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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Responds to Murphy Administration’s Release of Overdue Proposal for Using Federal Pandemic Relief Funds

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Senate Republicans Proposed a Comprehensive Plan in April

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) responded to the Murphy Administration’s release of a long-overdue proposal for the allocation of billions in federal pandemic relief funds that were delivered to New Jersey in May through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Sen. Steven Oroho responded to the Murphy Administration’s release of a long-overdue proposal for the allocation of billions in federal pandemic relief funds. (Pixabay)

“I look forward to finally having the opportunity to review the Murphy administration’s proposal for using billions in federal relief funds that were sent to New Jersey six months ago,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer and incoming Republican Leader. “At first blush, however, it appears the administration’s plan is grossly incomplete and fails to address key needs for New Jersey. Many months ago, Republicans offered a detailed proposal that would help workers and small businesses, support tenants and landlords, invest in infrastructure improvements, fix broken computer systems at unemployment and the MVC, and prevent unnecessary tax increases on employers. Unfortunately, most of those important priorities still haven’t been addressed.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Michael Testa

Pennacchio & Testa: Murphy Administration’s Vaccine Mandates Ignore Science of Natural Immunity

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Senators Point to New Analysis in The Lancet, Say Governor Continues to Cherry Pick Science to Support Overbearing Executive Orders & Mandates

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Michael Testa said Governor Phil Murphy continues to ignore the science of natural immunity and of COVID-19 in general as his administration forges ahead with vaccine mandates and continues unnecessary pandemic restrictions.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Michael Testa said Gov. Phil Murphy continues to ignore the science of natural immunity and of COVID-19 in general as his administration forges ahead with vaccine mandates and continues unnecessary pandemic restrictions. (©iStock)

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Murphy administration has cherry-picked the science on COVID-19 to impose overbearing executive orders and a slew of unnecessary mandates on New Jerseyans,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “We’re now dealing with Governor Murphy’s sweeping vaccine mandates on hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans that completely ignore the science of natural immunity, which we’re learning could result in a greater risk of adverse vaccine reactions for some who were already infected. It’s hard to trust the governor’s pandemic policies when he refuses to trust the science that should inform his decisions.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Bills Would Shine Light on Education in Public Schools

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Require Increased Transparency So Parents Are No Longer Left in the Dark

Senator Joe Pennacchio sponsors two bills increasing transparency and making it easier for mothers and fathers to keep up with what’s happening in their children’s classrooms.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio sponsors two bills increasing transparency and making it easier for mothers and fathers to keep up with what’s happening in their children’s classrooms. (Pixabay)

Pennacchio’s legislation supports parents who, after closely observing their children through a year of remote learning and hearing about controversial issues being advanced by some school districts, are becoming more engaged than ever in the education process.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Introduces Bill Promoting Election Transparency and Integrity

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Legislation Requires Open-Source Paper Ballot Voting Systems

To restore the public’s confidence, Senator Joe Pennacchio introduced legislation that would increase the transparency and reliability of elections in the state.

To restore public confidence in elections, Sen. Joe Pennacchio introduced legislation that would require open-source paper ballot voting systems in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“Elections are the cornerstone of our democracy. Recently, the public has begun questioning the accuracy and security of the election process,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “People have the right to demand elections that are fair and honest, and this bill would help restore faith in the process.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Michael Testa

Testa & Pennacchio Bill Would Keep Critical Race Theory Out of New Jersey Public Schools

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New Legislation Also Prohibits Public School Teachers from Engaging in Political, Ideological & Religious Advocacy in Classrooms

Senator Michael Testa and Senator Joe Pennacchio have introduced legislation that would prevent critical race theory (CRT) from being taught in New Jersey public schools. The bill would also prohibit public schools teachers from engaging in political, ideological, or religious advocacy in their classrooms.

