New Jersey's 26th Legislative District

Senator Joe Pennacchio

  • 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 speaking about the Transparency in Government Act at State House press conference on December 8, 2008.

  • Pennacchio Speaks Against Paid Family Leave

  • Pennacchio Opposes Toll Hikes at State House Rally

Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senate Adopts Bucco, Pennacchio Bill to Facilitate Driver’s License Name Changes

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Joe Pennacchio to allow widows to obtain a driver’s license with their maiden name, after the death of a spouse was passed by the full Senate.

The Senate has approved legislation by Senators Bucco and Pennachio to make it easier for widows to obtain a driver’s license with their maiden name. (NJMVC)

“Widows endure enough suffering, complications and stress after the passing of their spouses, and with that in mind, forcing them to get a court order to change their name on a driver’s license is unnecessary and absurd,” Bucco said. “This is common-sense legislation to responsibly allow widows to resume the use of their maiden names without having to deal with layers of bureaucracy and jump through crazy hoops.”

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Committee Advances Bucco, Pennacchio Bill to Facilitate Driver’s License Name Changes

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The Senate Transportation Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Joe Pennacchio to allow widows to obtain a driver’s license with their maiden name, after the death of a spouse.

Legislation sponsored by Senators Bucco and Pennachio would make it easier for widows to obtain a driver’s license with their maiden name. (NJMVC)

“Widows endure enough suffering, complications and stress after the passing of their spouses, and with that in mind, forcing them to get a court order to change their name on a driver’s license is unnecessary and absurd,” Bucco said. “This is common-sense legislation to responsibly allow widows to resume the use of their maiden names without having to deal with layers of bureaucracy and jump through crazy hoops.”

“There’s no need for it to be this difficult for a widow to reclaim their maiden name on their license,” said Transportation Committeeman Pennacchio. “The current requirements are just another example of heavy-handed bureaucracy. This legislation provides a simple fix and will give spouses one less thing to worry about during what is certainly already a challenging time.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, Pennacchio Legislation Establishing “Senator Robert E. Littell Memorial Highway” Advanced

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio renaming State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Senator Robert E. Littell moved forward today after being unanimously passed by the Senate.

Legislation to rename State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Sen. Robert E. Littell was approved unanimously by the NJ Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“The overwhelming support shown today for this legislation is a testament to the integrity, compassion and dedication that marked Senator Littell’s decades of service in Trenton,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Renaming Route 15 in his honor will be a permanent and visible reminder of his tireless work to better the lives of families in Sussex County and all those he came in contact with.”

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Pennacchio Announces New Senate Republican Bills to Foster Job Creation, Retention

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Following the most-recent news of a major New Jersey employer reportedly going to move its operations and employees to a more affordable, business-friendly state, Assistant Senate Republican Leader Joe Pennacchio unveiled several new bills to lower excessive costs for businesses and in turn create opportunities for New Jersey families, residents, entrepreneurs and employers.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio unveiled the “Reducing Excessive Costs” package of legislation to lower costs for New Jersey businesses and create opportunities for families, residents, entrepreneurs and employers. (SenateNJ.com)

“Today we read of yet another company that could take 1,000 hard working employees and families to a state where it reportedly costs as much as 20 percent less to do business,” said Pennacchio. “We know from talking with employers that we have to take feasible steps to address the high energy costs and overall cost of doing business in New Jersey that puts companies here at a steep disadvantage and makes it much more difficult to add jobs. We also need a fuller understanding of how New Jersey’s tax policies and incentive programs stack up to those in other states.”

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Pennacchio: Obama Must Stand Up to Cuba & Demand Chesimard

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In response to news of Cuba’s brazen reluctance to extradite one of America’s Most Wanted murderers, Senator Joe Pennacchio continued his demands for President Barack Obama to demand that Cuba return New Jersey 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 is a convicted, sentenced and escaped murderess, who led one of the most-gruesome slayings of a police officer and public servant,” Pennacchio said. “While she roams the streets of Cuba freely, that dictatorship jails 8,000 political prisoners just for expressing different opinions than their oppressive government. Our President must demand her return to U.S. soil.”

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Pennacchio, Bucco Announce Resolution to Bring Back Cop-Killer Chesimard from Cuba

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Morris County Senators Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco introduced a resolution urging the return of Joanne Chesimard from Cuba. Chesimard was convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster during a 1973 stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. She escaped to Cuba from prison and was granted asylum by Fidel Castro, and the New Jersey State Police and the FBI are offering up to $2 million for information leading to her capture.

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’s long overdue return to U.S. law enforcement should have been a no-brainer for the President to execute during his negotiations with Cuban leaders,” Pennacchio said. “This is a woman who caused tragedy by ending the life of a man dedicated to protecting and serving New Jersey residents and our freedom. She is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List and has been shielded from justice by adversaries, so we urge our President to demand this justice for New Jerseyans and America as he works to restore ties with Cuba.”

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Pennacchio Calls for Dormant SCI Committee to Act for Public Good, Reform DRPA

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Senator Joe Pennacchio called for the now dormant New Jersey Select Committee on Investigation to turn its attention to reforming the troubled Delaware River Port Authority.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio called for the New Jersey Select Committee on Investigation to turn its attention to reforming the troubled Delaware River Port Authority. (Kevin Burkett/Flickr)

“It’s abundantly clear that Democrats have used the legislature’s joint Select Committee on Investigation as a political tool to advance their own agendas, not to enact reforms for the people of New Jersey,” said Pennacchio, (R-Morris). “With the committee effectively put into recess today, Democrats have a last chance to put its broad powers to use for the good of taxpayers and commuters by turning its focus to bringing needed changes to the DRPA.”

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Pennacchio Grateful for Democrat Sponsorship of DRPA Reform Legislation

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Senator Joe Pennacchio announced that State Senator Sandra Cunningham has agreed to co-sponsor Senate Bill 2013 to reform and bring accountability to the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA).

Senator Pennacchio announced today that Senator Sandra Cunningham has signed on as a sponsor of DRPA reform legislation. The DRPA operates four bridges, including the Ben Franklin Bridge, and a commuter rail line.

“I welcome Senator Cunningham’s strong support of this vital issue,” said Pennacchio.  “As a respected leader within her caucus, she brings additional energy and welcomed transparency to this issue.”

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Pennacchio-Sponsored Port Authority Reform is Good, But Why Do Dems Continue to Ignore DRPA?

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Senator Joe Pennacchio issued the following statement after the Assembly today passed legislation he sponsors reforming and bringing accountability to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio questioned why Democrats continue to ignore accountability and transparency reforms at the Delaware River Port Authority despite advancing legislation to address those issues at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. (Kevin Burkett/Flickr)

“It’s all well and good that Assembly Democrats finally passed this needed reform legislation for the commuters and taxpayers of North Jersey,” Pennacchio (R-Morris) said. “However, as they patted themselves on the back today, Democrats in both houses continued to neglect South Jersey residents and the need to bring accountability and transparency to the Delaware River Port Authority.”

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Pennacchio Urges More Democrat, Union Leaders to Support Legislation to Revitalize Atlantic City, Strengthen Pension System

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) urged Democrat legislative leaders and education and communications union officials to join two of the state’s largest public sector unions in supporting legislation to support both the revitalization of Atlantic City and the pension system.

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)

In August, Senator Pennacchio introduced a constitutional amendment, SCR-134, to allow video slot wagering at the New Jersey horse racetracks. Under the proposal, which has been publicly endorsed by the Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association and the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association, revenue from the expanded gaming would be divided to support both the state’s pension system and the revitalization of Atlantic City.

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