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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Editorial: Murphy Should Still Be Held Accountable for Unnecessary Harm He Caused

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The following editorial by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) calling for a bipartisan select committee with subpoena power to probe Gov. Phil Murphy’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey was published by NJ.com on April 20, 2021:

For nearly a year, Republicans in the New Jersey Legislature have called for bipartisan legislative oversight of the Murphy administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following independent hearings and explosive revelations by the media, Sen. Joe Pennacchio said a bipartisan select committee with subpoena power must be formed to probe Gov. Phil Murphy’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey. (NJ Senate Republicans/Facebook)

We pushed our Democratic colleagues to join us, and when they continued to resist after 10 months of trying, we moved forward with independent hearings on our own.

As a result of our efforts and explosive revelations by the media, we’re more certain than ever that a bipartisan select committee with subpoena power must be formed.

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Senator Tom Kean

Gov Signs Kean Bill Assisting Military Dependents Attending College in New Jersey

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Students Whose Families Moved Away Due to New Military Assignments Will be Eligible for Cheaper In-State Tuition Rates

Service members’ children who attended high school in New Jersey would be eligible for in-state college tuition rates under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and signed today by the Governor.

Service members’ children who attended high school in New Jersey would be eligible for in-state college tuition rates under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and signed by the Governor. (Flickr)

“When military obligations bring families to New Jersey, they become part of the community,” said Kean (R-21). “They attend school, participate on athletic teams, earn spending money working in local businesses, and form life-long friendships. New orders may take them away, but this bill is an incentive for those students to attend college and start careers in the Garden State.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Murphy’s Unnecessary Gun Control Push Won’t Distract from His Pandemic Failures

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Says New Restrictions Would Put Rural Families at Risk

Senator Michael Doherty said a push for stricter gun laws is a weak attempt by Governor Phil Murphy to distract New Jerseyans from his many failures responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and would put rural residents at increased risk.

Sen. Mike Doherty said a push for stricter gun laws is a weak attempt by Gov. Phil Murphy to distract from his pandemic failures and will put rural New Jerseyans at increased risk. (Flickr)

“Governor Murphy’s push for more gun control is an effort to divert attention from all the damage he’s done to New Jersey over the past year,” said Doherty (R-23). “Unfortunately for the governor, he can’t escape his record of shutting down businesses unnecessarily, destroying two-million jobs, and mismanaging the unemployment system and MVC.”

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Steve Oroho

Testa & Oroho Blast Murphy for Taking Shot at Legal Gun Owners

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In response to broad-reaching gun control measures announced today by Governor Murphy, Senator Michael Testa and Senator Steve Oroho said the agenda is a smoke screen that fails to address violent crime in the state and instead targets the rights of law-abiding residents to legally own firearms.

Sen. Michael Testa and Sen. Steve Oroho criticized Gov. Murphy’s new gun agenda as an assault on the rights of hunters and legal gun owners. (SenateNJ.com)

Murphy’s proposals include prohibiting the purchase of rifles and shotguns by those younger than 21 years old, and requiring out-of-state gun-owners moving into the New Jersey to obtain firearm purchaser IDs and register guns.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho to Murphy: Failure to Open Adult Day Care Programs is Harming NJ’s Most Vulnerable Residents

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The lack of access to full adult day care programs is taking a growing toll on thousands of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and today Senator Steve Oroho called on the Governor to authorize the reopening of facilities statewide, including congregate day programs.

Senator Steve Oroho called on Governor Murphy to authorize the reopening of adult day care facilities statewide, including congregate day programs. (SenateNJ.com)

“The young men and women who rely on these programs in their everyday lives have suffered greatly during the pandemic,” said Oroho. “The inability to participate in comfortable, calming activities and to interact daily with others in a productive environment has done unimaginable harm to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The sooner we can open these vital facilities, the better. I hope the Governor understands how important this is.”

