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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho to Murphy: Let’s Not Continue to Lag Our Peer States in Reopening

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Senators Hear from Restaurant & Hospitality Industry on Reopening Plans

As a member of the Senate Fiscal Recovery Strategy Workgroup, Senator Steve Oroho participated in a virtual meeting today with restaurant owners, operators and caterers throughout the hospitality industry in the state to hear their comments and advice on how to advance their businesses’ safe reopening.

Sen. Steve Oroho participated in a virtual meeting with restaurant owners in the hospitality industry to hear their comments and advice on how to advance their businesses’ safe reopening. (Pixabay)

“Business owners and their employees in the restaurant and hospitality industry have planned, prepared, and are excited to get back to work under the protection of detailed protocols they have developed to maintain hygiene and safe social distancing for both workers and customers,” said Oroho (R-24). “It’s a shame that while restaurants across the Hudson and Delaware rivers have been trusted to reopen safely, New Jersey’s eateries remain shuttered under Governor Murphy’s executive orders. If the governor would approve industry-specific reopening plans that have been proposed, we could successfully open up many of our restaurants and retailers tomorrow, not days or weeks from now.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Statement from Senator Bucco and Assemblywoman Dunn on Peaceful Protests

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn released the following statement in support of peaceful protests and remark on the inappropriateness of Governor Murphy breaking his own social distancing executive orders while penalizing others:

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco & Aswm. Aura Dunn released the following statement in support of peaceful protests and remark on the inappropriateness of Gov. Murphy breaking his own social distancing executive orders while penalizing others. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Anthony Bucco:

“The killing of George Floyd was unjustified and inexcusable. I share the pain, sadness, and anger felt by so many here in Morris County and across the country. I side with those who peacefully protest to bring about positive change in our society. America has always been a place where people of different backgrounds, races, and religions can come together to form a more perfect union, but it is not without challenges. While I stand with the peaceful protesters, I do not condone any of the criminal activity that has resulted in looting, property damage, and even death in some horrible cases. Criminal activity detracts from the message of peaceful protesters.

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District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Urge Governor to Allow Businesses to Open Before This Weekend

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Say Every Weekend Lost for Seasonal Businesses After Memorial Day Is Devastating to the Shore Economy

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) are urging Governor Phil Murphy to lift the lockdown on non-essential retail businesses prior to this upcoming weekend. Under the governor’s executive orders, those businesses must wait to reopen until Monday, June 15.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano are urging Gov. Murphy to lift the lockdown on non-essential retail businesses prior to this upcoming weekend. (Pixabay)

“Our shore businesses cannot afford to remain closed another weekend,” said Holzapfel. “The shore economy and hundreds of thousands of New Jersey families are heavily dependent on the summer months, and every weekend after Memorial Day is critical for business to survive. We are calling for the Governor to limit additional unnecessary economic damage by allowing businesses to reopen on Friday, June 12, at the latest. ”

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District 10

10th District Legislators Introduce Bill To Provide Legal Immunity To Businesses From Covid-19 Lawsuits

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano of the 10th Legislative District have introduced a bill which would grant immunity to businesses against any claims stemming from COVID-19. The bill, S-2502/A-4189, protects restaurants, store owners, and other businesses from lawsuits filed by individuals who claim they were exposed to the virus at an establishment.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano of the 10th Legislative District introduced legislation to grant businesses immunity against any claims stemming from COVID-19. (Pixabay)

“As small businesses prepare to reopen, we believe owners can comply with safety regulations to a degree that warrants legal protection from both their patrons and their employees,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “The fear of a lawsuit is the last thing a small business owner needs while they are trying to financially stay afloat.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa: Murphy’s Veto of Rent Relief Is a Slap in the Face to Small Businesses

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Senator Michael Testa slammed Governor Phil Murphy for vetoing legislation aimed at providing much-needed rent relief to small businesses during the shutdown.

Sen. Michael Testa slammed Gov. Murphy for vetoing legislation aimed at providing relief to small businesses. Pictured: Testa speaking at a press conference on May 9, 2020 to highlight the plight of small businesses. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy hypocritically claims that small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, yet he is solely responsible for bleeding them dry,” said Testa (R-1). “This commonsense bill received overwhelming bipartisan support in the State Legislature, yet the governor turned a blind eye as mom-and-pop stores face the grim reality of permanently closing their doors,” added Testa. “As our state’s most influential elected officials, we should work together to help small business owners attempt to salvage their livelihoods.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: NJMVC Fails to Demonstrate Plan to Meet Surge in Demand Upon Reopening

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Says Failure to Detail Staffing Plan Reminiscent of Predictable Failures in Unemployment System

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) has failed to respond to his repeated requests to produce an overview of their reopening plan to demonstrate they will have sufficient capacity to handle a surge in customers that should be expected after agency offices have been closed for months.

