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 Disappointed by Murphy’s Veto of $500K for Clean Drinking Water, Approval of $1M for Stadium Project in Paterson

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Senator Joe Pennacchio chastised Governor Phil Murphy’s misplaced priorities after he signed legislation providing $1 million to renovate a decrepit stadium in Paterson just days after vetoing $500,000 to help maintain Greenwood Lake in Passaic County.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio expressed disappointment at Gov. Murphy’s misplaced priorities after he approved $1M to renovate an unused stadium in Paterson just days after vetoing $500K to maintain Greenwood Lake. (GoogleMaps)

“Less than a week after Gov. Murphy blocked a bipartisan effort to support Greenwood Lake and ensure clean drinking water for more than 3 million people, he approved twice as much money for someone’s pet project in Paterson,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The veto was especially disappointing because the governor had personally claimed responsibility for the state-owned lake. To instead fund the renovation of an unused stadium is a staggering demonstration of the governor’s politically driven and misplaced priorities.”

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Pennacchio Named “Advocacy Champion” by NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking

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Senator Joe Pennacchio was honored as a 2020 Advocacy Champion by the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking (NJCAHT).

Formed in 2011, the NJCAHT is a non-profit comprised of 180 unique groups, including faith-based organizations, government agencies, academics, and law enforcement, who stand united against human trafficking.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio was honored as an Advocacy Champion by the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking. (SenateNJ.com)

“Human trafficking is modern day slavery, and it’s happening today, right here in New Jersey,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “By staying alert and informed of red flags, we can help those who are trapped and prevent innocent people from falling victim to this heinous crime. Working together on a bipartisan basis, the New Jersey Legislature can help end this exploitation and provide survivors the support they need.”

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Pennacchio S-2173 Discriminates Against State’s Children

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Senator Pennacchio (R-26) released the following statement on S-1273:

In a statement about S-2173, Sen. Joe Pennacchio said the bill is unfair to poor and minority children whose parents cannot afford to send them to private schools. (SenateNJ.com)

“S-2173 was amended in the legislature yesterday to allow for private schools to opt out of the vaccine mandate.  Regardless how one feels about the issue of vaccinations, when it comes to children we should be in agreement that all laws must be equally applied.  Children should not be an exception – poor, urban, mostly minority children will be forced to abide by one set of rules that does not apply to children whose parents can afford to send them to private schools.

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Pennacchio: Governor Veto of Greenwood Lake Funding Contradicts Previous Commitment

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Senator Joe Pennacchio was dismayed by Governor Murphy’s absolute veto of legislation to maintain the lake and ensure clean water in Greenwood Lake.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said the veto of his bill to help maintain Greenwood Lake failed the residents of West Milford and Passaic County. (Pixabay)

“Trenton has failed the residents of West Milford and Passaic County, and the three millions residents and thousands of businesses that depend on Greenwood Lake for drinking water,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The Administration abandoned one of our most popular and scenic waterways as a priority while they continually push their own liberal priorities. The veto is very disappointing to the residents of New Jersey.” Continue Reading…

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Pennacchio: Put Brakes on Hollywood Tax Breaks

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Senator Joe Pennacchio today said New Jersey’s Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program is an expensive failure that costs taxpayers money they cannot afford to lose.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio today said the New Jersey’s Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program is costing state taxpayers millions of dollars without providing any long-term benefits. (Wikimedia)

“This is a huge corporate give-away that only helps the Hollywood elites who share nothing in common with working class taxpayers,” Pennacchio said. “Hollywood is lining up for free money without providing any long term benefits for our residents who struggle to make ends meet under the highest taxes in the nation.”

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Pennacchio Welcomes Audit of Film Tax Credit Incentives

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Senator Joe Pennacchio commended the State Auditor’s office after the release of the annual audit plan for 2020 revealed a pending review of the Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio lauded news of the State Auditor’s pending review of the $425 million Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act. Pennacchio first called for an audit in July 2018. (Pixabay)

“The film tax credit is a significant expenditure of taxpayer money that demands scrutiny,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The auditor has limited resources and a heavy workload. I want to thank him for listening to us and am pleased he made the commitment to review the costly program in the new year.”

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Pennacchio Resolution Seeks Washington’s Support for Fusion Energy Research

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New Jersey Positioned to be Global Leader in Safe and Clean Power Alternative

Senator Joe Pennacchio wants to help New Jersey become a global leader in clean, renewable fusion energy, and his resolution seeking federal funding for fusion research was approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Pennacchio promotes the development of fusion energy as a source of clean, sustainable power. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey is perfectly positioned to play a crucial role in bringing the promise of fusion energy to fruition and changing the way the world generates power,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Our state is the home of the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab and a growing ecosystem of ambitious start-up companies determined to make fusion power a reality. Investment from the federal government aligned with some sensible moves by the State to support this promising industry could yield massive dividends for our residents and New Jersey’s future.”

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Pennacchio Urges Governor’s Swift Approval of Greenwood Lake Funding

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After the closure of Greenwood Lake this summer due to a toxic algae bloom, Senator Joe Pennacchio called for Governor Murphy to immediately enact his legislation that would create and annually dedicate half-a-million dollars to the New Jersey Greenwood Lake Fund.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio urges Gov. Murphy to swiftly approve State funding for Greenwood Lake. (GoogleMaps)

“I am thrilled to see our bipartisan bill to safeguard one of Passaic County’s most popular and scenic waterways clear the final legislative hurdle,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Establishing an annual, permanent state funding source goes hand-in-hand with all of our local and county efforts to protect and maintain Greenwood Lake. I urge Governor Murphy to sign this into law as soon as possible to ensure that generations of New Jerseyans can enjoy this beautiful waterway for years to come.”

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Pennacchio Welcomes Changes to Independent Contractor Legislation

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Says Amendments Must Address Concerns Raised by Freelancers

Senator Joe Pennacchio today welcomed word that changes would be made to legislation that had threatened to devastate the State’s thriving gig economy and the workers who rely on it.

Proposed legislation (S4204) threatened to reclassify independent workers as employees. After statewide reaction to possible devastating consequences, the Senate President announced his intention to amend the legislation to limit the impact on freelancers.

Sen. Pennacchio said amendments to independent contractor legislation are needed to protect the interests of freelance workers. (Flickr)

“A lot of hard-working people dodged a bullet here. I commend the Senate President for listening to the pleas of service providers, ranging from delivery drivers to highly skilled professionals, who enjoy the freedom, autonomy, and opportunity of working when they want, where they want.

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Pennacchio Vindicated After Meeting with Governor & State Officials About Response to Algal Blooms on NJ Lakes

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Senator Joe Pennacchio said he felt vindicated after meeting today with Governor Phil Murphy, officials from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and other elected state and federal officeholders to discuss the State’s response to algal blooms on New Jersey lakes.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said he felt vindicated after meeting with Gov. Phil Murphy, officials from the NJDEP, and other elected state and federal officeholders to discuss the State’s response to algal blooms on New Jersey lakes. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey lakes were closed this summer I believe due to faulty NJDEP protocols that were based on political science rather than actual science,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Governor Murphy’s commitment to us today to reevaluate the State’s approach to preventing, monitoring, and communicating with the public about harmful algal blooms is welcomed and represents a total validation of the concerns we raised on behalf of families and businesses that were devastated by this summer’s unnecessary lake closures.”

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