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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Hypocritical Democrats Have Enough Time to Rush Redistricting Amendment onto Ballot, But Won’t Give Voters Choice on $10 Billion Borrowing Plan

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) said New Jersey Democrats are being utterly hypocritical by rushing a constitutional amendment onto this November’s ballot that would disenfranchise minority voters in next year’s legislative elections, while simultaneously seeking to avoid the voter approval that is required for a record-setting $10 billion borrowing plan they announced today:

Sen. Kip Bateman said Democrats are being utterly hypocritical by rushing a constitutional amendment onto this November’s ballot, while simultaneously seeking to avoid the required voter approval for their new $10 billion borrowing plan. (SenateNJ.com)

“Democrats say they still have enough time to rush a constitutional amendment onto this November’s ballot that good-government advocates say would disenfranchise minorities, but they somehow can’t manage to give voters a say on $10 billion of debt they plan to issue as our constitution requires.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Statements from Senate Republican Budget Members on Democrats’ $10 Billion Borrowing Scheme

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee issued the following statements in response to a private, partisan agreement between Governor Phil Murphy and Democrat legislative leaders to borrow $10 billion to fund State spending next year.

Statements from Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee in response to a private, partisan agreement between Gov. Phil Murphy and Democrat legislative leaders to borrow $10 billion to fund State spending next year. (Pixabay)

Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24): “My predecessor, Senator Bob Littell, called a debt issuance one-quarter this size in 1997 ‘wacko.’ Today, taxpayers are still paying off that debt. This debt issuance is ‘wacko’ on steroids. It’s billions of debt for operating expenses with tens of billions of interest more, and won’t be paid off for decades. It’s unbelievably irresponsible. I appreciate the magnitude of the fiscal crisis we are in, but we haven’t even exhausted other fiscal management practices. This borrowing scheme is reckless behavior that will only exacerbate our problems long term.”

Senator Michael Testa (R-1): “The Governor and Democrats agreeing to issue $10 billion of debt for operating expenses isn’t just unconstitutional, it’s insane. Taxpayers will be paying for this madness for the next 35 years.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer: No Rain Check for Restaurants in Inclement Weather

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Calls on Governor to Safely Reopen Indoor Restaurants at 25% Capacity

In light of inclement weather expected this weekend due to Tropical Storm Fay, Senator Robert Singer today called for the opening of indoor restaurants at 25% capacity with social distancing and CDC compliant sanitization measures in place.

In light of inclement weather expected this weekend, Sen. Robert Singer called for the opening of indoor restaurants at 25% capacity with social distancing and CDC compliant sanitization measures in place. (Pixabay)

“Sunshine and clear skies currently determine the fate of restaurant owners and employees across New Jersey,” said Singer. “A downpour should not put a damper on a restaurant’s ability to open and stay in business. Today and tomorrow’s rain and thunder are the perfect examples of why restaurants should be able to safely open and operate at a limited capacity indoors.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: Democrats’ Partisan Agreement to Borrow Nearly $10 Billion Still Unconstitutional

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Debt & Interest Payments Could Cost NJ Taxpayers More than $40 Billion Over Next 35 Years

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement following the announcement of an agreement today by Governor Murphy and Democrat legislative leaders to borrow nearly $10 billion without voter approval:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said a record-setting, unconstitutional $10 billion borrowing scheme announced by Gov. Murphy and Democrat legislative leaders could cost NJ taxpayers $40 billion in debt and interest payments over the next 35 years. (©iStock)

“We learned by press release that Democrat leaders have come to a private agreement to fast-track the largest borrowing scheme in New Jersey history and likely the largest that any state has ever issued. Within the next week, they plan to give Governor Murphy the ability to borrow nearly $10 billion to cover State spending, without demanding any real attempts to achieve savings.

“This plan represents fiscal irresponsibility on a scale that is unprecedented even by Trenton standards.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Oppose Legislative Redistricting Scheme

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove will be voting NO on a legislative redistricting proposal that is being fast-tracked to avoid public scrutiny and deliberation.  The legislation (ACR-188) proposes to amend the State Constitution to allow for the legislative redistricting process to be delayed.

