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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Drafting Bill to Preserve COVID Legal Immunity for Senior Communities

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are drafting legislation to prevent the expiration of legal immunity for senior communities from COVID-related lawsuits. Under current law enacted on June 30 of this year, senior communities and other planned real estate developments would lose their legal immunity from COVID-related lawsuits on January 1, 2022.

Sen. Christopher Connors, Asm. Brian Rumpf, and Asw. DiAnne Gove are drafting legislation to prevent the expiration of legal immunity for senior communities from COVID-related lawsuits. (SenateNJ.com)

The 9th District Legislative Delegation issued the following statement:

“A large segment of our constituency is comprised of seniors living in senior communities. For that reason, our Delegation strongly supported the law to protect senior community homeowner associations from COVID-related lawsuits. While the legislation was being debated, our Delegation provided legislative updates to thousands of constituents who had taken an active interest in the issue. We did so with the understanding that many seniors wanted to return to a sense of normalcy, which meant having the ability to use community facilities, such as clubhouses and pools.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Holly Schepisi
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Bucco/Pennacchio/Schepisi Legislation Supporting Pediatric Cancer Research Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco, Joseph Pennacchio, and Holly Schepisi that would support funding for pediatric cancer research has been signed into law by Governor Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Tony Bucco, Joe Pennacchio, and Holly Schepisi that would support funding for pediatric cancer research has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“I am pleased that the Governor signed both of these bills into law today. As a survivor of pediatric cancer, I know there are few things that can make a child feel so scared or parents so helpless,” said Bucco (R-25). “I am thankful every day that I was one of the lucky ones who survived. With better-funded research, we can improve treatments and survival rates to ensure that luck is no longer a factor in deciding which children with cancer will have an opportunity to grow up and live full lives.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio to Introduce Legislation that Would Treat Recovered COVID Patients No Different than Vaccinated Individuals

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Senator Models New Legislation on Israel’s Public Health Policy

Senator Joe Pennacchio will introduce new legislation that would treat recovered COVID-19 patients the same as those who have been vaccinated under any vaccine mandate or passport scheme that may be implemented.

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He said the bill addresses public concerns with President Biden’s decision to force vaccines on many Americans. Along with the Federal government, more private businesses, companies, and other venues are requiring “vaccine passports” for their workers and for the public to participate in their jobs, recreation, and other daily activities.

A recent study from Israel suggests that natural immunity confers 13 times the protection provided by two doses of Pfizer vaccines. This information comes after reports from Massachusetts that three-fourths of people infected with the Delta variant of COVID had been previously fully vaccinated.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Says Treasury Announcement on Ben & Jerry’s Shows Success of Law Prohibiting State Investment in Companies that Boycott Israel

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) said an announcement by the New Jersey Department of Treasury today demonstrates the success of a 2016 law which prohibits the investment of state public employee retirement funds in companies that boycott Israel.

Sen. Tom Kean said an announcement by the Treasury Department demonstrates the success of a 2016 law which prohibits the investment of New Jersey public employee retirement funds in companies that boycott Israel. (Pixabay)

“Our anti-BDS law was one of the first in the nation to use the power of state investment decisions to remove support for businesses that boycott Israel,” said Kean. “The announcement by Treasury that state investment will be prohibited in the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s following a review we requested pursuant to the law we enacted is yet another example that the process works as intended.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Affordable Housing Project in Howell Underscores Need for Legislative Reform, Say Singer, Kean and Thomson

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Sen. Robert Singer and Assemblymen Sean Kean and Edward Thomson, lawmakers from Legislative District 30, which includes Howell, say a proposed 319-unit project in the township illustrates the urgent need for affordable housing reform. When the Legislature reconvenes after the November election, they are calling on lawmakers to immediately consider affordable housing policy that includes eliminating mandatory construction, and ensuring housing obligation calculations account for the town’s infrastructure, among other factors.

Sen. Robert Singer, Asm. Sean Kean, and Asm. Edward Thomson, lawmakers from District 30, say a proposed 319-unit project in Howell illustrates the urgent need for affordable housing reform. (Pixabay)

“When a judge mandates hundreds of new housing units for a town, they often fail to consider the uniqueness of each community and the impact on the town’s quality of life,” said Singer. “It is time for the Legislature to fulfill its responsibility to enact a sensible affordable housing policy which serves the best interest of the communities we represent.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio to Federal Government: Stop Treating Morris County Like an Orphan

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Ida Recovery and Flood Mitigation Efforts Need State and Federal Support

Senator Joe Pennacchio said Morris County needs immediate State and federal support to address flood damage caused by Hurricane Ida and to mitigate the impact of flooding in the future.