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Tom Kean

Kean Names Testa Co-Chair of Legislative Manufacturing Caucus

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has appointed Senator Michael Testa (R-1) to serve as co-chair of the bipartisan legislative manufacturing caucus.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has appointed Sen. Michael Testa to serve as co-chair of the bipartisan legislative manufacturing caucus. (Pixabay)

“Senator Testa has been a leader on the legislative manufacturing caucus as it works to secure New Jersey’s future as the go-to destination for high-tech manufacturing,” said Kean (R-21). “He’s worked closely with Senator Oroho, who will continue to play an active role in the work of the caucus after serving honorably as co-chair. I’m proud that Senate Republicans have such a skilled and dedicated team that’s focused on improving the Garden State’s economy.”

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

Republican Budget Members Outline Responsible Plan for $6.5 Billion of ARP Federal Relief Funds

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee outlined a proposed framework for the State of New Jersey to responsibly utilize $6.5 billion in new federal relief funds with legislative approval.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee outlined a proposed framework for the State of New Jersey to responsibly utilize $6.5 billion in new federal relief funds with legislative approval. (Pixabay)

With more than $3 billion of the funds to be received by the State in the next 30 days, the legislators challenged the Murphy Administration and Democratic legislative majorities to propose their own plans, debate them publicly, and appropriate the funds in a transparent and open process that gives the public a chance to be heard.

“The Murphy Administration dropped the ball in its handling of the $2.4 billion of CARES Act funds that came to New Jersey last April,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13). “He sat on the money for months and then used it to pay for ordinary government expenses rather than helping people. With another $6.5 billion in federal relief coming to New Jersey, we can’t afford to let him make the same mistake on an even bigger scale. Our plan is the first step in reasserting the Legislature and public into the appropriations process.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Urges Education Commissioner to Support Plan to Prevent State School Aid Cuts

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Says Districts Shouldn’t Contend With Funding Losses While Impacted by Pandemic

During a budget hearing today, Senator Steven Oroho urged Acting Education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan to support his plan to use federal stimulus funds to prevent funding cuts to 200 school districts that have been proposed as part of the Murphy Administration’s FY 2021 State Budget.

Sen. Steven Oroho urged Acting Education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan during a budget hearing to support his plan to use federal stimulus funds to prevent funding cuts to 200 school districts that have been proposed as part of the Murphy Administration’s FY 2021 State Budget. (©iStock)

“Every school district across New Jersey is struggling with the financial challenges associated with remote education and ensuring a safe reopening of our children’s classrooms,” said Oroho (R-24). “The public deserves to know if the NJDOE supports the governor’s proposal to cut school aid during this difficult time or if they will support our responsible plan to maintain funding using a small portion of the billions in federal relief coming to New Jersey.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove to Governor: Senior Communities Need Clarification on Opening Clubhouses and Swimming Pools

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are calling on Governor Murphy’s administration to improve communications with age-restricted communities regarding the easing of COVID-related restrictions.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove are calling on Governor Murphy’s administration to improve communications with age-restricted communities regarding the easing of COVID-related restrictions. (SenateNJ.com)

The 9th District legislators are responding to inquiries from residents of age-restricted communities who want answers on when their community club houses and pools can open.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho’s Remarks at Start of State Budget Hearing Process

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As the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee began hearings into Governor Phil Murphy’s FY 2022 State Budget proposal today, Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) said the Murphy Administration hasn’t been transparent about the State’s finances, hasn’t helped New Jerseyans during the pandemic, and is setting the stage for tax increases next year.

At the start of the budget hearing process, Sen. Steven Oroho said the Murphy Administration hasn’t been transparent about the State’s finances, hasn’t helped New Jerseyans during the pandemic, and is setting the stage for tax increases next year. (Pixabay)

Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer, delivered the following remarks at the first budget hearing:

Thank you, Chairman Sarlo.

It’s good to be back to a somewhat regular budget hearing process after all of the disruption over the past year.

It’s my hope that we don’t give the Murphy administration another free pass like they got with the current budget. We simply can’t afford it.

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Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

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

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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