Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco and Senator Joe Pennacchio simplifying the process to obtain a county veteran identification card has cleared the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. S-1771 also expands access to veterans who have served in the National Guard in other states.
“Simplifying this process will ensure more veterans have access to the discounts and services provided to veterans returning home to New Jersey,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris) said. “Having a county ID card proving veteran status is more than just a convenience – it is a special designation that recognizes the heroic sacrifices made by the thousands of brave service men and women across New Jersey.”
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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).
“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.
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.
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.”
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:
“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.”
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.
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.”
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.
“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.