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District 24

District 24 Set to Receive Additional $5.4 Million in State DOT Funding

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Total Investment for Local Transportation Infrastructure Nears $130 Million

Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) today announced that communities within their legislative district will receive an additional $5.4 million in State funding for transportation projects through the NJDOT Municipal Aid Program.

Sen. Steven Oroho, Asm. Parker Space and Asm. Hal Wirths announced that communities within Legislative District 24 will receive an additional $5.4 million in State funding for transportation projects through the NJDOT Municipal Aid Program. (SenateNJ.com)

The funding will come from the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), made possible by the TTF reauthorization legislation of 2016.

“From potholes to safety upgrades to the stress of yearly wear and tear, the continuous upkeep of our roadways is a necessary function of government,” Oroho said. “The State hadn’t been fully meeting the needs of localities with infrastructure improvements until we reauthorized the TTF with a robust infusion. As part of the TTF renewal, we doubled transportation funding to towns and counties which is enabling us to fund even more infrastructure projects and continue the process of addressing many vital repairs while not putting the cost on local property taxpayers.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado, Rooney & DePhillips Welcome $4 million in State Transportation Money

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Senator Kristin M. Corrado and Assemblymen Kevin J. Rooney and Christopher P. DePhillips today received news from the New Jersey State Department of Transportation that municipalities in the 40th Legislative District will receive more than $4.3 million for road work and improvements.

Sen. Kristin M. Corrado and Assemblymen Kevin J. Rooney and Christopher P. DePhillips welcome news that municipalities in their Legislative district will receive more than $4.3 million for road work and improvements. (Wikimedia Commons)

“New Jersey’s dense population, combined with our harsh winter weather requires continuous upkeep of our roads and bridges,” Corrado said. “This much-needed state funding will help rebuild and repair the roadways we use on a daily basis. Improving the quality of our local transportation infrastructure without raising property taxes is a win-win.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Governor Should Focus on Growing Jobs, Not Weed

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Senator Urges Murphy to Focus on the Economy, in light of reports that NJ lost 7,700 jobs last month

In light of recent reports highlighting New Jersey’s continued economic decline, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) today urged Governor Phil Murphy to stop pushing to legalize pot and start pushing for job creation.

Pennacchio’s call for action follows news that New Jersey lost 7,700 jobs in February, according to new data by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. New Jersey also lost at least 2,300 jobs in December of 2018 alone.

Additionally, this week the NJBIA released their 2019 Climate Analysis, which indicated that New Jersey continues to have the worst business climate, highest property taxes, highest sales tax, and highest income tax in the region.

In light of recent reports highlighting New Jersey’s continued economic decline, Sen. Joe Pennacchio today urged Gov. Murphy to stop pushing to legalize pot and start pushing for job creation. (Wikimedia)

“The cost of doing business in New Jersey is spiraling out of control and we are losing good-paying jobs left and right,” Senator Pennacchio said. “At a time when nationally, unemployment has reached historic lows, New Jersey lost more than 10,000 jobs in December and February alone. We cannot turn a blind eye to the bleak economic indicators highlighted in these reports. New Jersey business owners don’t need us to legalize weed – they need this administration to stop vilifying and punishing them with regulations and high taxes.

“Governor Murphy needs to wake up and face the facts. Let’s stop the push for pot and start promoting practical policies that will create jobs and encourage more innovators to set up shop in the Garden State.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Oppose Fast-Tracked Bill to Give Trenton $10 Million in Additional State Aid

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Speaking out against yet another attempt to rig the State Budget process, the 9th District legislative delegation announced that they will continue to oppose legislation (S-3587/A-5210) that would establish the Trenton Capital City Aid Program, which would provide at least $10 million in each State fiscal year to the City of Trenton.

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove are speaking out against yet another attempt to rig the State Budget process, saying they will oppose legislation providing an extra $10 million of aid annually to the City of Trenton. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove questioned how Democrats could even consider approving this massive budget expenditure, when school districts are being forced to endure massive funding cuts.