Sen. Michael Testa and Sen. Joe Pennacchio have introduced legislation that would prevent critical race theory from being taught in New Jersey public schools. (©iStock)

“Critical race theory is a thinly-veiled effort to legitimize discrimination under the guise of an intellectual social theory,” said Testa (R-1). “Our legislation ensures that New Jersey’s public schools will not teach students that it’s okay to judge others or themselves or to treat people differently based on broad stereotypes that some inappropriately ascribe to an entire race or gender. We believe every person deserves to be treated as an individual.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Bill to Help Towns Manage Successful Property Assessment Appeals Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio that would ease the burden on municipalities faced with refunding excess property taxes was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio that would ease the burden on municipalities faced with refunding excess property taxes was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (Pixabay)

Pennacchio’s bill, S-926, permits towns to issue a property tax credit to homeowners who successfully appeal their assessments rather than issuing cash payments that can create financial pressures on cash-strapped towns.

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Senator Tom Kean

Panel Clears Kean Resolution Seeking Commissioning of U.S.S. New Jersey Submarine on the Camden Waterfront

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A resolution sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean calling for the commissioning of the new U.S.S. New Jersey fast-attack nuclear submarine to be held in New Jersey was endorsed by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee today.

A resolution sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean calls for the U.S. Navy to commissions the new U.S.S. New Jersey fast-attack nuclear submarine here in New Jersey.

“It is more than appropriate that the historic commissioning of this state-of-the-art vessel be conducted right here in this state, and more specifically in view of the retired Battleship New Jersey on the Camden waterfront,” said Kean (R-21).

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Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Kristin Corrado

Bateman and Corrado Bills to Improve and Expand Funding for Environmental Infrastructure Projects Clears Committee

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Bill Package Modifies Existing Law to Include Additional Projects

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) and Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) that would approve and provide affordable loans to local governments and public water utilities for environmental infrastructure projects through the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank was approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sens. Kip Bateman and Kristin Corrado’s legislation that would approve and provide affordable loans to local governments and public water utilities for environmental infrastructure projects through the NJ Infrastructure Bank cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. (Pixabay)

“This legislation is crucial for approving and financing important environmental infrastructure projects that protect our state’s drinking water and waterways,” said Bateman. “In fact, the low interest loans authorized by this package of bills will not only create jobs in New Jersey, but will preserve and protect the environment—which is so critical to our quality of life. Ultimately, providing an affordable financial strategy to upgrade critical infrastructure throughout the state will protect the public health of all New Jerseyans.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Statement on Senate President Sweeney’s Concession

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) issued the following statement in response to Senate President Steve Sweeney’s concession today:

Statement from Sen. Steven Oroho in response to Senate President Steve Sweeney’s concession. (SenateNJ.com)

“When I first came to Trenton, I immediately struck up a rapport with Steve Sweeney because our districts are very similar and we shared a focus on making New Jersey more competitive. Our working relationship has been an active one and I have been proud to work with Steve on many important issues. But what I’m even more proud of is just being able to call him a friend.”

Senator Joe Pennacchio

After Court Overturns School Mask Rule in PA, Pennacchio Says NJ Should Be Next

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Says Masking Decisions Should Be Made by Parents, Not Government

After a court struck down Governor Tom Wolf’s school mask mandate in Pennsylvania today, Senator Joe Pennacchio urged Governor Phil Murphy to lift his mask orders for New Jersey’s schools and children.

After a court struck down Gov. Tom Wolf’s school mask mandate in Pennsylvania, Sen. Joe Pennacchio urged Gov. Phil Murphy to lift his mask order for New Jersey’s schools and children. (©iStock)

“I think Pennsylvania courts made the right decision in striking down the Wolf administration’s school mask mandate after taking the time to conduct a thorough legal review,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Hopefully the Pennsylvania ruling will put more scrutiny on Governor Murphy’s mask mandates here in New Jersey and lead to their repeal. We believe masking decisions should be made by parents, not government.”

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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

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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