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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Praise Signing of Law Doubling Veterans’ Tax Exemption

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Delegation Also Calls for Action to Exempt Combat Pay from State Income Tax

Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove praised the recent signing of legislation (A-5609) that doubled the veterans’ income tax exemption from $3,000 to $6,000.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove praised the recent signing of a law doubling the veterans’ income tax exemption from $3,000 to $6,000, and called for the passage of legislation exempting combat pay from the state income tax. (Flickr)

The legislation, introduced by Assemblyman Bruce Land (D-1), was signed into law by Governor Murphy on June 30 of this year subsequent to being passed by the State Legislature ten days prior.

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove also support legislation, S-129, introduced by Senator Kristen Corrado (R-40), which would exclude military pay for service in a combat zone or for hospitalization as the result of injury while serving in a combat zone from taxable gross income under the New Jersey gross income tax.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Slams Corporate Welfare Tax Breaks that Haven’t Helped Camden Residents

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Says City’s Budget Outlook is Dismal Due to Millions in Lost Revenues

Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) slammed New Jersey’s ineffective tax incentive scheme saying new reports show that it has done little to help residents in the state’s poorest city.

Sen. Michael Doherty slammed New Jersey’s ineffective tax incentive scheme saying new reports show that it has done little to help residents in the state’s poorest city. (Pixabay)

“Large corporations shouldn’t be given special tax breaks that mom and pop businesses are never offered,” Doherty said. “While the State of New Jersey is pouring millions of dollars to entice wealthy businesses to move to Camden, those subsidies have done nothing to lift the city’s residents out of poverty. Instead, Camden continues to face revenue challenges while the State bankrolls the development of grandiose corporate headquarters on the Delaware River waterfront that do little to improve the lives of those in the community.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin, and Wolfe Applaud Ocean County Freeholders for Taking Legal Action to Combat Sanctuary State Directive

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Freeholders Will Sue State of New Jersey in Federal Court

Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe of the 10th Legislative District applauded the Ocean County Freeholders for taking legal action to combat Governor Murphy’s directive that forces jails in the state to decrease their cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

District 10 lawmakers applauded the Ocean County Freeholders for taking legal action to combat Governor Murphy’s sanctuary state directive. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy’s preoccupation with protecting illegal aliens over lawful citizens is baffling and flat out wrong,” Holzapfel said. “Those who are in our country illegally are cheating our already generous immigration system by bypassing the rules legal immigrants are required to follow. As a former Ocean County prosecutor, I commend the Ocean County Freeholders for standing up and taking legal action to ensure our local law enforcement can work with ICE to deport known criminals who are already in custody.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Named Top Conservative Lawmaker by the American Conservative Union

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) was honored as the top conservative lawmaker in the New Jersey Senate by the American Conservative Union. He received the “Award for Conservative Excellence” in recognition of his voting record in the 2018 legislative session.

Sen. Michael Doherty was honored as the top conservative lawmaker in the State Senate by the American Conservative Union. (ACU Foundation)

“Whenever I vote on legislation in committee and on the Senate floor, two fundamental concerns are always in the back of my mind – my constituents, and the U.S. Constitution,” Doherty said. “If a bill may hamper citizens’ rights or heighten taxes, I will stand up and do what’s right for the people of New Jersey. My voting history speaks for itself – I am proud to be a fiscally conservative leader in the great Garden State.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Pushes State to Fully Support Our Most Vulnerable Students

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Calls for Legislative Action this Fall

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) has introduced legislation to strengthen State support for special education students throughout New Jersey.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio has introduced legislation to strengthen State support for special education students throughout New Jersey. (Flickr)

“School districts shouldn’t have to choose between funding special education programs or providing services to other students,” Pennacchio said. “With extraordinary special education costing enormous amount of dollars, we must ensure every child has an equal educational opportunity without negatively impacting a school’s budget. My proposal would make certain that our most vulnerable students, regardless of their zip code, are provided with the resources they need to succeed.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Calls on Murphy to Release Funding for Critical Public Safety Project in Hillsborough

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) today released the following statement condemning Governor Phil Murphy’s decision to freeze $500,000 in funding for a road project in Hillsborough that would improve public safety.

