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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Applauds Selection of Steven Oroho as Senate Republican Leader

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released a statement today congratulating his successor, Senator Steven Oroho after he was declared by acclamation as the next caucus leader:

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said it is an honor to be succeeded by Senator Oroho, whose steady hand will lead a unified and invigorated Senate Republican team into the new legislative session in January. (SenateNJ.com)

“It is my honor to be succeeded by Senator Oroho, whose steady hand will lead a unified and invigorated Senate Republican team into the new legislative session in January.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Selected Next Leader of New Jersey Senate Republicans

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During a caucus meeting this morning, Senator Steven Oroho was declared by acclamation to be the next Leader of the New Jersey Senate Republicans.

Senator Steven Oroho was selected to be the next Leader of the New Jersey Senate Republicans during a meeting of the caucus. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to serve my colleagues in this new role as Senate Republicans work to get New Jersey back on track,” said Oroho (R-24). “We want New Jerseyans to know that our caucus heard the message sent by voters on Election Day loud and clear. We’ll work tirelessly to ensure that government respects people’s rights, addresses their concerns, and makes living in the Garden State more affordable for everyone.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: The Lack of Engagement by Democrat Legislators on COVID Policies Echoed in Tuesday’s Vote

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Senator Joe Pennacchio issued the following statement following the statewide election on Nov. 2:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said the election that rattled the Legislature reflected the public’s lack of confidence after a year and a half of pandemic mandates. SenateNJ.com)

“The earthquake that rattled the Legislature yesterday reflected the public’s lack of confidence after a year and a half of pandemic mandates.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Concerned Parents Led National Backlash Against Democrats’ Overreach in Schools

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Senator Michael Doherty said parents pushed back hard in yesterday’s elections against Democrats who have repeatedly imposed controversial pandemic policies and curriculum changes over their vocal concerns.

Sen. Michael Doherty said parents pushed back hard in yesterday’s elections against Democrats who have repeatedly imposed controversial pandemic policies and curriculum changes over their vocal concerns. (©iStock)

“Outraged parents sent Democrats a message yesterday that they won’t be ignored,” said Doherty (R-23). “I truly hope this marks the beginning of the end of the uncontested liberal takeover of education in many places.”

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

Senate Republicans Urge Democrats to Heed the Message Sent by Voters

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The members of the New Jersey Senate Republican caucus issued the following joint statement:

Senate Republicans urged New Jersey Democrats to heed the clear message sent by voters on Election Day. (©iStock)

While we may not know the results of every election for some time, voters in New Jersey, Virginia, and other places across the country sent a clear message that they are tired of having their concerns dismissed by Democrat leaders who think they know better.

Parents who are upset with the direction of their schools came out in force to ensure they have a say in what’s being taught in their children’s classrooms.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Concerned by Murphy Administration’s Slow Pace on Debt Retirement

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24) expressed concern with the slow pace taken by the Murphy administration to retire State debt in response to the first public meeting today of Treasury officials to discuss repayment options:

Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho expressed concern with the slow pace taken by the Murphy administration to retire State debt. (©iStock)

“It’s extremely disturbing that it’s taken Governor Murphy a year to begin discussing ways to retire debt after his administration admitted it borrowed $4.5 billion unnecessarily last fall without voter approval.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Biden Plan to Pay Illegal Immigrants $450k Is Ridiculous, Even for Democrats

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Senator Michael Doherty blasted a reported plan by the Biden administration to pay illegal immigrants $450,000 if they were detained and separated from family members after entering the United States illegally.

Sen. Michael Doherty blasted a reported plan by the Biden administration to pay illegal immigrants $450,000 if they were detained and separated from family members after entering the United States illegally. (Wikimedia Commons)

“These massive payments would create a new incentive for millions of families to try to cross the border illegally,” said Doherty (R-23). “Either they’ll get in or they’ll get rich trying at our expense. It’s an utterly ridiculous plan, even by Democrat standards.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Poor Forecasting By the Murphy Administration Again. A Looming $252 Million Tax Increase on Employers Unnecessary

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Republican Solution Would Use Money from the Feds to Help Save Jobs and Businesses

Senator Steve Oroho blamed faulty forecasting by the Murphy Administration for an enormous business payroll tax increase set to take effect on October 30 to put money into the Unemployment Insurance Fund, which the  Administration projected to be almost a billion dollars in the red by the end of June of this year.

Sen. Steve Oroho said the Murphy Administration’s poor fiscal forecasting is to blame for an enormous business payroll tax that will go into effect on Oct. 30. (Pixabay)

In reality, the fund held more than $51 million on June 30, according to government documents; a billion dollar miss.

“After the Murphy Administration so poorly forecasted last year’s revenues which led them to borrow billions of dollars that proved to be completely unnecessary, they woefully forecasted the June 30 unemployment insurance trust fund balance.  The unemployment insurance tax increase was not announced until Friday, August 13.  There was plenty of time for the administration to recognize that their forecast was way off and to nix any tax increase,” said Senator Steve Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Establishing ‘Protect Pollinator’ License Plates Signed

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman to create special license plates expressing support for the state’s native pollinators became law today.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation creating special license plates to help protect pollinators like this black swallowtail has been signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey would not be the Garden State without the contribution of nature’s pollinators,” said Bateman (R-16). “From the gardens we grow to the produce we purchase at a local farmer’s market, many of our fruits, vegetables, and flowers depend on pollinators like bees and butterflies. The ‘Protect Pollinator’ license plates will ensure Jersey Fresh plants and crops grow strong for generations.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Chides Murphy for Massive Payouts to Lawbreakers

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Says State has Other Needs for the Money that Would Benefit All New Jerseyans

Senator Michael Doherty blasted the Murphy Administration for a program being rolled out today that will give tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer funds to illegal immigrants in the state.

Senator Michael Doherty blasted the Murphy Administration for a program being rolled out today that will give tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer funds to illegal immigrants in the state. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Excluded New Jerseyans Fund is a $40 million program that will disburse money by the thousands to “undocumented individuals, residents re-entering from the justice system, and any other individuals otherwise excluded” from federal pandemic relief payments, according to a web page operated by the Office of New Americans under the NJ Department of Human Services.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

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

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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