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Posted on: February 15, 2024

Bucco Bill Establishing Pilot Program for Therapy Dogs in Schools Advances

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The Senate Education Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco that would establish a pilot program to use therapy dogs in public elementary school wellness programs. 

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Posted on: February 12, 2024

Senate Republicans Object to Democrats Misguided Bill That Oversteps Parents, Local School Boards

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Senate Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco and Senators Joe Pennacchio and Declan O'Scanlon, issued the following statements objecting to a Democrat push of legislation that would protect school officials and librarians from distributing explicit ...

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Posted on: February 9, 2024

Senate Republicans Announce Petition to Encourage Virtual Hearings for NJT's Proposed Fare Hike

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"The public has a right to express their concerns about the Murphy administration's proposed 15% rate fare hikes on public transit riders. Unfortunately, people do not always have the ability or time to attend in-person meetings," said ...

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Posted on: February 8, 2024

ICYMI: Murphy Admin Admits to Putting Bloated Budget Ahead of Infrastructure Projects

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Today, in a story published by POLITCO, the New Jersey Department of the Treasury admitted that padding a bloated budget with $160 million was more important than saving three times that amount for a critical fund (TTF) that improves roads and transportat...

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Posted on: February 7, 2024

NJ Senate Republicans Unveil New Website, Logo

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Today, the New Jersey Senate Republican Office unveiled their new website and logo for the 2024-2025 legislative session.

“Our new website and logo represent our outlook on governance and our focus on our constituents by providing them with all the informa...

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Posted on: January 31, 2024

Bucco Calls for Bipartisan Approach to Affordable Housing

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) has asked Community and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Singleton to work with Republicans to solve New Jersey’s affordable housing crisis.

“Everyone supports safe and affordable housing in their communitie...

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Posted on: January 30, 2024

Sen. Bucco Statement on Potential Toll Increases

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“Toll increases will be the latest broken promise by Governor Murphy and fellow Trenton Democrats. From talks of reinstating the corporate business tax surcharge and increasing the sales tax, to NJ Transit fare increases, and now toll increases – Democrat...

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Posted on: January 24, 2024

Statement from Senator Bucco on NJ Transit's Proposed Fare Increase

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“New Jersey Transit’s proposed train, light rail, and bus fare increases are unacceptable and will only make it harder for our already financially strapped transit riders to make ends meet.  We knew that NJT was facing a budge...

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Posted on: January 19, 2024

Bucco, Testa: More Taxpayer Dollars Could Have Been Saved by a More Thoughtful Approach

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Today, Senators Anthony Bucco (R-25) and Michael Testa (R-1) released the following statement after the Murphy administration’s effort to retire outstanding debt leaves savings on the table to benefit its own bloated, pork-laden budget.

"The...

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Posted on: January 19, 2024

Bipartisan Bucco Bill Protecting Law Enforcement Officers Signed Into Law

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“By passing this bill into law we are giving law enforcement back the tools they need to ensure safety in our communities and give both New Jerseyans and tourists the peace of mind they deserve,” said Bucco (R-25). “I look fo...

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Posted on: January 17, 2024

Bucco Bill Giving Municipalities More Options to Purchase Firefighting Equipment Signed into Law

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"The signing of this legislation will help provide our first responders with the necessary tools that keep our communities safe," said Bucco (R-25). "Multiple years of high inflation have made it difficult for municipalities to finance the ...

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Posted on: January 17, 2024

Bucco Bill to Support Victims of Domestic Violence Becomes Law

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"By signing this potentially life-saving bill into law, we are supporting the rights of domestic violence survivors to better protect themselves from their abuser," said Bucco (R-25). "Police records are a powerful tool that can be used to ...

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Posted on: January 16, 2024

Bucco Attends Farewell Ceremony for the 44th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

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On Sunday, Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) attended the farewell ceremony for the 44th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) prior to their deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

“Supporting the women and men who selflessly put their lives on the ...

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Posted on: January 11, 2024

Signed into Law: Bucco Bill Approving the Sale of Morris Township Property

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Anthony Bucco that would authorize the Department of Treasury to sell state-owned property to the Township of Morris, where the property is located, was signed into law on Monday, January 8, by Governor Murp...

