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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: ‘How Many More Nursing Home Settlements Will the Administration Try to Hide from Taxpayers?’

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An out-of-court settlement of almost $16 million with the families of more than 70 seniors who died in state-run veterans facilities was confirmed by the Governor’s Administration today, and Senator Joe Pennacchio warned that more similar announcements may be forthcoming.

A settlement of almost $16 million with the families of 71 seniors who died in state-run veterans facilities was confirmed by the Administration, and Sen. Joe Pennacchio warned that more similar announcements may be forthcoming. (Pixabay)

“The Administration just continues to pay out taxpayer money for nursing home deaths without any public scrutiny,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “How many more secret settlements will they try to hide from taxpayers?”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer: Retiring Senator Rice Leaves a Legacy of Public Service

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Reacting to news of the impending retirement of Senator Ron Rice, the senior member of the Senate Republican caucus Senator Robert Singer called his Democrat friend “the conscience of the Senate.”

Reacting to news of the impending retirement of Senator Ron Rice, Senator Robert Singer called his Democrat friend ‘the conscience of the Senate.’ (New Jersey Legislature)

“There will be an enormous void in the Senate without Senator Rice,” said Singer. “I shared time with him on the Senate Health Committee where we became friends who didn’t always agree but always respected the other’s opinions.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, O’Scanlon Blame Murphy for Deserting New Jersey Businesses

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Avoidable Payroll Tax Strikes Employers for $300M

In a state notorious for its worst-in-the-nation business climate, the Murphy Administration timidly unveiled a $300 million tax increase for employers this week, a move Senate Republicans are calling unforgiveable.

In a state notorious for its worst-in-the-nation business climate, the Murphy Administration timidly unveiled a $300 million tax increase for employers this week, a move Senate Republicans are calling unforgiveable. (Pixabay)

Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho and Senate Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon criticized Murphy for failing to utilize some of the state’s federal COVID funds to avoid the 20 percent increase.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Calls Energy Master Plan Study a Political Whitewash

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Report Issued This Week Fails to Consider Many of the Costliest Factors in Murphy’s Folly

The latest ratepayer impact study of Governor Murphy’s Energy Master Plan inexplicably ignores many of the most costly mandates, said Senator Steven Oroho today, as he blamed the Murphy Administration for continuing to obscure the true fiscal impact.

The latest ratepayer impact study of Gov. Murphy’s Energy Master Plan inexplicably ignores many of the most costly mandates, said Sen. Steven Oroho today, as he blamed the Murphy Administration for continuing to obscure the true fiscal impact. (SenateNJ.com)

“It is untenable, but Murphy’s ridiculously expensive Energy Master Plan (EMP) goes into effect in about four months, and New Jersey residents still cannot get a straight answer about how much it is going to cost them,” said Oroho (R-24). “The study released Wednesday omits many of the most noteworthy cost-drivers and shamelessly sugar-coats the price tag of the Governor’s green energy fantasy.

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Senator Holly Schepisi
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Michael Testa

Senate Republicans to Hold Independent Hearing on Sex Education, State Curriculum Mandates & Parental Rights

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New Jersey Senate Republicans will host an independent hearing on Tuesday, August 23 to discuss sex education, state curriculum mandates, and improving parental rights in education. The virtual hearing will be livestreamed on Facebook Live.

WHO: Senator Joe Pennacchio (Chair), Senator Kristin Corrado, Senator Holly Schepisi, Senator Michael Testa, and invited guests, including school board members, administrators, and concerned parents.

WHAT: Virtual hearing to discuss sex education, state curriculum mandates, and improving parental rights in education.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 23 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: A video livestream of the hearing will be accessible to the public and press via Facebook Live from the Facebook page of the New Jersey Senate Republicans. You do not need a Facebook account to watch.

