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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Decries Violence in Nation’s Capital

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Senator Joe Pennacchio issued the following statement after protests in Washington, D.C. turned violent:

After violence marred protests in the nation’s capital, Sen. Joe Pennacchio said as American’s, ‘we must be tolerant and occasionally accepting of each other’s differences.’ (Wikimedia Commons)

“America began the day with countless numbers of unsung heroes. Moms and dads struggling to feed and educate their children. First responders protecting and insuring the health and safety of all our citizens. Soldiers in too many distant lands protecting them and all of us from those who would cause harm.

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With Nursing Home Deaths Rising, Senator Pennacchio Once Again Calls for Action

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Blames Administration’s Continuing Policies, Faults State Senate for Lack of Oversight

Senator Joe Pennacchio today called the escalating COVID death count within long-term care facilities a heartbreaking indication that after almost a year into the pandemic, errors by the Murphy Administration are still costing the lives of elderly residents.

After more than 300 COVID deaths in nursing homes in December, Sen. Joe Pennacchio faulted the Administration’s decision-making and the State Senate for its lack of oversight. (Pixabay)

“More than 300 seniors died in facilities in December alone, more than the previous three months combined,” said Pennacchio. “The Administration has clearly failed to learn from its mistakes – mistakes that contributed to the loss of more than 7,500 virus victims. COVID outbreaks continue a rampant spread through veterans and nursing homes, and the State’s policies have not been adapted. They are doing the same things and hoping for different results, and as the numbers show, that approach is failing miserably.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Pennacchio & Doherty Cite Another Study Countering Murphy Edicts

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New Study Questions State Policy on Lockdowns

An extensive scientific study of close to 10 million people in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus first emerged, yielded encouraging news about the spread of the virus and undermined the case for preventative lockdowns. The study included scientific institutions in the U.K. and Australia, as well as China.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Mike Doherty cited an international scientific study that indicates COVID lockdowns are unnecessary. (Wikimedia Commons)

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Mike Doherty today said the study contradicts many of the heavy-handed tactics utilized by the Murphy Administration during the pandemic.

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Unmasking More Evidence the Senate Should Investigate NJ’s Pandemic Policy-Making

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State Policy Endangered – and Continues to Endanger – Lives in Nursing Homes

As the COVID outbreak began spreading, workers at veterans’ homes operated by the State were prohibited from wearing masks and risked punishment for protecting themselves and residents, according to an investigation by The Record newspaper.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio renewed his call for a Senate Select Committee investigation of NJ’s pandemic policies in light of a press report that shows the Administration prohibited workers in veterans’ homes from wearing masks at the start of the pandemic. (Pixabay)

Senator Joe Pennacchio criticized the dangerous strategy and renewed his call for a Senate Select Committee with subpoena power to investigate.

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Senate Advances Pennacchio/Diegnan Anti-Bullying Bill

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Measure Will Strengthen Laws to Protect Students and Save Lives

New Jersey’s anti-bullying law is already one of the toughest in the nation, and legislation approved today by the Senate would make it even stronger, increasing penalties for parents and guardians and mandating school districts to bolster bully-prevention policies.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Patrick Diegnan, S-1790, advanced today by the Senate. The bill amends New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights with specific requirements on school districts to help prevent and respond to bullying incidents. (SenateNJ.com)

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Patrick Diegnan, S-1790, advanced today by the Senate. The bill amends New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights with specific requirements on school districts to help prevent and respond to bullying incidents.

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Pennacchio to Legislators: Let Parents Be Parents

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Proposes Changes to Bill Mandating Schools to Provide Sex Education to Kindergartners

Senator Joe Pennacchio today defended the role of parents in the moral and sexual education of their children during the virtual session of the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio defended the role of parents in the moral and sexual education of their children during the virtual session of the New Jersey Senate. (©iStock)

Pennacchio attempted to move an amendment to a bill, A-4454/S-2781, which requires school districts to provide instruction on diversity and inclusion in the curriculum of students in grades kindergarten through 12 as part of the implementation of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. The requirements under the bill include gender identity and sexual alternatives instruction.

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Pennacchio’s Message to Murphy: Stop Ruling and Start Governing

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Senator Joe Pennacchio released the following statement in response to comments by Governor Murphy telling young New Jerseyans “you could be passing this on to your parents or your grandparents, and essentially, I hate to say it, killing them”:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said Gov. Murphy got it wrong when he blamed young people for killing their grandparents during the pandemic, noting the Administration was responsible for the loss of more than 7,100 seniors in nursing homes. (Flickr)

“It’s no surprise that the Governor got it wrong. Young people are not killing their parents, but it may be time for the Governor to look in the mirror. His own administration directly contributed to the deaths of more than 7,100 grandparents in nursing homes.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Pennacchio and Doherty Blast Administration’s Rudderless Pandemic Policy

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Cite Failure to Apply Science to Interpretation of PCR Covid Testing

The Governor continues contemplating potentially devastating mandates to contain the spread of the coronavirus amid growing confusion about the accuracy of the daily numbers released by the Department of Health and the reliability and interpretation of virus testing.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Mike Doherty expressed frustration with the Administration after their respective letters to the health commissioner and Governor expressing doubts about the analysis of the commonly used PCR test failed to yield a response. (Pixabay)

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Mike Doherty today expressed their frustration with the Administration after their respective letters to the health commissioner and Governor expressing doubts about the analysis of the commonly used PCR test failed to yield a response.

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Pennacchio: Basing Public Health Policy on One-Size-Fits-All PCR COVID Test May Be Wrong

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Says Conflicting Data Could Be Unduly Influencing Public Health Policy

Concerned that aggressive testing for the COVID virus could be yielding ambiguous data, Senator Joe Pennacchio today called for the state to revise laboratory reporting on positive case numbers.

In a letter to the health commissioner, Sen. Joe Pennacchio voiced concerns about the methodology of COVID testing in and reporting in New Jersey. (Pixabay)

Pennacchio voiced his concerns in a letter to Health Commissioner Judith M. Persichilli requesting the Department of Health to require labs to disclose details about their methodology of testing.

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Pennacchio Bill Requiring Student IDs to List Suicide Prevention Hotline Number Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio requiring student ID cards to include a telephone number for a suicide prevention hotline was advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio that requires student ID cards to include a telephone number for a suicide prevention hotline was advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee. (Wikipedia)

“There has been an extremely alarming rise in depression and suicide among students of all ages,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The availability of professional help during times of distress can mean the difference between life and death. Printing the hotline number on every student ID will help stem this tragic epidemic and give young people access to the mental health resources and support they need.”

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