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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel Earns Legislator of Merit Honor

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Senator Jim Holzapfel, a staunch advocate for responsible development, was cited as a 2022 Legislator of Merit by the Associated Builders and Contractors of New Jersey (ABCNJ).

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, cited as a 2022 Legislator of Merit by the Associated Builders and Contractors of New Jersey, is joined by Derek DeLuca, ABCNJ’s Deputy Director of Government Affairs. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am proud to be recognized by ABCNJ, an organization that does such fine work in the building trades and shares many of my priorities and objectives,” said Holzapfel (R-10). “A qualified, robust, and responsible workforce is essential for building New Jersey’s future. It’s crucial for members of the Legislature to work with ABCNJ to better serve the businesses, trades people and their families in Trenton.”

“At ABCNJ, we are proud to work with legislators from across the political spectrum and on both sides of the aisle to ensure New Jersey has a competitive construction labor environment and a skilled labor workforce,” said ABCNJ President and CEO Samantha DeAlmeida. Continue Reading…

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10th District Lawmakers Sponsor Bill Requiring Board of Education Meetings to be Accessible Virtually and in Person

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In response to yet another attempt by the New Jersey Board of Education to avoid public comment, District 10 lawmakers—Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano—have co-sponsored a bill that would increase transparency by requiring all public meetings to be accessible online and in person.

In response to yet another attempt by the New Jersey Board of Education to avoid public comment, District 10 lawmakers have co-sponsored a bill that would require all public meetings to be accessible online and in person. (Pixabay)

The State Board of Education has announced that they will be holding their December 7th meeting virtually and no public testimony is allowed.

“It’s a disturbing pattern and one that should concern all of us,” said Senator Holzapfel. “We can agree or disagree with their decisions, but there is no excuse for not allowing the public to comment on controversial policies that will impact their children’s’ education.”

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10th District Lawmakers Reflect on Resilience After the Storm on the Anniversary of the Start of Recovery Efforts

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano released a statement today recognizing the 10th Anniversary of efforts to restore the Shore in the wake of Superstorm Sandy’s destruction:

Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano released a statement recognizing the 10th Anniversary of efforts to restore the Shore in the wake of Superstorm Sandy’s destruction. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

“Over the weekend, we marked the 10 years since Superstorm Sandy hammered our area like no other natural disaster in our lifetimes, and today, we remember the anniversary of the beginning of massive recovery work.

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Holzapfel: Murphy’s Latest Lawsuit Would Drive Gas Prices Even Higher

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Senator Jim Holzapfel said a new lawsuit announced by the Murphy administration against several oil companies and their trade association would only increase costs for New Jerseyans who are already struggling with high gas prices and inflation:

Sen. Jim Holzapfel said a new lawsuit announced by the Murphy administration against oil companies would only drive the price of gas even higher for struggling New Jerseyans. (©iStock)

“The latest Murphy administration lawsuit would only drive gas prices even higher for New Jersey families struggling with the worst inflation in more than four decades,” said Holzapfel (R-Ocean). “Instead of fighting to increase domestic oil production and lower costs for consumers, Governor Murphy continues to use taxpayer funds to pay for unnecessary lawsuits to advance his expensive progressive agenda.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: Murphy Squashing Dissenting Viewpoints on State Board of Education

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Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblymen Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano (all R-10) said Governor Phil Murphy is attempting to squash any dissenting viewpoints on the New Jersey State Board of Education with new nominations announced yesterday.

Holzapfel, McGuckin, and Catalano said Gov. Phil Murphy is attempting to squash any dissenting viewpoints on the State Board of Education. (©iStock)

“It’s telling that of the eleven holdovers currently serving on the State Board of Education, the governor is only appointing nominees to replace the three who vocally opposed the new sex education standards,” said Holzapfel. “The clear message from the Murphy administration is that there’s no room for dissenting opinions in education, especially if that might interfere with the indoctrination of our children.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: Murphy Delusional to Think He’s “Prepared” to Accept Illegal Immigrants from Other States

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Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano (all R-10) said Governor Murphy is delusional if he thinks New Jersey is “prepared” to accept illegal immigrants that might be transported from other states when his administration has failed to deliver basic government services to New Jersey residents.

