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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.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Pennacchio/Oroho Bill Closes the Lid on Unfair Treatment of Farmers Selling Baked Goods at Roadside Markets

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Farmers selling their own baked goods, pies by the slice, or other edible treats at farm markets will be able to wrap the food for sanitation purposes without weighing the goods and labeling it under legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Steve Oroho and advanced by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Farmers selling their own baked goods at farm markets will be able to wrap the food for sanitation purposes without weighing the goods and labeling it under legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Steve Oroho. (Pixabay)

Under the law, S-283, bona fide farmers at a farm market are exempt from requirements to weigh and label articles of food provided the items are sold in open or uncovered containers.

“It is an unusual rule that makes even less sense during this pandemic, when people are super sensitive about preventing the spread of COVID and other viruses and pathogens,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “It doesn’t make sense that you can walk into any pizza shop and order a slice to go and nobody has to weigh it and stamp it with a label. It’s even more puzzling to have a rule that encourages anybody to sell open-air food during an airborne virus emergency.”

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Pennacchio: 7,500 Nursing Home Deaths Show Need for More Inclusive Multi-Generational Housing Blueprint for NJ

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Legislation Helping to Expand Options for Families Clears Senate

After the heart-breaking loss of nursing home residents during the pandemic, Senator Joe Pennacchio’s legislation to make it easier for seniors to live with family members and avoid moving into facilities was approved today by the State Senate.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s legislation to establish a commission to study and make recommendations on how to most effectively advance multigenerational family housing opportunities cleared the Senate. (©iStock)

“We lost more than 7,500 nursing home residents. In many cases it was nursing homes or nothing,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Family members were locked out and unable to visit and comfort their parents or grandparents, many who suffered and died alone and frightened. This bill will help provide families with an alternative to long-term care facilities.”

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Pennacchio Decries Violence in Nation’s Capital

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Senator Joe Pennacchio issued the following statement after protests in Washington, D.C. turned violent:

After violence marred protests in the nation’s capital, Sen. Joe Pennacchio said as American’s, ‘we must be tolerant and occasionally accepting of each other’s differences.’ (Wikimedia Commons)

“America began the day with countless numbers of unsung heroes. Moms and dads struggling to feed and educate their children. First responders protecting and insuring the health and safety of all our citizens. Soldiers in too many distant lands protecting them and all of us from those who would cause harm.

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With Nursing Home Deaths Rising, Senator Pennacchio Once Again Calls for Action

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Blames Administration’s Continuing Policies, Faults State Senate for Lack of Oversight

Senator Joe Pennacchio today called the escalating COVID death count within long-term care facilities a heartbreaking indication that after almost a year into the pandemic, errors by the Murphy Administration are still costing the lives of elderly residents.

After more than 300 COVID deaths in nursing homes in December, Sen. Joe Pennacchio faulted the Administration’s decision-making and the State Senate for its lack of oversight. (Pixabay)

“More than 300 seniors died in facilities in December alone, more than the previous three months combined,” said Pennacchio. “The Administration has clearly failed to learn from its mistakes – mistakes that contributed to the loss of more than 7,500 virus victims. COVID outbreaks continue a rampant spread through veterans and nursing homes, and the State’s policies have not been adapted. They are doing the same things and hoping for different results, and as the numbers show, that approach is failing miserably.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Pennacchio & Doherty Cite Another Study Countering Murphy Edicts

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New Study Questions State Policy on Lockdowns

An extensive scientific study of close to 10 million people in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus first emerged, yielded encouraging news about the spread of the virus and undermined the case for preventative lockdowns. The study included scientific institutions in the U.K. and Australia, as well as China.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Mike Doherty cited an international scientific study that indicates COVID lockdowns are unnecessary. (Wikimedia Commons)

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Mike Doherty today said the study contradicts many of the heavy-handed tactics utilized by the Murphy Administration during the pandemic.

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Unmasking More Evidence the Senate Should Investigate NJ’s Pandemic Policy-Making

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State Policy Endangered – and Continues to Endanger – Lives in Nursing Homes

As the COVID outbreak began spreading, workers at veterans’ homes operated by the State were prohibited from wearing masks and risked punishment for protecting themselves and residents, according to an investigation by The Record newspaper.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio renewed his call for a Senate Select Committee investigation of NJ’s pandemic policies in light of a press report that shows the Administration prohibited workers in veterans’ homes from wearing masks at the start of the pandemic. (Pixabay)

Senator Joe Pennacchio criticized the dangerous strategy and renewed his call for a Senate Select Committee with subpoena power to investigate.

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Senate Advances Pennacchio/Diegnan Anti-Bullying Bill

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Measure Will Strengthen Laws to Protect Students and Save Lives

New Jersey’s anti-bullying law is already one of the toughest in the nation, and legislation approved today by the Senate would make it even stronger, increasing penalties for parents and guardians and mandating school districts to bolster bully-prevention policies.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Patrick Diegnan, S-1790, advanced today by the Senate. The bill amends New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights with specific requirements on school districts to help prevent and respond to bullying incidents. (SenateNJ.com)

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Patrick Diegnan, S-1790, advanced today by the Senate. The bill amends New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights with specific requirements on school districts to help prevent and respond to bullying incidents.

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Pennacchio to Legislators: Let Parents Be Parents

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Proposes Changes to Bill Mandating Schools to Provide Sex Education to Kindergartners

Senator Joe Pennacchio today defended the role of parents in the moral and sexual education of their children during the virtual session of the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio defended the role of parents in the moral and sexual education of their children during the virtual session of the New Jersey Senate. (©iStock)

Pennacchio attempted to move an amendment to a bill, A-4454/S-2781, which requires school districts to provide instruction on diversity and inclusion in the curriculum of students in grades kindergarten through 12 as part of the implementation of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. The requirements under the bill include gender identity and sexual alternatives instruction.

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Pennacchio’s Message to Murphy: Stop Ruling and Start Governing

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Senator Joe Pennacchio released the following statement in response to comments by Governor Murphy telling young New Jerseyans “you could be passing this on to your parents or your grandparents, and essentially, I hate to say it, killing them”:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said Gov. Murphy got it wrong when he blamed young people for killing their grandparents during the pandemic, noting the Administration was responsible for the loss of more than 7,100 seniors in nursing homes. (Flickr)

“It’s no surprise that the Governor got it wrong. Young people are not killing their parents, but it may be time for the Governor to look in the mirror. His own administration directly contributed to the deaths of more than 7,100 grandparents in nursing homes.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Pennacchio and Doherty Blast Administration’s Rudderless Pandemic Policy

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Cite Failure to Apply Science to Interpretation of PCR Covid Testing

The Governor continues contemplating potentially devastating mandates to contain the spread of the coronavirus amid growing confusion about the accuracy of the daily numbers released by the Department of Health and the reliability and interpretation of virus testing.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Mike Doherty expressed frustration with the Administration after their respective letters to the health commissioner and Governor expressing doubts about the analysis of the commonly used PCR test failed to yield a response. (Pixabay)

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Mike Doherty today expressed their frustration with the Administration after their respective letters to the health commissioner and Governor expressing doubts about the analysis of the commonly used PCR test failed to yield a response.

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