New Jersey's 26th Legislative District

Senator Joe Pennacchio

  • Sen. Joe Pennacchio received the “Alex DeCroce Public Leadership Award” at the Morris County Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Joe Pennachcio joined Republican colleagues and state business leaders representing thousands of employers at a State House press conference on June 22, 2015 to oppose job-killing income and business tax increases proposed by Democrats. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Joe Pennacchio (right) presented the Morris County Distinguished Service WWII Medal to John Tullio (center), pictured with Fred Fucetola (left). (Facebook)

  • Sen. Joe Pennacchio speaking as a panelist with The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey at The State of Black New Jersey Conference on April 16, 2015. Also pictured are Asw. BettyLou DeCroce and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean. (Facebook)

  • Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) discussing bi-state DRPA reform legislation during a press conference with Pennsylvania officials in front of the Ben Franklin Bridge in Camden, NJ on April 24, 2014. (Press Release)

  • Senator Joe Pennacchio took the oath of office during the reorganization meeting of the 2014-2015 New Jersey Senate on January 14, 2014 to represent the people of the 26th Legislative District. (Facebook)

  • Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) addresses a speaker during a Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee public hearing on the fiscal year 2014 State Budget on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (Patti Sapone/The Star-Ledger)

  • Maritza B. Byrne was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate to be a Judge of the Superior Court on February 7, 2013. Byrne joined Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) on the floor of the Senate for her confirmation vote.

  • Sen. Joe Pennacchio (right) and Asw. BettyLou DeCroce (2nd from right)  joined family, friends and neighbors of SFC Derek McConnell to welcome the wounded veteran back home in Parsippany on September 23, 2012. McConnell lost both his legs and part of his arm while trying to rescue his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan in July 2011. (Patch)

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Senate Passes Pennacchio Bill Protecting Access to NJ Transit for Riders with Service Dogs

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The New Jersey Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph Pennacchio to prevent New Jersey Transit from denying a person with a service dog access to any vehicle.

Legislation by Sen. Joseph Pennacchio to protect access to NJ Transit for riders with guide dogs was passed by the New Jersey Senate. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Service dogs are not just pets,” Senator Pennacchio said. “They are highly trained assistants that help people with special needs to get where they need to go safely. This legislation clears up any confusion in our laws and protects access to public transportation for all who need it.”

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Advanced: Pennacchio Bill to Help Small Businesses Compete

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The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) aimed at helping small businesses grow by giving them a chance to compete for state and federal contracts.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s legislation would create a new program in the NJEDA to help small businesses grow and compete for government contracts. (NJEDA)

The legislation, S-123, would establish a “Small Business Bonding Readiness Assistance Program” through the Economic Development Authority, which would provide support to small businesses and help them meet requirements to obtain surety bonding, which is needed before they can bid on public contracts.

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Bucco/Pennacchio Bill to Display K.I.A. Flag at Government Buildings Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) and Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) to honor veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice by requiring the “Killed in Action” flag to be flown alongside the official state flag was approved by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Legislation by Sen. Anthony Bucco and Sen. Joe Pennacchio would require the “Killed in Action” flag to be flown alongside the official state flag at government buildings. (SenateNJ.com)

“In just the last two weeks, we’ve recognized Memorial Day and the 72nd Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion,” Senator Bucco said. “The number of lives lost on the beaches of Normandy alone is almost unfathomable, and those are just a small slice of all the American lives lost to protect freedom over our country’s history. Commemorating those sacrifices every day at government buildings is a fitting tribute for our nation’s heroes.”

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Pennacchio on Possible Cuban Prisoner Exchange: Bring Chesimard Back!

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In response to news that United States and Cuba are reportedly discussing an exchange of prisoners that could potentially include convicted cop-killer and New Jersey’s Most Wanted list member JoAnne Chesimard, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) continued his demands for Chesimard to be brought back to justice.

Joanne Chesimard is wanted for escaping from prison in Clinton, New Jersey, while serving a life sentence for murdering a New Jersey State Trooper. She relocated to Cuba in 1984, where she is thought to still be living. (FBI)

“It’s unconscionable that Joanne Chesimard has lived in relative comfort in Cuba for more than 30 years after she killed New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in cold blood,” Senator Pennacchio said. “She must be brought back here, to New Jersey, to face the punishment she deserves.”

