaxMyRide

Posted by New Jersey Senate Republicans on Friday, March 16, 2018

“Ridesharing services provide young adults the option of securing a safe ride home as a responsible alternative to getting behind the wheel after drinking,” said Senator Addiego. “By taxing services that provide safe alternatives to drunk driving, we would penalize individuals who choose to make the right decision.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Slams Gov. Murphy’s Plan to Cut Property Tax Rebates by Half

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Governor Wants to Slash Homestead Benefit Program After Campaigning to Increase Rebates

Senator Michael Doherty said that Governor Phil Murphy’s budget proposal for 2019 is looking even worse as more details are revealed, including his plan to cut property tax rebates by more than 50 percent next year.

Sen. Mike Doherty slammed Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposal to cut property tax rebates by more than 50 percent next year. (

“It’s sickening that Governor Murphy wants to reduce property tax rebates further despite promising during his campaign to restore cuts imposed by Democrats in the current budget,” said Doherty (R-23). “With the highest property tax bills in the nation, New Jerseyans need more property tax relief, not less as Governor Murphy has proposed.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Urges Action on Legislation to Hold Utilities Accountable for Ineffective Power Outage Response

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Legislation to Improve Utility Reliability, Preparedness & Accountability Has Languished Since 2012

Outraged by repeated power outages following recent nor’easters that left tens of thousands of New Jerseyans without electricity for days on end, Senator Joe Pennacchio is pushing for action on legislation that would hold utility companies accountable for their failure to provide reliable service.

A New Jersey street without power following Sandy. (

“After a string of long-term power outages in 2011, I began working on an effort to require utility companies to improve their preparedness and reliability, and to hold them accountable when they fail to restore service in a timely fashion,” said Pennacchio. “When Sandy resulted in even longer outages, the critical need for this legislation became even more evident. Our recent week-long outages following this winter’s nor’easters proved the point yet again. After six years of inaction, we can no longer ignore the need to improve the reliability of the electric service that our families are dependent on to be safe and secure in their homes.”

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District 10

Holzapfel-Wolfe-McGuckin Blast Murphy Budget & Tax Increases

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Governor Wants to Raise Spending by Nearly $3 Billion, Increase Taxes by $1.6 Billion

Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Dave Wolfe, and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin of the 10th Legislative District blasted Governor Phil Murphy’s proposal to increase the New Jersey budget by nearly $3 billion with a slew of new tax increases to pay for it.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Dave Wolfe, and Asm Greg McGuckin (R-10) blasted Gov. Murphy’s proposal to increase the state budget by nearly $3 billion with a slew of new tax increases to pay for it. (Flickr)

“After years of fiscal discipline under a Republican governor where our budget and taxes were held relatively flat, our new Democratic governor is blowing the budget up by nearly 8 percent in a single year,” said Holzapfel. “It’s a progressive spending wish list that will bankrupt New Jersey. He wants to raise income taxes, business taxes, sales taxes, and taxes on online sales and ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft. Rolling back the sales tax reduction that was implemented to offset the gas tax increase represents a broken promise by Democrats. He also wants to legalize marijuana and is banking on tax revenue from that. We shouldn’t sell our souls by selling pot.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Responds to Gov. Murphy’s Budget Address

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Senator Steve Oroho responded to Governor Phil Murphy’s first budget address:

“Increasing taxes to avoid fiscal discipline will set us on a path backwards,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, and Morris). “New Jersey has many challenges that need to be met, but a return to tax and spend governance will hurt taxpayers and our economy, and will make us less competitive among our peer states.”

Sen. Steve Oroho responded to Governor Phil Murphy’s first budget address, saying his plan to increase taxes to avoid fiscal discipline will set us on a path backwards. (Wikimedia Commons)

The new governor has endorsed raising budget costs to $37.4 billion, an increase of 8%. Currently, New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Murphy Budget and Tax Increase Proposals

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement in response to Governor Phil Murphy’s Budget Message today:

“Democrats are going full speed ahead with a massive $2.7 billion spending hike, an increase of nearly 8 percent. It’s irresponsible and it represents a bad value for taxpayers.

Statement from Sen. Tom Kean on Governor Murphy’s proposal to increase the state budget by $2.7 billion and increase taxes on individuals and businesses. (Pixabay)

“Proposing to increase income taxes by nearly $800 million will only drive more employers from the state. Further, the Governor says raising taxes on businesses by $110 million will increase ‘the attractiveness of New Jersey as a location for investment and employment.’ He must be kidding to suggest that will help us to lure major employers like Amazon to New Jersey.

“While Democrats want to say they are only increasing taxes on millionaires and corporations, the Governor’s proposed $546 million sales tax increase would hurt all New Jerseyans. It’s beyond callous to say that New Jerseyans will not feel the impact of this change.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: How Can You Even Consider Letting Felons and Prisoners Vote and Receive Tuition Aid?

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The 9th District legislative delegation is questioning how the State Legislature can even entertain the notion of letting convicted and imprisoned felons vote in elections and qualify to receive tuition assistance at taxpayer expense.

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove questioned how the NJ Legislature could consider bills that would allow prisoners and convicted felons to influence public policy and provide benefits at the expense of taxpayers who follow the rules. (Pixabay)

Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove issued a joint statement following the Democrats’ introduction of two legislative proposals which would direct more taxpayer dollars to convicted felons, at the expense of other needs and services.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony 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

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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