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Senator Steve Oroho

After Gruesome Colts Neck Murders, District 24 Lawmakers Echo Prosecutor On Death Penalty

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In the wake of the tragic murder of a Colts Neck family, Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Harold Wirths (all R-24) are calling for action on their legislation to reinstate the death penalty for certain crimes.

District 24 lawmakers call for action on their legislation to reinstate the death penalty in New Jersey, in light of the gruesome murder of a family in Colts Neck. (©iStock)

On Tues., Nov. 20, Paul Caneiro allegedly killed his brother, Keith Caneiro, in front of Keith’s home in Colts Neck, according to Eyewitness News. After he allegedly killed his brother, Paul Caneiro went on to allegedly kill Keith’s wife, Jennifer, and their two children. Paul Caneiro then allegedly set fire to his brother’s home, with the victims inside.

“The Colts Neck murderer deserves nothing less than the death penalty,” Sen. Steven Oroho said. “We can no longer ignore the public calls for action in gruesome cases like these. In 1992, New Jersey voters overwhelming enshrined the death penalty into the state constitution. However, Democrats overruled the will of the voters by banning the death penalty in 2007. Eliminating capital punishment has placed countless residents at risk. The horrible truth is that unless killers know the death penalty is on the table, there are monsters out there that will kill. In order to keep the public safe, we must reinstate the death penalty.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Editorial: Don’t Ignore the Data. Legislators Who Care About Public Safety Must Vote ‘No’ on Marijuana

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The following editorial by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) urging opposition to legislation to legalize marijuana was published on Dec. 4, 2018, on NorthJersey.com.

To view the data book on marijuana Senator Cardinale submitted to the officials, legislative staffers, and the media, click here

Sen. Gerald Cardinale’s editorial urging opposition to legislation to legalize marijuana in New Jersey was published on Dec. 4, 2018 on NorthJersey.com. (Pixabay)

At the Nov. 26 committee hearing in Trenton on legalizing marijuana, passion ruled the day. Logic was on vacation. We saw:

Passion … for marijuana tax revenue.

Passion … for power, as most “cannabusinesses” will need a labor union agreement as a condition of licensure.

Passion … for the political contributions that will flow from the extremely-profitable marijuana lobbying industry.

All of this passion made it astonishingly easy for legislators to brush aside our sacred duty to protect the public’s safety and health. Here’s why they must.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman/Codey Bill to Fund State Acquisition of Lands for Recreation and Conservation Purposes Advances

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A bill sponsored by  Senator Christopher Bateman and Senator Richard Codey that would appropriate $15.696 million to the Department of Environmental Protection for the purpose of funding the acquisition of lands by the state for recreation and conservation purposes advanced from the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Senator Kip Bateman has sponsored legislation that would appropriate $16.696 million to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We must ensure New Jersey’s open spaces are preserved for generations to come,” said Senator Bateman (R-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). “I have no doubt that, if passed, these funds will go towards worthy projects that will guarantee New Jersey can remain the Garden State.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman/Greenstein Bill Appropriating Funding for Capital Projects and Park Development Advances

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A bill sponsored by Senate Environment and Energy Committee Vice-Chair Linda Greenstein and Senator Christopher Bateman that would appropriate $2.940 million to the Department of Environmental Protection to fund capital projects and park development advanced from the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Bipartisan legislation would fund capital projects and park development advanced from the Senate Environment Committee. (©iStock)

“There is no greater lessen to teach our children than the importance of protecting the environment,” said Senator Bateman (R-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). “We are blessed with landscapes that range from beautiful beaches, to wide open valleys, and mountaintops that reach the clouds. There are a number of projects we can tackle to preserve these magnificent destinations. Securing this funding is a fiscally-responsible way to do so.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Committee Advances Kean/Beach Blockchain Taskforce

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Bipartisan Bill Would Modernize State Govt. Systems

The Senate Budget Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) and Senator James Beach (D-6) to launch the “NJ Blockchain Initiative Task Force.”

The task force established under the bill would be charged with developing new strategies to increase the efficiency of electronic communication.