The 10th District’s legislators said Gov. Murphy is delusional if he thinks New Jersey is ‘prepared’ to accept illegal immigrants that might be transported from other states when his administration has failed to deliver basic government services to New Jersey residents. (Pixabay)

“Unemployment is still a mess, the MVC remains broken, and good luck getting through on the phone to file for your ANCHOR rebate,” said Holzapfel. “Frankly, the Murphy administration hasn’t even proven itself prepared to serve New Jerseyans. Instead of fixing these broken government services, Governor Murphy has focused on turning New Jersey into an expensive sanctuary state while our families, seniors, and children are left behind.”

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10th District Legislators Plead with Governor Murphy to Allocate Funds for Beach Replenishment

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have sent a letter to Governor Phil Murphy requesting that his administration allocate funds to cover costs associated with the United States Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment project.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano urged Gov. Phil Murphy to allocate funds to cover costs associated with the United States Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment project. (Flickr/USFWS)

Various shore municipalities such as Bay Head, Mantoloking, Point Pleasant Beach, Toms River, and Brick are expected to pay the remainder of the costs which total over $7.5 million and would ultimately drain local budgets.

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LD10 Lawmakers to NJ State School Board – Stop Hiding and Meet Face to Face

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The 10th Legislative District lawmakers – Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano – released a statement today blasting the State Board of Education for meeting virtually and avoiding public comment:

Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano today called on the State Board of Education to stop hiding and return to in-person meetings so parents can express their concerns. (SenateNJ.com)

“Children are back in school, businesses are open as usual, and our roads and highways are as crowded as ever. It is fair to say the pandemic is in the rearview mirror and New Jersey is back to normal.

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Harmful Health Impacts of Recreational Marijuana Has 10th District Legislators Saying “I Told You So” to Advocates

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A recent report conducted on the potency of cannabis and the increased risk of psychosis and addiction has 10th District Legislators saying “I told you so” to marijuana advocates. Recreational sales of marijuana are now available statewide, however, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano stand firmly in their opposition to this change.

A recent report conducted on the potency of cannabis and the increased risk of psychosis and addiction has 10th District Legislators saying “I told you so” to marijuana advocates. (CC0 Public Domain)

“For years, we have been warning the public and elected officials of the dangers associated with marijuana consumption,” said Senator Holzapfel. “We openly fought against and voted down any legislation aimed at a legalizing cannabis, urging our colleagues to see through the empty promises made by the Democrats. Now, recreational marijuana is stronger than ever, with no limit on the level of potency, leading to severe health issues for the general public.”

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Holzapfel: Lavish Credit Card Spending by Rutgers Athletics is an Insult to New Jersey Taxpayers

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One week after Senator Jim Holzapfel slammed Democrats’ $100 million giveaway to Rutgers athletics, an investigation by NorthJersey.com and USA Today uncovered nearly $10 million in credit card charges made by the athletics division.

One week after Sen. Jim Holzapfel slammed Democrats’ $100 million giveaway to Rutgers athletics, an investigation by NorthJersey.com and USA Today uncovered nearly $10 million in credit card charges made by the athletics division. (Pixabay)

“Rutgers athletics seems to have a penchant for wasting taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars,” said Holzapfel (R-10). “It runs up $10 million in credit card debt, receives $100 million from Democrats in the state budget, and all the while our K-12 schools face significant budget cuts and layoffs. As I’ve said before, our local schools should be funded first, period. We should not be using taxpayer dollars to bail out the athletics division yet again, especially in light of these recent credit card spending sprees. This wasteful spending is only driving the cost of college tuition higher for tens of thousands of New Jersey families who are already struggling with high taxes and inflation.”

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