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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Says Democrats’ Legislation Ends Public Health Emergency in Name Only

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Senator Steven Oroho said a bill (A-5777) that Governor Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders have proclaimed would end the public health emergency in effect since last March would do so in name only.

Under legislation proposed by legislative Democrats, Governor Murphy would be given authorization to perpetuate executive orders and restrictions imposed during the public health emergency, including mask and social distancing mandates, until 2022. (New Jersey Office of the Governor/YouTube)

“Frankly, this legislation has to be some kind of joke,” said Oroho (R-24). “It ends the public health emergency in name only while allowing Governor Murphy to perpetuate until 2022 executive orders and unnecessary restrictions that should no longer be valid once the public health emergency has ended. Democrats shouldn’t try to fool people with this sleight of hand. We should end this nonsense immediately and rescind all of the overbearing executive orders as we’ve demanded for months.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado to Introduce Bill Requiring Walk-in Unemployment Centers to Reopen

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Measure Requires One-Stop Career Centers to Reopen Immediately

Senator Kristin Corrado will introduce legislation requiring the State’s walk-in unemployment offices that have been closed for nearly 14 months to reopen immediately.

Sen. Kristin Corrado will introduce legislation requiring the State’s walk-in unemployment offices that have been closed for nearly 14 months to reopen immediately. (©iStock)

“We’ve heard too many excuses from Governor Murphy for his refusal to reopen walk-in unemployment centers that have been closed for more than a year,” said Corrado (R-40). “With new CDC guidance that social distancing is no longer necessary in most indoor settings, there’s absolutely no excuse for the governor not to reopen these important government offices immediately. When every other state around us is reopening, it’s absolutely ridiculous that it’ll take us passing a law to force Governor Murphy to act.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: NJ Taxpayers Pay Most Over Lifetime, Murphy Driving Taxes Even Higher

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Study Shows New Jerseyans Will Pay Nearly Double What Average American Pays in Taxes

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) said Governor Phil Murphy is doing nothing to lower the tax burden on New Jerseyans when a new study shows Garden State residents already pay more in lifetime taxes than anyone else in the country.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano said Gov. Phil Murphy is doing nothing to lower the tax burden on New Jerseyans when a new study shows Garden State residents already pay more in lifetime taxes than anyone else in the country. (©iStock)

“We have more proof than ever before that New Jerseyans are the highest taxed people in the country,” said Holzapfel. “Rather than try to solve that problem, Governor Murphy continues to drive the taxes we pay even higher. He’s wasting money on programs for illegal aliens while cutting aid to our school districts here in Ocean County. He’s making it harder for honest, hard-working, middle-class families to survive.”

According to a new study from Self Financial, New Jerseyans will pay the most in lifetime taxes ($931,698) and the highest percentage of lifetime earnings as taxes (49.51%) of anyone in the nation.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Revenue Update from Treasurer Shows How Severely Murphy Administration Misled on NJ’s Finances

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) said today’s revenue update from New Jersey Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio shows how severely the Murphy administration misled the public last fall on the state of New Jersey’s finances.

Sen. Steven Oroho said today’s revenue update from N.J. Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio shows how severely the Murphy administration misled the public last fall on the state of New Jersey’s finances. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy and Treasurer Muoio sold the New Jersey Supreme Court on a doom-and-gloom budget scenario last fall to gain approval for their unnecessary borrowing plan,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “Today’s revenue update by the treasurer is more proof that the administration severely misled the public, legislators, and the courts about New Jersey’s finances.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa: Murphy Doubling-Down on Anti-Science Mask Mandate as Rest of Country Lifts Restrictions

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Senator Michael Testa blasted Governor Phil Murphy for doubling-down on an indoor mask mandate that is no longer necessary according to the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Despite the CDC announcing Friday that indoor masking is no longer necessary, Governor Phil Murphy doubled-down Monday on maintaining mask requirements in New Jersey. (New Jersey Office of the Governor/YouTube)

“It’s unbelievable that Governor Murphy is doubling-down on an anti-science mask mandate that the CDC says is no longer necessary,” said Testa (R-1). “With the CDC clearly stating that masks serve no public health purpose, Pennsylvania, New York and many other states have already lifted restrictions or announced plans to do so this week. Instead of following the science here in New Jersey, we have a governor who continues to restrict personal freedoms to cater to the irrational fears of a timid liberal constituency.”

