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Governor Murphy wants to raise taxes on small businesses and nonprofits that are struggling to survive the economic impa...
09/01/2021
Senate & Assembly Republicans Call for Special Legislative Session to Stop Employer Tax Increase & Stabilize UI Fund

Governor Murphy wants to raise taxes on small businesses and nonprofits that are struggling to survive the economic impact of the pandemic.

We’re calling on our Democrat colleagues who have witnessed the struggles of Main Street employers and listened to the desperate pleas of their constituents begging for help with unemployment to join us in petitioning the governor to call a special session of the Legislature.

There is no reason for any Democrat in the Legislature to stand by and watch as Governor Murphy inflicts unnecessary harm upon their constituents and other New Jerseyans. By joining us in signing the petition, they can make this a bipartisan call to action.

https://www.senatenj.com/index.php/joint-gop/senate-assembly-republicans-call-for-special-legislative-session-to-stop-employer-tax-increase-stabilize-ui-fund/54482

Senate and Assembly Republicans have launched a petition to force Gov. Phil Murphy to convene a special session of the Legislature to adopt legislative solutions to prevent a payroll tax increase on employers, repay debt, and restore stability to the state’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) Fund.

We are deeply concerned that Senate President Sweeney will not recognize the swearing-in of Senator Polistina. We believ...
08/27/2021
Senate Republican Leadership Calls on Senate President Sweeney to Recognize Sen. Vince Polistina

We are deeply concerned that Senate President Sweeney will not recognize the swearing-in of Senator Polistina. We believe the families of the 2nd Legislative District deserve the representation and support that a sitting senator can provide during this extremely difficult time.

Republican and Democratic legislators alike have experienced a significant increase in requests for assistance from constituents who are facing a variety of challenges during the pandemic, including the well-documented issues with Governor Murphy's broken unemployment system and the MVC.

It's our understanding that the district office of former Senator Chris Brown in the 2nd Legislative District was engaged in a high volume of constituent work prior to closing.

The Atlantic County residents who were being serviced in the 2nd District by their senator's office deserve a swift and orderly transition to ensure their needs are met in a timely fashion. Many cannot afford to wait until November to have Senator Polistina begin working for them, as the Senate President has insisted they must.

They deserve to have a senator working to resolve their problems today.

The Senate Republican leadership team called for Senate President Stephen Sweeney to recognize the swearing-in of Senator Vince Polistina (R-2) that occurred on Monday, August 23.

Senator Michael Testa: "While Governor Murphy was jamming nursing homes with sick COVID patients, he was emptying jails ...
08/11/2021
Testa: Prisoner Freed by Gov. Murphy Accused of Murder Just 2 Days After Release

Senator Michael Testa: "While Governor Murphy was jamming nursing homes with sick COVID patients, he was emptying jails to protect prisoners. It’s a level of insanity and hypocrisy that’s almost beyond belief."

Sen. Michael Testa said murder charges filed against a former inmate freed by Gov. Phil Murphy demonstrate the insanity of the administration's early release of thousands of dangerous inmates during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Senator Mike Doherty: “We believe policies on the masking of children should be made through the legislative proces...
08/06/2021
Doherty Blasts Murphy’s Plan to Issue New Mask Requirement for School Kids

Sen. Senator Mike Doherty: “We believe policies on the masking of children should be made through the legislative process or by local school districts in consultation with parents. Unfortunately, Governor Murphy doesn’t want parents to have a say in whether kids must wear masks. That’s the undeniable message he’s sending by issuing yet another executive order that circumvents the scrutiny of public hearings and open debate.”

Sen. Michael Doherty blasted Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to issue a new mask requirement for all children attending K-12 schools in New Jersey.

Sen. Chris Brown announced today that he's leaving the Senate to take on a new role serving Atlantic City."Chris has bee...
07/19/2021
Kean Praises Brown’s Legislative Service & Commitment to Atlantic County

Sen. Chris Brown announced today that he's leaving the Senate to take on a new role serving Atlantic City.

"Chris has been a valued member of our caucus, a trusted voice in the State House, and a fighter for all of the people of Atlantic County during his decade of service in the Legislature," said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean. "We wish him and his family all the best.”

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean praised the legislative career of Sen. Chris Brown following the Atlantic County senator's announcement that he will resign from the New Jersey Legislature to take on a new role serving Atlantic City.

