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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.

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

“The Democrat Legislature sat on the sidelines during one of the most important, neediest times in our state history. Instead of engaging and representing constituents, legislators circled their wagons and defended a governor instead of protecting the people against his arbitrary rules and edicts.

“New Jersey, despite all the draconian measures the Governor enacted, still had the highest per capita death rate in the world. Murphy’s policies forcing nursing homes to accept COVID patients, preventing testing for COVID, and locking the doors contributed to the loss of 10,000 frail and elderly residents of those long-term nursing facilities.

“As the federal government shoveled billions of dollars in COVID relief to New Jersey, the Administration and its Democrat acolytes sat on their hands while they saw one-third of New Jersey businesses fail.

“New Jerseyans observed this inaction by the legislature and did not like what they saw. In response last night, the residents refused to reward many of those silent Democrats with another tenure in office.

“The Legislature should spend the remaining portion of the current legislative session on a full and thorough investigation of the Administration’s COVID pandemic policies and the devastating effects they had, and continue to have, on the citizens of New Jersey.

“I am once again calling for the immediate formation of a Senate Oversight Committee with subpoena powers which would parallel the current investigation being conducted by the Department of Justice against the COVID nursing home actions of this Administration.

“Those 10,000 silent screams in nursing homes deserve no less.”

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