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Pennacchio & Oroho Tour Lake Hopatcong with Senate President Sweeney

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) joined Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-3) for a boat tour of Lake Hopatcong today to gain a first-hand understanding of the blue-green algae blooms that caused the lake and others across New Jersey to be closed for recreation for much of the summer.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Steven Oroho joined Senate President Stephen Sweeney for a boat tour of Lake Hopatcong today. (SenateNJ.com)

After the tour, Pennacchio and Oroho issued the following statement:

“We were glad to have the opportunity to join local officials and the Senate President for today’s tour of Lake Hopatcong. Before his untimely death, our dear colleague Senator Bucco was scheduled to join us. We are sure Tony was there in spirit.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Deliver Petitions Signed by Thousands Who Oppose Common Interest Community Legislation to Trenton

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Call for Governor Murphy and Assembly Speaker Coughlin to Let the Bill Die in Committee

In forcefully representing the interests of their senior constituents, Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove have called on Governor Phil Murphy and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin to refrain from supporting or advancing bill S-2425, which concerns common interest communities, including those that are age restricted.

To alert the governor and speaker to the intense level of public opposition, the 9th District Delegation provided petitions with more than 5,000 signatures all vehemently opposed to S-2425. (SenateNJ.com)

To alert the Governor and Speaker to the intense level of public opposition, the 9th District Delegation provided petitions with more than 5,000 signatures, mostly seniors living in age-restricted communities, all vehemently opposed to S-2425 for entry into the official record of public testimony.  Connors, Rumpf and Gove stand with their constituents opposed to S-2425 in rejecting any further interference from Trenton in the operation of age-restricted communities.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Mourns Passing of Sen. Tony Bucco

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean mourned the passing this evening of Senate Republican Conference Leader Anthony R. Bucco (R-25):

Sen. Anthony Bucco holding an 8-week-old yellow Labrador retriever named “NJ” after presenting a resolution to The Seeing Eye for helping to pass Dusty’s Law which enacts criminal penalties for harming or interfering with a service animal or guide dog. (The Seeing Eye)

“I am unbelievably saddened by the passing of my good friend Tony Bucco. He was a leading voice in Morris County politics for more than 40 years and in Trenton for more than two decades. He was a gentleman who earned trust on both sides of the aisle by being a man of his word. Most importantly, he was a devoted husband, loving father, and proud grandfather. On behalf of the entire Senate Republican caucus, I extend our condolences to all who knew and loved Tony Bucco. He was a great man and a great friend who will be sorely missed.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Keep Pressure on to Stop Murphy from Giving Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens

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The 9th District legislative delegation is warning residents that Governor Phil Murphy remains committed to advancing legislation that would permit illegal aliens to receive New Jersey driver’s licenses.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove are warning residents that Gov. Phil Murphy remains committed to advancing legislation that would permit illegal aliens to receive New Jersey driver’s licenses.  (Wikimedia Commons)

Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove urged residents opposed to this proposal to sign the online petition they launched to stop this and other efforts by Governor Murphy to establish New Jersey as a sanctuary state.

The petition can be signed online at https://www.senatenj.com/sanctuarystate/.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Condemns Selective Outrage by Senate Democrats on Racism & Discrimination

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Senator Joe Pennacchio said a resolution (SR-155) adopted by Senate Democrats condemning certain comments by the President as racist is a demonstration of utter hypocrisy.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said a resolution adopted by Senate Democrats condemning certain comments by the President as racist is a demonstration of utter hypocrisy.(SenateNJ.com)

“We have numerous examples of elected Democrats at all levels of government making comments which are clearly discriminatory, and in some cases blatantly anti-Semitic,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Where’s the official condemnation?”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson Resolution Honoring 30th Anniversary of NJ-Taiwan “Sister State” Relationship Passes Senate

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Bill Also Commemorates 40th Anniversary of the Federal “Taiwan Relations Act”

Senator Sam Thompson’s resolution to commemorate the robust and enduring relationship between New Jersey and Taiwan has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Sam Thompson’s resolution to commemorate the robust and enduring relationship between New Jersey and Taiwan has passed the State Senate. Pictured: Sen. Thompson at the Taiwanese Yuan Parliament on December 5, 2018. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am proud that the United States, and especially our great state of New Jersey, have maintained a strong and special relationship with Taiwan for decades,” said Thompson (R-12). “Just in 2017, the Garden State exported hundreds of millions of dollars of products to Taiwan, making the island the sixth largest export market for New Jersey in Asia. We must continue to make every effort to sustain this mutually beneficial friendship.”

