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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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Pennacchio: Article Claims Incorrect Use of PCR Tests Fueled Pandemic Panic

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In a recent article published on the Children’s Health Defense’s web site, Dr. Joseph Mercola stated that PCR testing is not the most reliable process for diagnosing COVID in patients, Senator Joe Pennacchio today revealed.

Senator Joe Pennacchio today said data suggests the incorrect implementation of PCR tests for COVID created an inaccurate portrayal of the severity of the pandemic. (Pixabay)

“For several months, experts have highlighted the true cause behind the COVID-19 pandemic, namely the incorrect use of PCR tests set at a ridiculously high cycle count (CT), which falsely labels healthy people as ‘COVID-19 cases.’ In reality, the PCR test is not a proper diagnostic test, although it has been promoted as such,” Mercola wrote in his paper.

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

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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 pediatric cancer research has been advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Anthony Bucco that allows New Jerseyans to donate a portion of their tax refund toward pediatric cancer research has been advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (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: Time to Force Greater Transparency from Murphy Administration on Pandemic Response

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Warns that Democrats Are Extending Emergency Powers to Allow Gov. Murphy to Keep Hiding the Truth

Senator Joe Pennacchio said it’s time to force Governor Phil Murphy to be more transparent about his flawed pandemic response by removing emergency powers he has used to block access to public records.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said it’s time to force Gov. Phil Murphy to be more transparent about his flawed pandemic response by removing emergency powers he has used to block access to public records. (©iStock)

“Governor Murphy has hidden behind expanded OPRA exemptions provided by New Jersey’s public health emergency laws to deny or greatly restrict access to important public records during the pandemic,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “It’s time to remove the emergency powers he has used to stonewall legislators and journalists who have been trying to understand what went wrong with New Jersey’s pandemic response.”

The Murphy administration has repeatedly relied on sections of the state’s Health Powers Act to deny Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requests for information about pandemic response efforts.

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Pennacchio: Murphy Has Lost All Credibility by Maintaining Mask, Social Distancing Restrictions CDC Says Are Unnecessary

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Senator Joe Pennacchio issued the following statement after Governor Phil Murphy refused to follow CDC guidance by removing unnecessary mask and social distancing requirement that the federal agency says are unnecessary:

“Governor Murphy promised that he would lift mask and social distancing requirements when the CDC said it was safe. He said science and data would always drive policy. Despite the CDC saying yesterday there’s no scientific basis or need for vaccinated people to continue wearing masks or social distancing in most situations, Governor Murphy still refuses to eliminate restrictions. He said it could be ‘a matter of weeks’ before he changes the rules in New Jersey. If the CDC says the science supports unmasking today, Governor Murphy cannot claim that maintaining these restrictions serves any legitimate purpose. Frankly, he’s lost all credibility on the matter.”

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Pennacchio: Commissioner Persichilli Said She’s Willing to Testify at Bipartisan Oversight Hearing, So Let’s Do It

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Senator Joe Pennacchio called for a bipartisan legislative oversight hearing to be held to review the New Jersey Department of Health’s pandemic response after Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said yesterday she would be willing to participate.

Health Commissioner Persichilli refused to attend a March 5 hearing chaired by Sen. Joe Pennacchio where veterans home residents and families who lost loved ones in nursing homes were hoping for answers. (NJ Senate Republicans/Facebook)

“It’s been over a year since I first called for a bipartisan committee to look into directives issued by the Murphy administration and the Department of Health that led to thousands of deaths in our nursing homes,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Yesterday, Commissioner Persichilli said publicly during a budget hearing that she’d be willing to testify in a bipartisan oversight hearing. I urge my colleagues in the Senate Democratic Majority to waste no time in scheduling the comprehensive hearing that the Health Commissioner has finally agreed to attend.”

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

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

The Senate Environment Committee has advanced 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 of New Jersey.

The Senate Environment Committee has advanced $10 million of funding sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio, Sen. Steven Oroho, and Sen. Tony Bucco to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions of New Jersey. (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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