New Jersey's 10th Legislative District

Senator Jim Holzapfel

  • Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) talking to News 12 on September 22, 2014, prior to the Senate’s approval of his legislation (S-516) that would increase penalties for leaving loaded firearms within easy access of a minor, resulting in injury or death. (Press Release)

  • Senator Jim Holzapfel (right) and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (left) presented the 10th Legislative District’s 14th Annual “Excellence in Education Award” to Raymond Roe, a second grade teacher at Walnut Street Elementary School in Toms River.

  • Senator Jim Holzapfel (seated-left) and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe (standing-left) and Greg McGuckin (standing-right) of the 10th District recently met with Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato (seated-right) to discuss legislation that could help combat the epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse that is plaguing much of New Jersey.

  • Bonnie Post (c) attended a meeting of the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee on June 17, 2013 to testify in support of legislation sponsored by Sen. Donald Norcross (l) and Sen. Jim Holzapfel (r) to enhance the penalty for leaving the scene of a boating accident. Post’s husband Robert was killed in a hit-and-run boating accident.

  • Senator Jim Holzapfel (left), Assemblyman Dave Wolfe (right) and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (2nd from right) presented the 10th District Excellence in Education Award to Shawn Trautweiler (2nd from left), a first-grade teacher at Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Brick, on October 26, 2012. (Brick Patch)

  • Jim Holzapfel was sworn in as the new Senator for the 10th Legislative District on Tuesday, January 10, 2012.

  • Try the Sick Leave Reform Calculator for your town to find out how much property tax relief you could receive.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Wolfe Legislation Amending Rules of Evidence Regarding Marital Communications Advances

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Bill Changes Marital Communication Privileges During Criminal Trial

In response to a decision by from the New Jersey Supreme Court in the case of State v. Terry, legislation sponsored by the 10th District legislators to amend the rules of evidence to establish a crime-fraud exception to the marital and civil union partnership communications privilege has advanced from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A bill by Holzapfel, McGuckin & Wolfe would amend the rules of evidence to establish a crime-fraud exception to the marital and civil union partnership communications privilege. (©iStock)

The bill sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe amends “The Evidence Act, 1960″ which currently provides that no person shall disclose any communication made in confidence between such person and his or her spouse or civil union partner unless both consent to the disclosure.

“The purpose of this bill is to thwart ongoing criminal conspiracies that hide behind an evidentiary privilege designed to protect the sanctity of marriage,” stated Senator Holzapfel.

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Senate Passes Holzapfel Bill to Increase Monitoring of Frequently Abused Prescription Drugs

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The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) that is designed to fight the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

The Senate has approved legislation by Sen. Jim Holzapfel that would help doctors and pharmacists to prevent prescription drug abuse. (Wikimedia Commons)

The legislation, a Senate committee substitute for S-1998 and S-2119, would update the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) to ensure additional scrutiny of prescriptions for certain medications that are frequently abused.

“Too many people have figured out the loopholes in our prescription drug system to get hold of and abuse dangerous painkillers,” said Holzapfel. “We cannot ignore that many of the most addictive and abused drugs are dispensed at pharmacies, not purchased on street corners.”

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Holzapfel Bill to Ban Counterfeit Air Bags Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel, R-10, which prohibits the manufacture, sale or installation of counterfeit or nonoperational air bags in motor vehicles has passed the New Jersey Senate.

The Senate has approved legislation by Sen. Jim Holzapfel which prohibits the manufacture, sale or installation of counterfeit or nonoperational air bags in motor vehicles. (Flickr/sheeshoo)

“Across the nation we have seen countless reports of auto repair shops and used car dealers putting customers at risk through the sale and repair of ineffective and nonfunctioning air bags,” said Holzapfel. “An air bag that has deployed in a collision can no longer be used, even if the vehicle’s diagnostic system indicates that air bag is operational.”

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10th District Legislators to Introduce Bill to Make Offenders Pay for Rescue & Recovery Operations

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe of the 10th Legislative District will introduce legislation allowing courts to hold certain offenders responsible for the cost of rescue and recovery operations.

A view from a rescue helicopter of the hole a truck fell through while driving on the ice covered Toms River. (U.S. Coast Guard)

The measure was drafted after a pickup truck fell through the ice after being driven onto the frozen Toms River, reportedly to do “donuts,” prompting an emergency search and recovery effort by local emergency responders and the State Police and Coast Guard.

