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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Panel Adopts Pennacchio Legislation Helping Small Businesses Grow and Expand

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio to help small businesses grow and expand by creating a program to help small business operators qualify to bid on public works projects was advanced by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s legislation would help more small businesses qualify to bid on public works projects. (Flickr)

Under the legislation, S-3064, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority would be required to establish a “Small Business Bonding Readiness Assistance Program” to provide support services to small businesses and to help them meet surety bonding requirements so that they can qualify to bid on projects.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the state’s economy but often are at a disadvantage when it comes to qualifying for and winning public works projects due to limited resources,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris). “Many small companies are perfectly capable of completing the work but don’t qualify because they haven’t been positioned to meet certain requirements, like bonding.”

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Pennacchio: NJ Commuters Still Vulnerable to Forgotten Port Authority

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As legislative Democrats continue their redundant hearings to delay bipartisan, bi-state bill to reform the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Assistant Senate Republican Leader Joe Pennacchio renewed his call for bipartisan, bi-state reform of the long-troubled Delaware River Port Authority, which is the subject of an ongoing federal criminal investigation.

New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio discusses bi-state DRPA reform legislation during a press conference in front of the Ben Franklin Bridge in Camden, NJ on April 24, 2014. (Press Release)

“Democrat leaders in Trenton need to explain to people why they are ignoring a bi-state, bipartisan reform bill for the hard-working families and commuters who rely on the DRPA services,” said Pennacchio, a veteran Transportation Committeeman. “Our constituents need enhanced oversight, accountability and transparency for the DRPA just as much as they do for the PANYNJ.”

Pennacchio classified yesterday’s PANYNJ legislative committee hearing as just another example of New Jersey Democrats wanting the issue of PANYNJ reform to try to hurt the Christie administration, instead of them wanting to be a part of the solution by passing legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean, which has already passed in New York.

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Pennacchio Introduces Legislation to End Sale of Baby Body Parts

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New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) introduced legislation that would close a loophole that has allowed organizations such as Planned Parenthood to be paid for aborted infant body parts.

The Senator’s bill would also prohibit fetal baby tissue from being used for the purpose of researching any cosmetic treatment.  The bill closes a state and federal loophole by denying any payment for the removal, processing, disposal, preservation, quality control, storage, transplantation or implementation of fetal tissue.

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Pennacchio: Questionable DRPA Appointee Proves Immediate Need to Pass Bi-State Reform Bill

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Assistant Senate Republican Leader Joe Pennacchio stated the following about a troubling unilateral appointment by Pennsylvania’s governor to the Delaware River Port Authority board, which was exposed by the Philadelphia Daily News:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said an exposé by the Philadephia Daily News on the questionable qualifications of DRPA board member Whitney White, pictured, further demonstrates the need for reforms to increase legislative oversight of the troubled agency. (Facebook)

“This Daily News exposé is yet another example of why the DRPA, with its continuing history of corruption, cronyism, waste, abuse and billions of dollars in debt, simply cannot operate unchecked. Our bi-state, bipartisan reform legislation would prevent unilateral DRPA appointments by Pennsylvania’s governor, just as any DRPA commissioner nominees by New Jersey’s governor must be approved in public by New Jersey’s Senate before being allowed on the board.

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Pennacchio: Latest Planned Parenthood Video Adds to the Concern of Agency’s Motives, Practices

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Senator Joe Pennacchio today issued the following statement today regarding the release of a second video apparently depicting a Planned Parenthood representative discussing the procedure and price for providing body parts from aborted fetuses to medical research centers.

“This latest troubling video of a Planned Parenthood representative discussing the price of fetal tissue from aborted fetuses and apparent suggestions that abortion procedures can be altered to better harvest organs or tissue only adds to the concern surrounding the agency’s practices and true motives,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris). “For this high-level Planned Parenthood director to say that she wants a Lamborghini during the same conversation as naming prices for the cost of harvesting organs from aborted fetuses is at best a disturbing representation of the agency’s greed and complete disregard for human decency. At worst, the selling of aborted body parts is not only despicable but flat out illegal.”

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Pennacchio Joins New Jersey Right to Life in Denouncing Planned Parenthood’s Alleged Sale of Aborted Body Parts

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Pennacchio Calls for Investigation, Legislative Review

Following the release of a video reportedly depicting a Planned Parenthood executive discussing the sale of body parts from aborted fetuses, Senator Joe Pennacchio joined New Jersey Right to Life Executive Director Marie Tasy in denouncing the abhorrent act. Senator Pennacchio also announced efforts to make sure the practice does not occur in New Jersey.

“Selling body parts from an aborted fetus is a sickening shock to the conscious,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris). “If true, Planned Parenthood’s participation in performing abortions to systematically sell body parts from fetuses represents a level of depravity that’s hard to fathom.”

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Pennacchio PANYNJ Transparency Bill Signed Into Law

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Senator: People in South Jersey Deserve Same Protections with DRPA

Bipartisan legislation (S-2183) sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) to subject the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to the public records laws of both states is now law after being signed today by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s legislation subjecting the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to the public records laws of both states has been signed into law. (Facebook/PANYNJ)

“This bill signing marks an important step in making the troubled PANYNJ more transparent and accountable to the people,” said Pennacchio. “Ensuring access to public records is a fundamental part of having a government that is accountable to those it serves. For too long the Port Authority was able to operate in the dark and spends billions and billions of commuter and taxpayer dollars each year. This legislation gives the public the ability to change that.”

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Pennacchio Agrees with Weinberg on Need to Pass DRPA Reform

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Senate Transportation Committeeman Joe Pennacchio issued the following statement in agreement with Senate Democrat Leader Loretta Weinberg on the need to pass Port Authority reform legislation to protect all New Jerseyans.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said that reforms to both the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Delaware River Port Authority are necessary to protect all New Jereseyans. (Wikimedia)

Senator Weinberg said the following in a press release yesterday: Any bill we pass has to protect the regional interests of the New Jersey residents that Governor Christie, Senate President Sweeney, Senate Minority Leader Kean and I represent.”

Senator Pennacchio and dozens of bipartisan legislators in New Jersey and Pennsylvania sponsor legislation to reform the Delaware River Port Authority, which is under federal investigation and is marred with a history of waste, fraud, abuse and corruption.

With its four toll bridges and regional rail line, the DRPA serves approximately 300,000 commuters each day, predominantly people from Mercer to Atlantic counties, including those from the third legislative district represented by Senate President Stephen Sweeney.

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Senator Pennacchio to Uber: Cease and Desist

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New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) called on transportation network services business Uber to cease operating in New Jersey.

Following questions of Uber’s tax and regulatory compliance, Sen. Joe Pennacchio has called on the transportation company to cease operating in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“Uber has constantly fought against being included in the New Jersey regulatory system,” Pennacchio said. “This system provides that the cars transporting clients are safe, their drivers are not criminals and in case of injuries covered by the proper liability insurance.”

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Pennacchio: Yes to Racinos, No to Casinos

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris/Essex/Passaic) issued the following statement regarding casinos in the State of New Jersey:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio weighs in on the debate to expand casino gambling in New Jersey, advocating for the creation of ‘racinos.’ (Wikimedia)

“As the conversation heats up about expanding casino gambling in New Jersey, I encourage the legislature to pause and think of its implications. Expanding gambling casinos statewide would be the death knell for Atlantic City. The casinos that have managed to survive in Atlantic City would find their competition increase and profits decrease. This does not seem fair to casinos which have struggled and somehow managed to succeed in this trying market.

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