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District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Wolfe Blast Impact of Governor’s Immigration Directive on Ocean County Jails

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe of the 10th Legislative District are speaking out against Governor Murphy’s directive forcing jails in the state to reduce their cooperation with federal immigration authorities. The legislators blasted it as yet another step in the Governor’s quest to turn New Jersey into a sanctuary state.

District 10 lawmakers speak out against Gov. Murphy’s directive forcing jails in the state to reduce their cooperation with federal immigration authorities. (Flickr)

“Governor Murphy’s directive will prevent our jails from working with ICE to deport known criminals who are already in custody,” said Senator Holzapfel. “It’s an outrageous and dangerous political statement that jeopardizes the safety of millions of New Jersey residents. We shouldn’t allow the Governor to create a sanctuary for criminals in our state.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Calls for Updated Training for Judges Following Outrageous Comments from the Bench in Rape Cases

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Says it’s inconceivable that judges continue to demonstrate an antiquated mentality towards rape

Senator Kristin Corrado said that outrageous comments from a pair of New Jersey judges in recent sexual assault cases make it clear that better training is needed for those who sit on the bench.

Sen. Kristin Corrado called for better training for judges after outrageous comments from the bench in a pair of recent rape cases. (©iStock)

“It’s outrageous that we have judges serving today in New Jersey courtrooms who think it’s appropriate to downplay the severity of sexual assault perpetrated against young girls,” said Corrado (R-40). “The focus of those judges on protecting alleged rapists from the consequences of their vile actions is contrary to all of the advances we have made in recent years to help sexual assault survivors pursue the justice they deserve.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Calls for Removal of Monmouth County Judge After ‘Disturbing’ Position on Rape Case

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) is calling for the resignation of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James Troiano, who recently ruled that a 16-year-old rape survivor was not truly raped since she was not held at gunpoint. Judge Troiano also reportedly urged the survivor to consider that her attacker came from a “good family” before “ruining his life” with assault charges.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon is calling for Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Troiano’s resignation, in light of the judge’s recent conduct and ruling on a case involving a 16-year-old sexual assault survivor. (©iStock)

“Judge Troiano’s comments are truly abhorrent and clearly highlight the fact that he needs to be removed immediately by the Supreme Court,” O’Scanlon said. “We simply cannot stand by and allow a sitting judge to tell a 16-year-old sexual assault survivor that she doesn’t deserve justice because her attacker might get into a ‘good college.’”

“The Supreme Court has the ability to remove a judge for misconduct in office, or conduct evidencing unfitness for judicial office. Judge Troiano’s disturbing and biased comments from the bench are a glaringly obvious display of his unfitness for judicial office.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Calls for Action on Bill Prohibiting Golden Parachute Payouts to Departing University Faculty

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Blasts $480k Sabbatical Handout to Departing Rutgers New Brunswick Chancellor

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) called for legislative action on his bill to end golden parachute payouts following news that Rutgers University is granting a $480,000 payout to the hastily departing New Brunswick campus Chancellor for a one-year sabbatical.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio called to end golden parachute payouts following news that Rutgers is granting a $480,000 payout to the hastily departing New Brunswick campus Chancellor for a one-year sabbatical. (SenateNJ.com)

“The state’s largest public research university is forking over nearly half-a-million dollars to pay for an early departing administrator’s one-year vacation,” Pennacchio said. “This handout is a gross misuse by Rutgers of the tuition they receive from students and the tax dollars they receive from the State. Every dollar Rutgers wastes on these payouts is a dollar not spent on teaching and research. With tuition and student debt on the rise, I am calling for the State Legislature to take action to end this fiscally-irresponsible practice.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Editorial: Why the NJ budget deal was a win for families, commuters, homeowners

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The following editorial by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) regarding New Jersey’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget was published on July 2, 2019 on NorthJersey.com.

The following editorial by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) regarding New Jersey’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget was published on July 2, 2019 on NorthJersey.com. (SenateNJ.com)

It’s no secret that New Jersey has some of the most crushing financial problems of any state nationwide. We are dealing with a governor that continuously overtaxes and overspends, with little regard to how this impacts hardworking families and business owners. Sky-high taxes are forcing long-time Garden State residents to pack up and flee to more affordable states.

That’s why, when Governor Murphy advocated for $600 million in tax increases in his budget proposal, a number of courageous Republicans reached across the aisle to fight back.

