New Jersey's 26th Legislative District

Senator Joe Pennacchio

  • Sen. Joe Pennacchio watches as Gov. Chris Christie signs his legislation at the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey headquarters in Trenton, N.J. on Jan. 4. (Full Story)

  • 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.

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Calls for Learning, Healing on State’s First Juneteenth Holiday

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Senator Joe Pennacchio today said New Jersey’s first Juneteenth state holiday is a living lesson in American history and an opportunity to unify all races.

New Jersey’s first Juneteenth state holiday is a lesson in American history, and Senator Joe Pennacchio said it is also an opportunity to unify the races. (Pixabay)

“It would be appropriate if state residents of all colors, backgrounds and cultures paused for a moment Friday to reflect on the atrocities of slavery and the bloody Civil War that helped deliver people of color from the crushing cruelties of servitude,” Pennacchio said. “The significance of this commemoration should be so much more than just a day off work. We all have an obligation to learn more about our nation’s past as it applies to race relations and the freedoms we share as Americans.”

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Pennacchio Lauds NJDOT for Addressing Traffic Concerns at Congested Intersection in Jefferson

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Senator Urges Residents Who Will be Impacted by Improvement Project to View Transportation’s Online Presentation for Details

The New Jersey Department of Transportation is proceeding toward an extensive road project to alleviate heavy congestion and long delays for drivers on Route 15 and Berkshire Valley Road in Jefferson Township.

Senator Joe Pennacchio encouraged local residents who contend with the chronic traffic congestion at the Route 15 interchange in Jefferson Township to view an online presentation about NJDOT’s improvement plans at www.Rt15BVRPIC.com. (Pixabay)

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) said the improvements will help residents and businesses in the area and urged those who will be affected to provide feedback and get information from NJDOT’s online presentation and virtual Public Information Center for the project.

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Pennacchio & Bucco Call for Gov. Murphy to Sign Special Education Extension Bill

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Senators Ready to Lead Charge to Override a Veto

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Anthony M. Bucco called for Governor Phil Murphy to sign a bill into law that would allow students with disabilities whose education has been impacted by the pandemic to stay in school for an extra year.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Tony Bucco called for Gov. Phil Murphy to sign a bill into law that would allow students with disabilities whose education has been impacted by the pandemic to stay in school for an extra year. (Pixabay)

The Morris County senators said they were ready to lead the charge to override should Governor Murphy veto the legislation.

“Parents of students with disabilities are extremely concerned that the pandemic stole a critical year of education from their children,” said Bucco (R-25). “For these extremely vulnerable students, getting that year back would be nothing less than life-changing. Families are telling us they need more than Governor Murphy’s sympathy, they need his signature on the bill. His lack of action is leaving families in limbo and prohibiting their ability to plan for their children.”

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Pennacchio Calls for Resignations of Veterans Homes’ Officials Who Wrongly Accepted Federal COVID Relief Money

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Senator Joe Pennacchio blasted the Murphy Administration today after published reports revealed managers at state-run veterans’ homes were paid COVID 19 bonuses they were not eligible to receive.

Senator Joe Pennacchio called for the resignation of eight senior-level managers at NJ veterans’ homes who who accepted COVID hazard pay bonuses they did not qualify to receive. (Pixabay)

“The audacity of these bungling bureaucrats to accept COVID payoffs after the horrors they brought on the residents and healthcare workers is beyond appalling,” said Pennacchio. “Unfortunately, given the Administration’s complete lack of transparency, it isn’t surprising. Repeatedly, the pandemic has been used as a shield to obscure questionable actions from public and legislative scrutiny.”

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Senator Pennacchio Condemns Dr. Anthony Fauci on Senate Floor

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Senator Joe Pennacchio delivered the following statement on the Senate floor prior to a vote on a partisan resolution (ACR-195/SCR-134) honoring the life and work of Dr. Anthony Fauci:

“As a leader over the past 30 years in National Health, it was Dr. Fauci’s responsibility to prevent and prepare this nation for a potential pandemic.  Dr. Anthony Fauci may have contributed to this pandemic, but unfortunately in a negative way.

