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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Democrats Sneak Measure Into New Law that Could Allow Vote Counts to Leak Before Election Day

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Unpublicized Provision of Rushed VBM Legislation Would Allow Mail-in Ballots to Be Opened Up to 10 Days Before General Election

Senator Anthony M. Bucco warned that Governor Phil Murphy and legislative Democrats slipped a provision into a rushed vote-by-mail bill that was recently signed into law that allows for sealed and completed mail-in ballots to be opened, counted, and potentially leaked to campaign operatives before the upcoming general election.

Sen. Tony Bucco warned that Gov.Phil Murphy and legislative Democrats slipped a provision into a rushed vote-by-mail bill that was recently signed into law that allows for sealed and completed mail-in ballots to be opened, counted, and potentially leaked to campaign operatives before the upcoming general election. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy and legislative Democrats have taken the vote-by-mail process that the governor has forced upon every New Jersey voter and supercharged the potential for corrupt actors to manipulate our upcoming election,” said Bucco. (R-25). “It’s just one more reason that voters should have the choice to vote securely on a machine at a polling center this November.”

A provision to allow mail-in ballots to be opened and counted up to 10 days before the general election was quietly inserted by Democrats into A-4475, a measure concerning the placement of election drop boxes for delivering mail-in ballots. The legislation was amended, adopted, and signed into law in short order with no public mention of the provision’s addition to the bill.

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District 10

10th District Legislators to Governor Murphy: ‘Increasing Gas Tax Won’t Solve New Jersey’s Financial Problems’

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are responding to the Governor’s Administration decision to increase the gas tax and reaffirm that their delegation has always fought against increasing the gas tax.  The lawmakers disagree with the mandated increase and are urging the Governor to reconsider any additional taxes at this time.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano denounced the 9.3-cents per gallon increase in the gas tax announced by Governor Murphy. (Flickr)

The state’s gas tax will increase by 9.3 cents which will skyrocket New Jersey to the top of the list with the fourth highest gas tax in the country. In 2016, Senator Holzapfel and Assemblyman McGuckin fought Governor Christie and the Democrat-controlled Legislature on the gas tax hike.  Today, the 10th District Legislators released the following statement on the issue.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republican Budget Members Call for Open, Informed & Transparent Hearing Process on Murphy’s Revised FY21 Spending Plan

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Call for Governor to Immediately Release Detailed Budget Proposal for Legislators and Public to Review

The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee said a total lack of transparency from the Murphy Administration and a superficial budget hearing process announced by the Senate Majority will provide neither legislators nor the public the opportunity to vet Governor Phil Murphy’s revised FY 2021 State Budget proposal.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee said a total lack of transparency from the Murphy Administration and a superficial budget hearing process announced by the Senate Majority will provide neither legislators nor the public the opportunity to vet Gov. Phil Murphy’s revised FY 2021 State Budget proposal. (Pixabay)

The members, Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), and Senator Michael Testa (R-1), issued the following joint statement:

“We were willing to give Governor Murphy the benefit of the doubt when he said that extending the State’s fiscal year was necessary to respond to the financial challenges of COVID-19. Unfortunately, it does not look like he has made good use of this extra time.

“Despite the extra three months the governor was given, no detailed budget has been produced or made available for the public or legislators to review. That’s leading to a rushed and superficial budget hearing process that will have no actual budget to examine or provide any opportunity for direct public input or testimony.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Warns of Murphy’s Budget Cuts to Children’s Counseling, Mental Health & Drug Education Services

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Says Governor Is Out of Touch and Placing Progressive Policies Ahead of Children’s Health Care & Well-Being

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said Governor Phil Murphy’s revised budget proposal for FY 2021 cuts funding for proven school-based mental health counseling and municipal anti-drug programs for children while directing money into new programs like “baby bonds” that do little but generate headlines for the governor.

Sen. Tony Bucco said Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget proposal cuts funding for proven school-based mental health counseling and municipal anti-drug programs for children while directing money into new programs like ‘baby bonds’ that do little but generate headlines for the governor. (SenateNJ.com)

“We have young children and teens who are struggling from months of social isolation, separation from their friends, and the stress of starting a new school year with the education landscape constantly changing,” said Bucco (R-25). “Many of those kids don’t have access to mental health services and are at an impressionable age when it comes to experimenting with drugs. Instead of bolstering proven school counseling and Municipal Alliance programs that are critically needed today, the governor is diverting funding to a dubious ‘baby bonds’ proposal that wouldn’t provide any benefit for decades. It looks like the governor is prioritizing his own headlines over children’s health care and well-being. This is out of touch with what the times demand to keep our kids safe.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan to Provide Constituents with Computer Access for Unemployment Claims

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LD1 Team Says It’s Unacceptable that Labor Department Still Hasn’t Opened In-Person Unemployment Offices

With too many South Jerseyans still out of work, Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan (all R-1) announced they will provide computer access in their district office for constituents to file and claim unemployment benefits.

