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Senator Joe Pennacchio Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26)
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May 5, 2023
Pennacchio Lends Support to Moms Fighting Woke Policies in School Library

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Senator Joe Pennacchio expressed his support for a pair of Roxbury mothers who have been sued for expressing their concerns about sexually explicit books in their children’s school library.

Senator Joe Pennacchio (left), Roxbury mother Kristen Cobo (center), and Shawn Hyland of the NJ Family Policy Center. (

“These moms should have the right to raise concerns about their children being exposed to sexually explicit and highly offensive materials in their schools,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “It should not be controversial to suggest that cartoon depictions of young children engaging in sexual acts do not belong in our school libraries. Unfortunately, we were warned when we held our Senate Republican hearing on parental rights last year that this woke sexual indoctrination of our kids would continue to escalate, and that has proven to be the case. I stand by Kristen Cobo and Christina Balestriere for their efforts to safeguard their children.”

Pennacchio met with Cobo today to express his support for the moms’ efforts to remove sexually explicit material from their children’s school library.

They were joined by Shawn Hyland, Director of Advocacy for the New Jersey Family Policy Center.

“The New Jersey Family Policy Center stands with the Roxbury moms and their right to speak,” Hyland said.

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