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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Joins Vineland Peaceful Protest

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Calls For Unity To Move Forward Together

Following the tragic murder of George Floyd, Senator Michael Testa, Jr. (R-1) joined local officials, law enforcement, clergy members, and community members in a march down Landis Avenue in Vineland, New Jersey in solidarity for reform.

“What we witnessed in the murder of George Floyd was the absolute worst in humanity,” Senator Testa said. “What we’ve seen across the First Legislative District shows the best in Americans. Our community from Ocean City, Middle Township, and today in Vineland joined together in solidarity and listened to the voices of our friends, family members, and communities. Today, we were Vineland strong.”

Senator Testa joined local law enforcement, elected officials, and community members in Vineland, New Jersey on Wednesday, June 3rd.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, O’Scanlon & Corrado: $500K Report Does Not Absolve Murphy Admin for Nursing Home Deaths

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Senator Steven Oroho, Senator Declan O’Scanlon, and Senator Kristin Corrado said a superficial report commissioned by Governor Phil Murphy does not absolve his administration for its clear failures that led to the massive loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities due to COVID-19.

Sen. Steven Oroho, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon, and Sen. Kristin Corrado said a superficial report commissioned by Gov. Phil Murphy does not absolve his administration for its clear failures that led to the massive loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities due to COVID-19. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Murphy Administration paid a consulting firm $500,000 to rush a report that attempts to shift blame for thousands of nursing home deaths to anyone but the governor,” said Oroho (R-24). “What taxpayers received back is a glossy report that repackages the State’s data in colorful graphs and charts. The report glosses over the fact that the administration forced our LTC facilities to admit COVID-19 patients, which led to thousands of deaths. With that glaring deficiency, the entire report is suspect.”

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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 Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Republican Senators Urge Sweeney to Issue Preservation Letters to Health Department

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Following troubling accusations of dysfunction and potential misconduct within the Department of Health, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21), Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40), Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26), and Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) wrote to Senate President Steve Sweeney today (click here for PDF) urging for preservation letters to be issued to the Department and appropriate parties who may be in possession of evidence in matters that may be reviewed by the bipartisan Senate Review and Recovery Committee.

Following troubling accusations of dysfunction and potential misconduct within the Department of Health, Senators Kean, Corrado, Oroho, Pennacchio, and O’Scanlon urged Senate President Sweeney to issue preservation letters to the Department and appropriate parties who may be in possession of evidence in matters that may be reviewed by the bipartisan Senate Review and Recovery Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

The full text of the letter is below:

June 2, 2020

Dear Senate President Sweeney,

As you are aware, the Senate Republican caucus has called on the Senate to form a select committee to conduct a comprehensive review of the State’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Specifically, several areas of concern have emerged and highlighted the need for legislative oversight, including the unconscionable number of deaths that have occurred at New Jersey’s long-term care facilities. We thank you again for sharing our concerns and announcing jointly with our caucus on May 22, 2020 your commitment to the formation of the bipartisan Senate Review and Recovery Committee.

We write you today in light of troubling accusations of dysfunction and potential misconduct within the Department of Health, as identified by whistleblowers within the department. Among other assertions, published reports have pointed to the possible misuse of federal funds and suggested that Assistant Commissioner Christopher Neuwirth was terminated in an attempt to hide misconduct within the Administration. Additional accusations were raised in correspondence from the whistleblowers to you and Leader Kean, leading to serious new questions about the Administration’s handling of the crisis, particularly as it pertains to long-term care facilities.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio to Federal Government: ‘Take Over Long-Term Nursing Facilities Now’

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In light of growing, serious concerns about the New Jersey Health Department’s effectiveness during the deadly coronavirus pandemic, Senator Joe Pennacchio wrote to Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, asking the federal government to take control of the state’s long-term care facilities.