Sen. Kip Bateman condemned Gov. Phil Murphy’s decision to freeze $500,000 in funding for a road project in Hillsborough that would improve public safety. (Pixabay)

“The Brown Avenue extension project represents a critical public safety improvement that will make local roads in the area safer,” said Bateman. “By freezing funding for this project unnecessarily, Governor Murphy is only putting the people of Hillsborough at risk.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: School Cuts in Adopted State Budget Are Unconscionable

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove lambasted the deep and painful school funding cuts to local school districts in the recently adopted FY 2020 State Budget that was passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Murphy.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove lambasted deep funding cuts to local school districts in the recently adopted FY 2020 State Budget that was passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Murphy. (Wikipedia)

The 9th District delegation, which had worked closely with local school officials to modify the state’s broken school funding formula, issued the following statement:

“Students, education professionals, parents and taxpayers in our area will pay a heavy price for Trenton’s unwillingness to admit that the state’s school funding formula is fundamentally flawed and politicized.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Recognized by American Conservative Union for Legislative Voting Record

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State Senator Has Strong Record of Serving as an Advocate for Fiscal Responsibility and Securing Justice for New Jerseyans

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) has been honored with the prestigious “Award for Conservative Achievement” by the American Conservative Union in recognition of his legislative voting record in 2018.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio has been honored with the prestigious “Award for Conservative Achievement” in recognition of his 2018 legislative voting record. (ACU Foundation)

“I am honored to receive this recognition by the oldest grassroots conservative organization in the United States,” Pennacchio said. “I’ve always believed that overtaxed and vulnerable New Jerseyans deserve to have a fighting voice in Trenton. This award proves it is possible to be fiscally conservative and maintain a social conscience at the same time.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Wolfe Blast Impact of Governor’s Immigration Directive on Ocean County Jails

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe of the 10th Legislative District are speaking out against Governor Murphy’s directive forcing jails in the state to reduce their cooperation with federal immigration authorities. The legislators blasted it as yet another step in the Governor’s quest to turn New Jersey into a sanctuary state.

District 10 lawmakers speak out against Gov. Murphy’s directive forcing jails in the state to reduce their cooperation with federal immigration authorities. (Flickr)

“Governor Murphy’s directive will prevent our jails from working with ICE to deport known criminals who are already in custody,” said Senator Holzapfel. “It’s an outrageous and dangerous political statement that jeopardizes the safety of millions of New Jersey residents. We shouldn’t allow the Governor to create a sanctuary for criminals in our state.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Calls for Action on Bill Prohibiting Golden Parachute Payouts to Departing University Faculty

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Blasts $480k Sabbatical Handout to Departing Rutgers New Brunswick Chancellor

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) called for legislative action on his bill to end golden parachute payouts following news that Rutgers University is granting a $480,000 payout to the hastily departing New Brunswick campus Chancellor for a one-year sabbatical.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio called to end golden parachute payouts following news that Rutgers is granting a $480,000 payout to the hastily departing New Brunswick campus Chancellor for a one-year sabbatical. (SenateNJ.com)

“The state’s largest public research university is forking over nearly half-a-million dollars to pay for an early departing administrator’s one-year vacation,” Pennacchio said. “This handout is a gross misuse by Rutgers of the tuition they receive from students and the tax dollars they receive from the State. Every dollar Rutgers wastes on these payouts is a dollar not spent on teaching and research. With tuition and student debt on the rise, I am calling for the State Legislature to take action to end this fiscally-irresponsible practice.”

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Tom Kean

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Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

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Anthony Bucco

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Gerald Cardinale

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Kristin Corrado

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Michael Doherty

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Jim Holzapfel

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Steven Oroho

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Declan O'Scanlon

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Joe Pennacchio

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Robert Singer

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Samuel Thompson

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