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Posted on: January 10, 2024

Governor Signs Bucco Bill to Expedite Electronic Construction Permit & Inspection Approvals

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Anthony Bucco that would simplify the Electronic Permit Process Review System to expedite approvals for construction permits and inspections was signed into law Monday, January 8, by Governor Murphy.

“The ele...

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Posted on: January 9, 2024

Bucco Responds to Governor Murphy’s State of the State Address

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New Jersey is a great state because of our people. Governor Murphy presented an optimistic view in his address. He spoke about affordability, access to health care, education and public safety. The problem we have is that his actions must follow his words...

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Posted on: January 9, 2024

Bucco Delivers Remarks at 221st Legislative Session

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Senate Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco delivered the following remarks during the reorganization of the New Jersey Legislature earlier today. Click here to view the PDF.

Good afternoon everyone and thank you Mr. President.

Congratulations to you and Majo...

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Posted on: January 8, 2024

Senate Clears Bucco Bill to Support Victims of Domestic Violence

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“Police records pertaining to domestic violence cases are a powerful tool that can help survivors corroborate testimony and obtain restraining orders,” said Bucco (R-25). “By helping survivors of domestic violence access their police records, we are suppo...

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Posted on: January 8, 2024

Senate Approves Bucco Bill Giving Municipalities More Options to Purchase Firefighting Equipment

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“Multiple years of high inflation and increased financial pressures have made it difficult for municipalities to finance the purchase of fire engines and other safety vehicles and equipment,” said Bucco (R-25). “By allowing municipalities to utilize longe...

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Posted on: January 8, 2024

Senate Clears Pennacchio/Bucco Bill that Would Credit Students for Completing Fire Academy Courses

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senate Republican Leader Anthony Bucco that would provide course credits for high school students who become volunteer firefighters was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

“New Jersey is suffering fr...

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Posted on: December 28, 2023

Bucco Introduces OPRA Reform Bill to Counter the Exploitation of Young New Jerseyans

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Today, Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) introduced a bill to protect New Jerseyans from bad-faith OPRA requests involving young individuals who are subjects of body-worn camera (BWC) footage under certain circumstances.

“Body-worn cameras have revolutionized p...

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Posted on: December 21, 2023

Senate Approves Bucco Bill to Require Pothole Data in Annual DOT Report

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The New Jersey Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco that would require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to begin providing information about potholes in their annual report to the Legislature.

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Posted on: December 21, 2023

Senate Clears Bucco Resolution Recognizing the 75th Anniversary of the State of Israel

A bipartisan resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco that recognizes the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

“With this resolution, New Jersey commends the people of Isra...

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Posted on: November 27, 2023

Bucco Bill to Create Special License Plates for State Animal Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Anthony M. Bucco that would authorize the creation of specialized license plates for New Jersey’s State animal was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

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Posted on: December 11, 2023

Bucco Bill Approving The Sale of Morris Township Property Clears Senate

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The New Jersey Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Anthony M. Bucco that would authorize the Department of Treasury to sell state-owned property to the Township of Morris, where the property is located.

“Maintaining vacant state-o...

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Posted on: November 27, 2023

Bucco Bill will Require Information on Pothole Data in Annual DOT Report

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Anthony M. Bucco that would require the Department of Transportation to begin providing information about potholes on State roads in their annual Roadway Pavement System report was approved by the Senate Tra...

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Posted on: November 20, 2023

Bucco: Governor Murphy Must Keep His Promise and Let CBT Surtax Sunset

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Senate Minority Leader Anthony M. Bucco said Governor Murphy must keep his promise and allow the Corporate Business Tax (CBT) Surcharge to sunset at the end of 2023 as reports indicate some Democrats in the Legislature are pushing for another extension.

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Posted on: November 20, 2023

Committee Advances Bucco Bill that Would Restore Dams and Inland Waters Projects

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Seventeen dams and inland waters projects will receive an increase in funding for repairs and restoration thanks to legislation sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Anthony Bucco and approved today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

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Posted on: November 16, 2023

Bucco: IRS Adjusts Federal Tax Brackets for Inflation as NJ Hesitates

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As the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced changes to federal income tax brackets to protect workers from inflation, Senator Anthony M. Bucco called for New Jersey lawmakers to advance his legislation to prevent tax bracket creep at the state level f...

