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Doctors Join Pennacchio’s Call to Use Hydroxychloroquine to Combat Spread of COVID-19

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A recent French peer review study by renowned infectious disease specialist Dr. Didier Raoult which was published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents showed promising results in the treatment of COVID-19 with Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ).

Sen. Joe Pennacchio has received support from more than 60 top doctors from around the nation  for using an anti-malarial medication to control the spread of the coronavirus. (SenateNJ.com)

The French study also showed a significant decrease in “viral shedding,” from patients treated with HCQ. The lower the shedding, the less likelihood that the virus can be communicated to other individuals.

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Pennacchio: President Trump Is Correct in His Approach to COVID-19 Drug Treatment

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Senator Joe Pennacchio issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s leadership in having malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine approved for treating the coronavirus:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio commended President Trump for his efforts to have anti-malarial drug chloroquine approved for treating patients infected by COVID-19. (WikiMedia)

President Trump has shown true leadership in his approach to allow an “off label” approach in the use of drugs for the treatment of COVID-19.  In particular, Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) which has a 70-year record of being safe and effective in the treatment of malaria.  It has evolved also into a therapeutic agent for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.  Likewise, aspirin evolved from being an analgesic to being used in the treatment of heart disease by thinning a patient’s blood and preventing clots.  Drugs and their uses evolve.  A peer review study completed in France by world famous infectious disease specialist Dr. Didier Raoult and published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial agents showed very promising results in treating and reducing the duration of COVID-19 with HCQ.

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Pennacchio Urges NJ Department of Health to Study if Chloroquine Can Be Made Available More Widely as Possible Treatment for COVID-19

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) sent a letter to New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli on Tuesday calling for the department to study and fast-track a decision on the possibility of making Chloroquine more widely available as both a prophylactic and therapeutic agent in the fight against COVID-19.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio is asking the New Jersey Department of Health to study and fast-track a decision on the possibility of making the anti-malarial drug Chloroquine more widely available as both a prophylactic and therapeutic agent in the fight against COVID-19. (SenateNJ.com)

Some doctors and initial testing in other nations have indicated that Chloroquine, an anti-malarial drug that has been safely used for more than 75 years, may be an effective treatment for COVID-19.

Click here for a PDF of the letter.

Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco/Pennacchio/Oroho Applaud DEP Grants for Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lakes to Fight Harmful Algae Blooms

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Senator Anthony Bucco, Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Steve Oroho welcomed news of three grants from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to help control harmful algal blooms and maintain clean water at Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake.

Sens. Bucco, Pennacchio and Oroho today lauded news of DEP grants to fight algal blooms like the ones that forced the closure of Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake last summer, but they say this is only the first step, and the State must do more to ensure clean water and strong lake economies. (SenateNJ)

DEP announced approval of $2.5 million to evaluate innovative approaches to mitigate and prevent algae outbreaks like the ones that forced the closure of Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake for recreational use last year.

“This is the good news we’ve been waiting for, and our hope is the State is beginning to recognize its responsibility to maintain these valuable assets,” said Bucco (R-25). “The grants will fund projects that are crucial for the lakes and the communities surrounding the lakes. I thank the DEP and the Administration for their support, but this wouldn’t have happened without the hard work of the Lake Hopatcong Commission, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, Morris and Sussex counties and the municipalities surrounding the Lake. They are all to be commended for working together to complete and file the grant applications on time, and with the hard dollars necessary to support the projects.”

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Pennacchio: Bag Ban Bad Policy

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Senator Joe Pennacchio said a ban on single-use bags approved by the New Jersey Senate today is bad public policy that will inconvenience consumers and put their health at risk.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said a ban on single-use bags approved by the Senate is bad public policy that will inconvenience consumers and put their health at risk. (Pixabay)

“The bag ban is bad policy,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “It creates a major inconvenience for consumers, raises costs, has dubious environmental benefits, and raises serious health concerns.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Panel Approves Pennacchio/Kean Legislation to Monitor Effectiveness of Programs to Help Minority and Women Owned Business

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Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Republican Leader Tom Kean sponsor legislation, approved today by the State Government Committee, to track the performance of State programs to strengthen women- and minority-owned companies.

