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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: Governor’s CV of S5 Shows More Consideration for Taxpayers’ Safety

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) issued a statement following the Governor’s conditional veto of S5:

“Back in November, I wrote in an op-ed that I was rooting for our Governor to succeed. I said then that I would call him out when he mis-stepped but be with him when he did the right thing. This is me keeping my word.”

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon standing up for New Jersey taxpayers. (SenateNJ.com)

“I want to commend Governor Murphy and his policy staff for what appears to be their complete reassessment of the deeply flawed original version of bill S-5. To be clear, neither taxpayers nor unions are getting everything they wanted out of this conditional veto. However, a fair assessment of the language of the conditional veto demonstrates that there was a genuine concern for taxpayers, as well as of the goals of union leaders to have more control over their pension funds investment strategy.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer, Kean & Thomson Bill Renaming a Portion of I-195 In Honor of Trooper Marc Castellano Advances

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Bill Unanimously Passes Assembly & Senate Transportation Committees

Legislation by Sen. Robert Singer, Assemblymen Sean Kean and Edward Thomson to rename a portion of Interstate Highway Route 195 as State Trooper Marc K. Castellano Memorial Highway has been unanimously approved by key legislative panels in both houses today. The measure now awaits a final vote before the full State Senate and General Assembly.

Legislation by Sen. Robert Singer, Asm. Sean Kean and Asm. Edward Thomson to rename a portion of I-195 as State Trooper Marc K. Castellano Memorial Highway was approved by legislative panels in both houses. (NJSP)

The legislation, A3749/S470, would rename a section of the highway in Howell Township after Trooper Marc Castellano, a resident of Howell, who was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident while investigating an incident on the roadway.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Designates May as New Jersey “Small Business Month”

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Senator Kristin Corrado’s (R-40) resolution designating May of each year as “Small Business Month” in New Jersey was unanimously passed by the Senate Commerce Committee.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s resolution designating May of each year as “Small Business Month” in New Jersey unanimously passed the Senate Commerce Committee. (©iStock.com)

“Small businesses are the backbone of the New Jersey economy,” Corrado said. “As a small business owner myself, I understand the countless financial and personal sacrifices that entrepreneurs must make to build their business from the ground up. The designation of May as ‘Small Business Month’ will help us to recognize that hard work and highlight the enormous role that small businesses play in growing our state and local economies.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho’s Legislation Addressing Nuisance Deer Passes Senate Environment Committee

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Says Legislation to Improve Deer Management Will Help Reduce Car Crashes, Prevent Crop Damage

Senator Steven Oroho’s bipartisan legislation to improve deer management in New Jersey to reduce car crashes and crop damage was approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation to improve deer management in New Jersey to reduce car crashes and crop damage was approved by the Senate Environment Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s no secret that deer can be a nuisance in New Jersey’s rural and suburban communities,” Oroho (R-24) said. “Car accidents involving deer account for thousands of collisions a year across the state. Farmers in my district tell me that deer account for 70 percent of their wildlife crop damage. This legislation is practical, bipartisan, and will benefit New Jersey as a whole.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Advanced: Bateman Bill Protecting Drinking Water from Harmful Chemicals

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to protect New Jersey’s families from contaminated stormwater by permitting municipalities to establish and operate stormwater utilities has passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sen. Christopher Bateman’s legislation to protect and manage stormwater infrastructure ensuring New Jersey families have access to clean, safe water. (Pixabay)

“Stormwater runoff carries debris, bacteria, and chemicals that can harm our drinking water,” said Bateman. “Appropriate stormwater infrastructure and management can protect New Jersey’s families by keeping harmful pesticides, fertilizers, and gasoline out of our tap water.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Advanced: Cardinale Bill Calling for Congressional Assistance in Funding Positive Train Control Systems

