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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio to Submit Resolution Urging Obama Administration to Restore Religious Exemption to Contraceptive Mandate

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris/Essex/Passaic) has announced that he will submit a resolution urging President Obama to exempt all religious institutions from a federal requirement to offer insurance coverage that conflicts with their beliefs.

“The Obama Administration, with its ruling, has launched an unconscionable assault on religious liberty,” said Pennacchio. “This is not just an issue for Catholics; it is an issue for people of every faith who are guaranteed the right under the First Amendment to practice their religion without interference from the government.”

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Today at the Statehouse Political Theater: Much Ado About Nothing

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A Story of Mass Hysteria Caused by a Budget Not Yet Introduced; Rated P for “Premature”

Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee today expressed bewilderment at the use of the committee’s time to hold a hearing on Governor Christie’s proposed income tax plan weeks ahead of the Governor’s Budget Message:

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Senator Pennacchio Regarding the Passing of Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce

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State Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris/Passaic) issued the following statement regarding the passing of Assemblyman Alex DeCroce:

“It is with sadness that New Jersey awoke to the news that Assemblyman and Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce died suddenly last night. Alex was a dedicated public official, but importantly a caring and loving husband, father and grandfather. My condolences and prayers go out to Betty Lou, their children and grandchildren.

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Pennacchio Legislation Reforming Public Worker Disability Pensions Conditionally Approved by State Panel

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Legislation sponsored by state Senator Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris/Passaic) preventing abuse of the state’s disability pension system has was approved, pending minor changes, by the State Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission on Friday, December 9, 2011. Responding to the panel’s vote, Senator Pennacchio issued the following statement:

“I’m pleased that the Commission has approved, with conditions, my legislation to address this very important issue. Disability pensions serve an important purpose for those injured in service to the public who incurred a legitimate disability that prevents them from continuing to work. However, this system should not become a haven for those seeking to cheat the system and collect lifetime benefits at taxpayer expense due to negligence or fraud.

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Pennacchio to Introduce Governor’s Accidental Disability Pension Fix

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Governor Christie Proposed Fix Early Last Year

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding legislation that he will introduce to stem the abuses of the accidental disability pension system.

“In 2007, the state Supreme Court dramatically lowered the standards required to collect a tax-free, accidental disability pension. In fact, since the decision the increase of accidental disability pensions issued is more than 35 percent. In order to stem these abuses of the system allowed by the Court I will reintroduce legislation, originally proposed by Governor Christie last year as part of his original pension reform proposal, on Monday. Many aspects of the reforms will affect all of the state pension systems.”

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Pennacchio: Governor’s Plan to Restore Greystone Will Yield Benefits for Morris

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660 Acres Will Be Restored to Provide Open Space and Recreation

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee issued the following statement regarding the restoration of Greystone Park:

“This morning I was pleased to join with Governor Christie at Greystone Park to announce the final phase in its transformation from a dilapidated, contaminated ruin into new pastoral open space. This site has been idle for years, slowly decaying, and posing a danger to the surrounding communities.

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Pennacchio Asks Treasurer If Any State Funds at Risk from Bankruptcy of Corzine’s Investment Firm

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Auditors Find $633 Million Missing from Client Accounts at Corzine’s MF Global

In light of a recent audit by regulators which found $633 million missing from client accounts at the failed investment firm of former Governor Jon Corzine, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) has asked New Jersey Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff to determine if any state funds were affected by the collapse of Corzine’s firm, MF Global.

“It’s important that the State of New Jersey work quickly to identify any investment funds that may have been impacted by the bankruptcy of MF Global,” said Pennacchio. “While the rapid collapse of Corzine’s firm is disturbing in and of itself, the investigation of any state assets that may be at risk is given added importance by the fact that regulators have indicated that client accounts may have been inappropriately raided to support the firm’s bad investments.”

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Pennacchio Lauds Reported Proposal to Extend No. 7 Subway Line to NJ

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Says Plan Makes More Sense than Cancelled ARC Tunnel, Billions Cheaper for NJ Taxpayers

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) said that a proposal that reportedly is being considered to extend New York City’s Number 7 subway line to the Secaucus Junction rail station would provide mass transit in the region with a much needed boost in capacity, provide commuters with increased flexibility and save New Jersey taxpayers billions of dollars relative to the cancelled ARC tunnel project.

“Unlike the ARC tunnel project, which Governor Christie rightly cancelled last year, the extension of the Number 7 subway line to Secaucus Junction makes sense for New Jersey,” said Pennacchio. “While the ARC tunnel would have sent riders to a new station deep under Macy’s basement that connected to nothing else, train riders connecting to the Number 7 line at Secaucus Junction would immediately be tied into the whole New York City subway system. This makes practical sense for New Jersey commuters in a way that the ARC tunnel never did.”

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Pennacchio Proposes $2 Billion Bond to Remediate Passaic River Flooding

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Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced today that he is proposing a $2 billion bond issue to alleviate flooding along the Passaic River. The bond issue would have to be approved by voters.

“The Passaic River has been flooding severely for decades, and following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee is it obvious that the Passaic River Basin needs a long-term permanent fix,” Pennacchio began. “I have had preliminary conversations with Treasury officials and the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services to continue working on the language of the proposal.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio: State Settles With Lehman Brothers

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New Jersey Recovers $8.2 Million from Bankrupt Investment Bank

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee who represents Morris and Passaic counties, announced today that the State of New Jersey has settled with Lehman Brothers for $8.2 million.

The Senator noted sadly that it has been more than three years since he first asked for answers about the state’s $192 million loss on an investment in the bankrupt investment bank. The investment came less than four months before Lehman, one of the largest Wall Street investment banks, went into receivership.

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