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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Murphy Continues to Obscure Truth About Nursing Home Tragedies

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Legislative Investigation Necessary to Uncover Systemic Problems that Put Lives at Risk and Rob Residents of Dignity

Senator Joe Pennacchio called the four nursing home bills signed Wednesday by Governor Murphy “a legislative distraction that fails to address the root causes of failings that accounted for more than 7,000 deaths in nursing homes.”

Senator Pennacchio called the four nursing home bills signed Wednesday by Gov. Murphy ‘a legislative distraction that fails to address the root causes of failings that accounted for more than 7,000 deaths in nursing homes.’ (Flickr)

“The Governor continues to whitewash the systemic problems that plague facilities,” said Pennacchio. “State government policies led to the deaths of one of every 10 residents in nursing homes, and Murphy refuses to defend those decisions.”

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Pennacchio Bill Powering Electric Vehicles Clears Committee

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The Senate Environment and Energy Committee today advanced Senator Joe Pennacchio’s legislation that would expand access to charging stations for drivers of electric vehicles.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Pennacchio that would encourage gasoline stations to add electric vehicle charging stations was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. (Wikimedia Commons)

Pennacchio’s bill (S-938) streamlines the approval process for installing recharge portals at gasoline service stations, making it more convenient for drivers to plug in and “fill up” their batteries.

“The number of electric vehicles on New Jersey roads is growing, and the trend will only increase in the future,” said Pennacchio. “This bill would help the availability of charging locations keep pace with the expanding usage of zero-emission transportation.”

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Pennacchio: Voter Registration Kiosk Inside Emergency Room is Insane

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Says Murphy is Ignoring Logic and Common Sense, and Citizens Should be Allowed to Vote in Person

A recent tweet on Governor Murphy’s official Twitter account promoted in-person voter registration available inside hospital emergency rooms.

Senator Joe Pennacchio called kiosks in hospital emergency rooms to register voters ‘insanity’ and renewed calls for Murphy to allow in-person voting in New Jersey. (Gov. Murphy via Twitter)

“In emergency rooms full of sick patients, the Governor somehow thinks it’s a good idea to urge people to take the time to register to vote, yet he is preventing New Jersey citizens from exercising their constitutional right to vote in a booth in a municipal building,” said Pennacchio. “E.R. waiting rooms are breeding grounds for pathogens and the spread of infection. The insanity of this is shocking. You can’t make this stuff up.”

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Pennacchio: $21.8 Million Dollar Taxpayer Gift to Netflix Wrong

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Netflix Should Be Condemned for Child Exploitation, Not Rewarded

Last week, Netflix was approved for $21.8 million in corporate incentives under New Jersey’s film tax credit program. The funding was approved by the Economic Development Authority for the production of “Army of the Dead,” an upcoming zombie movie being shot in Atlantic City.

Senator Pennacchio said New Jersey’s film tax credit program needs to go, and the award of $21.8 million to Netflix as the company released ‘Cuties’ to American audiences proves the point. (Wikimedia Commons)

Senator Joe Pennacchio, an outspoken critic of New Jersey’s film tax credit, was particularly upset at the award coming off the recent release of the Netflix movie, “Cuties.”

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Pennacchio: Governor’s Criticism of President is Hollow Attempt to Rewrite History

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New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio today challenged Governor Murphy’s recent criticism of President Trump as an effort to obscure his own costly errors dealing with the coronavirus.

Senator Pennacchio said Governor Murphy’s criticism of the President is an attempt to avoid responsibility for his own mistakes and failed policies during the pandemic. (Pixabay)

“The Governor said he would have been more aggressive if Trump had been more forthcoming on COVID information,” said Pennacchio. “Murphy is one of only five governors in the nation that forced nursing homes to accept COVID patients, exposing healthcare workers and vulnerable residents to infection. He wants to make the President his scapegoat for his own mistakes.”

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Pennacchio & Bucco Introduce Legislation Protecting Veterans’ and Nursing Home Residents

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Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Anthony M. Bucco have introduced legislation to ensure seniors living in veterans and nursing facilities would no longer be subject to the inhumane conditions known to exist in the homes during the pandemic. The measure sets testing and visitation requirements and employment restrictions in response to the COVID outbreak.

