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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Murphy Should Listen to Businesses Trying to Drive NJ’s Economic Recovery

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Senator Steven Oroho said Governor Phil Murphy should start listening to the concerns and recommendations of the New Jersey business community as it attempts to drive the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Steven Oroho said Gov. Phil Murphy should start listening to the concerns and recommendations of the New Jersey business community as it attempts to drive the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. (©iStock)

“Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve joined the business community in urging Governor Murphy to be transparent about his decision-making process to make it possible for the small businesses, Main Street shops, and industries that employ millions of New Jerseyans to lead our economic recovery,” said Oroho (R-24). “If New Jersey is to minimize the amount of harm to our working families as we head towards reopening, the governor needs to start listening to the serious concerns raised by their employers.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin and Catalano Bill Package to Ease Burdens on Restaurants and Bars has Passed the Assembly

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A package of bills to help ease the burdens of restaurants trying to navigate COVID-19 regulations and restrictions has been approved by the Assembly.

A package of bills sponsored by the LD10 lawmakers to help ease the burdens of restaurants trying to navigate COVID-19 regulations and restrictions was advanced by the Assembly. (FB/Morristown Partnership)

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are co-sponsors of these bills that allow food and beverage establishments to better protect their employees and customers while remaining open for business.

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District 1

Testa/Simonsen/McClellan Kick Off Business Recovery Tour

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Sen. Michael Testa and Asm. Erik Simonsen tour Cape May Mall & Small Businesses

Nearly a year after the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic and state shutdown, the First Legislative District Team kicked off their Business Recovery Tour by visiting Cape Island Foods headed by business owner Carl Spatocco.

The First Legislative District Team kicked off their Business Recovery Tour by visiting Cape Island Foods headed by business owner Carl Spatocco. (SenateNJ.com)

“We take every opportunity we can to shop local and we encourage our residents to do the same,” said Testa. “These small businesses are the glue that holds our district together. We are fighting for the safe and sensible reopening of South Jersey. Supporting our small businesses is the first step towards making that happen.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa

Bipartisan Bill Unveiled to Provide $300 Million in EDA Grants, Loans to Small Businesses, Nonprofits to Spur Economic Recovery, Job Growth in Wake of COVID-19

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Addiego, Sweeney, Gopal, O’Scanlon, Testa and Kean Team Up to Sponsor Legislation Expanding EDA Capacity to Help Small Business Bounce Back

Bipartisan legislation providing the state Economic Development Authority with $300 million for grants and loans to help small businesses and nonprofits rebound from the COVID-19 crisis was introduced today by Senator Dawn Addiego, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senators Vin Gopal, Declan O’Scanlon, and Michael Testa, and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean.

Bipartisan legislation providing the NJEDA with $300 million for grants and loans to help small businesses and nonprofits rebound from the COVID-19 crisis has been introduced. (Pixabay)

The bill would provide aid not only to small businesses and nonprofits that lost revenue during the economic shutdowns and slowdowns caused by the coronavirus crisis, but also to those whose business opening plans were disrupted by COVID-19 and those who fill vacant storefronts or under-utilized space with new operations.

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District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Berate Murphy and Dems for Budget Scheme that is Damaging the State Economy

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Superfluous Borrowing Gimmick Sparked Credit Rating Chop that will Cost Taxpayers More Money

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano today cautioned that New Jersey is beginning to feel the impact of irresponsible, misleading and reckless financial decisions by Governor Murphy and the Trenton Democrats.

New Jersey is feeling the impact of irresponsible, misleading and reckless financial decisions by Governor Murphy and the Trenton Democrats, Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano today cautioned. (Pixabay)

It was recently revealed that the state’s credit rating was downgraded by S&P Global Ratings, a major Wall Street rating agency. In announcing the ratings slap, S&P cited significant “structural deficits” and dropped New Jersey’s rating for general obligation bonds to BBB+.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Encourages Small Businesses to Register for NJEDA Grant Program Today

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco today issued a reminder to businesses that have been hard-hit by the pandemic and plan to apply for Phase 3 of New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s Small Business Emergency Grant Program that they must first pre-register for the program.

The next round of CARES Act funding for small business will fall short of the demand for help, and Senator Bucco said this should prompt businesses to register for the grant program today. (Pixabay)

The pre-registration window opened today at 9:30 a.m. and runs through 5 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 27.