Sen. Pennacchio and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean sponsor legislation to track the benefits of State programs designed to help businesses owned by women and minorities. (©iStock)

“How can we make decisions about public policy that impact the economy if we don’t have the numbers?” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This bill will help us calculate information so we can see the trends and understand which programs are effective, and which aren’t. Growing women- and minority-owned employers are crucial to a strong economy.”

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Pennacchio: Murphy Budget Means More of the Same for New Jersey Taxpayers

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‘Governor doesn’t get it. He ain’t New Jersey.’

Senator Joe Pennacchio said Governor Phil Murphy’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposed today does nothing to make New Jersey more affordable for residents frustrated by high taxes.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio called the Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposed today a sign that Gov. Murphy can’t relate to New Jersey taxpayers who struggle to live in the high-tax state. (SenateNJ.com)

“This was a failure by the Murphy Administration to address the state’s affordability crisis. At $40.85 billion, this budget is heavy on dollars, but light on sense.

“As tax-battered residents are fleeing the state in record numbers, as evidenced by study after study citing New Jerseyans by the thousands giving up and moving away, what we needed more than anything was a responsible revenue plan and meaningful spending cuts. Instead, Murphy is giving us new and higher taxes, and boosting the cost of government to historic levels.

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Veterans Organizations Join Pennacchio in Support of General Kearny’s Legacy

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Senator Joe Pennacchio today welcomed support from veterans groups across New Jersey expressing anger and disappointment with legislation that would remove the statue of American war hero Philip Kearny from the prestigious National Statuary Hall Collection at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The state’s two largest veterans organizations joined Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s efforts to stop legislation that would replace the statue of American war hero General Philip Kearny from the National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington, D.C. (©iStock)

“Our veterans understand better than anybody the sacrifices made by a man who stood tall as a hero in not one but two of our nation’s transformative wars, including losing an arm and eventually making the ultimate sacrifice in the Civil War,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “I am proud of the veterans organizations that have added their voices to this discussion.”

The state’s two largest groups representing vets, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, have risen up in defense of Kearny’s legacy.

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Senator Michael Testa

Pennacchio/Testa Introduce a Series of Vaccine Bills to Support Parental Rights & Improve Legal Recourse for Adverse Reactions

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Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Michael Testa have introduced legislation that is designed to give parents more information about the vaccines offered to their children and provide improved legal recourse when adverse reactions to vaccinations occur.

Legislation by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Michael Testa would give parents more information about the vaccines offered to their children and provide improved legal recourse when adverse reactions to vaccinations occur. (Pixabay)

“This legislation is intended to improve upon the haphazard approach to vaccinating our children, which often occurs with no warning to parents and little opportunity to make well-informed choices,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Parents deserve to be told in advance of an appointment about vaccinations that will be recommended, and given information about vaccine ingredients, efficacy, and risk. Vaccines should be treated no differently than any other drugs. They deserve the same scientific scrutiny that we give to all medicines. A parent has a right to know what is being injected into their child’s body and that it has been properly tested.”

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As Two Innocent Men are Released, Pennacchio Calls for Creation of Innocence Study and Review Commission

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Urges Action on His Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Wrongful Convictions

Senator Joseph Pennacchio called on Legislative leaders to vote on his bipartisan bill that would establish the “New Jersey Innocence Study and Review Commission.”

Pennacchio is calling for action in light of news that Kevin Baker and Sean Washington, two wrongfully convicted men who spent nearly 25 years in prison, have been exonerated and freed.

From left: Exoneree Anthony Ways, Sen. Joe Pennacchio, Exoneree Jean Dorval, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nick Scutari, Exoneree Rodney Roberts, and advocate Lesley Risinger. All were present for the 2018 committee passage of this bill, which would bring justice to the wrongfully convicted. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our criminal justice system is nowhere near perfect, and innocent victims are suffering behind bars for decades because of our state’s failure to address systematic flaws,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “We can and must do more to create a pathway to justice. By studying and solving the failures that keep innocent people confined behind bars, we can ensure that others are not forced to suffer the same injustices.”

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