“The massive emergency rescue mission in Toms River resulted from intentional activity that likely violated the law,” said Holzapfel. “Taxpayers should not have to bear the burden of paying for someone else’s stupidity.”

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Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin to Introduce Bill Requiring Explosive Gas Detectors in Homes

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Gas Explosions Leveled Two New Jersey Homes in Less Than a Week

In response to recent gas explosions that leveled a pair of New Jersey homes, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin of the 10th Legislative District have drafted legislation requiring explosive gas detectors to be installed in homes and other dwellings.

Dashcam video provided by the Stafford Township Police Department captured a natural gas explosion destroying a home on February 24, 2015.

Explosive gas detectors alert residents to the presence of dangerous quantities of methane or propane gas in the air. Methane is the primary component of natural gas used to fuel many furnaces, hot water heaters, fireplaces, stoves and ovens.

“While the use of natural gas and propane for heating and cooking in our homes is extremely safe, the recent house explosions in Pt. Pleasant Beach and Stafford Township have reminded us that gas leaks do pose some risk,” said Holzapfel. “We can lower the risk of gas leaks by modeling our response on the successful rollout of carbon monoxide detectors that are now present in nearly every home.”

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Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Bill “Pet Purchase Protection Act” Signed Into Law

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Animal Advocates Praise New Protections of Senate Bill 1870

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin requiring pet stores to display additional information about each dog and cat for sale, including the name and address of the breeder was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

“After years of dedication to this legislation, we are pleased this measure to protect the purchaser from buying sick pets for their families is now law,” said Holzapfel. “By requiring a pet store to disclose the history at the point of sale, we can give consumers the opportunity to research the breeder and make an informed decision on where to make their purchase.”

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Holzapfel and McGuckin Introduce Bill Reducing Wages for Civilly Committed Sexually Violent Predators

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin of the 10th Legislative District have introduced legislation, S-2697/A-4095, which would require civilly committed sexually violent predators to be paid the same rate as state inmates for work performed while in custody to provide savings for taxpayers.

Violent sexual offenders who are civilly committed are housed in the Special Treatment Unit of the Adult Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Avenel. (Google Maps)

“Inmates confined in New Jersey prisons are paid substantially less than minimum wage for work they perform,” said Holzapfel. “The reduced rate we pay to inmates reflects the belief that the work they perform offsets the cost to taxpayers for their confinement. The same should be true for violent sexual predators who remain in state custody.”

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Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Bill to Rename Route 35 Bridge Signed Into Law

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Bridge to Be Named the “Veterans of All Wars Memorial Bridge”

Legislation designating the State Highway Route 35 bridge between Brielle and Point Pleasant Beach as the “Veterans of All Wars Memorial Bridge” was signed into law by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno at the American Legion in Brick Township.

Acting Gov. Kim Guadagno signed into law a bill sponsored by Holzapfel, Wolfe and McGuckin to designate the Rt. 35 bridge between Brielle and Pt. Pleasant Beach as the “Veterans of All Wars Memorial Bridge” on January 6, 2015 at the American Legion in Brick Twp. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, S-1027/A-3758, is sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (all R-10) to honor the men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces.

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Senate Passes Holzapfel Legislation to Encourage Proper Storage of Firearms

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The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) that increases penalties for leaving a loaded firearm within easy access of a minor, resulting in injury or death.

Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) talking to News 12 on September 22, 2014, prior to the Senate’s approval of his legislation (S-516) that would increase penalties for leaving loaded firearms within easy access of a minor, resulting in injury or death. (SenateNJ.com)

“In my hometown of Toms River, a four-year-old shot and killed his six-year-old neighbor with one of the many loaded firearms his father left unsecured around his home within reach of the young child,” said Holzapfel. “As a former prosecutor, gun owner and supporter of the Second Amendment, I find it unconscionable that some gun owners could be so irresponsible. As long as the penalty remains a virtual slap on the wrist for gun owners in these instances, we will continue to read about these tragedies.”

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Holzapfel Bill Seeking to Prevent Children’s Access to Loaded Firearms Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) that seeks to keep loaded firearms out of the hands of unsupervised minors was approved by the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee.

“We’ve seen too many instances where children with access to a parent’s firearms engage in planned attacks harming others, and too many tragedies where children living in or visiting a home with unlocked and loaded firearms end up accidentally harming themselves,” said Holzapfel, a member of the committee. “This legislation balances the rights of responsible gun owners with the public interest of reducing preventable deaths from planned and accidental shootings.”

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