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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Honored for Supporting Small Businesses

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Senator Mike Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset) was recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business New Jersey chapter for his continuing support of small businesses.

Sen. Mike Doherty was named a “Guardian of Small Business” by NFIB New Jersey. (©iStock)

“Businesses, especially independently owned ones, face a tough challenge trying to succeed in New Jersey’s business climate,” Senator Doherty said. “They have to face high taxes and regulations that can often be too much for family-owned operations to handle. I’ve always tried to stand up for them in Trenton, because they deserve to have their voices heard.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Pennacchio & Oroho Urge Congress to Pass Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) today urged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would criminalize abortion after 20 weeks, with exceptions for, rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at risk.

The House is scheduled to vote on the legislation today, and President Trump reiterated his support for the bill yesterday.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Steven Oroho urged Congress to pass The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The House will vote on the Act on October 3. The senators have fought to enact the legislation at the state level. (SenateNJ.com)

“Senator Oroho and I have fought tirelessly at the state level to pass our Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, but Legislative leadership has refused to act,” Senator Pennacchio said. “Our leaders in Washington must seize this opportunity to protect innocent unborn children nationwide from the excruciating pain of abortion. Someone must stand up for their right to live full, healthy lives.”

In December of 2016, Senators Pennacchio and Oroho held a press conference with fellow pro-life advocates and a number of widely-respected medical officials to call on New Jersey’s Legislative leadership to pass their Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S-2026.) They have made repeated calls for action since then, and yet Senate Democrats, who control the Legislative agenda, have failed to post the bill for a single committee hearing.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

MEDIA ADVISORY (10/5): Pennacchio Press Conference on Wrongful Convictions in NJ

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) will hold a press conference this Thursday, October 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the Statehouse to call for action on his legislation to reduce the number of wrongful convictions that occur in New Jersey.

Pennacchio will be joined by a number of advocates, including two people who were wrongfully convicted and exonerated:  Rodney Roberts, a Newark man who spent 17 years behind bars before being exonerated by DNA evidence and released from prison in 2014; and A.J. Nash, another New Jersey resident, who spent a decade seeking justice before being exonerated in 2013.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio will hold a press conference this Thursday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 am at the Statehouse to call for action on his bill to reduce wrongful convictions in NJ. He will be joined  by two people who were wrongfully convicted, and a number of fellow advocates. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Pennacchio’s bill, S-3045, would establish the “New Jersey Innocence Study and Review Commission,” which would be charged with developing reforms to reduce wrongful convictions in New Jersey.

Pennacchio introduced S-3045 more than seven months ago, but it has not had a single committee hearing.

In addition to exoneree Rodney Roberts, Pennacchio will also be joined by members of the NAACP New Jersey State conference and Lesley Risinger, Director of The Last Resort Exoneration Project at Seton Hall University Law School, which provides pro-bono investigative and legal services to inmates seeking exoneration.

WHO: Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26), exonerees Rodney Roberts and A.J. Nash; Richard Smith and Safeer Z. Quraishi of the NAACP New Jersey State Conference; and Lesley Risinger, Director of The Last Resort Exoneration Project.

WHAT: Press conference calling for action on Sen. Pennacchio’s S-3045 establishing the “New Jersey Innocence Study and Review Commission,” to reduce wrongful convictions and provide aid to those seeking exoneration in New Jersey.

WHEN: Thursday, October 5, at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Committee Room 1, New Jersey Statehouse Annex.

AVAILABILITY: OPEN

CONTACT: Emily Everson, Senate Republican Office, 609-847-3600; eeverson@njleg.org

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Honored for Support of Military with Civilian Meritorious Service Award

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) was presented with a New Jersey Civilian Meritorious Service Award by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for her years of support of military institutions and veterans throughout New Jersey.

Sen. Diane Allen poses for a photo after being awarded the New Jersey Civilian Commendation Service Medal during the 2017 New Jersey National Guard Military Review at Sea Girt, N.J., Oct. 1, 2017. (Flickr/New Jersey National Guard photo by Mark C. Olsen)

“It is truly and honor to be recognized by New Jersey’s military community,” Senator Allen said. “I’ve always done whatever I could to support our armed forces and to be a voice for veterans in Trenton.”