Because of our efforts, this Legislature was able to pass a budget that eliminated Governor Murphy’s $600 million in proposed tax hikes. In fact, there are no new broad-based tax increases in this budget.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Oppose New Law Spending Millions on Legal Services for Illegal Aliens

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As the legislative delegation leading the fight to stop New Jersey from becoming a sanctuary state, Senator Chris Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove railed against Governor Murphy for signing legislation (A-5610) into law that appropriates $3.1 million to pay the legal costs for illegal aliens facing detention or deportation.

Sen. Chris Connors, Asm. Brian Rumpf, and Asw. DiAnne Gove railed against Gov. Phil Murphy for approving $3.1 million to pay the legal costs for illegal aliens facing detention or deportation. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Leave it to Trenton: New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation and school districts are seeing sharp funding cuts and yet, Trenton manages to find millions of dollars – taxpayer dollars – to pay the legal costs of illegal aliens facing detention or deportation.

“What is especially outrageous, is the fact that the $3.1 million Trenton wants to give illegal aliens for legal assistance is actually an increase. It’s $1 million more than the $2.1 million taxpayers paid last year.

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Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Kristin Corrado

Bateman and Corrado Bills to Improve Funding for Environmental Infrastructure Projects Passes Senate

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

Sens. Kristin Corrado and Kip Bateman’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 has passed the Senate. (Pixabay)

“Superstorm Sandy has had a devastating and lasting impact on the quality of our water pipes, sewer systems, and storm water infrastructure,” Bateman said. “In my area, for example, the funding slated for Somerville Borough and Raritan Township’s Municipal Utilities Authority will keep the water resources in our communities safe, without putting an additional burden on local property taxpayers. Providing an affordable financial strategy to upgrade critical infrastructure statewide will protect the public health of New Jerseyans and the overall environment of the Garden State.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Bill Outlawing Pet Leasing Passes Senate

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Senator Kristin Corrado’s (R-40) legislation to prohibit the leasing of domestic dogs and cats has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s legislation to prohibit the leasing of domestic dogs and cats has passed the State Senate. (©iStock)

“Our pets are an integral part of the American family,” said Corrado. “Good people are being deceived into thinking they’re purchasing a high-end breed with the promise of affordable monthly payment plans, not realizing they’re actually signing a two or three-year lease that could result in their pet being repossessed. This deceptive practice of renting-to-own puppies employed by sinister pet brokers is cruel and must be stopped.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Mike Doherty

Bucco/Doherty Bill to Educate High Schoolers on Safe Haven Program Heads to the Governor’s Desk

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco and Senator Michael Doherty ensuring that high school students are taught about the “New Jersey Safe Haven Protection Act” has received final legislative approval and is heading to the Governor’s desk.

Sens. Anthony Bucco and Michael Doherty’s legislation ensuring that high school students are taught about the “New Jersey Safe Haven Protection Act” is heading to the Governor’s desk. (NJSafeHaven.org)

“Teenage parents often hide pregnancies to avoid punishment from parents, and they’re among the most likely to abandon a newborn baby in an unsafe manner,” Bucco (R-25) said. “New Jersey’s Safe Haven Act has proven to saves lives by giving parents who may not want a child a safe, anonymous, and legal way to surrender a baby. After the recent tragedy in Neptune, where a young teenage mother is accused of murdering her newborn child, we need to make sure that all of New Jersey students understand this option. Expanding education can protect a baby from harm and prevent teen parents from making extremely bad choices that may send them to jail.”

“New Jersey’s Safe Haven Act saves lives,” Doherty (R-23) said. “Fostering awareness of this program may save a helpless baby from desertion and give a loving family the child they always wanted.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Senate Approves Corrado Bill to Boost “Angel Investment” in NJ’s Innovation Economy

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The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado that would boost “angel investments” in emerging technology start-ups in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Senate passed Sen. Kristin Corrado’s legislation that would boost “angel investments” in the state’s emerging technology start-ups. (Pixabay)

“New Jersey has one of the most highly educated workforces in the nation,” said Corrado (R-40). “What we’re missing is a tax environment that encourages investors to put that talent to work in new tech businesses right here in the Garden State. This legislation helps fix that. I want to thank Assemblyman DePhillips for taking the lead on this important effort.”

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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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