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Senator Edward Durr

Durr Praises SCOTUS Ruling Overturning Roe v. Wade

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Senator Ed Durr issued the following statement praising a decision by the United States Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade:

Sen. Ed Durr praised a decision by the United States Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. (©iStock)

“Today is a wonderful day for the pro-life community and our efforts to save as many lives as possible,” said Durr (R-3). “Unfortunately, Governor Murphy supports allowing abortions up until birth, so we still have much work to do to address this sickening taking of innocent lives here in New Jersey.”

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade

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Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho issued the following statement today after the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling overturning Roe v. Wade:

Statement from Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho on United States Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The United States Supreme Court has reversed the flawed logic of Roe v. Wade and reasserted the democratic principle that elected state legislatures and the communities they represent should have the opportunity to make their own decisions on abortion without the mandates of an overbearing unelected federal judiciary,” said Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho (R-24). “I believe in the sanctity of life. I also believe in medical science. Looking at the laws governing abortion in New Jersey, I believe we should follow the most up-to-date science when determining viability and legislate accordingly. I call on my colleagues from both parties to begin a bipartisan discussion on reforming New Jersey’s laws.”

Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa

Senate Republicans Call for Action to End Tax Bracket Creep After Treasury Estimates $543 Million Income Tax Increase Next Year

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Republican senators called for action on their plans to save New Jersey taxpayers from suffering state income tax increases next year due to inflation after the Treasury Department estimated the cost of “tax bracket creep” at $543 million in FY 2023.

Republican senators called for action on their plans to save New Jersey taxpayers from suffering state income tax increases due to inflation after the Treasury Department estimated the cost of ‘tax bracket creep’ at $543 million in FY 2023. (Pixabay)

“I’ve been pushing Democrats and the Murphy administration to work with us to index New Jersey’s income tax brackets for inflation, just like the federal government and dozens of other states,” said Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25). “We now know that failure to act will cost New Jersey families more than half-a-billion dollars in income tax increases next year. On top of record-high gas prices and rising costs for groceries, it’s yet another expense that people can’t afford.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Lauds Supreme Court Decision in NYS Conceal Carry Case

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Senator Michael Testa today praised the United States Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a “proper-cause” requirement in New York law to obtain a concealed-carry license as unconstitutional for violating ordinary citizens’ Second Amendment rights. He also called for the reform of New Jersey gun laws to further respect the individual right to legally possess firearms.

Sen. Michael Testa praised the United States Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a “proper-cause” requirement in New York law to obtain a concealed-carry license as unconstitutional for violating ordinary citizens’ Second Amendment rights. (Wikipedia)

“The Court’s decision in this case is a welcome development for the case of constitutional rights and for the Second Amendment,” said Testa (R-1). “Law-abiding citizens have all the rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution and the Court has spoken clearly in this case. New Jersey needs to respect this decision and make changes in our current laws to conform to this ruling.”

New Jersey’s concealed carry law contains a “justifiable need” requirement, which is similar to the New York requirement that was just declared unconstitutional.

New Jersey’s “may issue” standard and its definition of justifiable need and reliance on judges to issue permits has made obtaining a carry permit near impossible.

The Court voted 6–3 to strike down the century-old New York law, which required that people show a special need to obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun outside the home.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the majority opinion in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to carry a gun outside the home, adding that the state’s “proper cause” requirement “violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense.”

Senator Vince Polistina

Polistina Sponsors Legislation to Help Injured Police and Firefighters Who Can No Longer Do Their Jobs

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Measure Would Provide Opportunity to Learn New Career with Tuition-Free College Courses

Police and firefighters who were forced to leave their professions due to service-related injury or illness would get help learning a new career under legislation introduced by Senator Vince Polistina.

Police and firefighters who were forced to leave their professions due to service-related injury or illness would get help learning a new career under legislation introduced by Sen. Vince Polistina. (Flickr)

“An individual who chooses a career in emergency services typically does so with the intent of being there for good. Sadly though, many face injuries while in the performance of their duties that result in them no longer being able to perform the job,” said Polistina (R-2). “After dedicating their lives to law enforcement or the fire service, they find themselves needing to start over, many with no training or skills outside their former profession.

“We want to help them prepare to step into a new field that may never replace their chosen occupation, but one that will help fill the void,” Polistina continued.

