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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Statement on Weinberg’s Decision to Not Seek Another Term

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Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) issued the following statement following Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s (D-37) announcement that she will not seek another term in office:

Statement from Sen. Kristin Corrado regarding Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s announcement that she will not seek another term in office. (SenateNJ.com)

“In our short time working together, I have gained great respect for Sen. Weinberg’s dedication to tackling extremely difficult issues, her steadfast advocacy for survivors of rape and domestic abuse, and her fearlessness in standing up to those in power even within her own party.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Senator Weinberg’s Pending Retirement

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement on Senate Democrat Leader Loretta Weinberg’s decision not to run for reelection after nearly 30 years in the Legislature:

Senate Republic Leader Tom Kean responded to Senate Democrat Leader Loretta Weinberg’s announcement that she would retire at the end of this term. (SenateNJ.com)

“Loretta has been a good friend, a dedicated representative of her constituents, and at times, a worthy adversary. During her tenure in public office, the Senator’s steady, measured demeanor and thoughtful, authoritative voice helped her become an influential Democrat leader. I enjoyed working closely with her on several important bipartisan initiatives as her commitment to helping the people of New Jersey has always been undeniable.  I look forward to continuing to work with her in the year ahead.”

District 13

O’Scanlon & DiMaso Call for Teacher Vaccine Eligibility

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) today called for New Jersey educators to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine following news that vaccine eligibility would be expanded to residents over 65.

After the Administration announced vaccine eligibility would be expanded to residents over 65 years old, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso called vaccines for teachers so in-school instruction can resume. (Flickr)

“We absolutely must be giving the vaccine to our older, vulnerable population immediately and I commend the decision to do that. However, while we are expanding eligibility it is important that we add our educators to that list as well,” said O’Scanlon. “The administration has clearly stated that they believe the goal must be to keep schools open safely. They have acknowledged that prolonged fully remote learning has impacts on our students. The best, obvious way to ensure we can keep kids in school is by immediately expanding eligibility to our teachers. Staff shortages due to exposure in the community or schools have been the number one issue causing closures for our school districts. If we vaccinate educators we can keep schools open.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado: Murphy Administration Must Address Concerns About Vaccination Plans for Residents with Disabilities

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Senator Kristin Corrado today called on the Murphy Administration and the Department of Health to clarify COVID vaccination plans for individuals with developmentally and intellectually disabilities residing in private homes.

Sen. Kristin Corrado urged the Murphy Administration to clarify its COVID vaccination plans for individuals with developmentally and intellectually disabilities residing in private homes. (©iStock)

Corrado’s office has heard from constituents who worry that their loved ones are being left behind in the State’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination.

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District 13

O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Governor Painting Nice Picture Despite Numerous Failures

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) criticized Governor Murphy’s State of the State address.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso criticized the Governor for his unrealistic portrayal of conditions in the State. (SenateNJ.com)

“The administration seems to be painting a much rosier picture of what has, and is, happening in the state right now,” said O’Scanlon “Chief among those misconceptions is the statement that they have protected businesses and grants from the EDA have allowed businesses to stay open. While I’m sure those grants or loans have helped some, they haven’t made up for the months-overdue increase in restaurant capacity. Nor have they addressed just how difficult it was for business owners to navigate the cumbersome state application process. At the same time, the Governor has vetoed several of my bipartisan bills that would increase grants and aid to the restaurant and hospitality industry.”

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District 10

District 10 Lawmakers React to Gov. Murphy’s State of the State

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Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano (all R-10) conveyed disappointment and concern upon listening to Governor Phil Murphy’s 2021 State of the State Address.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin, and Asm. John Catalano (all R-10) conveyed disappointment and concern upon listening to Gov. Murphy’s 2021 State of the State Address. (SenateNJ.com)

“The State of the State would have been stronger if Governor Murphy did not cripple our economy unnecessarily,” said Holzapfel. “Unfortunately, the Governor echoed the same rhetoric during his address that he has for years. And due to his careless policies—especially related to the COVID-19 pandemic—he drove two million New Jerseyans into a broken unemployment system, sat on billions of dollars in federal CARES Act relief funds, and repeatedly blocked Republican legislation that would have helped small businesses and nonprofits keep their lights on during their time of need.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Blasts Murphy for Failing New Jersey Residents

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Senator Kristin Corrado issued the following statement in response to Governor Murphy’s State of the State Address:

Sen. Kristin Corrado said Governor Murphy’s State of the State address ignored the harsh realities that impact New Jersey residents every day. (SenateNJ.com)

“Clearly, the Governor’s version of the State’s condition is nothing like the reality experienced by everyday New Jerseyans. Today’s address was further proof that Murphy is detached from State residents. He doesn’t understand us because he isn’t one of us.

“This has been one of the worst years on record for our State, yet the Governor spent a half hour patting himself on the back. He cannot relate to the challenges, the struggles, the worries of working families and seniors on fixed incomes who has suffered immeasurably during the pandemic.

“The Administration’s disastrous mismanagement of the coronavirus in veteran’s homes and long-term care facilities claimed 7,500 lives.

“New Jersey’s vaccine rollout is one of the slowest in the nation, and it was botched from the start.

“The systemic incompetence at unemployment and the Motor Vehicle Commission was a national embarrassment.

“And the business landscape will take decades to recover from the damage of Murphy’s lockdowns and restrictions that devastated Main Streets from one end of the State to the other. More than one-third of all small businesses in the New Jersey have closed their doors forever, and those that held on are struggling for survival. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost.

“That is the reality: What are you looking at, Governor?

“New Jersey residents deserve investigations, accountability and leadership. Instead Murphy took a victory lap and reveled in his alternative reality.”

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco on the State of the State

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) issued the following statement on the State of the State:

Sen. Tony Bucco’s statement on the State of the State. (SenateNJ.com)

“The people of New Jersey are resilient, but many are struggling after a very difficult year.

“Let me say at the outset that we stand united with the governor in condemning the violence at the Capitol last week. We owe it all our constituents to speak truthfully about the election results and condemn the acts of those who seek to overturn a democratic election with lies and violence.

“We also stand united in praising our front line health care workers and first responders who have risked their lives and health this year to server others. They are the best of New Jersey. We stand with the governor in praising their courage and bravery.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean on the State of the State

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement on Governor Phil Murphy’s State of the State address:

Statement from Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on Gov. Phil Murphy’s State of the State address. (SenateNJ.com)

“The people of New Jersey have shown great resilience and tenacity after a year that has been one of the most difficult in memory.

“Not only were they forced to cope with the impacts of a pandemic, but they also had to navigate a slew of arbitrary executive orders that only added to the burden of an already challenging situation.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Statement on Senate Resolution Regarding Violence at U.S. Capitol

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) issued the following statement after abstaining on a Senate resolution that could further inflame tensions following the violence that occurred at the United States Capitol last week:

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco abstained on a Senate resolution that could further inflame tensions following the violence that occurred at the United States Capitol last week. (SenateNJ.com)

“All of us in the Legislature, Republican and Democrat, condemn the violence that occurred last week in Washington, D.C. I would have voted without hesitation for a resolution that was focused on condemning that violence as well as the President’s rhetoric which inflamed the crowd and led to the dangerous situation seen last week.

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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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