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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Urges Murphy to Lift Gathering Restrictions for Graduation Ceremonies

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Senator Kristin Corrado joined calls for Governor Phil Murphy to eliminate the 200-person limit on upcoming graduation ceremonies saying there should be parity with other types of celebrations that are not subject to outdoor gathering limits.

Sen. Kristin Corrado joined calls for Gov. Phil Murphy to eliminate the 200-person limit on upcoming graduation ceremonies saying there should be parity with other types of celebrations that are not subject to outdoor gathering limits. (Pixabay)

“Parents want to celebrate their children’s graduations without the gathering restrictions that don’t apply to other types of ceremonies and public events,” said Corrado (R-40). “We know outdoor events with social distancing and masks pose little risk, especially when you factor in our progress with vaccinations. At this point, the 200-person limit for outdoor graduation ceremonies is an unnecessary inconvenience that Governor Murphy must address.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Murphy Should Eliminate Outdoor Gathering Restrictions in Advance of Graduations

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco called on Governor Phil Murphy to eliminate inconsistent outdoor gathering restrictions in advance of upcoming high school and college graduations.

Sen. Tony Bucco called on Gov. Phil Murphy to eliminate inconsistent outdoor gathering restrictions in advance of upcoming high school and college graduations. (©iStock)

“It makes no sense that many outdoor events continue to be limited to 200 people while a few select others have no limits at all,” said Bucco (R-25). “If Governor Murphy thinks the science supports not having gathering limits for weddings or funerals, the same science should apply to all types of outdoor events, including graduations. The coronavirus doesn’t know the difference.”

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District 1

Testa/Simonsen/McClellan Launch ‘LD1 Back to Business’ Plan to Match Unemployed Residents with Job Openings

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In efforts to help residents get back to work, Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan launched “LD1 Back to Business,” a multifaceted plan to help residents find quality work opportunities, provide resume assistance to job candidates, and dispense beneficial re-employment information.

Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan launched ‘LD1 Back to Business,’ a multifaceted plan to help unemployed residents get back to work. (©iStock)

“Our office has fielded countless calls from business owners actively seeking residents in need of full- and part-time jobs,” Senator Testa stated. “Inexcusably, the Department of Labor continues to drag its feet on re-opening One-Stop Career Centers for in-person visits, so our office is once again stepping up to fill in the gaps and help South Jersey residents get back to work.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho to Murphy: Failure to Open Adult Day Care Programs is Harming NJ’s Most Vulnerable Residents

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The lack of access to full adult day care programs is taking a growing toll on thousands of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and today Senator Steve Oroho called on the Governor to authorize the reopening of facilities statewide, including congregate day programs.

Senator Steve Oroho called on Governor Murphy to authorize the reopening of adult day care facilities statewide, including congregate day programs. (SenateNJ.com)

“The young men and women who rely on these programs in their everyday lives have suffered greatly during the pandemic,” said Oroho. “The inability to participate in comfortable, calming activities and to interact daily with others in a productive environment has done unimaginable harm to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The sooner we can open these vital facilities, the better. I hope the Governor understands how important this is.”

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Tom Kean

Kean Names Testa Co-Chair of Legislative Manufacturing Caucus

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has appointed Senator Michael Testa (R-1) to serve as co-chair of the bipartisan legislative manufacturing caucus.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has appointed Sen. Michael Testa to serve as co-chair of the bipartisan legislative manufacturing caucus. (Pixabay)

“Senator Testa has been a leader on the legislative manufacturing caucus as it works to secure New Jersey’s future as the go-to destination for high-tech manufacturing,” said Kean (R-21). “He’s worked closely with Senator Oroho, who will continue to play an active role in the work of the caucus after serving honorably as co-chair. I’m proud that Senate Republicans have such a skilled and dedicated team that’s focused on improving the Garden State’s economy.”

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District 24

Statement from Oroho, Space, & Wirths on Biden’s Gun Control Proposals & Nominee to Be Head of the ATF

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) issued the following statement in response to President Joe Biden’s press conference on gun control proposals and announcing his nominee to be the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms:

Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths blasted President Joe Biden’s gun control proposals and denounced his nomination for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. (Wikipedia Commons)

“We believe that President Biden overstepped his executive authority and the Second Amendment with his gun control proposals.  We are hopeful that Republican Attorneys General across the country will bring legal action against the administration.  As we have fought the Murphy Administration’s and Democrat legislative leadership’s gun control proposals in New Jersey, we will oppose the President and Congressional Democrats on their gun control schemes.

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Senator Holly Schepisi
Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado & Schepisi: It’s Time for Hicks to Pay Price for Rampant Atrocities at Edna Mahan Facility

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After testimony and comments from Department of Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks and other stakeholders during Thursday’s eight-hour Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing on the conditions at the state’s only women’s prison, Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Holly Schepisi are demanding Hicks’ ouster.

Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Holly Schepisi called for the removal of Department of Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks to restore public confidence after multiple reports of physical and sexual abuse of inmates at the state’s women’s prison. (SenateNJ.com)

The resignation of the ombudsman responsible for investigating problems in the state prison system was reported today, one day after the often contentious hearing.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado to DOT: Hit the Brakes at Dangerous Intersection

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Seeks Measures to Improve Traffic Safety on High-Accident Stretch of Roadway

Growing concern over a dangerous stretch of roadway in Riverdale, Morris County prompted Senator Kristin Corrado to seek help from the Department of Transportation.

‘Low Gear’ signs at the top of the hill haven’t helped enough, so Sen. Kristin Corrado is urging the Department of Transportation to improve safety at a dangerous local intersection. (Pixabay)

In a letter sent Friday, the Senator asked the Transportation Commissioner to take proactive steps to calm traffic at the infamous “Kill Hill” before there is another tragic accident. The danger zone is located at the intersection of New Jersey Route 23 and Windbeam Road.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Members Outline Responsible Plan for $6.5 Billion of ARP Federal Relief Funds

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee outlined a proposed framework for the State of New Jersey to responsibly utilize $6.5 billion in new federal relief funds with legislative approval.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee outlined a proposed framework for the State of New Jersey to responsibly utilize $6.5 billion in new federal relief funds with legislative approval. (Pixabay)

With more than $3 billion of the funds to be received by the State in the next 30 days, the legislators challenged the Murphy Administration and Democratic legislative majorities to propose their own plans, debate them publicly, and appropriate the funds in a transparent and open process that gives the public a chance to be heard.

“The Murphy Administration dropped the ball in its handling of the $2.4 billion of CARES Act funds that came to New Jersey last April,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13). “He sat on the money for months and then used it to pay for ordinary government expenses rather than helping people. With another $6.5 billion in federal relief coming to New Jersey, we can’t afford to let him make the same mistake on an even bigger scale. Our plan is the first step in reasserting the Legislature and public into the appropriations process.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin and Catalano: Governor Needs to Clearly Define Reopening Plans for Senior Community Clubhouses and Pools

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The 10th District Legislators have received numerous requests from residents of age-restricted communities who want to know when their community clubhouses and pools can reopen.  Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are urging the Governor’s Administration to clarify the guidelines for opening these facilities before the summer season begins.

Sen. Holzapfel, Asm. McGuckin and Asm. Catalano want the Governor to clarify the guidelines for reopening clubhouses and pools in age-restricted communities before the summer season begins. (Pixabay)

“According to the Governor’s office, clubhouses fall under social clubs, however, the language in the Executive Order does not include clubhouses. This has created confusion about whether or not these facilities have the ability to lawfully reopen,” said Senator Holzapfel.  “Without any guidance from the Governor, communities remain in limbo on how to properly and safely reopen.”

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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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