Senator Michael Testa: "While Governor Murphy insists the app is not a vaccine passport, it could likely be used for tha...
07/13/2021
Testa: Murphy Still Refuses to Rule Out Vaccine Passports as DOH Launches New App

Senator Michael Testa: "While Governor Murphy insists the app is not a vaccine passport, it could likely be used for that purpose should he change his mind. New Jersey is doing just fine without it."

Sen. Michael Testa warned New Jerseyans need to remain vigilant to ensure that a new app launched by the Murphy administration isn't converted into a vaccine passport that can be used to exclude or segregate people based on vaccination status.

07/09/2021
Unmasking Our Children – A Discussion on the Supporting Science & Data

In case you missed it...

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26), Sen. Robert Singer(R-30), Senator Kristin M. Corrado (R-40), Senator Mike Doherty (R-23), and Senator Holly Schepisi (R-39) held an independent hearing yesterday with health experts, educators, parents, and advocates on the science and data that supports allowing children to unmask in schools and other settings.

Witnesses:

Maria Crisler (Microbiologist)
Martin Kulldorff, PhD (Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School)
Paul E. Alexander, PhD (Clinical Epidemiologist)
Scott Ridley (Hazlet Superintendent)
Dana Wefer (Attorney)
Jaqueline To***co (Middletown B.O.E./Parent of child with special needs)
Erin Pein, RN-BSN (School Nurse)
Jessica Brink (School Nurse)
Christine Livesay (Parent)
Gwyneth K. Murray-Nolan (Parent)

07/09/2021
Via New Jersey 101.5: During a hearing organized by a group of New Jersey state Senate Republicans, a microbiologist and...
07/08/2021
Republican lawmakers in NJ hold hearing calling masks a bad idea for kids

Via New Jersey 101.5: During a hearing organized by a group of New Jersey state Senate Republicans, a microbiologist and a Harvard Medical School professor said that having children wearing masks is not only ineffective and unnecessary but also potentially dangerous.

Lawmakers who held the online hearing said they felt it was important to review the science and data that supports allowing kids to unmask at school and other settings.

State Sen. Joe Pennacchio, R-Morris, organized the meeting. Other Republican state senators attending the virtual hearing included Senator Mike Doherty, R-Warren, Sen. Robert Singer, R-Ocean, Senator Kristin M. Corrado, R-Passaic, and Holly Schepisi, R-Bergen.

The virtual hearing included experts who testified masking children is unnecessary and can increase their health risks

07/08/2021
Unmasking Our Children – A Discussion on the Supporting Science and Data

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Republican lawmakers from New Jersey will lead a discussion with health experts, educators, parents, and advocates on the science and data that supports allowing children to unmask in schools and other settings.

NOTE: The livestream was cut off at the very beginning. A link to the full video will be available shortly.

As we celebrate Independence Day, let us always remember and cherish the unique rights and freedoms we have in this grea...
07/04/2021

As we celebrate Independence Day, let us always remember and cherish the unique rights and freedoms we have in this great nation. Happy #FourthofJuly!

As we celebrate Independence Day, let us always remember and cherish the unique rights and freedoms we have in this great nation. Happy #FourthofJuly!

06/26/2021
06/25/2021
06/25/2021

Sen. Declan O'Scanlon (R-Monmouth) on Gov. Murphy's budget proposal that was approved by New Jersey Democrats today:

"I don't like big budgets that nobody knows what's in them. I don't like this historic lack of transparency. I don't like last minute bills that spend billions of dollars that nobody has read. I don't like massive amounts of pork and billion dollar slush funds."

Bucco: Missed Opportunities in Murphy’s Budget
06/24/2021
Bucco: Missed Opportunities in Murphy’s Budget

Bucco: Missed Opportunities in Murphy’s Budget

Sen. Anthony Bucco said the Democratic budget proposal approved by the Senate today represents missed opportunities for New Jerseyans.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) said that Democrats “made an absolute mockery” of government transparency.“This entir...
06/24/2021
'Shameful' NJ budget process rushes toward approval Thursday

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) said that Democrats “made an absolute mockery” of government transparency.

“This entire budget process has been the most shameful, willful disregard for government transparency that Trenton has ever seen,” he said. “Unfortunately, Gov. Murphy and the Democrats currently in charge of the State House are unlikely to do anything to fix this broken process. Hell, they created it.”

A 280-page bill spending $46.4 billion was available to lawmakers roughly 15 minutes and the public 10 minutes before it was taken up for votes.

