New Jersey's 26th Legislative District

Senator Joe Pennacchio

  • 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)

  • Tax groups join Senator Pennacchio in calling for adoption of the Transparency In Government Act at a State House press conference on September 10, 2009.

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Latest Planned Parenthood Video Adds to the Concern of Agency’s Motives, Practices

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Senator Joe Pennacchio today issued the following statement today regarding the release of a second video apparently depicting a Planned Parenthood representative discussing the procedure and price for providing body parts from aborted fetuses to medical research centers.

“This latest troubling video of a Planned Parenthood representative discussing the price of fetal tissue from aborted fetuses and apparent suggestions that abortion procedures can be altered to better harvest organs or tissue only adds to the concern surrounding the agency’s practices and true motives,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris). “For this high-level Planned Parenthood director to say that she wants a Lamborghini during the same conversation as naming prices for the cost of harvesting organs from aborted fetuses is at best a disturbing representation of the agency’s greed and complete disregard for human decency. At worst, the selling of aborted body parts is not only despicable but flat out illegal.”

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Pennacchio Joins New Jersey Right to Life in Denouncing Planned Parenthood’s Alleged Sale of Aborted Body Parts

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Pennacchio Calls for Investigation, Legislative Review

Following the release of a video reportedly depicting a Planned Parenthood executive discussing the sale of body parts from aborted fetuses, Senator Joe Pennacchio joined New Jersey Right to Life Executive Director Marie Tasy in denouncing the abhorrent act. Senator Pennacchio also announced efforts to make sure the practice does not occur in New Jersey.

“Selling body parts from an aborted fetus is a sickening shock to the conscious,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris). “If true, Planned Parenthood’s participation in performing abortions to systematically sell body parts from fetuses represents a level of depravity that’s hard to fathom.”

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Pennacchio PANYNJ Transparency Bill Signed Into Law

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Senator: People in South Jersey Deserve Same Protections with DRPA

Bipartisan legislation (S-2183) sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) to subject the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to the public records laws of both states is now law after being signed today by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s legislation subjecting the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to the public records laws of both states has been signed into law. (Facebook/PANYNJ)

“This bill signing marks an important step in making the troubled PANYNJ more transparent and accountable to the people,” said Pennacchio. “Ensuring access to public records is a fundamental part of having a government that is accountable to those it serves. For too long the Port Authority was able to operate in the dark and spends billions and billions of commuter and taxpayer dollars each year. This legislation gives the public the ability to change that.”

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Pennacchio Agrees with Weinberg on Need to Pass DRPA Reform

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Senate Transportation Committeeman Joe Pennacchio issued the following statement in agreement with Senate Democrat Leader Loretta Weinberg on the need to pass Port Authority reform legislation to protect all New Jerseyans.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said that reforms to both the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Delaware River Port Authority are necessary to protect all New Jereseyans. (Wikimedia)

Senator Weinberg said the following in a press release yesterday: Any bill we pass has to protect the regional interests of the New Jersey residents that Governor Christie, Senate President Sweeney, Senate Minority Leader Kean and I represent.”

Senator Pennacchio and dozens of bipartisan legislators in New Jersey and Pennsylvania sponsor legislation to reform the Delaware River Port Authority, which is under federal investigation and is marred with a history of waste, fraud, abuse and corruption.

With its four toll bridges and regional rail line, the DRPA serves approximately 300,000 commuters each day, predominantly people from Mercer to Atlantic counties, including those from the third legislative district represented by Senate President Stephen Sweeney.

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Senator Pennacchio to Uber: Cease and Desist

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New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) called on transportation network services business Uber to cease operating in New Jersey.

Following questions of Uber’s tax and regulatory compliance, Sen. Joe Pennacchio has called on the transportation company to cease operating in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“Uber has constantly fought against being included in the New Jersey regulatory system,” Pennacchio said. “This system provides that the cars transporting clients are safe, their drivers are not criminals and in case of injuries covered by the proper liability insurance.”

