New Jersey's 26th Legislative District

Senator Joe Pennacchio

  • Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-26) speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on S-2026, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” on December 5, 2016. (Full Story)

  • 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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Senator Steve Oroho

Pennacchio/Oroho Fight for Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Steven Oroho were today joined by medical professionals and New Jersey Right to Life at a press conference calling on the legislature to pass their “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

Sen. Joe Pennacchio speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on S-2026 on December 5, 2016. (SenateNJ.com)

The Senators’ bill, S-2026, prohibits abortions after 20 weeks. Medical studies have shown unborn children can feel pain in the womb at least by 20 weeks, if not before.

“This is the time of year when we reflect on how to protect the most vulnerable members of society,” Senator Pennacchio (R-26) said. “That is why we chose today to call on those who control the legislative agenda to stand up for the rights of innocent unborn children. For who is more vulnerable than a baby who can feel pain in the womb, but cannot cry out for help? It is time for our leaders to listen to these children’s silent screams and immediately pass our Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY (12/5): Pennacchio/Oroho News Conference with NJ Right to Life on “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

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Will Be Joined by Doctors, Legislators to Discuss Bill Prohibiting Abortions After 20 Weeks

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) will hold a news conference on Monday, December 5 at 11:30 a.m. in Committee Room 3 of the State House Annex to discuss the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which would prohibit abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Steve Oroho will be joined by NJRTL and medical professionals at a news conference on 12/5 to discuss the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

They will be joined by New Jersey Right to Life, medical professionals and other legislators to discuss the legislation, S-2026.

WHO: Marie Tasy, Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life; Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26); Senator Steve Oroho (R-24); Senator Mike Doherty (R-23); Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R-12); Dr. Kyle Beiter, Central Jersey Ob/Gyn; Dr. Randy Knob, Retired General Surgeon; and Rev. Michael Fragoso, Retired Pediatrician.

WHAT: News conference on S-2026, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

WHEN: Monday, December 5th at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Committee Room 3 in the State House Annex.

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Pennacchio: Castro is Dead – Time for Cuba to Bring Back Cop-killer Chesimard

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In response to Fidel Castro’s death, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) has renewed his call for Cuba to extradite convicted cop-killer 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)

“Joanne Chesimard brutally murdered a New Jersey State Police Trooper and yet she has been allowed to live comfortably in Cuba for more than 30 years. Even in the wake of Castro’s death, there cannot be real peace between our two nations as long as Cuba remains a safe haven for a convicted cop-killer.”

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Pennacchio Bill to Help Small Businesses Compete, Lower Costs Heads to Governor

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) aimed at helping small businesses grow and lower costs for taxpayers is headed to the Governor’s desk after being passed by the New Jersey General Assembly.

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

“This is a great chance for us to help small businesses compete,” Senator Pennacchio said. “Our experiences have shown us that when we can cut through some of the red tape, it produces an immediate opportunity for entrepreneurs to take advantage and succeed.”

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Pennacchio: Elected Officials Can’t Choose Which Laws to Obey

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Calls for Passage of Ethics & Transparency Reforms

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) renewed his calls for the passage of ethics and transparency reforms he sponsors following published reports in which a candidate for governor said he would ignore certain policies that he doesn’t agree with.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio called for his ethics and transparency reforms to advance following suggestions that elected officials could ignore enforcing laws they disagree with. (SenateNJ.com)

“Elected officials have an obligation to operate within the law,” said Pennacchio. “The insinuation that someone might unilaterally choose to ignore the properly enacted laws of our state or nation as governor is insulting and dangerous to the democratic process.”

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Pennacchio Bill to Stop Corruption on the State Investment Council Passes Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passiac) that forbids State Investment Council members from voting on investments that present a financial or familial conflict of interest passed the Senate State Government, Wagering Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s bill would forbid members of the State Investment Council from voting on matters that present a conflict of interest. A conflict of interest on the council regarding Lehman Brothers cost the state $115 million in 2008. (SenateNJ)

“In 2008, the State Investment Council invested in Lehman Brothers right before the firm went bankrupt,” Senator Pennacchio recalled. “The Lehman Brothers managers who sat on the council should have been forced to recuse themselves. Instead, they cost the pension system $115 million. This kind of blatant conflict of interest would not be tolerated under my legislation.”

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Senator Pennacchio Hosting Holiday Toy Drive at His Montville District Office

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) announced that his legislative office will once again collect toy donations throughout the holiday season to support local organizations. All are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Senator’s district office in Montville.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio is hosting a holiday toy drive to support local organization. Donations will be collected at his Montville district office. (SenateNJ.com)

“The holiday season is a time for us to come together to support those in need, and teach our own children the value of making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate,” Senator Pennacchio said. “It is truly a privilege to open our doors as a collection site for children in need. I urge my constituents to take the time to make a donation and embrace the spirit of generosity that this season inspires.”

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Pennacchio Renews Call for Racinos Following Defeat of North Jersey Casinos Measure

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Following the defeat of a ballot measure by New Jersey voters which would have allowed for the establishment of casinos in North Jersey, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) renewed his call for the limited expansion of gaming at horse racetracks in the state.

Senator Joe Pennacchio’s proposed constitutional amendment, SCR-16, would allow for slot wagering at New Jersey’s horse racing facilities. (Wikimedia Commons)

Pennachio’s proposed constitutional amendment, SCR-16, would permit slot machine gambling at those venues.

“I’ve said for a number of years that the establishment of North Jersey casinos would cannibalize the existing casino industry in Atlantic City, putting the struggling city in further financial jeopardy,” said Pennacchio. “The defeat of Public Question #1 was the public’s response. It’s time that the Legislature consider the establishment of racinos, as I have proposed, to bolster our casino industry, stabilize our pension systems, aid in the financial recovery of Atlantic City, and provide the support our horse racing industry needs to survive.”

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Pennacchio-Turner Bill Mandating Criminal Background Checks for All Day Care Providers Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Joe Pennacchio and Shirley Turner mandating state and federal criminal background checks for all current and prospective family day care providers has cleared the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Shirley Turner’s bill would correct a dangerous oversight in state law by mandating criminal background checks for all family day care employees. (SenateNJ)

“A child abuse record check is simply not sufficient enough to prevent dangerous criminals from putting our children at risk,” Senator Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) said. “It is unconscionable that family day cares are not held to the same ironclad safety standards as other facilities, simply because they serve a smaller number of children. They should be held to the same justifiable standard.”

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Pennacchio Demands DRPA Reform for South Jersey, PA Commuters

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Senator Joseph Pennacchio, (R-Morris, Passaic, Essex) a longtime advocate for reforming the Delaware River Port Authority, today renewed his call for the legislature to enact DRPA reform that will protect the thousands of commuters who utilize the DRPA every day.

Sen. Joseph Pennacchio said that South Jersey and Pennsylvania commuters shouldn’t have to wait any longer for DRPA reform (SenateNJ.com)

“It is completely unjust that 100 percent of Senate Democrats’ efforts to enact transparency reforms have been directed at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, while South Jersey commuters have been hung out to dry,” Senator Pennacchio said.

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