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24th District Lawmakers Say Murphy’s Recklessness Contributed to Bear Attack

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Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblyman Hal Wirths (all R-24) say an early evening bear attack in Sussex County this week that landed a local resident in the hospital underscores the risks created by Governor Phil Murphy’s decision to halt bear hunting in the state.

Sen. Steven Oroho, Asm. Parker Space and Asm. Hal Wirths say an early evening bear attack in Sussex County this week that landed a local resident in the hospital underscores the risks created by Governor Phil Murphy’s decision to halt bear hunting in the state. (Youtube)

“Without a responsible hunting policy, the bear population is exploding,” said Senator Oroho. “Regretfully, that will mean we will continue to see more dangerous interactions like yesterday’s attack. This latest incident was a close call that could have been much worse, and it is inevitable that more residents will encounter dangerous situations if Murphy doesn’t re-evaluate his reckless position.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Panel Advances Bucco Measure Bolstering New Jersey’s Savings Plan for Families Saving for Disability-Related Expenses

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would help families provide financial support for family members with disabilities was endorsed by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco that would help families provide financial support for family members with disabilities was endorsed by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (Pixabay)

Bucco’s bill, S-690, titled the New Jersey Disability Savings Act, would expand the New Jersey Achieving a Better Life Experience Program (ABLE) with the addition of benefits that would make it easier and more attractive for individuals with disabilities and their families to save money for disability-related expenses.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Bill Would Require All Services at All MVC Agencies for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco is introducing legislation that would end some of the confusing, inconvenient policies that have plagued New Jersey motorists conducting business at Motor Vehicle Commission locations.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco is introducing legislation that would end some of the confusing, inconvenient policies that have plagued New Jersey motorists conducting business at Motor Vehicle Commission locations. (SenateNJ.com)

The measure would require every NJMVC agency to provide in-person vehicle and licensing services for senior citizens and those with disabilities.

“All New Jersey residents should have convenient access to all Motor Vehicle Commission services, including those who have disabilities or lack access to reliable high-speed internet,” said Bucco (R-25). “If the MVC and the Administration won’t open all agencies for all services, the very least we can do is accommodate our seniors and the disabled.”

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District 10

Police Officers Deserved Better from the NJ Supreme Court, 10th District Lawmakers Say

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Police Officers Deserved Better from the NJ Supreme Court, 10th District Lawmakers Say

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court decision to release the man convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster on the Turnpike in 1973:

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano chastised the Supreme Court decision to free a convicted cop-killer as an insult to the men and women in law enforcement. (©iStock)

“The State Supreme Court’s decision to free a cold-blooded cop-killer is distasteful and exasperating. The court’s callous leniency is insulting to the men and women of law enforcement who put their lives on the line to protect New Jersey residents. Sundiata Acoli was sentenced to life for the assassination of a State Trooper in the line of duty. At this contentious time when police officers across our nation are being challenged, threatened, and targeted more than ever, we would have hoped the court would be more supportive of the Parole Board and the appellate court sentiments that would have held Acoli behind bars where he belongs.”

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Responds to Murphy’s Call for No Limit, Free Abortions for All

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Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho responded to Governor Phil Murphy’s call to expand New Jersey’s support for abortion even further.

Sen. Steven Oroho responded to Gov. Phil Murphy’s call to expand New Jersey’s support for abortion even further. (©iStock)

“Governor Murphy’s radical proposal calls for free abortions with no limits right up to birth, and he wants struggling New Jersey families to pay for abortions for everyone through even higher taxes and health care premiums,” said Oroho (R-24). “His plan to codify that non-doctors can perform the highly invasive procedure of an abortion is just reckless and unsafe for women. Along with the extreme new sex education mandates they are forcing on our children, this is another example of New Jersey Democrats taking a radical approach that is far out of line with what most families believe is reasonable.”

District 9

Committee Advances Connors-Rumpf-Gove Superstorm Sandy Victim Clawback Bill

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The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced legislation (S-1700), introduced by Senate Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove to assist Superstorm Sandy victims with the hardships of the “clawback” process.