Sen. Tom Kean’s bipartisan bill that would launch the NJ Blockchain Initiative Task Force passes committee. (Pixabay)

“The purpose of this taskforce is to look at every layer of government and see if there is a cost-effective way to implement this fast moving technology in a way that will benefit our residents,’ Kean said. “Blockchain is not a myth – nor is it hype. This technology has evolved tremendously since its initial platform for Bitcoin digital currency. The more I learn about Blockchain, the more I have come to see this as a great way for government offices to increase efficiency and secure the electronic systems we use to aid and protect residents Statewide.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Testifies in Support of Wanaque Outbreak Victims, Calls for Legislation at Senate Committee Hearing

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) today testified at the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Hearing addressing the deadly viral outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a facility with his legislative district.

During the hearing, Senator Cardinale called for action on his recently-introduced legislation to require cohorting at pediatric care facilities Statewide, to prevent the spread of infection among medically-fragile patients.

Below are his remarks to the committee, as prepared for delivery.

Thank you, Chairman Vitale, for allowing me to testify here today.

The heartbreaking tragedy at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a facility within my district, has shaken us to the core.

I echo the outrage we continue to hear from the families who lost children in this outbreak, as well as the concerns vocalized by the many others who have loved ones who are currently receiving care at a state facility.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco/Oroho/Singleton Bill to Give Small Business Owners the Power to Cut Red Tape Passes Committee

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Bipartisan bill would allow employers to challenge State Regulations that make it difficult to run a business in NJ

The Senate Budget Committee has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho, and Troy Singleton that would cut red tape for small businesses.

S-2345 would expand the scope of the existing New Jersey Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Bipartisan bill would allow employers to challenge State Regulations that make it difficult to run a business in New Jersey. (SenateNJ)

“Statewide small business owners face so many unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles. There is no denying that red tape is forcing job creators to leave New Jersey,” Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris and Somerset) said. “This legislation would allow employers to have greater control of their destiny, making government less burdensome, and the economy more competitive.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio & Bucco: NJ Lost Honeywell’s HQ Because of Murphy’s Anti-Business Agenda

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Senators Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Anthony Bucco (R-25) released the following statement in regards to today’s reports that Honeywell, a Morris Plains-based company, is moving its global headquarters to North Carolina.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco said Gov. Murphy’s bad-for-business policies are driving companies like Honeywell out of state. (Wikimedia)

Morris Plains is a municipality within Senator Pennacchio’s Legislative District.

“Governor Murphy’s anti-business agenda means we are always at risk of companies like Honeywell leaving for greener pastures,” Pennacchio said. “The Governor must focus more on New Jersey workers, and less on his expensive liberal wish list. Bad-for-business policies like the recent CBT increase and Murphy’s endless tax hikes force high-paying jobs out of state. We can’t afford it.”

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District 10

District 10 Lawmakers Blast AG Grewal for Blocking NJ Police from Cooperating with ICE

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Assemblyman Dave Wolfe (all R-Ocean) issued the following statement in response to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s sweeping immigration order to limit the ways in which state and local law enforcement officers are permitted to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

District 10 lawmakers blasted NJ Attorney General Grewal’s sweeping immigration order limiting the ways in which NJ law enforcement officers can cooperate with ICE. (Flickr)

“Attorney General Grewal’s ill-conceived order is a dangerous political statement that jeopardizes the safety of millions of our residents,” Senator Holzapfel (R-10) stated. “New Jersey is a diverse and welcoming state, but without the cooperation of state and local police, individuals who should be taken off our streets will still be able to disregard the law. For the sake of the hardworking residents who live here legally, I am urging Attorney General Grewal to rethink this drastic action immediately.”

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

Senate Republicans Urge Sponsors to Table “Undemocratic” Constitutional Amendment on Redistricting

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The fifteen members of the Senate Republican caucus sent a letter today urging the sponsors of a proposed amendment to the New Jersey Constitution to table the proposal, saying it is clearly designed to impart a permanent electoral advantage to incumbents and legislative candidates from the Democratic Party.

Senate Republicans urged the sponsors of a proposed constitutional amendment to table the proposal, saying it is clearly designed to impart a permanent electoral advantage to incumbents and legislative candidates from the Democratic Party. (SenateNJ.com)

In the letter to Senator Nicholas Scutari and Senate President Stephen Sweeney, the sponsors of SCR-43/SCR-152, the caucus notes the uniform opposition to the proposal from a host of independent election experts, civil rights groups, and academics from across the political spectrum.

Click here to view a PDF of the letter.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony 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

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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