The amount of funding that Gov. Murphy proposed is just another band-aid to a seriously broken system that must be repla...
06/23/2021
Lawmakers wanted $50M to fix N.J. unemployment system, but budget calls for $17M

The amount of funding that Gov. Murphy proposed is just another band-aid to a seriously broken system that must be replaced.

He has said fixing the unemployment system is a 'waste' of money and 'throwing good money after bad.'

Tell that to any of the families that have struggled for weeks or months to receive the unemployment benefits they earned and desperately need to survive

The state's computer system is more than 40 years old.

"It’s absolutely appalling that unimaginable sums of taxpayer money will be divvied up in a backroom by Democratic bosse...
06/21/2021
New Jersey is flush with cash. How will lawmakers decide to spend it?

"It’s absolutely appalling that unimaginable sums of taxpayer money will be divvied up in a backroom by Democratic bosses and Governor Murphy,” said Sen. Sam Thompson, R-Middlesex. “After they’ve cut their deals and finished their back-slapping, they’ll call a quick vote on a budget bill that nobody has seen and pass it with minimal discussion."

Lawmakers will work this week to get a spending plan to Gov. Phil Murphy to sign into law before July 1. Some say the public is being left out.

To all the dads and father figures in New Jersey and beyond, #HappyFathersDay!
06/20/2021

To all the dads and father figures in New Jersey and beyond, #HappyFathersDay!

To all the dads and father figures in New Jersey and beyond, #HappyFathersDay!

06/16/2021

You may have heard about a New Jersey school district that eliminated all holiday names from its school calendar. Senator Anthony M. Bucco explains why that's bad for students.

Sen. Sam Thompson: "It’s absolutely appalling that unimaginable sums of taxpayer money will be divvied up in a backroom ...
06/15/2021
Thompson: Democrats Deciding State Budget in Back Room Without Public Input

Sen. Sam Thompson: "It’s absolutely appalling that unimaginable sums of taxpayer money will be divvied up in a backroom by Democratic bosses and Governor Murphy. This is why hard-working New Jersey families never seem to get a break no matter how many billions the State has in the bank."

Sen. Sam Thompson warned that transparency has reached a new low in Trenton as Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders eschewed any semblance of a public process to determine how more than $50 billion of State and federal funds will be spent.

From NJ Spotlight News: New Jersey residents pay some of the highest taxes in the country. But they might get little cha...
06/14/2021
Public shut out of decisions on NJ’s $11B windfall? | NJ Spotlight News

From NJ Spotlight News: New Jersey residents pay some of the highest taxes in the country. But they might get little chance to say how a stunningly large infusion of state and federal cash that tops $11 billion will be spent in their name.

Public meetings scheduled to pore through new revenue forecasts of a whopping $5.2 billion state tax windfall were abruptly canceled by lawmakers (Democrats) last week.

There also have been no hearings to solicit public input on the budget since New Jersey received $6.2 billion in COVID-19 relief funding from the federal government’s American Rescue Plan Act, leaving questions unanswered about how those resources will be spent.

If the Democratic-controlled Legislature’s recent history is repeated later this month, it will draft and then introduce a spending bill of more than $40 billion. Legislators will speed it through budget committees and then onto votes in both full houses, perhaps all within a matter of days.

Republicans who are in the minority in both houses of the Legislature have voiced concerns in recent days about what they see as diminishing transparency in the State House.

Some of those concerns were aired publicly by the GOP members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee after their own scheduled committee meetings were canceled by the Democrats last week.

“The only way that government can be truly trusted is through transparency,” said Senator Michael Testa (R-Cumberland).

Federal COVID-19 aid and state tax receipts bring $11B bonanza to NJ. Will the public be shut out of decisions on how the money is spent?

Senator Anthony M. Bucco: "With modern computer systems, people might not have to wait months for their unemployment cla...
06/11/2021
Bucco: Gov. Murphy Must Invest in Fixing Broken Unemployment & MVC Computer Systems While State Has the Money

Senator Anthony M. Bucco: "With modern computer systems, people might not have to wait months for their unemployment claims to be processed or have to stand in long lines at the MVC ever again. It’s absolutely mind-boggling that Governor Murphy continues to oppose this."

Sen. Tony Bucco said there will never be a better time than right now for the State to invest in a modernization program to replace the decades-old computer systems that power unemployment and Motor Vehicle Commission transactions.

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