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Senator Joe Pennacchio

DOE’s Absence from Senate Education Hearing Illustrates Need for Select Oversite Committee, Pennacchio Says

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Subpoena Power is Only Way to Get Pandemic Answers from Administration

When the Department of Education failed to appear at Thursday’s Senate Education Committee hearing on the pandemic’s impact on schools and students, Senator Joe Pennacchio said he was disappointed but not surprised.

The Department of Education’s snub of a Senate committee hearing on COVID’s impact on schools and students prompted Sen. Joe Pennacchio to renew calls for a Senate Select Committee investigation of the Administration’s handling of the pandemic. (Pixabay)

“After what we have seen from the Administration for the past two years, I think any of us could have predicted the DOE would stiff the legislators who are trying to do the jobs they were elected to do,” said Pennacchio (R-26).

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District 24

Oroho, Space & Wirths: More Bear Attacks Are Inevitable If Murphy Lets Politics Trump Wildlife Science

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An encounter with a black bear on her own property sent an 81-year-old Sussex County woman to the hospital and claimed the life of her pet dog this week, and District 24 lawmakers say Governor Murphy’s deference to political considerations is at fault.

An encounter with a black bear sent an 81-year-old Sussex County woman to the hospital and claimed the life of her pet dog. Sen. Steve Oroho, Asm. Parker Space and Asm. Hal Wirths say Gov. Murphy’s deference to political considerations is at fault. (Youtube)

“How many more times will the Murphy Administration allow this to happen before they finally leave wildlife management to the professionals?” asked Senator Steve Oroho. “The experts should be determining a sound bear management policy for New Jersey. Instead, the Administration has settled on a politically motivated policy that is dangerous and irresponsible.

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Calls for Legislators to Join Him in Voting Against Extending Murphy’s Emergency Powers

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Senator Michael L. Testa (R-1) today announced his strong opposition to the proposed legislation to extend the Governor’s emergency powers for another 90 days.

Sen. Michael Testa announced his strong opposition to the proposed legislation to extend the Governor’s emergency powers for another 90 days. (SenateNJ.com)

“I will vote against any measure to extend this Governor’s emergency powers for one more second much less for another 90 days. Phil Murphy’s unlimited power has damaged our state, shut the doors on a third of our small businesses and harmed our residents. It is well past time for the Legislature – Republicans and Democrats – to stand up on behalf of our constituents.  I opposed this same effort last summer and the Governor’s failures and missteps have proven the wisdom of that position.

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Calls Labor Department ‘Victory Lap’ an Insult to New Jersey Residents

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Senator Michael Testa today lambasted New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development after the beleaguered agency issued a self-congratulatory press release boasting of its accomplishments in 2021.

Sen. Michael Testa today lambasted the Department of Labor and Workforce Development after the beleaguered agency issued a self-congratulatory press release boasting of its accomplishments in 2021. (SenateNJ.com)

“With statewide unemployment sitting at 6.6 percent, tied with New York and better than only two other states, it is certainly inappropriate timing for a victory lap,” said Testa (R-1). “The department’s embarrassing failures in processing tens of thousands of unemployment claims during the pandemic turned New Jersey into a laughingstock in the eyes of other states, and too many families continue to struggle due to the financial fallout from long-delayed benefit payments.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho & Pennacchio Seek Records on Murphy Administration’s $53 Million Settlement for Veterans Home Deaths

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Senator Steven Oroho and Senator Joe Pennacchio have filed requests for public records related to the Murphy administration’s $53 million settlement for veterans home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Sen. Joe Pennacchio have filed requests for public records related to the Murphy administration’s $53 million settlement for veterans home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’ve filed a request for public records related to the $53 million that apparently will be paid by New Jersey taxpayers to settle claims of negligence and incompetence made against the Murphy administration for deaths in State-run veterans homes,” said Oroho (R-24), the incoming Republican leader. “The documents we are seeking will help us to understand what went wrong at the start of the coronavirus pandemic so we can develop effective policies that better protect our seniors and veterans. This isn’t about playing ‘gotcha’ with the administration, we’re trying to save lives.”