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan announced they will provide computer access in their district office for constituents to file and claim unemployment benefits. (Pixabay)

“We still have constituents who have been unemployed since March as a result of Governor Phil Murphy’s overly restrictive executive orders,” said Testa. “Many of those who remain out of work are struggling financially and don’t have the computer, phone, or Internet access that’s needed to manage an unemployment claim remotely with the Department of Labor. In the absence of in-person support from the Murphy administration, our legislative office will step in to provide our constituents with the computer access they need to claim their unemployment benefits.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Governor Signs Bucco Bill Declaring August 31 Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey

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Creates an Annual Observance to Fight Addiction

Governor Murphy today signed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco designating this date, August 31, as Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey.

Senator Bucco’s bill designating each August 31 as Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey was signed into law today. (OverdoseDay.com)

“This somber annual observance will remember the lives lost, provide comfort to the families that struggle with the loss every day and support those battling the disease and in recovery,” said Bucco (R-25). “It is our hope that Overdose Awareness Day will shed a light on the horrors of drug abuse and help save lives.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Murphy Shouldn’t Even Have the Ability to Raise the Gas Tax in the First Place

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are calling for the Governor to rescind his Administration’s decision to increase the state’s gas tax by 9.3 cents which would rank New Jersey as having the fourth highest gas tax of any state in the country beginning October 1.

Senator Connors, Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove are calling for the Governor to rescind his Administration’s decision to increase the state’s gas tax by 9.3 cents on Oct. 1, giving NJ the fourth highest gas tax in the nation. (©iStock)

“Like many of our constituents, we completely object to the Murphy Administration’s increase in the state’s gas tax, on top of increasing tolls on the Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway and New Jersey Turnpike.  Unquestionably, the Governor needs to reconsider this decision in view of the significant financial hardships it will cause for motorist and businesses who cannot afford to pay more.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Indoor Dining Could Be Salvation for Struggling Restaurants

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Urges Gov. Murphy to Examine if 25% Capacity Limit Is Overly Cautious

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said that while he’s glad Governor Phil Murphy is finally allowing indoor dining to resume after a five-and-a-half month ban, he urged the governor to carefully examine if restaurants can safely reopen at greater than the 25% capacity limit that will be permitted initially.

Sen. Tony Bucco said that while he’s glad Gov. Phil Murphy is finally allowing indoor dining to resume, he urged the governor to carefully examine if restaurants can safely reopen at greater than the 25% capacity limit that will be permitted initially. (Pixabay)

“After enduring so much hardship, the return of indoor dining has the potential to be the financial salvation that our restaurants need to survive,” said Bucco (R-25). “I’m worried, however, that limiting dining rooms to 25% will not be enough of a boost to compensate for a change in seasons that will quickly make outdoor dining less and less viable. I strongly urge the governor to examine if the 25% capacity limit is overly cautious in light of the months of planning, preparation, and reconfiguring that restaurants have undertaken to allow for a safe return to indoor dining.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon & DiMaso Say Time for 25 Percent Indoor Passed

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) today welcomed the news that our vital restaurant industry can resume indoor dining but criticized Governor Murphy’s delaying the decision and overly restrictive 25 percent capacity mandate.

Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso said the Governor’s decision to limit restaurants to 25 percent capacity when they reopen for indoor dining is unnecessary and will make it impossible for many establishments to turn a profit. (Pixabay)

“As the Governor and his brain trust fiddled, the restaurant industry has burned. Finally, the Governor has succumbed to the inescapable reality that every other state has already recognized – indoor dining can be done safely and will provide precious jobs, and a substantial, vital economic boost,” said O’Scanlon. “New Jersey is months behind surrounding states in reopening which has needlessly devastated this critical industry, destroyed thousands of businesses and tens of thousands of jobs, yet analysis of numerous health metrics, including the rate of transmission, cases and deaths shows there was zero discernable health benefit. This delay was tragic.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Calls for Murphy to Abandon Consideration of Gas Tax Increase

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Noting that Governor Phil Murphy has repeatedly cited and exercised vast executive authority to respond to the current public health emergency, Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) called for the governor to abandon consideration of a 9.3 cent/gallon gas tax increase that was announced by the Treasury Department on Friday:

Sen. Steven Oroho called for the governor to abandon consideration of a 9.3 cent/gallon gas tax increase that was announced by the Treasury Department. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy has had no problem issuing executive orders during the current public health emergency to take extreme steps like shutting down the New Jersey economy and preventing voters from casting their ballots in person. He has changed statutory deadlines and unilaterally ordered numerous other changes without legislative approval.

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Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony M. 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

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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