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Pennacchio Urges TSA to Improve Security Delays at Newark Airport

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) announced that he is joining with U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th District) and other members of New Jersey’s Congressional delegation in calling for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to take steps to reduce shockingly long wait times at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

Sen. Joe Pennacchio is joining with Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen in calling for the TSA to take steps to reduce shockingly long wait times at Newark Liberty International Airport. (Twitter/MYunckk)

“Newark Airport is one of the busiest in the country, and protecting the people that use it is a top priority. However, if travelers are driven away by outrageously long wait times and delays, it could end up having a huge impact on our state’s economy.

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Economic Growth Committee Passes Pennacchio Legislation to Help Small Businesses Compete

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The Senate Economic Growth Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) aimed at helping small businesses grow by giving them a chance to compete for state and federal contracts.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s legislation would create a new program in the NJEDA to help small businesses grow and compete for government contracts. (NJEDA)

The legislation, S-123, would establish a “Small Business Bonding Readiness Assistance Program” through the Economic Development Authority, which would provide support to small businesses and help them meet surety bonding requirements so that they can qualify for government contracts.

“There are countless small businesses in our state that have difficulty competing for government contracts because their size can cause problems qualifying for certain requirements, like bonding,” Senator Pennacchio said. “This legislation will help small business meet those requirements and help them compete.”

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Pennacchio to Obama: Bring Joanne Chesimard Back from Cuba

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With President Barack Obama in the midst of a historic three-day trip to Cuba, Senator Joe Pennacchio urged the President to save some room on Air Force One for the flight home for a special guest:

Joanne Chesimard is wanted for escaping from prison in Clinton, New Jersey, while serving a life sentence for murdering a New Jersey State Trooper. She relocated to Cuba in 1984, where she is thought to still be living. (FBI)

“Cuba has been harboring convicted cop-killer Joanne Chesimard for more than 30 years.

“The people of New Jersey demand justice for her murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.

“Air Force One is a big plane, and President Obama should save a seat to bring Joanne Chesimard home from Cuba.”

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Pennacchio Announces Budget Resolution to Increase & Prioritize State Pension Payments

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As the FY17 budget process is beginning, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) said that he will introduce a state budget resolution to increase the governor’s proposed pension payment by $500 million without raising taxes.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio will introduce a budget resolution to increase the governor’s proposed pension payment by $500 million in the FY17 state budget without raising taxes. (SenateNJ.com)

The Senator’s resolution would use funds from the larger-than-anticipated surplus if there are no fiscal emergencies by the end of the next fiscal year. It would still leave the FY17 State Budget with approximately $300 million in surplus, similar to the surplus for many of the recent Christie budgets and even higher than several Gov. McGreevey budgets.

“New Jersey Republicans have always said we will support making the biggest, fiscally responsible state pension payment,” Pennacchio said. “I endorse freezing all spending in the governor’s FY17 budget as he proposed it and eliminating any of the usual requests for legislators’ spending additions. As long as there are no fiscal emergencies in the next couple of months, we can increase the governor’s proposed record-high pension payment by as much as $500 million and keep the same surplus we have had in recent years. We can do this without raising taxes, cutting public services and jeopardizing job growth.”

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Pennacchio: What About Reform for DRPA?

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R—Morris, Passaic) issued the following statement today after Senate Democrats voted in favor of dead-end reforms for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, while continuing to ignore bipartisan, bi-state reforms for the equally troubled Delaware River Port Authority.

New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio discusses bi-state DRPA reform legislation during a press conference in front of the Ben Franklin Bridge in Camden, NJ on April 24, 2014. (Press Release)

“Senate Democrats showed again today they are more interested in playing political games than securing real reforms for the taxpayers and commuters of New Jersey,” said Pennacchio. “Rather than acting on substantive reforms that New York’s legislature passed and its Democrat Governor signed, Democrats here continue to waste significant time and resources on a dead-end bill.

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Committee Advances Pennacchio Bill to Help Homeowners with Home Elevation Costs

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio to help homeowners afford home elevation projects was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Senator Joe Pennacchio’s legislation would help homeowners to afford home elevation projects. (Wikimedia Commons)

The legislation, S-122, would utilize existing funding generated through Realty Transfer Fees to help homeowners pay off of the interest payment on a loan taken out to finance a home elevation project.

“In the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the continued flooding issues around the Passaic, Raritan and other rivers across the state, thousands of New Jersey families need to elevate their homes to protect against flooding and future storm damage,” said Pennacchio. “This legislation provides some badly needed financial relief to homeowners that need to take on this costly project to safeguard their families and property.”

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