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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio to Governor: Slow Down on Film Tax Credits

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Says Film Tax Credits Unproven, Calls Governor’s Position Inconsistent With His Effort to Limit Other Tax Incentives

Senator Joe Pennacchio said Governor Phil Murphy shouldn’t rush to expand and extend the state’s $425 million film tax credit program until it’s clear that the incentive program actually works.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said Gov. Phil Murphy shouldn’t rush to expand and extend the state’s $425 million film tax credit program until it’s clear that the incentive program actually works. (Pixabay)

“Outside of the Hollywood lobbyists who are pushing for the film tax incentives, we have no evidence that they have helped to boost the New Jersey economy,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Before he considers raising the $425 million cap on this relatively new program, Governor Murphy should slow down and determine if it’s working as intended.”

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District 10

10th District Legislators Cite Cumberland County Case as Latest Reason to Oppose Murphy’s Sanctuary State Policies

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Federal immigration authorities are searching for a Mexican national, Luciano Trejo-Dominquez from Bridgeton, who is accused of sexually assaulting a teenager under the age of 16. He was released from the Cumberland County jail on August 23rd despite a request by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) that he remain in prison until federal authorities could take him into custody.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Asm. Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe say a sanctuary state directive enacted by the Murphy Administration is a threat to public safety after the release from custody of a Mexican national accused of sexually assaulting a teenager. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe of the 10th Legislative District sounded off on the threat to public safety due to the new directive enacted by Governor Murphy’s administration. This is yet another attempt to turn New Jersey into a sanctuary for illegal criminals.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Release of Illegal Alien & Suspected Child Rapist More Reason to Fight Sanctuary State Policies

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove all highlighted the absurdity of sanctuary state policies that resulted in the release from custody of Luciano Trejo-Dominguez, who is in the country illegally and has been charged with raping a teen under the age of 16.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove highlight the absurdity of Gov. Murphy’s sanctuary state policies that resulted in the release of an illegal alien and suspected child rapist. (Wikimedia Commons)

Recent media reports have covered how Trejo-Dominguez and two other illegal aliens suspected of violent crimes are currently being sought by federal immigration authorities following their release by jails in New Jersey.
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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Murphy’s Sanctuary State Policies Allows Sexual Predators to Roam Free

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Denounces False Promise that Directive would “protect the safety of all New Jersey residents”

Senator Joe Pennacchio condemned Governor Murphy’s sanctuary state policies that resulted in the release from county jail of an illegal immigrant who was arrested for sexual assault of a minor, despite a detainer request by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). A directive from the Attorney General has prohibited local law enforcement agencies from working with federal immigration authorities.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio condemned Gov. Murphy’s sanctuary state policies that resulted in the release of an illegal immigrant who was arrested for sexual assault of a minor, despite a detainer request by ICE. (SenateNJ.com)

When the “Immigrant Trust Directive” was announced, Attorney General Grewal was quoted as saying the directive was “fair and welcoming” and would “protect the safety of all New Jersey residents.”

Pennacchio also reasserted his call to mandate Megan’s Law registration for all sexual offenders regardless of where the crime was committed, and would require local police to cooperate with federal law enforcement in sexual abuse cases.

“We have a sexual predator on the run due to Governor Murphy’s dangerous sanctuary state policies,” said Pennacchio (R-26) said. “It’s absurd that we now have a federal manhunt for an accused child rapist simply because the jail wasn’t allowed hold him for ICE under orders from the Murphy Administration.”

“Thanks to the governor, New Jersey is ‘fair and welcoming’ to illegal immigrants who commit heinous crimes but not federal authorities trying to keep us safe. I call on Governor Murphy to stop giving safe harbor to criminals and to start prioritizing the public safety of New Jersey families.”

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District 24

Oroho, Space & Wirths Ask Governor and Treasurer to Release Money Appropriated for NJ Hemp Farming Fund

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NJ Needs to Act Soon to Allow Hemp Production & Processing in 2020

Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) recently wrote to Governor Phil Murphy and State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio requesting that the $500,000 which the Legislature appropriated for the New Jersey Hemp Farming Fund be released from reserve.