Senator Pennacchio today asked the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to assume oversight of New Jersey’s long-term care facilities. (Wikimedia Commons)

The full text of the letter follows:

June 2, 2020

Dear Administrator Verma,

I am writing to you today because New Jersey is in a crisis. It has failed to protect our most vulnerable residents and the need for federal oversight and intervention is glaring. As of June 1, 2020, the number of COVID related deaths at state-regulated nursing homes stands at 5,930, a number of lost lives that sadly grows with each passing day. To date, one out of every 10 long-term nursing facility residents in New Jersey has died.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

State Department of Health’s Chaos led to Nursing Home Deaths

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Pennacchio questions why Senate Select Committee has yet to be announced

After published reports of a “scathing letter from health department insiders” suggested the state’s many pandemic failures resulted in preventable deaths, Senator Joe Pennacchio questioned the delay in establishing a Senate special committee to investigate the Administration’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

New Jersey residents deserve answers to glaring questions about the Department of Health’s approach to protecting the public from the coronavirus, said Senator Pennacchio after another published report cited dysfunction within the department. (SenateNJ.com)

“We have more questions than answers, and this report is proof positive that we need to act now before more lives are lost,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “I, and many others, have voiced concerns with the functionality of the health department. It’s becoming obvious problems within the department have contributed to, or directly led to, thousands of deaths.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa

O’Scanlon, Testa Introduce Plan to Rescue Floundering Employers

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Seek to Appropriate $100M of Federal CARES Funding to NJEDA for Small Business Grants and Loans

To provide crucial aid to businesses suffering after three months of strangling  COVID restrictions, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Testa will introduce an act to appropriate $100 million of federal grant money to the state’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) to support small business programs.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Testa are seeking financial assistance for struggling New Jersey businesses from federal COVID funds distributed to the state. (SenateNJ.com)

“The state received the money from Washington six weeks ago, but Murphy is inexplicably sitting on it while our economy tanks and companies falter,” said O’Scanlon. “The business community is being crushed by the pandemic, and many companies are on the brink of failure. They need help, and committing a portion of the more than $2 billion in COVID relief funds to help rescue struggling employers will save thousands of jobs and help fuel a robust recovery for the state’s economy. Dedicating this federal money to small and mid-size companies is an investment in a stronger New Jersey.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon & DiMaso Say DOH is Department in ‘Meltdown’

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) expressed their distress and concern over a letter sent to Senate leadership alleging serious and dangerous mismanagement of the pandemic response by the Department of Health and Murphy administration leadership.

An anonymous letter, as reported by a major New Jersey newspaper, is indicative of a New Jersey Department of Health ‘in meltdown,’ said Senator Declan O’Scanlon. (SenateNJ.com)

“This is the single most concerning leak/letter from sitting public employees that I’ve ever seen,” said O’Scanlon. “This is a department in meltdown. At a time in our history when our health department is singularly the most essential department to be functioning properly and competently, this is devastating.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Slow Drip of Guidance, Slow Death for Restaurants

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Monmouth) today criticized the Governor’s announcement that restaurants would open on June 15, 10 days later than most neighboring states in the region.

Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso said Governor Murphy’s announcement that restaurants won’t be able to open for outdoor dining until June 15 is frustrating for a desperate industry that has advocated for opening 10 days earlier. (Pixabay)

“This is another sad example of the Murphy Administration needlessly micromanaging and seriously damaging a key component of our economy,” said O’Scanlon. “It is devastating for these business owners. I hear from them every day. Grown men in tears. It is totally unnecessary. There is no scientific basis for New Jersey to be this far behind other states reopening safely.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Resolution Seeks Federal Action to Assist Businesses Struggling to Survive

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Rental Forgiveness for Commercial Tenants and Tax Deductions for Landlords Could Help Fuel Economic Recovery

Senator Joe Pennacchio introduced a Senate resolution urging the United States Congress to pass legislation to help hundreds of thousands of businesses struggling to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

Senator Pennacchio’s resolution urges the U.S. Congress to pass federal legislation, similar to his New Jersey bill, providing relief for commercial tenants and landlords to save jobs endangered by the pandemic. (Pixabay)

The resolution (SR-69) seeks federal action to assist commercial tenants and landlords as businesses remain closed and lease payments become due.

“We want to prevent a domino effect that could do irreparable damage to local economies,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Companies can’t conduct business, employees lose their jobs, lease payments are missed, and landlords can’t make their mortgage payments. This resolution, as is my bill (S-2460) in the New Jersey legislature, provides a safety net to prevent businesses from closing forever and landlords from facing bank foreclosures.”

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Anthony M. Bucco

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Gerald Cardinale

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Michael Doherty

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Jim Holzapfel

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Joe Pennacchio

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Robert Singer

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