“Small businesses across the state are struggling every day to survive the COVID economy.  Today, I encourage them to take the time to register for the emergency assistance program,” said Bucco (R-25). “It’s important for businesses to register now so they can be considered when the program opens. The money ran out quickly during the first two phases of the emergency grant programs and this time will be no different as there is nowhere near enough money being allocated.  If a business fails to pre-register, they will not be eligible to apply for help later.”

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District 1

South Jersey Legislators Call for Refocus on County-Specific Approach to Handle Second Wave

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Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan (all R-1) are pushing Governor Phil Murphy to consider a regional approach to managing a second wave of COVID-19, should a resurgence hit New Jersey.

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan are pushing Gov. Murphy to consider a regional approach to managing a second wave of COVID-19, should a resurgence hit New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“The one-size-fits-all restrictions that Governor Murphy has employed since March across New Jersey have done more harm than good to areas that haven’t been hit as hard by COVID-19,” said Testa. “Even though Cape May and Cumberland counties have fared well due to the proactive steps our residents have taken to mitigate the virus, our small businesses still have suffered under the governor’s blanket mandates. Implementing a more targeted approach as we have advised would help communities to respond locally to resurgences of the coronavirus without impacting the entire New Jersey economy and efforts to get people back to work.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Persistent Lines and Poor Customer Service Indicative of Deeper Problems at MVC

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Motorists lining up outside of facilities in the pre-dawn hours, no less than six sites closed due to COVID, and countless residents frustrated by a system that has let them down, is what New Jersey residents face at DMV facilities. This has become business as usual for New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission.

Senator Bucco today criticized the continuing long lines at Motor Vehicle Commission facilities, and called on the administration to schedule appointments for services and utilize mobile offices to alleviate backlogs. (SenateNJ.com)

“Not a day goes by that I don’t hear another horror story from a constituent who has been mistreated by a broken system,” said Senator Anthony M. Bucco. “It is painfully obvious that customer service is buried low on MVC’s list of priorities, and New Jersey residents deserve better.”

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District 24

Oroho, Space & Wirths Say Regional Openings Can Save Businesses Without Risking Safety

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‘It’s A Fallacy To Paint It As A Choice Between Jobs and Health’

Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (R-24) today reiterated their call for a regional reopening to the state’s economy and the lifting of restrictions on business in areas with lower COVID-19 transmission numbers.

Senator Oroho and Assemblymen Space and Wirths are calling for a regional reopening of the state’s economy that would help business and employees without endangering residents. (Pixabay)

“We can reopen safely and smartly,” said Oroho. “Respecting appropriate safety protocols should mean you don’t have to sacrifice economic health at the expense of physical health. We should never have been treating them as if they are mutually exclusive. So when restaurants, gyms, stores and service companies tell us they may not be able to survive much longer, these are not idle threats. Every day, more employers are pulling the plug on their lifelong dreams, laying off workers, and closing their doors forever. It shouldn’t be this way.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: Murphy Should Offer Businesses the Same Opportunity to Make Local Reopening Decisions That’s Been Provided to Schools

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Say Doing Away With Blanket Statewide Restrictions on Entire Industries Could Help Hundreds of Thousands of Unemployed New Jerseyans to Safely Get Back to Work

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) said Governor Phil Murphy should provide businesses and other employers the same opportunity to make reopening decisions based on local conditions that he has granted to school districts that are planning for the fall.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano said Gov. Murphy should provide businesses and other employers the same opportunity to make reopening decisions based on local conditions that he has granted to school districts. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy has ruled with an iron fist since the beginning of the pandemic, insisting that only he should decide when it’s safe for various industries to reopen statewide,” said Holzapfel. “For the past five months, he’s flatly refused to allow local decision-making or to adopt a regional approach to mitigation efforts that could have allowed businesses, parks, and other public places to reopen sooner in areas experiencing little community spread of the coronavirus. Suddenly, however, the governor is saying schools can make local decisions on reopening, but not anyone else. That contradiction reeks of favoritism and undermines his administration’s claim to care about pursuing fairness in public policy.”

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Republican Senators

Steven Oroho

Steven Oroho

District 24 - Republican Leader

Jon Bramnick

Jon Bramnick

District 21

Anthony M. Bucco

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

Michael Doherty

District 23

Edward Durr

Edward Durr

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Jim Holzapfel

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Declan O'Scanlon

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

Robert Singer

District 30

Jean Stanfield

Jean Stanfield

District 8

Michael Testa

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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