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The Senate Transportation Committee passed legislation sponsored by Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) which encourages the federal government to assist with implementing Positive Train Control (PTC) technology on New Jersey railways.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale’s legislation encourages the federal government to assist with implementing PTC technology on New Jersey railways.  (SenateNJ.com)

“By repeatedly underfunding large scale train safety projects, Congress is placing the lives of New Jerseyans at risk,” Cardinale said. “With technological advances that remove human error, such as positive train control, we are able to safeguard passengers and our communities from future train derailments and crashes.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio & Bucco Call on NJEA to Offer Solutions to Prevent Disturbing Conduct Seen in Hidden-Camera Videos

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Encourage Teachers’ Union to Take Active Role in Upcoming Legislative Hearings

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Anthony Bucco urged the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) to offer solutions during upcoming legislative hearings to prevent the types of reprehensible conduct that was captured on hidden-camera videos of local union leaders.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco urged the NJEA to offer solutions to prevent the reprehensible conduct captured on hidden-camera videos of local union leaders. (SenateNJ.com)

“I truly believe that most teachers are horrified by the hidden camera footage and don’t want their profession tarnished by the refusal of their own union to do what’s right,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “I hope those good teachers will urge the NJEA to accept a seat at the table to engage productively in the upcoming legislative hearings. They should see this as an opportunity to excise this cancer that exists among them that has led to the NJEA’s horrific policy that every teacher should be protected at any cost.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio & Bucco Commend Hearings to Investigate Alarming Teacher Union Videos

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Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Anthony Bucco applauded the announcement of joint hearings of the Senate Education and Labor committees to investigate alarming undercover videos in which top teacher union representatives are filmed revealing that they “bend the truth” to “defend the worst people” and boast of covering up a sex scandal with a teenage girl.

Senators Pennacchio and Bucco applauded the announcement of joint hearings to investigate alarming undercover videos in which top teacher union representatives are filmed revealing that they “bend the truth” to “defend the worst people” and boast of covering up a sex scandal with a teenage girl. (Flickr)

“The direct confirmation by teachers’ union reps that they’re willing to cover up horrendous accusations, such as sex with a student, is deeply disturbing and illegal,” said Pennacchio. “We all know the overwhelming majority of New Jersey teachers want what’s best for our students. It’s sad that these representatives are willing to sacrifice the safety of our children and tarnish the entire education profession to protect dangerous and predatory teachers.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Highlights Murphy’s Charitable Deduction Scheme Hangs on IRS Approval

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Pennacchio: New Jersey Can Provide Immediate Relief by Removing its Own $10K Cap

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) cautioned against Governor Phil Murphy’s scheme allowing homeowners to contribute to municipal charitable funds in lieu of making property tax payments, as it will likely not pass IRS tax review.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said New Jersey could provide immediate tax relief by removing its $10,000 cap on the property tax deduction that state income taxpayers can claim. (Wikimedia Commons)

“While I agree with the intentions of Governor Murphy, I stress the importance of a real property tax relief plan,” Pennacchio said. “Trenton must take responsibility for our high property tax problem and immediately create a solution, such as removing New Jersey’s property tax deduction cap. The removal of our cap is instant relief which doesn’t depend on the IRS for approval.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson Says Democrats’ Plan to Give Driver’s Licenses to Illegals Puts Elections at Risk

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Sen. Sam Thompson (R-12) criticized a plan by Governor Phil Murphy and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, as this legislation coupled with the recently enacted “motor voter” law would put elections at risk. Thompson said this new plan when combined with a mandate for all state agencies to automatically register to vote anyone who makes contact with their offices is a recipe for disaster.

Sen. Sam Thompson criticized Gov. Murphy’s plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, saying it would put elections at risk. (©iStock.com)

“How can we ensure that illegal immigrants will not be automatically registered to vote when they go to the MVC to get the new driver’s licenses?” Thompson asked. “What legitimate safeguards are in place to prevent this from happening? This legislation may make it easier for non-citizens to illegally participate in local, state, and national elections, jeopardizing our free and fair voting process.”

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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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