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Senate Republicans Fight Democrats’ Effort to Restrict Public Access to NJ State House

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Senate Republicans are fighting back against an effort by Senate and Assembly Democrats and the Murphy administration to restrict public access to the New Jersey State House and the legislative process.

Senate Republicans are fighting back against an effort by Senate and Assembly Democrats and the Murphy administration to restrict public access to the New Jersey State House and the legislative process. (SenateNJ.com)

The entire caucus signed a letter (click here for PDF) to Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin opposing a plan to impose strict COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements for access to the Capitol Complex that would apply to the public, legislators, and staff.

The letter from Senate Republicans was sent in advance of a hastily scheduled vote on the proposal by the Joint Management Commission (JMC) that is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Hopeful Murphy Pressed Biden to Restore SALT Deduction

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Governor Murphy spent Monday morning with President Joe Biden at the groundbreaking for the Portal North Bridge, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco said he hoped the two discussed the urgent need to repeal the federal cap on state and local tax deductions.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said the Governor should have taken the opportunity to encourage President Biden to repeal the cap on the state and local tax deduction. (Flickr)

“The Portal Bridge is a crucial component to the Gateway transportation project and restoring the full SALT deduction is crucial to the fiscal stability of families all across our high-tax state,” said Bucco (R-25). “New Jersey taxpayers are crushed with some of the most aggressive property taxes in the nation, and the SALT deduction allowed people to recoup some of the money. The cap adds insult to injury to hard-working taxpayers who are severely limited in how much they can deduct at tax time.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Earns NJ Chamber’s Legislator of the Year Award

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Senator Michael Testa will receive the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s biannual Legislator of the Year Award during an event tonight in Holmdel.

Senator Michael Testa (second from left), shown kicking off his Business Recovery Tour in Cape May in March of this year, will be honored as Legislator of the Year by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. (SenateNJ.com)

Testa, an influential first-term Senator representing Legislative District 1, will be joined by honorees from the public and private sectors for “leading New Jersey through the pandemic and outstanding support of business and economic growth in the Garden State” during the Chamber’s Legislative and Business Awards Reception at the Bell Works center.

“Every New Jersey resident can benefit from a strong, vibrant state economy,” said Testa. “I am proud of my efforts on behalf of crucial job-creators and the families that rely on them for good jobs, career opportunities and income, and I’m humbled to receive this award from the New Jersey Chamber.”

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District 1

District 1 Legislators Aggravated by Murphy’s Closed Offices

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Legislative District 1 lawmakers expressed frustration with the Murphy Administration as many state facilities, including Motor Vehicle Commission   and Department of Labor sites remain closed.

Murphy’s Motor Vehicle Commission has been a source of public frustration throughout the pandemic, and the LD1 legislators are frustrated MVC sites are not yet fully open. (SenateNJ.com)

All state workers were expected to be back on the job this week, fully vaccinated or subject to weekly COVID testing, but the Governor backed off his original orders and delayed the return to work for many agencies.

“Closed state offices have become all too familiar, and the whole thing is exasperating,” said Senator Michael Testa. “The citizens of New Jersey deserve better. This clearly isn’t the ‘stronger and fairer’ picture that Murphy is painting.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Disappointed by Murphy’s Failure to Meet Deadline to Reopen State Government

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Administration Says Unemployment Offices May Not Open Until “Some Point in 2022”

Senator Kristin Corrado expressed her disappointment at Governor Phil Murphy’s failure to meet his self-imposed deadline for reopening all of State government yesterday.

Sen. Kristin Corrado expressed her disappointment at Gov. Phil Murphy’s failure to meet his self-imposed deadline for reopening all of State government yesterday. (Wikipedia)

“I’m disappointed but not surprised that Governor Murphy failed to live up to his promise to reopen all of the State government services that have been closed since the start of the pandemic,” said Corrado (R-40). “When everything in the private sector is open, the continuing closure of important State offices, including unemployment centers, sends a message that the Murphy administration doesn’t care that lots of people need help. There’s a clear disconnect between the governor’s priorities and what New Jerseyans actually need.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Blasts Murphy for Increasing Taxes on Working Poor to Write Checks to Illegals

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Mere months before a double-digit increase in the payroll tax on workers, the Murphy Administration announced plans for a $40 million give-away program for illegal immigrants.

