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Senate Republicans Call on Governor to Provide Clarity & Take Action to Reopen More of NJ

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The fifteen members of the Senate Republican caucus sent the following letter (click here for PDF) to Governor Phil Murphy calling for clarity and action to reopen more of New Jersey:

The 15 members of the Senate Republican caucus called on Gov. Murphy for clarity and action to reopen more of New Jersey. (Pixabay)

The full text of the letter is below:

May 27, 2020,

Dear Governor Murphy,

As the threat of COVID-19 continues to recede quickly for the general public, it is imperative that we make smart and fair decisions to end the hardships that continue to impact many New Jerseyans. We are concerned that many of the broad restrictions that remain on various activities and business operations as a result of the executive orders you issued at the start of the COVID-19 crisis seem to make little sense today.

We have heard repeatedly from our constituents that the manner in which reopenings have been announced appears to be arbitrary and inconsistent, with no clear communication regarding the metrics or benchmarks that must be met for executive orders to be loosened or lifted.

Other states, including New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida, have issued guidance that pegs data against clear benchmarks to demonstrate that public health interests are served by their states’ policies related to the coronavirus. The people of New Jersey deserve no less.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove to Murphy: Veto Proposed Toll Increases

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove have called on Governor Phil Murphy to veto the minutes of any meetings held by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) and the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) which approve toll increases on the Garden State Parkway, the New Jersey Turnpike, and/or the Atlantic City Expressway.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove have called on Gov. Murphy to veto the minutes of meetings held by the NJ Turnpike Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Authority which approve toll increases. (Wikimedia Commons)

In their letter to Governor Murphy on May 27, the 9th District delegation made the following statements:

“In view of the unprecedented economic uncertainty for commuters and businesses, our Delegation is urging you in the strongest terms possible to veto the minutes of any meeting held by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) and/or South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) which approve toll increases on the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike as well as the Atlantic City Expressway.

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District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Resolution To Forgive Superstorm Sandy Federal Relief Aid Passes In Committee

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A concurrent resolution sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) urging the President and Congress to enact legislation forgiving certain community disaster loans issued after Superstorm Sandy has passed the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.  SCR-111 echoes Congressman Chris Smith’s federal legislation, H.R. 6454, a bill that would mandate the forgiveness of certain community disaster loans secured by New Jersey municipalities from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help with Superstorm Sandy recovery.

A resolution sponsored by Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano, advanced by committee today, would urge the federal government to forgive some community disaster loans issued after Superstorm Sandy. (WikiMedia Commons)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lawmakers agree with Congressman Smith’s effort to help the State’s residents and businesses during the pandemic.  This federal resolution would have a profound impact throughout New Jersey in helping stabilize the economy, and would provide much needed support to the citizens of the State in the fight against COVID-19.

“We are pleased to see this bill pass through committee bringing it one step closer to helping our residents during this difficult financial time,” stated Senator Holzapfel.  “In 2012, our district was one of the hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.  While I have no doubt we will recover from this pandemic and come back stronger than before, we must provide some relief to our residents at this time.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Hiking Tolls While NJ Locked Down Is Shameful

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Senator Kip Bateman slammed the approval of multiple toll hikes on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway while New Jerseyans remain stuck at home under the Governor’s lockdown orders.

Sen. Kip Bateman slammed the approval of multiple toll hikes while New Jerseyans remain stuck at home under the Governor’s lockdown orders. (SenateNJ.com)

“Bureaucrats who control our highways are quietly fast-tracking massive toll hikes on New Jersey drivers when nobody is looking,” said Bateman (R-16). “While our daily commutes may look different today, these toll increases will slam drivers with higher costs as our state reopens, making the New Jersey an even more expensive place to live, work, and raise a family. There has been nothing transparent about the process. It’s absolutely shameful.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Subpoenas Necessary for Productive Investigation into State’s COVID Response

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Says Hearing Should be Held in Trenton

Senator Joe Pennacchio once again commended news that the Senate will establish a special committee to investigate the state’s COVID-19 response and asserted that the panel must be empowered to subpoena witnesses.

Senator Pennacchio said a thorough Senate investigation of the state’s COVID response requires the right to subpoena witnesses and documents, and should be held at the State House complex in Trenton. (SenateNJ.com)

“According to a report from NJ Advance Media, the Administration is anything but forthcoming with information and details, and without subpoena powers it will be very difficult for the investigation to accomplish its mission,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “A thorough examination of the life-changing edicts, executive orders and mandates that have been unleashed on New Jersey residents warrants a comprehensive, real-time, evaluation. That will not be possible if the committee cannot require testimony and documents.”

