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Pennacchio/Bucco Legislation Allowing New Jerseyans to Donate Part of Tax Refund to Pediatric 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 pediatric cancer research has been advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Anthony Bucco that allows New Jerseyans to donate a portion of their tax refund toward pediatric cancer research has been advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations 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,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This additional funding and support will allow researchers to investigate new cancer treatments and new ways of preventing this insidious disease that has affected millions of people.”

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Pennacchio: Time to Force Greater Transparency from Murphy Administration on Pandemic Response

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Warns that Democrats Are Extending Emergency Powers to Allow Gov. Murphy to Keep Hiding the Truth

Senator Joe Pennacchio said it’s time to force Governor Phil Murphy to be more transparent about his flawed pandemic response by removing emergency powers he has used to block access to public records.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said it’s time to force Gov. Phil Murphy to be more transparent about his flawed pandemic response by removing emergency powers he has used to block access to public records. (©iStock)

“Governor Murphy has hidden behind expanded OPRA exemptions provided by New Jersey’s public health emergency laws to deny or greatly restrict access to important public records during the pandemic,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “It’s time to remove the emergency powers he has used to stonewall legislators and journalists who have been trying to understand what went wrong with New Jersey’s pandemic response.”

The Murphy administration has repeatedly relied on sections of the state’s Health Powers Act to deny Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requests for information about pandemic response efforts.

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Pennacchio: Murphy Has Lost All Credibility by Maintaining Mask, Social Distancing Restrictions CDC Says Are Unnecessary

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Senator Joe Pennacchio issued the following statement after Governor Phil Murphy refused to follow CDC guidance by removing unnecessary mask and social distancing requirement that the federal agency says are unnecessary:

“Governor Murphy promised that he would lift mask and social distancing requirements when the CDC said it was safe. He said science and data would always drive policy. Despite the CDC saying yesterday there’s no scientific basis or need for vaccinated people to continue wearing masks or social distancing in most situations, Governor Murphy still refuses to eliminate restrictions. He said it could be ‘a matter of weeks’ before he changes the rules in New Jersey. If the CDC says the science supports unmasking today, Governor Murphy cannot claim that maintaining these restrictions serves any legitimate purpose. Frankly, he’s lost all credibility on the matter.”

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Pennacchio: Commissioner Persichilli Said She’s Willing to Testify at Bipartisan Oversight Hearing, So Let’s Do It

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Senator Joe Pennacchio called for a bipartisan legislative oversight hearing to be held to review the New Jersey Department of Health’s pandemic response after Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said yesterday she would be willing to participate.

Health Commissioner Persichilli refused to attend a March 5 hearing chaired by Sen. Joe Pennacchio where veterans home residents and families who lost loved ones in nursing homes were hoping for answers. (NJ Senate Republicans/Facebook)

“It’s been over a year since I first called for a bipartisan committee to look into directives issued by the Murphy administration and the Department of Health that led to thousands of deaths in our nursing homes,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Yesterday, Commissioner Persichilli said publicly during a budget hearing that she’d be willing to testify in a bipartisan oversight hearing. I urge my colleagues in the Senate Democratic Majority to waste no time in scheduling the comprehensive hearing that the Health Commissioner has finally agreed to attend.”

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Pennacchio/Oroho/Bucco Bill Providing $10 Million to Support Lakes Advances

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Measure Would Help Fund Maintenance of Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, Other Lakes in Highlands & Pinelands

The Senate Environment Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Steven Oroho, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco to supply critical funding to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions of New Jersey.

The Senate Environment Committee has advanced $10 million of funding sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio, Sen. Steven Oroho, and Sen. Tony Bucco to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions of New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our lakes are critical to the ecological and economic well-being of New Jersey, but they have been consistently underfunded by the State,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This appropriation represents the most significant investment in Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake in recent memory, if not ever. We’ll continue fighting to make this funding permanent to ensure our lakes get the support they need each and every year.”

The legislation, S-3618, makes a supplemental appropriation of $10 million for grants for certain lake management activities for recreation and conservation purposes.

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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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