Senator Connors, Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove announced they will be voting against a legislative proposal to delay the redistricting process that is being fast-tracked to avoid public scrutiny and deliberation. (SenateNJ.com)

The 9th District Delegation offered the following remarks:

“This is a Trenton-power play meant to keep control in the hands of the few and protect the status quo. They are going all-in to ensure that the majority of the Legislature remains composed of tax increasers and big-government advocates who want and willingly allow the bureaucracy to micro-manage too many aspects of our lives.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco & Bramnick Offer Solutions to Long MVC Lines that Murphy Can Implement Immediately

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick offered a series of concrete solutions that Governor Phil Murphy could implement immediately to help remedy the chaos that has followed the Motor Vehicle Commission’s disastrous reopening.

Long lines at the Randolph MVC following it’s reopening after months of being closed due to COVID-19. Similar scenes are occurring at MVC agencies across New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“More than two months ago, I asked for the MVC’s plan to reopen smoothly and they never responded,” said Bucco (R-25). “It’s clear they never developed an effective reopening plan, which has forced New Jersey drivers to wait in extremely long lines all day, overnight, and in sweltering heat in the hopes of getting the service they deserve. Despite what the governor has suggested, this isn’t the fault of New Jerseyans who have waited patiently for four months to obtain services that the MVC does not offer online. It’s clear more needs to be done, which is why Leader Bramnick and I are proposing concrete solutions that would offer immediate relief for drivers and reduce the urgent need to visit MVC agencies that have been overwhelmed.”

“Making people stand outside in the heat for seven hours or more in the middle of a pandemic is absolutely a disgrace,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “People are rightly outraged at the MVC reopening and Governor Murphy should take immediate action with the solutions we have proposed.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: With Overdoses Up 20%, It’s the Right Time to Establish Overdose Awareness Day

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Cites Spike in Fatal Overdoses During Shutdown

Senator Anthony M. Bucco reiterated his call to create Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey in response to the significant spike in opioid-related overdoses during the COVID-19 crisis.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco reiterated his call to create Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey in response to the significant spike in opioid-related overdoses during the COVID-19 crisis. (overdoseday.com)

“The COVID-19 outbreak is far from the only health crisis plaguing our state and our country,” said Bucco. “Too many lives have been lost in communities across New Jersey due to addiction and drug overdoses. In order to shine a light on this pressing issue, I am advocating to designate August 31st as Overdose Awareness Day on a local, county, and state level.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon & DiMaso Call MVC Reopening ‘Insanity’

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) criticized the chaotic reopening of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission following continued reports of massive lines and fighting.

The chaos that marred the reopening of Motor Vehicle Agencies across the state was predictable and avoidable, Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso said, and reflects a lack of preparation at the NJMVC. (Wikimedia Commons)

“This sort of insanity is just another example of the broad, administrative failures we’ve seen during the reopenings,” said O’Scanlon. “Local officials reached out to us with serious safety and traffic concerns over the volume of people wrapped around the building at multiple locations and serious traffic overflow. Happy to see today that the Governor decided to exempt MVC workers from furloughs but that wouldn’t have been an issue if the administration hadn’t dragged their feet months ago when the proposal came up. On top of that roll back there needs to be a more concrete plan in place here; have people in alphabetically on certain days but also we clearly need longer evening hours to be restored as well.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Masks Requirement Should be Cautious, Not Draconian

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) today commented on news that the Governor signed an executive order requiring face masks in certain situations outdoors:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Aswm. Serena DiMaso commented on news that the Governor signed an executive order requiring face masks in certain situations outdoors. (Pixabay)

“We have to be reasonable, cautious, but not draconian,” said O’Scanlon. “The Governor’s statements today have indicated that masks could be required for people congregating in large groups and cannot social distance; which is pretty much in line with what has been said from the beginning. We have to see what the actual executive order says first to ensure it’s not overreaching. If you are outside jogging avoiding people you shouldn’t be mandated to wear a mask, but if you’re crowded together–like we saw with the government made disaster of the MVC reopening–then we should be smart and cautious and throw on a mask.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Presses Murphy for Plan to Address Long Lines & Hazards at Randolph MVC

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Says Similar Scenes Occurring at NJMVC Agencies Across NJ

Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) sent a letter (click here for PDF) to Governor Phil Murphy today calling for a plan to help Randolph Twp. and other New Jersey communities that have been overwhelmed by a crush of people who are seeking to conduct business at newly reopened New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) agencies.

People queued up at 3 a.m. this morning outside the Randolph MVC to try to gain service today after many failed to get through long lines yesterday. (SenateNJ.com)

Bucco noted that he made a request more than two months ago of MVC Chief Sue Fulton asking for an overview of the Commission’s plan to avoid the chaos that’s new occurring at MVC agencies across New Jersey. He never received a response.

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Republican Senators

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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