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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Thank Gov. Murphy For Your Long Wait at MVC

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‘Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail’

Senator Michael Doherty released the following statement in response to the blatant failures of the Murphy administration as it neglected to adequately prepare for the reopening of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) that had been shut down since March due the COVID-19 lockdown:

Sen. Michael Doherty responded to the blatant failures of the Murphy administration as it neglected to adequately prepare for the reopening of the MVC. (Wikimedia)

“After a four-month lockdown, the MVC that New Jerseyans returned to was an utter nightmare. Long lines wrapped around the agencies, negatively impacting those waiting in the heat and humidity as well as the communities surrounding the centers. Many residents were turned away without any help or guidance. The failure to properly plan for this reopening is an absolute disgrace.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Pennacchio Questions Latest Murphy Executive Order on Wearing Masks Outdoors

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Asks Why Masks Weren’t a Priority for Nursing Homes?

At a time when the CDC is considering no longer calling COVID an epidemic because of a low mortality rate, the Governor is doubling down on his executive orders by mandating New Jersey Citizens wear masks outdoors.

Senator Pennacchio today questioned Governor Murphy’s justification for his order calling for mandatory wearing of masks outdoors. (Pixabay)

“As usual, the Governor’s latest decree is arbitrary and unsupported by data,” said Senator Joe Pennacchio. “The effectiveness of masks, especially those that fail to meet the most effective N95 standards, is debatable.”

National and International Health Institutes have been consistently sending mixed messages about wearing masks.

The World Health Organization advises the use of masks for those who are sick and people who are caring for the sick.

“For people who want to take an active role and feel safer in a mask, they should, but I’m concerned the Governor’s actions are based more on political science than science,” said Pennacchio. “The best way to protect yourself and others is to practice social distancing. Avoid close contact with others when possible, and limit the duration of exposure when maintaining space isn’t practical.”

Senator Pennacchio added that the focus of the administration should be on having sick Covid patients, and those recently exposed to those patients, remaining in home isolation.

Murphy’s order requires masks to be worn outdoors.

“Does the Governor know something we don’t know? Does he have evidence that masks are needed out of doors?” asked Pennacchio. “According to Dr. Angelo DeLucia, an epidemiologist and professor of molecular virology and cancer biology at Ohio Medical School, there is not enough data to make decisions about wearing masks outdoors. It seems the Governor knows something about wearing masks outdoors that the professor does not.”

Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Senate Republicans United Against Democrats’ New Effort to Hijack Legislative Redistricting & Disenfranchise Voters

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Says Proposed Constitutional Amendment Another Thinly Veiled Attempt by Entrenched Democratic Incumbents to Avoid Competitive Election Districts

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced that the entire Senate Republican caucus is opposed to a proposed constitutional amendment being fast-tracked by legislative Democrats that would disenfranchise New Jersey voters by delaying the upcoming redistricting process unnecessarily. He urged concerned citizens to weigh-in prior to a public hearing that was hastily scheduled for tomorrow.

Sen. Tom Kean warned that a proposed constitutional amendment being fast-tracked is another thinly veiled attempt by entrenched Democratic incumbents to avoid competitive election districts. (

“This is just the latest in a series of efforts by Democrats in recent years to hijack the redistricting process for partisan gain,” said Kean (R-21). “Their past efforts were shot down with unanimous disapproval from the public, media, and good-government organizations. This newest effort is another thinly veiled attempt by Democrats to maintain an iron grip on the Legislature after two decades of control.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Murphy’s Mask Mandate Represents a Clear and Present Danger to New Jersey

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Senator Michael Doherty blasted Governor Phil Murphy for his arbitrary and unscientific approach to responding to the coronavirus, including a new mandate that will force New Jerseyans to wear masks even when outside.

Sen. Michael Doherty blasted Gov. Phil Murphy for his arbitrary and unscientific approach to responding to the coronavirus. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy has used the opportunity presented by the coronavirus to initiate a big government power grab,” said Doherty (R-23). “His unilateral and oppressive actions are destroying the economy and will now negatively impact everyday New Jerseyans outside in the summer sun.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove to Governor: Don’t Let Motor Vehicles Services Become Another Unemployment Debacle

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are calling on Governor Murphy to take swift action and direct the necessary resources to Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) facilities that were overwhelmed on the first day of opening after closing during the state of emergency.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove called on Gov. Murphy to take swift action and direct the necessary resources to MVC facilities that were overwhelmed on the first day of opening after closing during the state of emergency. (NJMVC)

“The debacle that was yesterday’s reopening of state Motor Vehicle Commission facilities is completely unacceptable. Motorists who were forced to stand in lines for hours have every right to be infuriated. Motorists who have to go to a facility in the near future are right to demand corrective action so hours-long wait times is not the new normal.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Democrats Covet More Power, but Won’t Use Their Might to Check Governor’s Unilateral Control

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Questions Why Majority Legislators Want More Power Yet have Remained Silent During the Pandemic Crisis

Senator Joe Pennacchio today dismissed a Democrat proposal to delay New Jersey’s constitutionally mandated legislative redistricting until after the 2021 elections.