Senator Tom Kean

On Tax Day, Kean Calls for Action on Bill to Create Charitable Deduction

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Measure Creates Tax Deduction for Contributions to NJ Charities During COVID-19 Pandemic

With tax filings for 2020 due today, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said many New Jersey taxpayers will once again notice an important tax deduction for charitable giving is offered on federal but not state returns.

With tax filings for 2020 due, Sen. Tom Kean said many New Jersey taxpayers will once again notice an important tax deduction for charitable giving is offered on federal but not state returns. (SenateNJ.com)

“In a year when many New Jerseyans contributed to local charities that supported communities and families impacted by the pandemic, taxpayers were likely surprised to learn when preparing tax returns that New Jersey offers no income tax deduction for charitable giving,” said Kean (R-21). “As charitable nonprofits try to recover from the pandemic, the lack of a New Jersey tax deduction may impact their ability to raise funds and continue helping people. We have bipartisan legislation that’s stalled in the General Assembly that could address those needs and concerns.”

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District 10

LD10 Lawmakers to Governor: ‘Time to Unmask’

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Say NJ Should Follow CDC’s New Mask Rules

In reaction to Governor Murphy’s reluctance to follow the CDC’s revised mask guidance for residents, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) released the following statement:

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are calling on the Governor to follow the CDC guidelines and lift mask restrictions. (The White House/YouTube)

“All along Murphy has claimed to be following the science, but now that the scientists at the CDC say people can stop wearing masks, that’s not good enough for him.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho to Murphy: ‘Spurning the Legislature During Pandemic Took a Toll on State Residents’

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After the Governor announced yet another extension of the public health emergency and his intention to end it this summer if the Legislature gives him what he wants, Senator Steve Oroho criticized Murphy for waiting too long.

The Governor announced yet another extension of the public health emergency and his intention to end it this summer. Senator Oroho said it should have been done a long time ago. (Pixabay)

“This could have been done a long time ago. There was no reason to drag this out like this,” said Oroho (R-24). “It’s time to bring this one-man rule to an end.

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Senator Holly Schepisi

Schepisi on Murphy’s Refusal to Follow CDC Guidance to Lift Mask Mandate

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Senator Holly Schepisi said Governor Phil Murphy should follow updated guidance issued yesterday by the CDC to remove mask and social distancing requirements for those who are vaccinated.

Sen. Holly Schepisi said Gov. Phil Murphy should follow updated guidance issued yesterday by the CDC to remove mask and social distancing requirements for those who are vaccinated. (Pixabay)

“The CDC offered clear guidance yesterday that there’s no need from a public health perspective for people who are vaccinated to wear masks or social distance indoors or outdoors, even around unvaccinated people,” said Schepisi (R-39). “The CDC says they are basing their new guidance on scientific studies that demonstrate vaccinated people are protected from the virus and incapable of transmitting it to others. There’s absolutely no justification for Governor Murphy to maintain burdensome restrictions that are not supported by science.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Lawmakers to Murphy: Stick to your promise and follow the science on masks

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North Jersey lawmakers are questioning Gov. Phil Murphy’s hesitation to follow recommendations by federal health officials to lift mask requirements in most instances.

Senator Kristin Corrado and other LD40 lawmakers are questioning Governor Murphy’s hesitation to follow recommendations by federal health officials to lift mask requirements in most instances. (DoD via Flickr)

“For a guy who claimed early on that he’d be guided at every step by science, Governor Murphy seems more driven by politics,” said Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Bergen). “He is quick to crack down, but when the science tells us otherwise he wants time to think about it.”
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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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