Morris County was not among the counties listed in a federal disaster declaration on September 5 as a result of Hurricane Ida, leaving residents ineligible for direct recovery assistance. (FEMA)

“It’s extremely disappointing that President Biden didn’t declare a Major Disaster Area for Morris County following Hurricane Ida and his visit to New Jersey,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Instead of fighting for help when they had the chance, our representatives in Congress settled for a photo op with the President. Our residents need federal disaster funding for Morris County, not pictures on Facebook.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Urges President Biden to Add Union & Morris Counties as Declared Major Disaster Area

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean urged President Joseph Biden to add Union and Morris counties to the list of New Jersey counties that have been declared major disaster areas following the devastating impact of Hurricane Ida:

Sen. Tom Kean urged President Biden to add Union and Morris counties to the list of New Jersey counties that have been declared major disaster areas following the devastating impact of Hurricane Ida. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’ve been touring Morris and Union counties and meeting with homeowners and business owners who suffered devastating flood damage as a result of Ida,” said Kean (R-Union/Morris/Somerset). “It’s clear they have the same urgent need for federal support as the six New Jersey counties that have already been declared major disaster areas. I urge President Biden to extend the major disaster declaration to Union and Morris counties to ensure that all of our communities get the help they will need for a full and successful recovery.”

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Rebukes Democrats for Political Game that is Harming Atlantic County Families

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Calls on Senate Democrats to Allow Polistina to Take his Senate Seat Immediately

New Jersey is saddled with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, and Atlantic County, at 11.1 percent, has the highest percentage of residents out of work. More than any other area of the state, Senator Pennacchio said, they need help from their State Senator ensuring that people get the unemployment benefits they deserve.

With a state-high unemployment rate of 11.1, Atlantic County residents deserve help from their senator, and Trenton Democrats are standing in the way, Sen. Joe Pennacchio said. (SenateNJ.com)

“How can the Trenton Democrats do this to residents of the 2nd Legislative District and Atlantic County? It’s shameful,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The Governor’s unemployment fiasco has resulted in thousands of residents not getting their checks or having them delayed.

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Chris Connors
Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Jim Holzapfel
Senator Sam Thompson

Singer/Connors/Holzapfel/Thompson/O’Scanlon Call on NJ Homeland Security to Vet Incoming Afghan Refugees

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Question Ability of Federal Officials in Kabul to Keep Local Communities Safe

Almost 10,000 Afghan refugees fleeing the turmoil in their homeland will be coming to New Jersey, and Senate Republicans are calling on New Jersey’s Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness to ensure they are thoroughly vetted.

In a letter to the director of New Jersey’s Homeland Security and Preparedness, Sens. Singer, Connors, Holzapfel, Thompson and O’Scanlon emphasized the need to vet and screen refugees coming to the state from Afghanistan. (Wikimedia Commons)

Senators Robert Singer, Chris Connors, Jim Holzapfel, Sam Thompson and Declan O’Scanlon today wrote to NJ Homeland Director Laurie R. Duran emphasizing the need to protect New Jersey residents from possible terrorists who may have circumvented checkpoints and federal screening on the ground in Kabul before boarding flights to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republican Leadership Calls on Senate President Sweeney to Recognize Sen. Vince Polistina

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Say Atlantic County Families Can’t Afford to Wait Months for Help

The Senate Republican leadership team called for Senate President Stephen Sweeney to recognize the swearing-in of Senator Vince Polistina (R-2) that occurred on Monday, August 23.

The Senate Republican leadership team called for Senate President Stephen Sweeney to recognize the swearing-in of Senator Vince Polistina (R-2) that occurred on Monday, August 23. (SenateNJ.com)

The following joint statement was issued by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21), Deputy Leader Bob Singer (R-30), Conference Leader Kristin Corrado (R-40), Whip Joe Pennacchio (R-26), Deputy Whip Kip Bateman (R-16), and Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24):

“We are deeply concerned that Senate President Sweeney will not recognize the swearing-in of Senator Polistina. We believe the families of the 2nd Legislative District deserve the representation and support that a sitting senator can provide during this extremely difficult time.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

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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