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Testa/Simonsen/McClellan Demand Prompt Reopening of Schools, Businesses; Cite Failure of Lockdowns to Tame Virus

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New Jersey continues to rank among the states reporting the most new COVID cases, and the LD1 lawmakers say the statistics prove that economy-killing lockdowns and quarantines are not the answer.

The LD1 lawmakers say statistics prove that economy-killing lockdowns and quarantines are not the answer, and renewed calls for Murphy to lift restrictions on business. (Pixabay)

“Enough businesses have been destroyed, enough jobs have been lost by the Governor’s defenseless edicts, and continuing on that same path only ensures more economic and emotional pain,” said Senator Michael Testa. “We must end the failed policies that have suppressed life in the state. It’s about time to learn from the Administration’s mistakes and open up the economy.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Bucco and Morris Business Leaders Release Economic Reopening Recommendations

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A Morris County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) Task Force launched in late April featuring business, health and government leaders formalized its recommended reopening plan today to save businesses and jobs, with safe, risk-based mitigation measures. State Senator Anthony Bucco (NJ-25) will be forwarding the plan to the Governor and legislative leaders encouraging the Murphy Administration to review and adopt its guidance. Bucco will also use insights gained from the conversation with business owners to advocate for additional changes across state government.

A Morris County Chamber of Commerce Task Force featuring business, health and government leaders formalized its recommended reopening plan today to save businesses and jobs, with safe, risk-based mitigation measures. Sen. Anthony Bucco will forward the plan to the Governor and legislative leaders encouraging the Murphy Administration to review and adopt its guidance. (©iStock)

The Task Force is chaired by Bruce Groves, President & CEO of Emilcott & Associates, an environmental health and safety firm, and the report received significant input from health executive and former hospital system CEO Joan White-Wagoner, as well as toxicologist and pathologist Deborah Barsotti, Ph.D. Mike Stanzilis Vice President of the Morris County Chamber also helped bring together key leaders from within the membership to support the Task Force.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon, DiMaso & Scharfenberger Commend Non-Essential Business and Construction Reopening

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (all R-Monmouth) today commended the Governor’s reopening of certain non-essential businesses, non-essential construction, and drive-in services. They also stressed that he needs to continue this action in the coming weeks particularly as we get closer to Memorial Day.

O’Scanlon, DiMaso and Scharfenberger welcomed today’s news that the Governor signed an order allowing non-essential businesses to open for curbside pickup and drive-in theaters to operate, but emphasized the need to lift more restrictions before Memorial Day. (WikiMedia)

“We appreciate that the Governor has taken this positive action in reopening some of our businesses. The data has shown that it’s time. We have said multiple times that our residents have overwhelmingly complied with quarantine and social distancing guidelines.

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District 10

10th District Lawmakers Demand Restoration of MVC, Unemployment Services

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano today increased pressure on the Murphy Administration to return staff to state agencies and restore all motor vehicle and unemployment services.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano increased pressure on the Murphy Administration to return staff to state agencies and restore all motor vehicle and unemployment services. (#GiveItBack)

“The pandemic has dragged on for two years now and countless New Jersey residents remain on the outside looking in, unable to access the basic government services they expect and need,” said Senator Holzapfel. “People are fed up and they feel they have been abandoned by Trenton. Murphy has directed some state workers to stay home and collect a paycheck without going to the office to do their jobs. The situation is inexcusable, and it has to end now.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado: Murphy Must Keep His Promise to Reopen All State Government Offices on 10/18

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Walk-in Unemployment Centers Have Been Closed Since Beginning of Pandemic

Senator Kristin Corrado urged Governor Phil Murphy to keep his promise to fully reopen State government offices that have been closed since the start of the pandemic.

Sen. Kristin Corrado urged Gov. Phil Murphy to keep his promise to fully reopen State government offices that have been closed since the start of the pandemic. (SenateNJ.com)

“Important State offices, including unemployment walk-in centers, have been closed for nearly 19 months and completely inaccessible to New Jerseyans,” said Corrado (R-40). “Given the long wait, I hope the rumors aren’t true that some offices may have their reopenings pushed back beyond the date the governor set for his administration to get back to work. It would be yet another failure of leadership if Governor Murphy delayed the full reopening of State government any longer.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin and Catalano: Businesses Take Another Hit from Murphy as Payroll Tax Increases to Fund Unemployment

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are speaking out against Governor Murphy’s plan to replenish the unemployment insurance fund with a $250 million payroll tax hike on employers. The 10th District Legislators are criticizing the Governor for continuing to hurt businesses in the state.