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District 10

10th District Legislators Against Driver’s License for Undocumented Immigrants

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Residents Urged to Sign Petition Against Governor Murphy’s Plan

In a recent interview, Governor Phil Murphy proclaimed that making driver’s licenses available for undocumented immigrants in New Jersey is a “no brainer.” Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin of the 10th Legislative District are vehemently opposed to this idea and any legislation aimed at providing driver’s licenses to those who have entered the country illegally.

Holzapfel, Wolfe, and McGuckin are vehemently opposed to any legislation aimed at providing driver’s licenses to those who have entered the country illegally. (SenateNJ.com)

“This is a brainless idea constructed by Governor Murphy and the Democrats who seem to care more about illegals than they do about the naturally born citizens of this state,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “Residents pay every time Democrats implement these types of policies in the form of higher taxes, lost jobs, lower wages and a lower standard of living. This proposal is an outrage and a dangerous political statement that jeopardizes the safety of millions.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Timothy Piazza Law: Bateman’s anti-hazing bill advances

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Timothy Piazza Law: Bateman’s anti-hazing bill advances

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman to increase penalties for hazing resulting in injury was approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Timothy J. Piazza Law is named for a Penn State University sophomore from Readington who died during a fraternity hazing in 2017.

Senator Kip Bateman’s Timothy J. Piazza Law increases penalties for hazing resulting in injury. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill today. (Pixabay)

“Timothy’s death was a horrible and preventable tragedy,” said Bateman (R-16). “No college student should have to endure the horrors Timothy suffered. With the support of the Legislature, we can enact this law and protect young people from this dangerous and cruel practice.”

Bateman’s bill, S-3150, would increase hazing to a crime of the fourth degree, and aggravated hazing to a crime of the third degree. Currently, the charge reaches aggravated hazing when the criminal act results in serious bodily injury to another person.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Democrats Rule Cardinale “Out of Order” for Attempting to Condemn All Racist and Discriminatory Comments Directed at Elected Officials

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After Rejecting Cardinale’s Proposal to Increase Civility in Nation’s Political Discourse, Democrats Adopt Partisan Attack on President

An effort by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) to address the incivility at all levels of American politics was ruled “out of order” by the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

After ruling an effort by Sen. Gerry Cardinale to increase civility in politics “out of order,” Democrats on the Judiciary Committee adopted a partisan attack on the President of the United States. (SenateNJ.com)

“How is it ‘out of order’ to suggest that the New Jersey Senate as an institution should not be selective in its outrage at the growing incivility that has pervaded our nation’s political discourse?” asked Cardinale. “Through their actions today, New Jersey Democrats have shown that they don’t care about condemning racist and discriminatory comments unless it serves a partisan political purpose.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

After Another Six-Figure Sick Time Parachute, Bateman Urges Action on His Bill

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The police chief in Palisades Park is retiring after a scathing review of the operation of his department, but only after he cashes more than $115,000 in checks for unused sick time. It’s just the latest example of a long string of abuses suffered by property taxpayers in the state, Senator Kip Bateman bristled.

Senator Kip Bateman called the six-figure sick leave payout to the police chief in Palisades Park just the latest example of the ongoing abuse of NJ property taxpayers.

“Sick time was never intended to be a personal retirement account for a select group of public employees, but here we go again,” said Bateman (R-16). “Another police chief retiring, and another six-figure invoice for the property taxpayers to deal with.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony 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

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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