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Posted on: October 19, 2023

Bucco: It’s Been 231 Days Without Action From Senate Democrats on Education

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Senate Republican Leader Anthony Bucco said if Senate Democrats cared about the mindset of parents they would work with Republicans to achieve bipartisan solutions that respect parental rights in New Jersey. Instead, the Democratic majority in the Senate ...

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Posted on: November 9, 2023

Bucco Unanimously Re-Elected as Senate Republican Caucus Leader

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I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue leading my colleagues in the Senate Republican Caucus,” said Bucco. “It is an honor to serve with an amazing group of distinguished and dedicated public servants. We will continue...

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Posted on: November 3, 2023

Bucco & Testa: Murphy and Democrats Need to Account for Money Squandered By Orsted

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Senate Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Michael Testa criticized Governor Murphy and Trenton Democrats for foolishly rushing in to bailout Orsted, and in the process, wasting taxpayers’ money as reports indicate the embattled forei...

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Posted on: October 18, 2023

Bucco: Parents Deserve a Say in Their Kid’s Education

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Senate Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) issued the following statement criticizing Governor Murphy and Trenton Democrats for interfering with parental rights in their children's education after a new poll indicated the overwhelming major...

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Posted on: November 2, 2023

Bucco & Testa: Murphy’s Knowledge of Orsted Decision Calls For Speculation

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Senate Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Michael Testa issued a joint statement in response to confirmation that the Murphy administration knew about Orsted’s decision to pull the plug on offshore wind and tipped off Trenton Democra...

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Posted on: November 1, 2023

Testa & Bucco Demand Audit and Transparency From Murphy Administration Following Orsted Decision

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Senator Michael Testa and Senate Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco sent a letter to Governor Murphy demanding a fiscal audit and documents related to interactions with the foreign wind developer Orsted after the company announced they were pulling the pl...

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Posted on: October 17, 2023

Bucco: New Jersey Receives an “F” Grade for Affordability

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Senate Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco said New Jersey has an affordability problem after the think tank Truth in Accounting ranked New Jersey last in the country in their report on state's finances. New Jersey received a failing grade for hav...

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Posted on: October 31, 2023

Statement by Senate Minority Leader Bucco on Orsted Withdrawing From Offshore Wind Project

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Senate Minority Leader Anthony M. Bucco issued the following statement in response to Orsted announcing that they are withdrawing from New Jersey’s offshore wind project.

Republicans stated for months that Orsted’s offshore wind project...

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Posted on: October 25, 2023

Bucco & O’Scanlon Slam Murphy For Avoiding Real Issues Like the Affordability Crisis

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Senate Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco and Senate Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon slammed Governor Murphy for avoiding real issues like the affordability crisis in New Jersey after a new report ranked New Jersey as the worst state on the 202...

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Posted on: October 12, 2023

Bucco: Menendez Saga Gets More Bizarre by the Day

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Senate Republican leader Anthony M. Bucco issued the following statement after federal prosecutors charged Senator Bob Menendez with conspiracy to act as a foreign agent to the Egyptian government.

"The allegations centered around Senator Menendez&...

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Posted on: October 12, 2023

Bucco: ANCHOR Payment Delivery Was Designed to be Political

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Senate Republican leader Anthony M. Bucco said Governor Murphy's scheduled delivery of ANCHOR Property Tax Relief payments were designed to be political.

"I fully support making New Jersey more affordable for homeowners, but the timing of the...

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Posted on: October 11, 2023

Statement by Governor Murphy and New Jersey Legislative Leadership Condemning Terrorist Attacks in I

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TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Nicholas P. Scutari, Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin, Senate Minority Leader Anthony M. Bucco, and Assembly Minority Leader John DiMaio released the following statement Wednesday:

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Posted on: October 10, 2023

Testa & Bucco: Link Between Menendez and Grewal’s SEC Position Warrants Investigation

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Senator Michael Testa and Senate Minority Leader Anthony M. Bucco issued the following statements in response to a recent article highlighting a potential connection between Senator Bob Menendez’s role as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Banking Subc...

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Posted on: October 7, 2023

Statement from Senator Bucco on Terrorist Attacks in Israel

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In response to the terrorist attacks in Israel, Senate Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco issued the following statement:

“I had the honor of visiting Israel in 2017 and I will always cherish what I learned about the country, the people and their...

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