“This is yet another example of Trenton prioritizing the needs of urban areas over suburban and rural areas of the state. Fast-tracking a $10 million appropriation bill for the City of Trenton is a glaring example of politicized spending in a rigged system.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Clarifies Position On Legalized Marijuana

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) released the following statement today clarifying his position on marijuana legalization:

In the ill-fated recent rush to pass legislation that would legalize, tax, and regulate recreational adult use of marijuana, my position on the legislation, and the issue, has been misunderstood and mischaracterized by some New Jersey media outlets.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon issued a statement clarifying his position on marijuana legalization. (SenateNJ.com)

With regard to the bill package that Senate President Sweeney removed from the Senate calendar on March 25, I was a hard ‘NO’ vote. It has been reported that I was willing to trade my vote for funding for projects or causes specific to my Monmouth County district. It has also been reported that I was a “soft ‘yes'” vote.  Those reports are fake news that were published by outlets that either did not speak with me or misunderstood/mischaracterized what I told them.

I want to firmly destroy and denounce these false, offensive assertions. Those that know me know I’m not for sale – not for personal gain and not for political-favor-purchasing bacon brought back to my district. Not once have I, and never will I, make such trade-offs. The only way to earn my vote is to give me good policy.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Advances Oroho Bipartisan Bill Package to Combat Surge in Foreclosures

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Legislation from the bipartisan foreclosure bill package sponsored by Senators Steven Oroho, Troy Singleton, and Dawn Marie Addiego, which would tackle the surge in foreclosures and streamline the pending cases, has passed the New Jersey Senate.

The impetus of these bills stems from the report which was released in May of 2017 by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and the Special Committee on Residential Foreclosures. This report was the culmination of work from key stakeholders in the process such as the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).

Legislation from the bipartisan foreclosure bill package sponsored by Sens. Oroho, Singleton and Addiego, which would tackle the surge in foreclosures and streamline the pending cases, has passed the New Jersey Senate. (iStock)

“Foreclosures are incredibly traumatic for families that are already struggling, and the resulting vacant properties can negatively affect communities in a variety of ways,” said Senator Steve Oroho (R – Morris, Sussex, Warren). “I’m glad the Legislature has been able to work with the Administration and Judiciary to find solutions across government to lower our state’s foreclosure rate, but more needs to be done. The package of bills we passed in addressing New Jersey’s foreclosure crisis is a major step in the right direction.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Passes Bipartisan Main Street Assistance Program

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Bill Co-sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho Would Give Boost to Local Businesses in Sussex & Warren, and Counties Across NJ

Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) to create a Main Street Assistance Program aimed at incentivizing business development in small municipalities has passed the New Jersey State Senate.

Legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho would create a Main Street Assistance Program aimed at incentivizing business development in small municipalities. (©iStock)

“Whether it’s a rural community or a small suburb with a bustling downtown, New Jersey’s municipalities all have the potential to be incubators for new businesses and eager entrepreneurs,” Oroho said. “Empowering small business owners creates jobs and helps us grow our ‘Main Street’ economies. The program established under our bipartisan bill will get the dollars flowing back into county seats like Newton and Belvidere. Bottom line – revitalizing ‘Main Streets’ will help revitalize New Jersey.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Bill to Require Warnings Label on Rx Opioids Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) requiring prescription opioid medications to include a warning sticker advising patients of the risk of addiction and overdose has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado requiring prescription opioid medications to include a warning sticker advising patients of the risk of addiction and overdose has passed the New Jersey Senate. (WikiMedia)

“New Jerseyans who are prescribed opioid medications should be aware of the potential dangers every time they reach for the bottle,” Corrado said. “The unprecedented rise in opioid deaths proves that we must do more to combat the addiction crisis. The bill we passed today is a simple step, but it will save countless lives.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Too Many Unresolved Questions for Marijuana Legalization to Move Forward

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) issued the following statement after votes were cancelled in the Senate and General Assembly on legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in New Jersey:

Sen. Kip Bateman’s statement following the cancellation of votes in the Senate and General Assembly on legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“The decision by legislative leaders to cancel today’s planned votes on marijuana legalization is reflective of the significant concerns that exist among both Republicans and Democrats with current proposals.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Bill Honoring Women Veterans Passes Senate

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Senator Kristin Corrado’s (R-40) bipartisan legislation to establish “Women’s Veterans Appreciation Day” in New Jersey has unanimously passed the State Senate.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s bipartisan legislation to establish “Women’s Veterans Appreciation Day” in New Jersey has passed the State Senate. (U.S. Navy)

“Women in the military play an invaluable role in defending the freedoms we hold near and dear,” Corrado said. “From pilots to physicians, and infantry to intelligence, our nation’s survival is dependent on the heroism of our patriotic women. To commemorate all women who have bravely served our country throughout wartime and peacetime, it is only fitting we dedicate June 12 as ‘Women’s Veteran Appreciation Day.”

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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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