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May 22, 2020
Oroho, O’Scanlon & Corrado Applaud Establishment of Special Senate Committee to Review & Improve State’s Response to COVID-19

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Senator Steven Oroho, Senator Declan O’Scanlon, and Senator Kristin Corrado applauded the formation of a bipartisan Senate Review & Recovery Committee to review and improve upon the State’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Senators Oroho, O’Scanlon & Corrado applauded the formation of a bipartisan Senate Review & Recovery Committee to review and improve upon the State’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. (SenateNJ.com)

“We applaud this bipartisan effort to learn from the mistakes that were made at the outset of the coronavirus crisis to improve our State’s response going forward,” said Oroho (R-24). “I’m especially concerned about our ability to ensure that our long-term care facilities, where half of New Jersey’s COVID-19 deaths occurred, have the capability to better protect vulnerable residents. By examining how this tragedy occurred and recommending solutions, we hope to save lives and prevent it from happening again.”

Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean jointly announced the new committee today. The Senate will vote on the enabling resolution creating the committee in the coming weeks.

“This effort to establish legislative oversight of the Murphy administration’s response to COVID-19 in a way that is constructive is good news for New Jersey,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “We need to understand what worked and what didn’t with the State’s approach to managing this public health crisis, which impacted our economy, businesses, jobs, family finances, education, and so much more. We hope the governor recognizes that this review isn’t targeted at him, it’s about helping New Jerseyans.”

The legislators had offered alternatives to the Senate President for such a committee to be formed.

“With so much of the administration’s response to this crisis coming in the form of executive orders, we have serious concerns that legislators are not getting the transparency we and our constituents deserve from the administration,” added Corrado (R-40). “As New Jersey looks to reopening and recovery, we need more than a one-man show going forward. It’s imperative that the executive branch of government begin to work collaboratively with the Legislature and local governments on the many important issues related to COVID-19. By restoring legislative oversight, we will start that important process.”

Related Facebook Post:
https://www.facebook.com/steveoroho/posts/10158012103408580

Related Tweet:
https://twitter.com/sencorrado/status/1263912614503030784

Website Post:
https://www.senatenj.com/index.php/oroho/oroho-oscanlon-corrado-applaud-establishment-of-special-senate-committee-to-review-improve-states-response-to-covid-19/48419