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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Has Questions for Fired Veterans’ Homes Bosses

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Says They Should Receive Some of the First Subpoena’s When Senate Convenes Select Committee to Investigate COVID Response

Days after Governor Murphy announced a change of command at the COVID-ravished state-run veterans’ nursing homes in Paramus and Menlo Park, Senator Joe Pennacchio said the replaced administrators have some explaining to do.

Senator Pennacchio wants fired veterans’ homes administrators’ names on the subpoena list for Senate Select Committee COVID investigation. (SenateNJ.com)

“As a legislator, I have plenty of questions that need to be answered, and I know the countless families who lost loved ones to the virus outbreak in these homes have questions,” said Pennacchio (R-26).

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean, Jr. on Economic Justice

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The coronavirus crisis has brought into focus the continuing challenges that women, minorities, and low-income communities face in New Jersey, especially during times of economic upheaval.

Sen. Tom Kean, Jr. (SenateNJ.com)

While much of government is consumed with gridlock and division, I will always reach across the aisle and work with Democrats like Senate President Steve Sweeney to support an effort to address the issue of economic injustice.

That’s why I was excited to play a role in the New Jersey Legislature’s reconstitution of the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: ‘Now We’re Talking About a Second Wave. I’d Really Be Interested to Find Out What Happened with the First Wave.’

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Senator’s Words Challenged Senate Veterans Committee to Unearth to Truth

Senator Joe Pennacchio before voting on a Senate Joint Resolution (SJR-80) calling on Congress to release funds to offset COVID-19 related losses to New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs-run veteran memorial homes.

Senator Pennacchio renewed his call for a Senate Select Committee with subpoena powers to investigate the COVID tragedy within the walls of veterans and nursing homes. (Pixabay)

“One has to ask why we’re asking for money from the federal government when our veterans’ homes are all state run. Why are we not using the more than $2 billion of CARES funds the state received? Why didn’t we utilize the USS Comfort, the Javits Center, field hospitals, or at least their staffs and the personal protective equipment when they were here? Why did we send them away?

“The state, by its own admissions, says 7,100 dead seniors in long-term nursing facilities. One out of every 10 long-term nursing facilities residents are dead. Continue Reading…

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Urges Murphy to Dedicate More CARES Act Funds to Support Small Businesses

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Warns that Using CARES Act Funds to Pay for Existing State Employees Could Be Problematic & Require Return of Money to Federal Government

Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24) sent a letter today to Governor Phil Murphy warning that the administration’s plans to use $450 million of CARES Act funds to pay for existing State employees could be problematic.

Sen. Steven Oroho warned Gov. Phil Murphy that plans to use $450 million of CARES Act funds to pay for existing State employees could be problematic, and urged those funds to be reallocated to boost underfunded grant programs that support small businesses and nonprofits. (©iStock)

He urged those funds to be reallocated to support struggling small businesses and nonprofits that are engines of the Garden State economy and provide critical social services to local communities.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Helping Public Libraries Reduce Cost and Improve Services Advances

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Libraries would be able to dispose of outdated material without going out to bid under legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman and advanced today by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

Senator Bateman sponsors legislation that would help public libraries operate more efficiently and save money disposing of books and periodicals. (SenateNJ.com)

“The funding to operate public libraries remains a critical issue in this state, where the demand for, and utilization of library services continues to escalate,” said Bateman (R-16). “This practical measure would allow library administrators to reduce costs on a necessary task, and put that money to work providing better resources for patrons.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Offering Vets Free Admission to State Parks on Veterans Day Advances

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s measure to provide free admission to State parks and forests and certain historic sites for veterans on Veterans Day has been advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Sen. Tom Kean’s measure to provide free admission to State parks and forests and certain historic sites for veterans on Veterans Day has advanced. (©iStock)

“In recognition of our brave veterans who have protected our freedoms throughout war and peace, it is fitting to offer them complimentary admission to New Jersey’s beautiful State Parks on Veterans Day,” said Kean (R-21). “It’s a small way to honor our country’s military personnel and show our appreciation for their service and patriotism. We hope that this measure will help them enjoy the tranquility that the great outdoors offers in their home State.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Committee Advances Kean Bill Protecting Dogs from Cruelty

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Legislation Establishes Trunk Fighting as a Third-Degree Crime

Legislation strengthening protections against animal cruelty today cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

A Senate committee advanced Senator Kean’s legislation that would designate ‘trunk fighting’ of dogs an animal cruelty offense and a crime of the third degree. (SenateNJ.com)

Sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, bill S-975 defines “trunk fighting” as the barbaric practice of enclosing two or more dogs in the trunk of a motor vehicle and instigating them to fight to the death. The bill establishes the contemptible act as an animal cruelty offense and a crime of the third degree.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Steve Oroho

Pennacchio, Corrado & Oroho Welcome New Leadership at New Jersey’s Veterans’ Homes

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Call for More Accountability and Transparency in Wake of Tragic COVID Outbreaks

After news of a leadership shake-up at the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Steve Oroho called the changes “necessary and long over-due.”

After news of a leadership shake-up at the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Senator Pennacchio, Senator Corrado and Senator Oroho called the changes ‘necessary and long over-due.’ (SenateNJ.com)

“While I am pleased this is an attempt to address some of the administration’s failures, there still is much work to be done after the disastrous COVID toll in all of our nursing homes,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “An independent legislative review, a Senate Select Committee with subpoena powers, is still necessary to determine how more than 7,100 people died in nursing homes across the state to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Update on Grant Program for Small Businesses

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As an update to constituents and locally-owned businesses, Senator Robert Singer provided the following information regarding the new New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Small Business Authority’s grant program.

Sen. Robert Singer provided the following information regarding the new NJEDA grant program. (©iStock)

“Struggling small businesses on Main Streets across New Jersey have the opportunity to receive much needed funding to help them stay afloat during these tough times,” said Singer (R-30). “The window to apply is short, so I encourage those eligible to prepare and apply as soon as applications open. Do not miss out on this opportunity to receive assistance!”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Residents Don’t Trust Vote-by-Mail Election

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Only 17 days remain until the presidential election, and public concern over Governor Phil Murphy’s vote-by-mail mandate continues to grow.

Senator Doherty said voters are increasingly losing trust in the vote-by-mail general election and said if people can wait in lines at stores, they should be able to safely vote in person. (Wikimedia)

This week, New Jersey State Senator Michael J. Doherty (R-23) was contacted by a constituent who received three different ballots for three different versions of her name.  The constituent received the three ballots, all allowing her to vote in New Jersey, even though she has been registered to vote in Pennsylvania for the last two years.  The constituent also received a New Jersey ballot for her mother, who died seven years ago and was registered to vote in Pennsylvania at the time of her death.

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Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

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

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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