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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Editorial: Murphy Should Still Be Held Accountable for Unnecessary Harm He Caused

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The following editorial by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) calling for a bipartisan select committee with subpoena power to probe Gov. Phil Murphy’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey was published by NJ.com on April 20, 2021:

For nearly a year, Republicans in the New Jersey Legislature have called for bipartisan legislative oversight of the Murphy administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following independent hearings and explosive revelations by the media, Sen. Joe Pennacchio said a bipartisan select committee with subpoena power must be formed to probe Gov. Phil Murphy’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey. (NJ Senate Republicans/Facebook)

We pushed our Democratic colleagues to join us, and when they continued to resist after 10 months of trying, we moved forward with independent hearings on our own.

As a result of our efforts and explosive revelations by the media, we’re more certain than ever that a bipartisan select committee with subpoena power must be formed.

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Governor Evading COVID Questions is Nothing New

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Pennacchio Credits Media for Finally Demanding Answers

After the Governor repeatedly dodged media questions about the reporting of new positive COVID cases, Senator Joe Pennacchio said it was not unexpected.

After the Governor repeatedly dodged media questions about the reporting of new positive COVID cases, Sen. Joe Pennacchio said the Administration has demonstrated a total disregard for transparency. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Governor has been disingenuous to New Jersey residents,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “He holds his press conference, and he does his usual routine, but he isn’t forthcoming with information the public deserves to hear. Too many questions remain unanswered.

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Senate Democrats Again Stymie Republicans in Quest for Select Committee on Nursing Homes, COVID Response

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The Senate Democrats once again torpedoed efforts by Senator Joe Pennacchio and the Republican caucus to convene a special Senate committee to investigate the Murphy Administration’s management of COVID-19 in veterans and nursing homes.

The Senate Democrats once again torpedoed efforts by Senator Joe Pennacchio and the Republican caucus to convene a special Senate committee to investigate the Murphy Administration’s management of COVID-19 in veterans and nursing homes. (Pixabay)

With unanimous support of the Republican caucus, Pennacchio again made a motion to advance a resolution, SR-68, which would create a Senate Select Committee with subpoena powers to evaluate how State policies and mandates contributed to the atrocities inside long-term care facilities and the deaths of 10,000 senior citizens.

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Senate Republicans Will Once Again Challenge Democrats to Investigate NJ’s 10,000 Nursing Home Deaths

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With Unanimous Republican Support, Pennacchio Will Move Motion Seeking a Senate Select Committee with Subpoena Powers

Senator Joe Pennacchio today vowed that he and his Republican Senate colleagues would continue fighting for answers on behalf of New Jersey families who lost loved ones to the COVID virus in veterans and nursing homes.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio vowed that he and his Republican Senate colleagues would continue fighting for answers on behalf of New Jersey families who lost loved ones to the COVID virus in veterans and nursing homes. (Pixabay)

“We cannot, we will not let this go. It is too important. We will continue pressing the Democrat majority to join our quest for answers and explanations from the Murphy Administration,” said Pennacchio (R-26).

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Pennacchio Asks State Epidemiologist About Role in Tragic Nursing Home Directive

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In a letter today to the State epidemiologist at the department of health, Senator Joe Pennacchio questioned if she was consulted by the Murphy administration when a directive was issued last year forcing nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients from hospitals without testing.

In a letter to the State epidemiologist, Sen. Joe Pennacchio asked if she was consulted by the Murphy administration when a directive was issued last year forcing nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients from hospitals without testing. (©iStock)

“Sadly, we know the results of ill-fated directives that enabled the virus to sweep through the elderly populations of senior facilities,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “We need to understand how these decisions came about, and whether the Governor consulted with and relied on the experts and the scientists.”

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Pennacchio: Bombshell Story Proves Murphy Administration Was Warned Nursing Home Order Would Result in Outbreaks & Deaths

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Nursing home administrator told Health Commissioner on recorded call: “Patients will die”

Senator Joe Pennacchio said a bombshell news report proves without a doubt that the Murphy administration was warned by nursing home administrators last year that an order forcing them to accept COVID-positive patients would result in outbreaks and deaths in their facilities.

Murphy administration officials refused to appear at an independent hearing on March 5 about their nursing and veterans home policies during the pandemic. Sen. Joe Pennacchio called for Trenton Democrats to stop blocking an investigative select committee with subpoena power to compel adminstration testimony following a bombshell new report. (NJ Senate Republicans/Facebook)

According to the story by Susan K. Livio and Ted Sherman on NJ.com, nursing home administrators participated in a March 31, 2020 conference call with New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli where they expressed their dire concerns about a new directive forcing their facilities to accept patients from hospitals and prohibiting those patients for being tested for COVID-19 prior to admission.

“Nursing home administrators were crystal clear when they told Commissioner Persichilli they couldn’t safely admit COVID-19 patients without putting their other residents at risk,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “They said COVID would spread through their facilities and people would die as a result of the dangerous order. Tragically, the Murphy administration ignored their prescient warnings and thousands of people died.”

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Pennacchio/Bucco Legislation Allowing New Jerseyans to Donate Part of Tax Refund to 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 cancer research and/or pediatric cancer research has been advanced by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Anthony Bucco that allows New Jerseyans to donate a portion of their tax refund toward cancer research has been advanced by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens 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. This additional funding and support will allow researchers to investigate new cancer treatments and new ways of preventing this insidious disease,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “I would like to thank Senator Joe Vitale and the Senate Health Committee for posting, and voting on, these bills. I think everyone in New Jersey knows someone who was diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life, so this is extremely important legislation.”

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Pennacchio & Corrado Frustrated by Murphy’s Pick for Assistant CEO at Menlo Park Veterans Home

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Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Kristin Corrado today questioned Murphy’s selections of new leadership at the veterans home in Menlo Park.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Kristin Corrado questioned Murphy’s selections of new leadership at the veterans home in Menlo Park, where more than 100 residents died. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Governor’s bold idea for new leadership to fix our veterans homes is to bring back those who failed the first time around,” said Pennacchio (R-26).  “I can’t believe that’s the best he could do.”

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Pennacchio: NY Legislature Got it Right – Strip Governor of Emergency Powers

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Senator Says New Jersey Should Follow Suit

Senator Joe Pennacchio today called on the New Jersey Legislature to follow New York’s lead and strip away Governor Murphy’s Pandemic emergency powers.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio called on the New Jersey Legislature to follow New York’s lead and strip away Governor Murphy’s pandemic emergency powers. (SenateNJ.com)

Murphy declared the Public Health Emergency as the COVID crisis took aim at the state on March 9, and it has been extended by executive order a dozen times, most recently on Feb. 17.

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Pennacchio Warns of Impact of School Funding Cuts

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In Letter to Governor, Senator Says West Milford and Jefferson Twp. Schools May Face Widespread Teacher Layoffs

Reacting to data showing that the proposed Fiscal Year 2022 State Budget would slash aid to at least two local school districts, Senator Joe Pennacchio today condemned the treatment in a letter to Governor Murphy (click here for PDF).

Deep cuts in school funding could lead to widespread teacher layoffs and the loss of educational resources for students, Sen. Joe Pennacchio in a letter to the Governor. (Pixabay)

According to documentation released by the State Department of Education, West Milford and Jefferson Township schools in Pennacchio’s 26th Legislative District will lose a total of more than $5 million in state aid.

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