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

Senate Republicans Call for Pandemic Investigation as Administration Discloses $53M Settlement with Veterans’ Families

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In Letter to Senate Democrat Leadership, Caucus Again Seeks Formation of a Select Committee with Subpoena Powers

All 15 members of the Senate Republican Caucus are once again calling for the formation of a Senate Select Committee on the Executive Branch’s Response to the COVID-19 pandemic after Governor Murphy’s Administration disclosed a $53 million settlement with the families of 119 residents who died in New Jersey veteran’s homes.

The Senate Republican Caucus is once again calling for the formation of a Senate Select Committee on the Executive Branch’s Response to the COVID-19 pandemic after the Murphy Administration disclosed a $53M settlement with the families of 119 residents who died in NJ veteran’s homes. (SenateNJ.com)

In a letter to Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Senator Nicholas P. Scutari, the caucus urged the formation of an investigative committee with subpoena powers to seek answers to enduring questions about the Administration’s Covid strategies.

“We must get answers regarding the decisions, the edicts, and the guidance the Murphy team imposed on veterans and nursing home administrators that may have triggered the devastating results,” the Republican letter stated.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Murphy Administration’s Settlement with Families of Covid Victims in Nursing Homes Demonstrates Need for Full Investigation

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Governor Slips Away for Another Vacation While Serious Questions About His COVID Remain Unanswered

Senator Joe Pennacchio said a $53 million settlement to the families of veterans home residents who died due to the tragic decisions of the Murphy administration demonstrates the need for a comprehensive investigation and legislative oversight hearings.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said a $53 million settlement to the families of veterans home residents who died due to the tragic decisions of the Murphy administration demonstrates the need for a comprehensive investigation and legislative oversight hearings. (Pixabay)

“New Jerseyans are once again paying for the mismanagement of the pandemic by the Murphy administration,” said Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26). “After 10,000 nursing and veterans home residents paid with their lives, millions of New Jersey taxpayers will be forced to pay with their wallets to settle claims of negligence and incompetence made against the administration. The settlement is yet another attempt by the Murphy administration to prevent a full and transparent investigation into the tragic decisions that led to thousands of preventable deaths.”

According to published reports, the Murphy administration confirmed it will pay $52.9 million to settle claims with 119 families of veterans home residents whose deaths were attributed to the coronavirus at the start of the pandemic.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Bateman and Corrado Bills to Improve and Expand Funding for Environmental Infrastructure Projects Signed into Law

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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 signed into law.

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 was signed into law. (Pixabay)

“I am pleased that the Governor signed these bills into law today. This legislation is critical for approving and financing important environmental infrastructure projects that protect our state’s drinking water and waterways,” said Bateman. “The low interest loans authorized by this package of bills will create jobs in New Jersey and preserve and protect the environment—which is so critical to our quality of life. Ultimately, providing an affordable financial strategy to upgrade infrastructure throughout the state will protect the public health of every New Jerseyan.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Gov. Signs Corrado Bills to Help Provide More Mental Health Professionals in Schools

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A pair of legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado to provide mental health help to school students who are struggling with the effects of the pandemic on learning and socialization was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy.

A pair of legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado to provide mental health help to school students who are struggling with the effects of the pandemic on learning and socialization was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy. (Pixabay)

Corrado’s bills encourage districts to provide students with better access to school-based mental health professionals.

“Trained and effective mental health professionals in our schools can help identify and alleviate issues before students become overwhelmed and a crisis develops,” said Corrado (R-40). “Early intervention can be critical, especially for young students whose mental health troubles can be easily obscured within the halls of a busy, stressful school environment.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Supporting ‘FIRST’ Robotics Programs in School Districts Signed into Law

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho that would establish a pilot program in the Department of Education to support FIRST Robotics Programs in school districts was signed into law by Governor Murphy.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho that would establish a pilot program in the Department of Education to support FIRST Robotics Programs in school districts was signed into law. (Pixabay)

“I am pleased that the Governor signed this bill into law. All of the available data clearly shows that STEM fields are some of the fastest-growing in the country and will continue to be for some time,” said Oroho (R-24). “My legislation will put science, technology, engineering, and mathematics front and center in select New Jersey schools and inspire students to pursue education and career opportunities in those fields.”

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Republican Senators

Steven Oroho

District 24 - Republican Leader

Jon Bramnick

District 21

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Edward Durr

District 3

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

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Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Jean Stanfield

District 8

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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