Senator Pennacchio and Senator Bucco have introduced legislation to ensure seniors living in veterans and nursing facilities would no longer be subject to the inhumane conditions known to exist in the homes during the pandemic. (SenateNJ.com)

“These are the most vulnerable members of our society, and they have the right to expect responsive, respectful and caring treatment and safe living conditions,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The reality hasn’t met those expectations, and as a result, 7,000 souls died in the state’s care. This bill will help address issues that contributed to the loss of life. These changes are crucial to protecting residents now during the pandemic.”

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Pennacchio Blocked Again in Effort to Investigate COVID Response in Long-Term Care Facilities

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On the same morning that the media reported a United States Department of Justice inquiry of the deaths of more than 7,000 nursing home residents in New Jersey, an attempt by Senate Republicans calling for the immediate formation of a Senate Select Committee with subpoena power to investigate the state’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the facilities was blocked by the Democrats.

Senator Pennacchio continued pressing the Senate to vote on his bill creating a special committee to investigate the state’s handling of COVID in nursing homes, but again the Democrat majority blocked his motion. (Flickr)

For the third time, Senator Pennacchio implored his colleagues to stop dragging their feet and vote on his legislation, SR-68, creating a special committee to review processes and orders that contributed to 148 deaths inside the three State-run veterans’ homes and more than 7,000 deaths across New Jersey’s many nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

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Pennacchio: Murphy Administration Keeps Changing the Story on State’s Finances

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Says Governor Continues to Oversell Impact of COVID-19, No Real Need to Borrow or Tax Billions

Senator Joe Pennacchio said it’s impossible to trust Gov. Phil Murphy’s claim that billions must be borrowed to balance the State budget when the administration’s story keeps changing from week to week.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said it’s impossible to trust Gov. Phil Murphy’s claim that billions must be borrowed to balance the State budget when the administration’s story keeps changing from week to week. (©iStock)

“Less than three weeks ago, the Murphy Administration told the New Jersey Supreme Court that the State would go broke if the governor couldn’t borrow nearly $10 billion,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Today we heard from Governor Murphy say that $4 billion in borrowing and $1 billion in taxes is what’s needed. Now that he has approval to borrow, the real picture is starting to come into focus. Just as we warned, it’s increasingly clear that the administration intentionally oversold the fiscal impact of COVID-19 on the State’s finances to scare the court into allowing borrowing that isn’t needed.”

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Pennacchio Declines Invitation to Murphy’s Second Budget Address, at Football Stadium

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‘Rutgers Stadium? Seriously?’

Senator Joe Pennacchio announced today that he will not attend Governor Murphy’s outdoor budget address in Piscataway on Tuesday, opting instead to remain in district working on behalf of his constituents.

Senator Pennacchio will not attend Gov. Murphy’s budget address in Piscataway on Tuesday, opting instead to remain in district working on behalf of his constituents. (SenateNJ.com)

“District office phones continue to ring off the hook with calls from people who are struggling during the state lockdown,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Parents are concerned their children cannot attend school, businesses are failing because of the Governor’s arbitrary lockdowns, and there are long DMV lines. Many have been waiting months for unemployment benefits, and loved ones want answers about the deaths of 7,000 residents in long-term facilities.

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NOW LAW: Pennacchio Bill Renames Antiquated ‘Freeholder’ Title to ‘County Commissioner’

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Senator Joe Pennacchio’s measure to replace the ‘Freeholder’ title in New Jersey county governments with ‘County Commissioner’ was signed into law.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s measure to replace the ‘Freeholder’ title in New Jersey county governments with ‘County Commissioner’ was signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“As a former freeholder, I believe it is important that the public knows the substance of what a freeholder does rather than what the term freeholder is,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Today’s action was nine years in the making from when I initially proposed the abolishment of the antiquated term. The title ‘county commissioner’ will lend itself to transparency. This revamp will ensure more Garden State residents better understanding the function of this important position in county government.”

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