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci has a history of flip flops, Senator Joe Pennacchio said, and he doesn’t deserve to be applauded. (Wikimedia Commons)

“On Feb. 17, 2020, Dr. Fauci said the risk of coronavirus in the U.S. was ‘miniscule’ and advised people to skip using masks. Asked about China locking down the Wuhan region, Dr. Fauci said ‘that’s something that I don’t possibly think we can do in the United States.’

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Senate Approves Pennacchio/Oroho/Bucco Bill Providing $10 Million to Support Lakes

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Measure Would Help Fund Maintenance of Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, Other Lakes in Highlands & Pinelands

Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Steven Oroho, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco to supply critical funding to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio, Sen. Steven Oroho, and Sen. Tony Bucco to supply critical funding to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions has been approved by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our lakes are critical to the ecological and economic well-being of New Jersey, but they have been consistently underfunded by the State,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This appropriation represents the most significant investment in Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake in recent memory, if not ever. We’ll continue fighting to make this funding permanent to ensure our lakes get the support they need each and every year.”

The legislation, S-3618, makes a supplemental appropriation of $10 million for grants for certain lake management activities for recreation and conservation purposes.

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Pennacchio/Bucco Legislation Allowing New Jerseyans to Donate Part of Tax Refund to Cancer Research Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco that allows New Jerseyans to donate a portion of their tax refund toward cancer research and/or pediatric cancer research has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Tony Bucco that allows New Jerseyans to donate a portion of their tax refund toward cancer research has been approved by the Senate. (Pixabay)

“The voluntary contributions from New Jerseyans under this bill will provide support for approved scientific research projects that focus on the numerous different causes of cancer,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This additional funding and support will allow researchers to investigate new cancer treatments and new ways of preventing this insidious disease that has affected millions of people.”

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Pennacchio: Murphy’s Mask Rules for Kids Makes No Sense

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Senator Plans to Chair Republican Panel on Forced Student Mask Mandate

Senator Joe Pennacchio said the Governor’s insistence that young children must continue to wear masks has riled up parents across the state, and they are letting legislators know how they feel.

Senator Joe Pennacchio said it is time to allow school students and children to take off their masks, and said the current mandates do more harm than good. (Pixabay)

“Like other District Offices, my staff has been deluged by calls from irate mothers and fathers who say they should be the ones making the decision whether their child wears a mask to school or to summer camp,” said Pennacchio (R-26). They say it’s not the Governor’s job to tell them what to do, and who could blame them.

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Senator Pennacchio: Are New PCR Ct Policies Cooking the Books on Actual COVID Numbers?

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Senator Joe Pennacchio today continued to question the PCR COVID testing method and how results may have distorted the actual pandemic case numbers.

Senator Joe Pennacchio today continued to question the PCR method of COVID testing and how results may have distorted the actual pandemic case numbers. (Pixabay)

Recent policy changes on the CDC website have lowered the cycling rate (Ct) of PCR tests for “breakthrough infections” to 28.  A breakthrough infection occurs when a fully vaccinated person becomes infected with COVID.

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Pennacchio Calls for Legislative Role in Allocating American Rescue Plan Funds

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After information leaked out during a Senate budget hearing last week that the New Jersey was in receipt of $6.3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding from the federal government, Senator Joe Pennacchio challenged the Legislature to ensure the money is properly utilized.

New Jersey received more than $6 billion in American Rescue Plan funding from the federal government, and Senator Joe Pennacchio challenged the Legislature to ensure the money is properly utilized. (Pixabay)

“When the state was spending CARES ACT money from Washington, we saw a disconcerting lack of accountability and transparency from Administration. We don’t want to repeat that with $6 billion more,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The lack of accountability from the Administration makes it crystal clear that Murphy should not be entrusted with the unilateral authority to spend the disaster aid as the current budget language allows.”

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