A major payroll tax increase on employers will jeopardize New Jersey jobs, said Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano. (SenateNJ.com)

“We are in this mess because of the Governor’s executive orders which delayed the reopening of many businesses and forced hundreds of thousands of pandemic unemployment claims to be filed,” Senator Holzapfel stated. “Our caucus urged Governor Murphy to divert $6.2 billion in federal American Rescue Plan aid to offset the unemployment payouts, however, our requests were ignored and now our business owners are stuck with the bill.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Calls on Murphy to Lift Restrictions and Let Residents Make Their Own Decisions

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“What are we waiting for?” asked Senator Steve Oroho after Governor Murphy announced plans to lift more COVID restrictions by the end of the week.

After living for more than a year under Gov. Murphy’s strict pandemic rules, Senator Steve Oroho said it is time to ‘open everything up.’ (Pixabay)

“Why do we continue to play these games? After a full year of being told what to do, New Jerseyans deserve better. It’s time to rip the Band-Aid off and open everything up,” said Oroho. “Let’s do it!”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Murphy’s Mismanagement of Unemployment System Hurting Workers, Businesses & NJ’s Economic Recovery

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Unemployed Workers Who Need Benefits Still Not Getting Paid, While Freeloaders Refuse to Work Impeding NJ’s Economic Recovery

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said Governor Phil Murphy’s continued mismanagement of New Jersey’s unemployment insurance system is hurting both workers and businesses that are struggling to recover.

Sen. Tony Bucco said Gov. Phil Murphy’s continued mismanagement of New Jersey’s unemployment insurance system is hurting workers, businesses, and New Jersey’s economic recovery. (Pixabay)

“We have this perverse situation where unemployed workers with families still can’t get their benefits approved by the Murphy administration, while freeloaders who could go back to work continue to get checks they no longer deserve,” said Bucco (R-25). “I still have constituents who have been waiting months for their claims to be approved, and I have a growing number of businesses telling me that workers would rather stay on unemployment than return to work. On both sides of the equation, the Murphy administration is at fault.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Bill Establishing Clear Guidance for Restaurants During COVID-19 Pandemic Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would establish requirements for restaurants to operate during the coronavirus pandemic was advanced by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would establish requirements for restaurants to operate during the coronavirus pandemic was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (Pixabay)

“Although many dining establishments have already taken measures to protect patrons from the coronavirus, so much of the guidance they receive varies by county or municipality,” said Bucco (R-25). “My legislation will provide clear and practical requirements for these businesses, which will be applied universally across New Jersey, so that they can recover and reopen as quickly as possible.”

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District 1

Testa/Simonsen/McClellan: Introduce Legislation Fully Opening MVCs and Call on Murphy to Restore Full Government In-Person Services

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Following the introduction of Senate Legislation that requires the Motor Vehicle Commission to provide all vehicle and licensing services in each of New Jersey’s 21 Counties, Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan issued the following statement demanding that the South Jersey MVCs be open for all services:

For nearly a year, the North Cape May and Vineland MVC Centers are not open for registration and title services for residents of South Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“For nearly a year, the Murphy Administration and outgoing Commissioner Sue Fulton have left little but a trail of excuses on why the Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland County communities are without full services to the MVC. South Jersey families are forced to travel hours and miles away from their own local MVC to complete routine tasks; such as registration and titles which cannot be completed online. Too often, many make the drive only to be frustrated with office closures due to failures to contain the spread of COVID-19 within state-run centers.

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Republican Senators

Steven Oroho

Steven Oroho

District 24 - Republican Leader

Jon Bramnick

Jon Bramnick

District 21

Anthony M. Bucco

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

Michael Doherty

District 23

Edward Durr

Edward Durr

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Jim Holzapfel

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Declan O'Scanlon

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

Vince Polistina

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Holly Schepisi

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

Robert Singer

District 30

Jean Stanfield

Jean Stanfield

District 8

Michael Testa

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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