Sen. Tony Bucco said the NJMVC has failed to respond to his repeated requests to produce an overview of their reopening plan to demonstrate they will have sufficient capacity to handle a surge in customers that should be expected after agency offices have been closed for months. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Most of our NJMVC agencies are mobbed on a good day with waiting times that can last hours,” said Bucco (R-25). “Unless they prepare a battle plan and significantly increase staffing for reopening, they should expect to be overwhelmed by many thousands of people who have waited months to get driver’s licenses, transfer titles, and conduct other critical transactions that cannot be completed online. I’ve been warning them for weeks to try to prevent a repeat of the staffing failures that led to our unemployment system being overwhelmed, but it doesn’t appear that anyone is listening.”

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

Senate Republicans Call on Governor to Provide Clarity & Take Action to Reopen More of NJ

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The fifteen members of the Senate Republican caucus sent the following letter (click here for PDF) to Governor Phil Murphy calling for clarity and action to reopen more of New Jersey:

The 15 members of the Senate Republican caucus called on Gov. Murphy for clarity and action to reopen more of New Jersey. (Pixabay)

The full text of the letter is below:

May 27, 2020,

Dear Governor Murphy,

As the threat of COVID-19 continues to recede quickly for the general public, it is imperative that we make smart and fair decisions to end the hardships that continue to impact many New Jerseyans. We are concerned that many of the broad restrictions that remain on various activities and business operations as a result of the executive orders you issued at the start of the COVID-19 crisis seem to make little sense today.

We have heard repeatedly from our constituents that the manner in which reopenings have been announced appears to be arbitrary and inconsistent, with no clear communication regarding the metrics or benchmarks that must be met for executive orders to be loosened or lifted.

Other states, including New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida, have issued guidance that pegs data against clear benchmarks to demonstrate that public health interests are served by their states’ policies related to the coronavirus. The people of New Jersey deserve no less.

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Senator Bob Singer

Shore Lawmakers Urge Murphy to Reopen State

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Sen. Robert Singer and Assemblymen Sean Kean and Edward Thomson issued a joint statement urging Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen businesses.

Sen. Robert Singer and Assemblymen Sean Kean and Edward Thomson issued a joint statement urging Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen businesses. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We need to start reopening more businesses and services in New Jersey. The number of deaths, new cases, and hospitalizations from Covid-19 are thankfully decreasing. However, many people and businesses are financially at a breaking point. We are hearing heartbreaking stories from families and businesses who cannot pay rent, are waiting for unemployment or are facing other dire financial circumstances.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Governor Has Plans on His Desk to Reopen NJ Safely, No Need to “Slow Walk” Action

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Senator Steven Oroho said Governor Phil Murphy has detailed plans on his desk from virtually every industry in New Jersey that would allow the state to reopen safely and bring more regular activities back into everyday life starting now.

Sen. Steven Oroho said Gov. Phil Murphy has detailed plans on his desk from virtually every industry in New Jersey that would allow the state to reopen safely and bring more regular activities back into everyday life starting now. (Pixabay)

“In every discussion I’ve had with small business owners and industry trade groups, the consistent message I’ve heard is that New Jersey could get back to work today if the Governor would lift unnecessary restrictions,” said Oroho (R-24). “Employers across the Garden State have spent weeks in lockdown putting together strategic plans to reopen safely. They’ve put those plans on the governor’s desk. I’ve been part of those planning efforts with the NJBIA, and am convinced many aspects of our lockdown can be lifted. I think the governor’s four-stage plan announced today is an effort to slow walk our reopening that is unnecessary and will inhibit what could be a quicker recovery.”

Oroho worked with the New Jersey Business Coalition, which includes more than 80 business and nonprofit groups representing tens of thousands of organizations, to develop multi-pronged recommendations to reopen New Jersey safely. Those plans have been submitted to the governor.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Senators:  Governor’s Budget Solution Due May 22 Must Include Restraint of Budget Excesses and Creative Solutions Or It Will Be Dismissed

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The following was released today by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), Senator Michael Testa (R-1), and Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), the Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee:

In advance of the Governor’s May 22 budget report, the Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee issued a joint position statement. (Pixabay)

The State’s budget has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Revenue losses through the end of FY 2021 will be severe and there is a need for additional relief for impacted people and businesses. There is broad and bipartisan recognition of this reality in the Legislature and among the public.

For the past two months, the Governor has provided no public accounting or explanation of the budgetary impacts of COVID-19. Despite holding daily press briefings attended by various cabinet officials, the Treasurer has not been invited to a single briefing to explain budget impacts for the public or, more importantly, to answer reporters’ questions about what steps, if any, are being taken to address these impacts.

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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

District 3

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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