The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced legislation introduced by Sen. Christopher Connors, Asm. Brian Rumpf and Asw. DiAnne Gove to assist Superstorm Sandy victims with the hardships of the ‘clawback’ process. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

Specifically, the 9th District Delegation’s initiative would establish specific procedures to be used by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA) to recover overpayments of Superstorm Sandy relief funds awarded through the RREM and the LMI programs, with the purpose of better informing homeowners of their rights and responsibilities while also providing more flexible repayment options.

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Senator Jon Bramnick

Bramnick: It’s Sad NJ Supreme Court Granted Parole to Murderer of State Trooper

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Senator Jon Bramnick said it’s sad the New Jersey Supreme Court granted parole to Sundiata Acoli, the convicted murderer of State Trooper Werner Foerster:

Sen. Jon Bramnick said it’s sad the New Jersey Supreme Court granted parole to the convicted murderer of State Trooper Werner Foerster. (©iStock)

“The decision by the Supreme Court to allow a murderer of a State Trooper to have any freedom at all is very sad. Society needs to hold cop killers totally responsible for their horrific acts.”

Senator Kristin Corrado

Matsikoudis and Corrado Seek Evidence Rules Changes to Help Assault, Discrimination Survivors

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Conversations with close confidants following a sexual assault or employment discrimination should be admissible evidence in civil cases, Assemblywoman Michele Matsikoudis says. On Monday she, along with Senator Kristin Corrado, introduced a joint resolution (SJR-82/AJR-163) urging the N.J. Supreme Court to adopt those rule changes.

Sen. Kristin Corrado and Asw. Michele Matsikoudis introduced a resolution seeking to make conversations with close confidants following a sexual assault or employment discrimination admissible evidence in civil cases. (SenateNJ.com)

Under current court rules, such conversations are inadmissible in civil cases as hearsay, or out-of-court statements made to prove the truth of a claim, and can include oral, written, or even photographed statements.

“Victims often turn to close family or friends after an assault or being discriminated against, because they’re looking for comfort, and are unsure if they will be believed if they report it, or have a job should they file a complaint,” Matsikoudis (R-21) said. “Senator Corrado and I believe a jury should be allowed to hear that witness testify to that conversation as supporting evidence of a victim’s complaint. It’s allowed in criminal trials in New Jersey and should be allowed in civil cases as well.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Outraged by Supreme Court’s Parole of State Trooper’s Killer

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Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho expressed outrage at the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision to grant parole to Sundiata Acoli, the murderer of State Trooper Werner Foerster.

Sen Steven Oroho expressed outrage at the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision to grant parole to Sundiata Acoli, the murderer of State Trooper Werner Foerster. (Flickr)

“The New Jersey Supreme Court made an outrageous mistake in granting parole to this notorious cop-killer,” said Oroho (R-24). “Sundiata Acoli murdered a New Jersey State Trooper and he should spend the rest of his life in jail, just like today’s law requires.”

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Senator Michael Testa
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Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Members Call for Murphy to Dedicate Billions for Tax Relief as State Revenues Soar

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Senate Republicans Have Already Proposed “Give It Back” Tax Rebates to Provide $4.5 Billion of Direct, Immediate Relief — More Planned

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee called on Governor Phil Murphy to commit to expanding tax relief in the upcoming State Budget in advance of a revenue update from the Treasurer that is expected to show soaring tax collections that are $5 billion higher than the administration projected just two months ago.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee called on Gov. Phil Murphy to expand tax relief in the upcoming State Budget as tax overcollection soar by billions. (©iStock)

“Tax collection reports make it clear that the Murphy administration must acknowledge on Thursday that his tax policies are taking at least $5 billion more out of the pockets of taxpayers than the governor projected in March, and possibly billions more,” said Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho (R-24). “When New Jersey families are struggling with soaring prices and inflation, we believe Governor Murphy must commit to giving back these overcollections immediately to families that are suffering today. We plan on expanding the ‘Give It Back’ rebates that Senate Republicans have already proposed.”

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Republican Senators

Steven Oroho

District 24 - Republican Leader

Jon Bramnick

District 21

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Edward Durr

District 3

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Jean Stanfield

District 8

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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