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Pennacchio: Yes to Racinos, No to Casinos

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris/Essex/Passaic) issued the following statement regarding casinos in the State of New Jersey:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio weighs in on the debate to expand casino gambling in New Jersey, advocating for the creation of ‘racinos.’ (Wikimedia)

“As the conversation heats up about expanding casino gambling in New Jersey, I encourage the legislature to pause and think of its implications. Expanding gambling casinos statewide would be the death knell for Atlantic City. The casinos that have managed to survive in Atlantic City would find their competition increase and profits decrease. This does not seem fair to casinos which have struggled and somehow managed to succeed in this trying market.

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Pennacchio to Introduce Resolution Urging Jets, Other NFL Teams to Donate Money Received for Patriotic Promotions

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Senator Joe Pennacchio said he will introduce a resolution urging the New York Jets and all NFL teams to donate the millions of dollars in public funds the teams have been paid for patriotic in-game events and displays to veterans organizations.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s resolution will urge NFL teams to donate the millions of dollars in public funds they are paid for patriotic in-game events and displays to veterans organizations. (Flickr)

According to a Star-Ledger article, the Jets were paid $377,500 between 2011 and 2014 for patriotic festivities, including segments in which soldiers were featured on the big screen, thanked for their service and given tickets to the game. The bulk of the tab was picked up by the New Jersey Army National Guard.

“It is a shame that these teams that get so many public subsidies and tax breaks are using patriotism as a money grab,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris, Passaic, Essex). “For-profit patriotism is slap in the face to the men and women in military who risk everything to fight for the freedoms we all enjoy. The Jets’ stadium is built on public land and is afforded a hefty property tax discount. There’s no excuse for now charging the National Guard for these in-game promotions.”

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Senate Republican Leadership Team Culminates Rollout of NJ Job Creation & Economic Growth Package

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The Senate Republican leadership team held a State House press conference to culminate their statewide rollout of a 36-bill job creation and economic growth package that will not cost taxpayers extra money.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean speaking at the jobs package press conference at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on April 23, 2015, with Sen. Diane Allen. (SenateNJ.com)

“In an age when officials in Trenton like to talk a lot about jobs, Senate Republicans have been actually bringing job-creating and economic growth solutions to stakeholders, employers, entrepreneurs, educators and innovators in all corners of the state and from diverse backgrounds,” said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean. “We’re excited that many of the cost-neutral jobs solutions we’ve unveiled over the past several months have already garnered bipartisan sponsorship and votes, as well as the support of various representatives of the business and higher education community. We’re now trying to accelerate this momentum to finish the job for New Jersey families and people in the workforce.”

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Pennacchio: Trenton Democrats’ Efforts Would Be Better Spent Supporting Legislation to Strengthen Pension System

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) urged Democrat legislative leaders to put politics aside and join two of the states largest public sector unions in supporting legislation to support both the pension system and the revitalization of Atlantic City.

Senator Pennacchio’s proposed constitutional amendment, SCR-134, would allow video slot wagering at New Jersey’s horse racing facilities. Revenues would support the state’s pension system and Atlantic City revitalization. (Pcb21/Wikimedia Commons)

“Rather then political pandering, Trenton Democrats should be focusing their attention on practical long term solutions to this problem,” said Pennacchio. “The legislation I introduced last summer could generate hundreds of millions of dollars to support the pension system and to revitalize Atlantic City without raising taxes or cutting services for families.”

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Pennacchio: Extradition of Cop-Killer Chesimard Must Be Priority in Upcoming Talks with Cuba

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Senator Joe Pennacchio released the following statement in response to news that the United States Department of State and Cuba are expected to begin talks about the extradition of Joanne Chesimard:

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)

“As a long time advocate for her extradition, I’m encouraged to see this opportunity to finally return Joanne Chesimard to U.S. law enforcement where she can face the penalties she deserves for her heinous crime,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris). “Chesimard has been allowed to escape justice for more than 30 years. I can’t imagine the pain that the family of Trooper Werner Foerster has endured all these years knowing that his killer has been allowed to go free while they continue to mourn his death. The President must seize on the opportunity of these upcoming talks with Cuba to restore justice for the Foerster family, New Jersey and all of America by demanding the extradition of Chesimard.”

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