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa and Barranco Unveil Parents’ Bill of Rights Legislation

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A pair of Republican legislators today unveiled their legislation to ensure that the parents of New Jersey public school children will be able to exercise their rights under the law to observe, comment, and direct their kids’ education and safeguard them against the increasingly radical agenda of leftist educators and administrators.

Sen. Michael Testa and Asm. Christian Barranco introduced their “Parents’ Bill of Rights” bill to fight back against incidents of New Jersey public school districts trying to hide some of the most controversial and shocking curricula from parents and taxpayers. (©iStock)

Senator Michael Testa (R-1) and Assemblyman Christian Barranco (R-26) introduced their “Parents’ Bill of Rights” bill to fight back against incidents of New Jersey public school districts trying to hide some of the most controversial and shocking curricula from parents and taxpayers.

“Parents are rightly upset about the stream of ultra-left indoctrination from some activist educators which seek to miseducate our students instead of preparing them for success in the real world,” said Sen. Testa. “As the spouse of a teacher, our focus should be on English, math, history, and science. Parents who pay the taxes to fund our schools need to have their rights respected and protected.”

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District 24

Oroho, Space & Wirths Applaud U.S. Supreme Court Upholding the Second Amendment

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District 24 Legislators to Use Court Decision to Defend Rights in New Jersey

Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) applaud today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen which reinforced the right of law-abiding citizens to carry firearms for the protection for themselves and their families in public.

Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths applaud the U.S. Supreme Court decision reinforcing the right of law-abiding citizens to carry firearms for the protection for themselves and their families in public. (Wikipedia Commons)

“I believe today will go down as a victory for freedom and that many generations of Americans to come will look upon today as a beacon in defense of liberty,” said Oroho. “Now we have to look towards New Jersey government to do what is right and end their decades-old infringement on New Jersey freedoms.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill that Would Establish Pilot Program for Mental Health Care Facilities Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that would establish a two-year pilot program for certain mental health care facilities to treat juvenile patients cleared the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer that would establish a two-year pilot program for certain mental health care facilities to treat juvenile patients cleared the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee today. (Pixabay)

“The mental health of young people in New Jersey is a growing area of concern, especially after the unnecessary lockdowns during the pandemic,” said Singer (R-30). “Currently, there is a greater demand for inpatient mental health treatment and services for juvenile patients than there are available beds. In fact, some health care facilities even have vacant adult mental health treatment beds, which under current law, cannot be used to treat juvenile patients. My legislation will create a pilot program to study whether these facilities can effectively treat juvenile patients using vacant adult beds. This will help so many patients receive the care and treatment they need and maximize the use of mental health resources throughout New Jersey.”

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Senator Edward Durr

Following U.S. Supreme Court Ruling, Durr Urges Passage of His Bill to Allow Safe Concealed Carry

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Says His Legislation Would Eliminate Justifiable Need Requirement that Was Found Unconstitutional

Following a ruling by the United States Supreme Court today that struck down New York’s restrictive concealed carry law, Senator Ed Durr called for the passage of his bill to allow the safe concealed carry of guns in New Jersey in a manner that passes constitutional muster.

Following a ruling by the United States Supreme Court that struck down New York’s restrictive concealed carry law, Sen. Ed Durr called for the passage of his bill to allow the safe concealed carry of guns in New Jersey in a manner that passes constitutional muster. (Wikimedia Commons)

“New Jersey’s extremely restrictive concealed carry law is clearly unconstitutional for the same reason that New York’s law was just struck down by the Supreme Court,” said Durr (R-3). “I have proposed eliminating the justifiable need requirement from our concealed carry law that the United States Supreme Court said violates the Second Amendment. Further, I have proposed requiring comprehensive training to ensure that those who would carry in public are well versed in the safe handling, use, and care of their firearms.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson Bill Requiring NJ to Pay for Its Mistakes Advances

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Legislation Would Reimburse Counties and Municipalities for Special Elections Prompted by the State’s Errors

Senator Sam Thompson sponsors bipartisan legislation, approved today by the Senate state government committee, that would spare county and municipal governments from the costs of special elections prompted by errors by the state.

Senator Sam Thompson sponsors bipartisan legislation, approved by the Senate state government committee, that would spare county and municipal governments from the costs of special elections prompted by errors by the state. (©iStock)

Thompson’s bill, S-2527, would require the state to reimburse local governments for expenses incurred conducting new elections.

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Republican Senators

Steven Oroho

District 24 - Republican Leader

Jon Bramnick

District 21

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Edward Durr

District 3

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Jean Stanfield

District 8

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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