During her time in public office, Allen has worked hard to promote the interests of service members and to promote military installations in New Jersey, which provide jobs for thousands of local residents. She serves on both the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the New Jersey Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck to Introduce Legislation Increasing State Income Tax Deduction for Property Taxes

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Says Proposed Elimination of Federal SALT Deduction Highlights Need for State Tax Reforms

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will introduce legislation increasing the state income tax deduction for property taxes paid by homeowners and renters.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s new legislation will increase the state income tax deduction for property taxes paid by homeowners and renters. (Flickr)

“New Jersey’s current $10,000 limit on the state income tax deduction that can be claimed for property taxes does not represent the reality of what many homeowners actually pay,” said Beck. “Increasing the limit substantially will provide much needed tax relief to many overburdened residents.”

Beck’s tax relief plan would increase the maximum deduction that can be claimed under the New Jersey Gross Income Tax for property taxes that have been paid from $10,000 to $17,500.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman to Host 10/12 Community Blood Drive at Steeplechase Cancer Center in Somerville

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In the face of a statewide blood shortage, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) will host a community blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m., on October 12, at the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville.

Click here to sign up online and schedule your blood donation.

Sen. Kip Bateman will host a community blood drive on Oct. 12 at RWJUH Somerset’s Steeplechase Cancer Center in Somerville. Online registration is already open. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey’s blood supply was already dangerously low before the hurricanes hit. Now, local hospitals like Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset are in dire need of donations,” Senator Bateman said. “I’ve been a blood donor for over 35 years. It’s one of the quickest, easiest ways to save a life. I hope that my neighbors in Central Jersey will join me on October 12th. We need their help now, more than ever.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho and Space Hail Grants to Provide Food for Low-Income Families

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Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space today commended the award of more than $130,000 in community services block grants to provide food and diapers to low-income families. Gov. Chris Christie and the state Department of Community Affairs announced the grants to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Inc. and NORWESCAP, a private non-profit serving the low-income population of Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties.

Sen. Oroho and Asm. Space announced two grant awards that will help local food banks. (SenateNJ.com)

“This is good news for people and families struggling to make ends meet in a state with some of the highest taxes in the country. This funding can be the difference between children going hungry or getting enough to eat,” said Oroho.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Warns of Potential Federal Tax Reform Impact on New Jersey

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) warned that the elimination of federal income tax deductions for state and local taxes as proposed under a recently announced tax reform effort in Washington could have dire consequences for many New Jerseyans.

Sen. Kip Bateman warned that the proposed elimination of federal income tax deductions for state and local taxes could have dire consequences for many New Jerseyans. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’m gravely concerned that tax reform efforts that are intended to ease the federal tax burden will instead have the opposite effect for many New Jerseyans,” said Bateman. “Losing the ability to deduct property taxes and state income taxes could lead to higher federal tax bills for many working, home-owning families in New Jersey.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Legislative Leaders Pledge Bipartisan Commitment to Bring Amazon’s HQ2 Corporate Headquarters to New Jersey

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Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr., and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick sent the attached correspondence to Governor Chris Christie today pledging a concerted, bipartisan effort to bring Amazon’s new HQ2 second corporate headquarters to New Jersey.

The leadership of the New Jersey Legislature pledged a concerted, bipartisan effort to bring Amazon’s new HQ2 second corporate headquarters to New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“The bipartisan legislation that we’ve announced will improve New Jersey’s competitiveness for Amazon’s HQ2 and every other large-scale project that’s looking for a home,” said Senate Minority Leader Kean (R-Morris/Somerset/Union). “Our quick action demonstrates nimbleness in New Jersey government that would have been unthinkable just a decade ago. It shows that we’re committed to competing for transformative projects like HQ2 that can supercharge the New Jersey economy and offer amazing new job opportunities to our residents.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Honored by Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce for Business Advocacy

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) was recognized by the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce for her efforts over the past two decades to promote economic development and advocate for small businesses countywide.

Sen. Diane Allen was honored by the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce for her business advocacy efforts. She received the award on Sept. 25 at the BCRCC’s State of the County event in Cinnaminson. (Facebook/New Jersey Buzz)

Over the course of her time in the State Legislature, Senator Allen has been involved in numerous legislative efforts to spur economic growth in Burlington County and across New Jersey.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Diane Allen

District 7

Kip Bateman

District 16

Jennifer Beck

District 11

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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