Sen. Michael Testa chided the Governor for a plan to give $40M to illegal immigrants only months before a $40M tax on low-income workers goes into effect. (Pixabay)

Recently, it was revealed a web site operated by the Department of Human Services will help distribute taxpayer money to immigrants who failed to qualify to federal stimulus payments because they are here illegally.

“The Governor’s priorities are convoluted and unjustifiable. He should have avoided this regressive tax increase on low-income earners. Instead, he clobbered the working poor so he could write checks to illegals,” said Senator Michael Testa (R-1).

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado: How will the Murphy Administration Ensure the Integrity of our Upcoming Election?

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In a letter to Secretary of State Tahesha Way, Senator Kristin Corrado today called on the Murphy Administration to make sure appropriate protocols are in place to ensure the integrity and security of the upcoming general election, particularly with the implementation of new voting machines and early voting.

Sen. Kristin Corrado today called on the Murphy Administration to make sure appropriate protocols are in place to ensure the integrity and security of the upcoming general election. (©iStock)

“Since September 2020, I have written several letters to New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way to request that the election process be made fully transparent while ensuring both County Clerks and the Board of Elections can deliver fair and accurate election results,” said Corrado (R-40). “I have heard from many constituents who are justifiably concerned about the numerous cases of voter fraud, ballot tampering, incorrect counting, and postal issues over the past year. We need to ensure the accuracy and fairness of the many crucial local, county, state, and federal elections so the rightful winners may represent the people of New Jersey.”

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District 1

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan Call on Murphy to Prohibit Teachers from Logging Vaccine Conversations in Progressive Campaign App

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Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan (all R-1) called on Governor Phil Murphy to prohibit teachers from logging conversations with students and parents about COVID-19 vaccinations in a progressive campaign app operated by a left-wing organization.

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan called on Gov. Phil Murphy to prohibit teachers from logging conversations with students and parents about COVID-19 vaccinations in Reach, a progressive campaign app operated by a left-wing organization. Pictured is a screenshot from the app’s website. (Reach)

“We’re hearing from parents who are outraged by the shocking reports that teachers are being trained to engage students and their families in vaccine conversations and to log what they learn in a tracking app developed for Democrat political campaigns,” said Testa. “We believe this practice is inappropriate, unethical, likely illegal, and must be stopped immediately.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado: Murphy Must Keep His Promise to Reopen All State Government Offices on 10/18

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Walk-in Unemployment Centers Have Been Closed Since Beginning of Pandemic

Senator Kristin Corrado urged Governor Phil Murphy to keep his promise to fully reopen State government offices that have been closed since the start of the pandemic.

Sen. Kristin Corrado urged Gov. Phil Murphy to keep his promise to fully reopen State government offices that have been closed since the start of the pandemic. (SenateNJ.com)

“Important State offices, including unemployment walk-in centers, have been closed for nearly 19 months and completely inaccessible to New Jerseyans,” said Corrado (R-40). “Given the long wait, I hope the rumors aren’t true that some offices may have their reopenings pushed back beyond the date the governor set for his administration to get back to work. It would be yet another failure of leadership if Governor Murphy delayed the full reopening of State government any longer.”

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Senator Holly Schepisi

Schepisi Urges Murphy Administration to Order Teachers to Stop Logging Private Info of Students & Families in Third-Party Advocacy Apps

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Senator Calls for Investigation, Will Introduce Legislation Banning Practice That’s Being Pushed on Teachers by NEA & AFT

After it was revealed that national teachers’ unions have been training and instructing New Jersey teachers to log the personal health information of students and their families in a progressive organization’s campaign app, Senator Holly Schepisi called for an investigation and urged the Murphy administration to prohibit the invasive practice.

After it was revealed that national teachers’ unions have been training and instructing New Jersey teachers to log the personal health information of students and their families in a progressive organization’s campaign app, Sen. Holly Schepisi called for an investigation and urged the Murphy administration to prohibit the invasive practice. (©iStock)

“New Jerseyans might be surprised to hear that teachers are being told to engage students and parents in private conversations about their health and COVID-19 vaccination status and to log what they learn in a campaign-style tracking app run by a progressive advocacy group,” said Schepisi (R-39). “Unbelievably, that’s exactly what’s happening, as I’ve been told by concerned teachers. It’s a gross invasion of privacy that Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Education should prohibit immediately.”

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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

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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