Oroho, Space & Wirths wrote to Governor Murphy and State Treasurer Muoio requesting that $500,000 appropriated by the Legislature in the FY 2020 budget for the New Jersey Hemp Farming Fund be released from reserve. (SenateNJ.com)

“The legislature did our due diligence by updating our laws to comply with the federal legalization of hemp,” said Oroho. “We also need to provide upfront funding to the State Department of Agriculture in order to create an approval process for hemp producers; establish a licensing, testing, and inspection program; establish an appeals process for violators; and establish procedures for the transport of hemp.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Pennacchio & Oroho Tour Lake Hopatcong with Senate President Sweeney

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) joined Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-3) for a boat tour of Lake Hopatcong today to gain a first-hand understanding of the blue-green algae blooms that caused the lake and others across New Jersey to be closed for recreation for much of the summer.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Steven Oroho joined Senate President Stephen Sweeney for a boat tour of Lake Hopatcong today. (SenateNJ.com)

After the tour, Pennacchio and Oroho issued the following statement:

“We were glad to have the opportunity to join local officials and the Senate President for today’s tour of Lake Hopatcong. Before his untimely death, our dear colleague Senator Bucco was scheduled to join us. We are sure Tony was there in spirit.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Deliver Petitions Signed by Thousands Who Oppose Common Interest Community Legislation to Trenton

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Call for Governor Murphy and Assembly Speaker Coughlin to Let the Bill Die in Committee

In forcefully representing the interests of their senior constituents, Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove have called on Governor Phil Murphy and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin to refrain from supporting or advancing bill S-2425, which concerns common interest communities, including those that are age restricted.

To alert the governor and speaker to the intense level of public opposition, the 9th District Delegation provided petitions with more than 5,000 signatures all vehemently opposed to S-2425. (SenateNJ.com)

To alert the Governor and Speaker to the intense level of public opposition, the 9th District Delegation provided petitions with more than 5,000 signatures, mostly seniors living in age-restricted communities, all vehemently opposed to S-2425 for entry into the official record of public testimony.  Connors, Rumpf and Gove stand with their constituents opposed to S-2425 in rejecting any further interference from Trenton in the operation of age-restricted communities.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Mourns Passing of Sen. Tony Bucco

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean mourned the passing this evening of Senate Republican Conference Leader Anthony R. Bucco (R-25):

Sen. Anthony Bucco holding an 8-week-old yellow Labrador retriever named “NJ” after presenting a resolution to The Seeing Eye for helping to pass Dusty’s Law which enacts criminal penalties for harming or interfering with a service animal or guide dog. (The Seeing Eye)

“I am unbelievably saddened by the passing of my good friend Tony Bucco. He was a leading voice in Morris County politics for more than 40 years and in Trenton for more than two decades. He was a gentleman who earned trust on both sides of the aisle by being a man of his word. Most importantly, he was a devoted husband, loving father, and proud grandfather. On behalf of the entire Senate Republican caucus, I extend our condolences to all who knew and loved Tony Bucco. He was a great man and a great friend who will be sorely missed.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Seeks Hiring Investigation by Legislative Oversight Committee

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The vice-chair of the Legislative Select Oversight Committee to investigate the Murphy Administration’s hiring practices, Senator Kristin Corrado is calling for the panel to reconvene in light of questions surrounding the employment of a now-fired staff member of the governor.

Sen. Kristin Corrado is calling for the Legislative Select Oversight Committee to reconvene in light of questions surrounding the employment of a now-fired staff member. (SenateNJ.com)

“The committee left some glaring unfinished business,” Corrado said. “Summer is over. We need to get back to Trenton, sort out the mess and hold the administration accountable for what has become a long and growing list of hiring scandals.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Keep Pressure on to Stop Murphy from Giving Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens

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The 9th District legislative delegation is warning residents that Governor Phil Murphy remains committed to advancing legislation that would permit illegal aliens to receive New Jersey driver’s licenses.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove are warning residents that Gov. Phil Murphy remains committed to advancing legislation that would permit illegal aliens to receive New Jersey driver’s licenses.  (Wikimedia Commons)

Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove urged residents opposed to this proposal to sign the online petition they launched to stop this and other efforts by Governor Murphy to establish New Jersey as a sanctuary state.

The petition can be signed online at https://www.senatenj.com/sanctuarystate/.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony 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

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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