STREAMING LINK: https://www.facebook.com/senatenj/live_videos/

Senator Jon Bramnick

Bramnick Statement on the Passing of Former Assemblywoman Maureen Ogden

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Senator Jon Bramnick (R-21) issued the following statement on the passing of Maureen Ogden, a former seven-term assemblywoman and mayor of Millburn:

Statement from Sen. Jon Bramnick on the passing of Maureen Ogden, a former seven-term assemblywoman and mayor of Millburn. (CC0 Public Domain)

“The passing of Maureen Ogden is a loss for the Ogden family and our entire state. She represented the best of the best. She was a fighter for the environment, but always with class and dignity. I hope she will be a model for elected officials everywhere.”

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Blasts False Assumptions & Huge Expenses Ignored in BPU Cost Study of Murphy’s Energy Plan

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) said a new study commissioned by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to show the cost to ratepayers of implementing Governor Murphy’s new Energy Master Plan is based on false assumptions and ignores huge costs associated with the electrification of homes, businesses, and transportation in New Jersey:

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said a new BPU study showing the cost to ratepayers of implementing Gov. Murphy’s new Energy Master Plan is based on false assumptions and ignores huge costs associated with the electrification of homes, businesses, and transportation in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“The BPU’s new study completely ignores the huge cost of replacing efficient gas furnaces and water heaters with electric appliances both residentially and commercially and the massive premiums customers pay to buy electric vehicles, which can be double the cost of similar models powered by gas and diesel.

“It’s disingenuous to highlight projected energy savings of a few hundred dollars annually for some customers as a result of electrification without accounting for the extra $40,000 or more a typical family might have to spend for a new electric furnace, hot water heater, vehicle, and home charging station.

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Senator Edward Durr

Durr Calls on Murphy to Lift all COVID Vaccine Mandates

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Following updated guidance from the CDC, Senator Edward Durr called on Governor Murphy to immediately lift all COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including mandates for health care workers and those who are employed in nursing homes and correctional facilities.

Following updated guidance from the CDC, Sen. Ed Durr called on Gov. Murphy to lift all COVID vaccine mandates, including mandates for health care workers and those who are employed in nursing homes and correctional facilities. (Pixabay)

“Although I am pleased that Governor Murphy finally lifted the unnecessary COVID testing rules for teachers and state workers, more needs to be done,” said Durr (R-3). “To this day, health care workers, corrections officers, and those who work in nursing homes are still required to be vaccinated and boosted. These types of mandates do not provide any measurable benefit and are not even supported by the latest data. There is simply no reason for COVID vaccine mandates to still exist—they should all be abolished immediately.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa: Murphy Should Now Abolish all Remaining COVID Mandates

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Says Science and CDC Agree the Governor’s Restrictions are Unnecessary

A day after some unwarranted COVID testing rules for teachers and school workers were rescinded, and following a CDC report relaxing virus recommendations, Senator Michael Testa is calling on Governor Murphy to do more.

A day after some unwarranted COVID testing rules for teachers and school workers were rescinded, and following a CDC report relaxing virus recommendations, Sen. Michael Testa is calling on Governor Murphy to do more. (SenateNJ.com)

“Monday’s announcement was a start. Now it is time to lift outdated restrictions that could have been eliminated months ago,” said Testa (R-1). “The CDC and the science support easing these directives that provide little to no benefit, and residents are frustrated by confusing, inconsistent guidelines.”

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Senator Jean Stanfield

Stanfield Bill that Would Provide Funding for Environmental Infrastructure Projects Signed into Law

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Jean Stanfield and Richard Codey that would allocate funds to the Department of Environmental Protection to support water infrastructure projects was signed into law by Governor Murphy on Friday, August 12.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Jean Stanfield and Richard Codey that would allocate funds to the Department of Environmental Protection to support water infrastructure projects was signed into law by Gov. Murphy on Friday, August 12. (Pixabay)

“I am pleased the Governor signed this legislation into law. Environmental infrastructure project loans include millions in funding for clean water projects for the Evesham MUA, Medford Lakes, and Pemberton Township in the 8th District,” said Stanfield (R-8). “The funds authorized by this bill, now law, will not only create jobs in New Jersey, but will preserve and protect the environment—which is so critical to our quality of life.”

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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

District 3

Jim Holzapfel

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Declan O'Scanlon

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

Vince Polistina

District 2

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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