Senator Pennacchio today said the majority Democrats should worry less about gaining more control and more about using the power they have to limit the Governor’s mandates. (

The move, introduced Monday in Trenton, would benefit incumbent legislators and protect Democrat majorities in both houses.

“As a legislator, my priorities begin and end with the interests of the people in my district who selected me as their representative,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “If I placed a higher value on partisan power, the Democrat plan would make more sense, but for the local residents who depend on us when they send us to Trenton, this is an injustice. I firmly reject this ploy to gain legislative dominance.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Blasts Another Democrat Attempt to Shape Elections

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The Democratic Legislature today advanced a play to further strengthen their majority advantage in State government.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said a resolution introduced by the Democrats is just another attempt to disenfranchise New Jersey votes. (

Senator Nick Scutari and Assemblyman John McKeon proposed a constitutional amendment that would delay legislative redistricting until the 2023 election.

“This isn’t the first time Democrats have attempted to disenfranchise New Jersey voters. I don’t think anybody is surprised by this,” said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean. “This has become a pattern now as they hide behind cover and attempt to manipulate elections to their advantage.”

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

Senate Republicans Pan Murphy’s Watered Down Furlough Bill

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Entire Caucus to Vote “NO” on Murphy’s Conditional Veto of S-2350/A-4132

The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee panned Governor Phil Murphy’s recommended changes to legislation approved by the Legislature with broad bipartisan support in mid-May that would have allowed the State to more easily and quickly furlough non-essential public employees while they were unable to work with the federal government picking up all of the tab of unemployment benefits.

Senate Republicans panned Gov. Murphy’s furlough plan as ‘too little, too late,’ saying his delayed action has left hundreds of millions of federal dollars on the table, and will leave State government offices understaffed just as they begin to reopen facing a backlog in citizen needs. (Pixabay)

The members, Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), and Senator Michael Testa (R-1), issued the following joint statement prior to today’s Senate session when the entire Senate Republican caucus will vote “NO” on accepting the the governor’s recommendations in his conditional veto of S-2350/A-4132:

“Like many aspects of Governor Murphy’s response to the coronavirus crisis, his delayed action on furloughs is too little, too late. By failing to enact the original legislation when it passed the Legislature in May with overwhelming bipartisan support, he left hundreds of millions of federal dollars on the table. Even worse, the cost of furloughing workers going forward will be paid almost 100% by New Jersey taxpayers, when the cost of the original bill would have been picked up entirely by the federal government. To say the governor’s inaction represents a missed opportunity would be an understatement.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Introduces Bill Cracking Down on Pandemic Predators

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Senator Moved by Sister of Victim’s Plea

Senator Joe Pennacchio has introduced legislation that would upgrade charges for committing personal crimes, increasing sentencing and fines for the duration of the ongoing coronavirus Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency declared by the Governor’s executive order.

Senator Pennacchio has introduced legislation that would temporarily upgrade certain charges and penalties for crimes against persons during the coronavirus emergency. (

“Residents are especially susceptible due to heightened stress, health fears, and financial instability resulting from the pandemic,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Unfortunately, predators are taking advantage of our communities during these vulnerable times. States of emergency should never be interpreted as an open invitation for criminals to abuse residents during these high-risk conditions. The perpetrators must be held accountable.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman-Sponsored Clean Water Infrastructure Bill Signed into Law

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Appropriates Funds for Important Environmental Projects

The Governor signed Senator Kip Bateman’s bill appropriating federal and state funds to implement more than $1 billion in vital environmental infrastructure construction.

Essential clean water and environmental projects across the state will be green-lighted under a new law sponsored by Senator Bateman. (Pixabay)

The bipartisan measure (S-2499) ensures clean water and environmental projects across the state will be green-lighted through the new fiscal year.

“We must ensure that construction protecting our drinking water and keep the taps flowing proceeds, and this will get that done without placing more of a burden on property taxpayers,” said Bateman (R-16). “Parts of the state are proceeding with costly renovations to bolster and update water treatment facilities and wastewater controls damaged by Storm Sandy. These are all essential projects that need to be completed.”

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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

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

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

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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