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LD1 Lawmakers Call for Review of Landlord, Tenant Protections

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In a joint statement today, Senator Mike Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan warned that landlords across the state are becoming the invisible victims of the pandemic as financial pressures from missed rent payments mount:

Sen. Mike Testa, Asm. Erik Simonsen, and Asm. Antwan McClellan warned that landlords across the state are becoming the invisible victims of the pandemic as financial pressures from missed rent payments mount. (©iStock)

“Right now, we are sitting on a time bomb when it comes to tenants and landlords, and if the government doesn’t take action soon, there’s going to be hell to pay. The state economy has been in shambles for more than a year. While the impact on small businesses, bars and restaurants and the resultant closing of almost 40 percent of establishments is a nightmare, the threat to residential and commercial landlords could be more devastating.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Calls on Governor Murphy to Reopen Congregate Day Programs

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco sent Governor Phil Murphy a letter (click here for PDF) calling on the Governor to reopen congregate day programs funded by the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).

Sen. Tony Bucco sent Gov. Phil Murphy a letter calling on the Governor to reopen congregate day programs funded by the Division of Developmental Disabilities. (SenateNJ.com)

“Congregate day programs provide critical services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Unfortunately, due to Governor Murphy’s inconsistent COVID-19 policies, these facilities have been unable to reopen. This is in direct contrast to other neighboring states, such as New York, where adult day care facilities remain open,” said Bucco (R-25). “Over the last several days, I have met with countless parents who are worried that their adult children with disabilities are being left behind by the Murphy Administration. This is unacceptable. I urge the Governor to reopen these facilities immediately so that individuals who need these programs can receive the support they deserve.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Governor Evading COVID Questions is Nothing New

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Pennacchio Credits Media for Finally Demanding Answers

After the Governor repeatedly dodged media questions about the reporting of new positive COVID cases, Senator Joe Pennacchio said it was not unexpected.

After the Governor repeatedly dodged media questions about the reporting of new positive COVID cases, Sen. Joe Pennacchio said the Administration has demonstrated a total disregard for transparency. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Governor has been disingenuous to New Jersey residents,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “He holds his press conference, and he does his usual routine, but he isn’t forthcoming with information the public deserves to hear. Too many questions remain unanswered.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Calls on Governor Murphy to Reopen Adult Day Care Facilities

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Senator Kristin Corrado is calling on Governor Murphy to reopen adult day care facilities throughout the State, including congregate day programs funded by the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).

Sen. Kristin Corrado is calling on Gov. Murphy to reopen adult day care facilities throughout the State, including congregate day programs funded by the Division of Developmental Disabilities. (SenateNJ.com)

“Congregate day programs provide vital services to thousands of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Corrado (R-40). “I hear from families every day about the value of these community-based programs, and how they allow so many adults to live their lives as independently as possible. By preventing these facilities from reopening, the Governor is effectively impeding the developmental progress of thousands of disabled New Jerseyans.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Oppose Bill Prohibiting Law Enforcement at Polling Places

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9th District Delegation Calls Legislation an Affront to Law Enforcement

Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove stand opposed to controversial legislation that would prohibit law enforcement from standing within 100 feet of a polling place or drop box during an election—even if off-duty.

Sen. Christopher Connors, Asm. Brian Rumpf, and Asw. DiAnne Gove oppose controversial legislation that would prohibit law enforcement from standing within 100 feet of a polling place or drop box during an election. (©iStock)

Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove voted against the Assembly version, A-4655, when the legislation was voted on and passed by the Assembly on March 25. Senator Connors intended to vote against the Senate version, S-2923, which was amended on the Senate floor on the same day and remains on Second Reading.

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District 1

DISTRICT ONE TEAM HOSTS MOBILE MVC TRUCK IN MIDDLE TOWNSHIP

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Veterans served by appointment prior to walk up service to the public

Over sixty Cape May County residents, including nearly two dozen veterans, were able to access New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission services from an MVC Mobile unit, which visited the Cape May County Court House parking area from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Over sixty Cape May County residents, including nearly two dozen veterans, were able to access New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission services from an MVC Mobile unit, which visited the Cape May County Court House.

Residents were able to access licensing services, process Real ID applications and speak face to face with MVC services agents on other pending issues and concerns.

“We were happy to host this event for our constituents, in an effort to bring some relief to the many residents struggling to access MVC services,” State Senator Michael Testa (R-D1) said. “While this is small help to some, we continue to advocate for the full restoration of all MVC services at every office in our District.”

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District 24

Oroho, Space & Wirths Call for Northwest NJ Vet Center

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Introduce Resolution Calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to Fill Void

Almost 50,000 veterans living in Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon and Warren counties would have easier access to care, counseling and assistance with the establishment of a new Vet Center to serve the northwestern portion of the state.

Sen. Steve Oroho, Asm. Parker Space and Asm. Hal Wirths are working to help veterans get easier access to care, counseling and assistance with the establishment of a new Vet Center in the northwest part of the state. (Flickr)

Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space, and Assemblyman Hal Wirths sponsor concurrent resolutions urging the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington to fill the void in the region with a new center, which would be the sixth in the state. The announcement coincides with National Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado to Governor: Developmentally Disabled and Homebound Residents Need Vaccines, Too

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As thousands of New Jersey residents are being vaccinated every day, Senator Kristin Corrado said the state’s plan is failing some vulnerable individuals.

Sen. Kristin Corrado called for Gov. Murphy to ensure that homebound seniors and developmentally disabled residents are not forgotten in COVID-19 vaccination efforts. (Pixabay)

“Homebound seniors and developmentally disabled residents feel abandoned,” said Corrado (R-40). “They wonder when, if ever, they will have the opportunity to get the vaccine. We are getting calls at our office constantly from family members concerned that they loved ones will fall through the cracks in the rush to inoculate as many New Jersey residents as quickly as possible.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa: Heartbreaking, Compelling Testimony at Unemployment System Hearing Should Drive Fixes

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Senator Michael Testa said he hoped heartbreaking and compelling testimony provided at Friday’s independent hearing on New Jersey’s broken unemployment system would drive Governor Phil Murphy to invest in critical upgrades.

Sen. Michael Testa said he hoped heartbreaking and compelling testimony provided at the independent hearing on New Jersey’s broken unemployment system would drive Governor Phil Murphy to invest in critical upgrades. (YouTube/NJ Senate Republicans)

“We heard heartbreaking stories from real people who were failed and let down by New Jersey’s unemployment system,” said Testa (R-1). “”These unemployed workers told us about the frustration of busy signals, website errors, and rude agents when they finally got through to a live person to discuss their claims. They explained the challenges of trying to survive while waiting months to receive the unemployment benefits they earned. The single message they all had is that the New Jersey’s unemployment system is broken and needs to be fixed. I hope Governor Murphy was listening.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Statement on Independent Hearing on NJ’s Unemployment System

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon issued the following statement today during the Independent Hearing on Unemployment:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said the labor commissioner and staff failed to appreciate the scope and severity of the problems unemployed New Jerseyans were facing. (YouTube/NJ Senate Republicans)

“While the labor Commissioner and the staff tried hard, it was obvious there was no recognition of dramatic nature of our unemployment insurance system’s failure from the top. The administration failed to assess the scope of the problems, the dire, life-threatening severity of the impact of the challenges people were facing.

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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

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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