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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Pennacchio: SCR-188 is Shameless Democrat Power Grab

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Passaic, Essex) issued the following statement regarding the Democrat-sponsored SCR-188:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said that we should heed a warning of Benjamin Franklin as it relates to the Democrats’ attempt to rig legislative elections through SCR-188. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Upon leaving the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin was asked what type of government was given the people. ‘A Republic, if you can keep it,’ answered Franklin.

“Our founding fathers knew that representative government could only be defeated by internal not external forces. Self-interest, especially by political parties, could cannibalize this precious experiment called democracy.

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Pennacchio: Expansion of Gaming to Racetracks Benefits Taxpayers and Atlantic City

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Senator Joe Pennacchio reiterated his call for legislative Democrats to join two of the state’s largest public sector unions in supporting legislation expanding slot machines to the state’s racetracks to support both the pension system and the revitalization of Atlantic City and its casinos.

Senator Pennacchio’s proposed constitutional amendment, SCR-191, would allow video slot wagering at New Jersey’s horse racing facilities. (Wikimedia Commons)

Senator Pennacchio sponsors SCR-191 to allow slot machines at New Jersey’s four horse racetracks. The proposal, which was endorsed by the Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association and the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association, dedicates revenue from the expanded gaming to support the state’s pension system, the revitalization of Atlantic City and its casinos and to the equine industry.

“SCR-191 presents the best opportunity to capitalize on expanded gaming in New Jersey for the benefit of taxpayers and Atlantic City itself,” said Pennacchio. “Expanding slot machines to the four racetracks will 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 Legislation to Prevent Students From Enrolling in NJ Schools Under Fake Addresses Now Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio to help prevent families from lying about a child’s address in order to enroll the child in an out-of-district New Jersey school is now law.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s legislation to prevent families from lying about a child’s address in order to enroll the child in an out-of-district New Jersey school is now law. (SenateNJ.com)

“It is estimated that thousands of students across New Jersey are illicitly enrolled in a New Jersey school outside their home district,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris, Passaic, Essex). “This type of “boundary hopping” comes at a significant cost to the receiving school and it takes away valuable resources and opportunities from the students and families who live in the district and pay taxes to fund their local schools.  This legislation gives districts a valuable tool to help settle questions about where a student is really living when a residency dispute arises.”

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Toys for Tots Donations Welcome at Senator Pennacchio’s Montville District Office

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Bergen, Morris, Passaic) announced that his legislative office will be collecting Toys for Tots donations throughout the holiday season. All are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Senator’s District 26 office in Montville.

Senator Pennacchio’s legislative office will be collecting Toys for Tots donations throughout the holiday season. (Flickr)

“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 Toys for Tots, a wonderful organization that has given hope to millions of children. I urge my constituents to take the time to make a donation and embrace the spirt of generosity that this season inspires.”

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Pennacchio: Labor Groups Should Reconsider Loyalties After Obama Kills Keystone XL Pipeline

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Passaic, Essex) issued the following statement today regarding President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL oil pipeline:

A pumping station along the existing Keystone Pipeline in Nebraska. (Flickr)

“Construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline would have created tens of thousands of jobs, reduced dependence on oil from the Middle East and helped keep energy costs low,” said Pennacchio. “President Obama’s rejection of the pipeline in the eleventh hour of his presidency to appease special interest environmentalists is a slap in the face to the American people.

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Senator Pennacchio Calls For Boycott of Tarantino Movies

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State Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) has joined a chorus of elected officials and police organizations in calling for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino movies. At a recent rally, Tarantino called police officers “murderers.” Thousands of police organizations immediately responded asking for a boycott.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio joined police organizations in calling for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino movies after the director called police officers ‘murderers.’ (Wikimedia Commons)

“Quentin Tarantino is a poster boy for a hypocritical, corrupt Hollywood intelligentsia. His movies are over the top violent. In one movie, ‘Pulp Fiction’ a scene shows a character being ‘accidentally’ shot in a car. Then a good deal of movie time is devoted to the clean-up of his brain matter,” said Pennacchio.

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Pennacchio Honored by Morris County Chamber of Commerce

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The Morris County Chamber of Commerce recognized New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio for his legislative efforts by awarding him the “Alex DeCroce Public Leadership Award” at the chamber’s 2015 Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon in Florham Park.

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

“Assemblyman DeCroce was a tireless advocate for small business and entrepreneurship not only in Morris County but throughout New Jersey. I am especially honored that this recognition carries his name,” said Pennacchio.

The Morris County Chamber of Commerce recognized the Senator’s efforts as a taxpayer champion and a strong advocate for the business community. Pennacchio was recently honored by the New Jersey Taxpayers Association for his legislative efforts for Transparency and Open Government where he received the “Advocate for Open Government Award.” He was also the recipient of the “Taxpayer Champion” award by the New Jersey Taxpayer Alliance where he received a perfect score and he received the “Guardian of Small Business Award” from the New Jersey Federation of Independent Business from 2008-2014.

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Senator Pennacchio Honored by Taxpayer Group as Advocate for Open Government

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Senator Joe Pennacchio was honored by the New Jersey Taxpayers’ Association as the 2015 NJTA Taxpayer Advocate Award recipient for the category of Open Government.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio was honored by the New Jersey Taxpayers’ Association as the 2015 NJTA Taxpayer Advocate Award recipient for the category of Open Government. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Pennacchio (R-Morris, Passaic, Essex) was recognized for his longtime sponsorship of legislation to create greater transparency and openness in government.

“Our residents must be served by a truly open system of government, which acknowledges that the people own public information,” Pennacchio said. “Transparency and access to public records and meetings are critically important attributes of a democratic government. I’m honored to be recognized by the New Jersey Taxpayers Association and am thankful for the organization’s recognition of the importance of having an open and transparent government. I remain committed to updating New Jersey’s open record and meetings laws to facilitate a greater level of accountability and government transparency for taxpayers, while easing burdens for local government officials and records requestors.”

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Panel Adopts Pennacchio Legislation Helping Small Businesses Grow and Expand

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio to help small businesses grow and expand by creating a program to help small business operators qualify to bid on public works projects was advanced by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s legislation would help more small businesses qualify to bid on public works projects. (Flickr)

Under the legislation, S-3064, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority would be required to establish a “Small Business Bonding Readiness Assistance Program” to provide support services to small businesses and to help them meet surety bonding requirements so that they can qualify to bid on projects.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the state’s economy but often are at a disadvantage when it comes to qualifying for and winning public works projects due to limited resources,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris). “Many small companies are perfectly capable of completing the work but don’t qualify because they haven’t been positioned to meet certain requirements, like bonding.”

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Pennacchio: NJ Commuters Still Vulnerable to Forgotten Port Authority

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As legislative Democrats continue their redundant hearings to delay bipartisan, bi-state bill to reform the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Assistant Senate Republican Leader Joe Pennacchio renewed his call for bipartisan, bi-state reform of the long-troubled Delaware River Port Authority, which is the subject of an ongoing federal criminal investigation.

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)

“Democrat leaders in Trenton need to explain to people why they are ignoring a bi-state, bipartisan reform bill for the hard-working families and commuters who rely on the DRPA services,” said Pennacchio, a veteran Transportation Committeeman. “Our constituents need enhanced oversight, accountability and transparency for the DRPA just as much as they do for the PANYNJ.”

Pennacchio classified yesterday’s PANYNJ legislative committee hearing as just another example of New Jersey Democrats wanting the issue of PANYNJ reform to try to hurt the Christie administration, instead of them wanting to be a part of the solution by passing legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean, which has already passed in New York.

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