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District 13

O’Scanlon, DiMaso & Scharfenberger Call Toll Hike Vote “Unconscionable”

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (R-Monmouth) today condemned New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s vote to approve a toll hike along the Turnpike and Parkway.

O’Scanlon, DiMaso & Scharfenberger condemned the NJ Turnpike Authority’s vote to approve a toll hike along the Turnpike and Parkway. (SenateNJ.com)

“It is completely astounding that the Turnpike Authority believed they should move forward with this toll hike process. We are in the midst of a pandemic. Loved ones have been lost. People have been confined to their homes for more than two months. Hundreds of thousands are currently worrying about whether their businesses will be able to reopen in time for their livelihood to be saved.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Sweeney – Oroho Bill Would Establish Electronic Bidding Process for State Projects

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Trenton – The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee today endorsed a bill sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Republican Budget Officer Steve Oroho that would establish an electronic construction procurement process for state public works construction projects.

A panel today cleared legislation sponsored by Senate President Sweeney and Senate Republican Budget Officer Oroho that would utilize technology to bolster the construction procurement process for state public works construction projects. (SenateNJ.com)

The process would use computer technology and the Internet for the advertising and submission of public bids to determine the lowest responsible bidder.

“Over the past decade, states across the country have taken steps to take advantage of advances in technology and create governmental efficiencies, including electronic bidding,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “The COVID shutdown underscores the value of electronic bidding but it is a process that should be available at all times. It can result in a more efficient process and produce cost savings.”

“This is part of our ongoing effort to streamline government and make it more efficient and cost effective,” said Senator Oroho. “We’ve all learned during the coronavirus lockdown how much important work can be done remotely through technology. It’s important that our procurement laws not deter these capabilities from being employed wherever feasible by the state, local governments, and our school districts and colleges.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill Would Strengthen Pandemic Resilience of Local, County Health Departments for COVID’s Second Wave

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Just as it did to health care workers and first responders, the virus pandemic stressed the capabilities of local and county health departments to the breaking point.

Legislation drafted by Senator Singer would create a ‘Local Health Department Infectious Disease Preparedness Study Commission’ to ensure local and county health departments are ready to cope with future health crises. (Flickr)

Senator Robert Singer is determined to ensure the small, over-burdened health departments are better prepared for expanded public safety roles if the coronavirus resurfaces in the fall.

“As bad as the virus has been in New Jersey, claiming the lives of 11,000 people, we may well have dodged a bullet this time,” said Singer (R-30). “However, health experts and scientists warn a second wave of COVID is almost inevitable without coordinated, aggressive efforts. The next round could be even more dangerous, and it is essential our local and county health departments have the tools necessary to effectively respond to outbreaks. We must be battle ready at the local, county and state levels.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Tom Kean

Kean and Corrado Applaud Go-Ahead for In-Person Graduations

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Both Call for Ceremonies to be Held in June

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Kristin Corrado commended the announcement that New Jersey schools can hold in-person graduations this summer.

Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kristin Corrado commended the announcement that New Jersey schools can hold in-person graduations this summer. (©iStock)

“The Class of 2020 has rightfully earned their degrees and are more than deserving of a proper celebration with their classmates,” said Kean (R-21). “In the face of adversity, our graduates will experience the unforgettable moment of walking across the graduation stage and receiving their diploma. While I am pleased the governor has listened to the pleas of senior classes throughout our state, I ask that graduation ceremonies be held during the traditional timeline in June.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, O’Scanlon & Corrado Applaud Establishment of Special Senate Committee to Review & Improve State’s Response to COVID-19

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Senator Steven Oroho, Senator Declan O’Scanlon, and Senator Kristin Corrado applauded the formation of a bipartisan Senate Review & Recovery Committee to review and improve upon the State’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Senators Oroho, O’Scanlon & Corrado applauded the formation of a bipartisan Senate Review & Recovery Committee to review and improve upon the State’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. (SenateNJ.com)

“We applaud this bipartisan effort to learn from the mistakes that were made at the outset of the coronavirus crisis to improve our State’s response going forward,” said Oroho (R-24). “I’m especially concerned about our ability to ensure that our long-term care facilities, where half of New Jersey’s COVID-19 deaths occurred, have the capability to better protect vulnerable residents. By examining how this tragedy occurred and recommending solutions, we hope to save lives and prevent it from happening again.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony M. 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

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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