New Jersey's 10th Legislative District

Senator Jim Holzapfel

  • Sen. Jim Holzapfel speaking at the Humane Society’s 2016 New Jersey Humane Lobby Day after being presented the organization’s 2015 Humane State Legislator Award. (Full Story)

  • 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.

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10th District Legislators: ‘This Borrowing Plan Will Devastate New Jersey Economy for Years To Come’

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The 10th District Legislators are speaking out against the largest borrowing scheme in New Jersey history, spearheaded by Governor Murphy and his Administration. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano oppose the record-setting plan which will borrow $10 billion to cover State spending.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano are speaking out against the Governor’s scheme to borrow $10 billion to cover state spending. (Wikimedia Commons)

The lawmakers have issued the following statement on the borrowing plan which they feel is unconstitutional and fiscally irresponsible.

“It’s sickening.  Our taxpayers will now be responsible for the repayment of this astronomical borrowing plan as well as an additional $30 billion of interest payments for the next 35 years.  But the worst part may be that our Democrat leaders are now pushing this plan through without voter approval.  This is one of the most unconstitutional events our state has ever witnessed and we want no part of it.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin and Catalano Agree with Outdoor Alliance to Keep WMA Open

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In response to recent news that Governor Murphy has decided to close many Wildlife Management Areas due to budgetary constraints, the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (NJOA) and the 10th District Legislators agree that this plan doesn’t make sense.  Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are calling on the Governor to reconsider these closures and reopen the areas that are funded through profits made from the users of the parks and license fees.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalono joined the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance calling on the Governor to reconsider his decision to close wildlife management areas across the state due to budget considerations. (The Nature Conservancy)

The legislators have released this statement regarding the Governor’s decision and support the NJOA and the immediate reopening of these wildlife management areas.

“We agree with the NJOA; these furloughs and closures make no sense from a budgetary standpoint,” said the 10th District Legislators. “Wildlife Management Areas are publicly funded through fishing and hunting licenses.  It has only been a matter of weeks that these areas have been reopened, and now the Governor believes he can save a few dollars by furloughing their staff and slashing their funding.  It’s not fair to the park employees and our residents who help fund and preserve these open spaces.

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District 10 Lawmakers Question Governor’s Directive for Mandatory Masks in Public

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Governor Phil Murphy announced today that he is requiring residents to wear masks outdoors due to the coronavirus.

The District 10 legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (R-10) released the following statement in response:

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano today questioned the Governor’s order calling for mandatory masks in the outdoors. (NJ Division of Parks & Forestry)

“If people are comfortable wearing masks, they should feel free to do so. What we are asking for is choice. Requiring masks without any clear rationale is troubling.

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10th District Legislators Oppose Budget Extension

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The 10th District legislators voted against a massive $7.7 billion spending bill (S-20) to extend the FY 2020 State Budget after the Murphy Administration pushed this state further into debt amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano voted against a massive $7.7 billion spending bill to extend the budget after the Murphy Administration pushed New Jersey further into debt amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay)

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano issued the following statement to explain how this budget lacks any input from Republican legislators:

“Trenton Democrats have refused to work across the aisle to create a reasonable and affordable budget proposal to get New Jersey back on track after it was impacted by the public health emergency.  Republicans have addressed their concerns to Governor Murphy about the many challenges facing our State, including tax revenue losses and an unconstitutional plan to borrow without voter approval.  Unfortunately, these matters have been ignored and the Governor has his own agenda separate from the people we represent.

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Holzapfel to Oppose Common Interest Community Legislation

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Senator Jim Holzapfel of the 10th Legislative District will be opposing the controversial Common Interest Community Legislation which was pocket vetoed by Governor Murphy in January of this year but has been reintroduced for this session and gaining steam.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel will be opposing the controversial Common Interest Community Legislation in the upcoming Senate Session. (SenateNJ.com)

The new bill, S-2261, would allow the State to regulate the taxation of common property, the applicability of local ordinances, the effects of eminent domain, and other statutes.

The bill is scheduled for a vote on Monday and Senator Holzapfel will be voting NO. The lawmaker has released the following statement regarding his opposition to this legislation.

“We represent a large senior population that fears this bill will change the way their private communities operate. The state is attempting to regulate something at the local level that is already running smoothly and this legislation could cause confusion for these residents and their local governing bodies.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano “New Jersey Ranks Highest in Residents Leaving State”

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Lawmakers say Governor’s excessive spending and increasing taxes to blame

In 2019, New Jersey was ranked the highest in the country for residents moving out of state.  The 10th District Legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano address the exodus of residents and point to the unending tax increases and excessive spending under the Murphy administration in his effort to turn New Jersey into the next California.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano address the exodus of residents and point to the unending tax increases and excessive spending under the Murphy administration. (©iStock)

“For far too long New Jerseyans have watched as Governor Murphy slashed school funding, increased the minimum wage and catered to undocumented immigrants,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “Our property taxes are astronomical and the overall cost of living and running a business in this state has forced residents to move elsewhere.  The Governor’s extreme measures in response to the Coronavirus pandemic have left a lasting impact on our state’s economy which will leave a lasting impact for years to come.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Resolution Proposes Constitutional Amendment To Limit Governor’s Power

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In response to months of mandatory shutdown across the state, 10th District Legislators Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have sponsored a resolution which would prevent the overreaching of the Governor’s executive powers.  SCR-117 and ACR-181 proposes a constitutional amendment to limit effective period of certain emergency orders, rules, or regulations issued by Governor to 14 days.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano have a plan to prevent overreaching of the Governor’s executive powers with a constitutional amendment. (SenateNJ.com)

“We cannot allow one person’s decisions with such far-reaching consequences to impact an entire state for so long without legislative input,” said Senator Holzapfel. “This measure would ensure that the people’s elected representatives from all corners of the state have a say in whether consequential emergency orders should be extended.”

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10th District Legislators Address Opportunities for Fraud and Mistakes with Murphy’s Vote By Mail Plan

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have released the following statement on Governor Murphy’s executive order which creates a modified vote-by-mail election for the July 7 Primary and the potential inaccuracies that may arise from this system.

Senator Holzapfel and Assmeblymen McGuckin and Catalano warned of the potential for fraud and mistakes with the modifield vote-by-mail primary elections on July 7. Governor Murphy ordered the new rules by executive order when he delayed the election due to the coronavirus pandemic. (©iStock)

“Over the last few days, we have received dozens of calls and emails concerning ballots for residents who are deceased.  How can anyone expect this new system to be lawful and effective if there are glaring inaccuracies in the process?” stated the 10th District Legislators.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Resolution To Forgive Superstorm Sandy Federal Relief Aid Approved by Senate

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A concurrent resolution sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) urging the President and Congress to enact legislation forgiving certain community disaster loans issued after Superstorm Sandy been approved by the Senate.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano resolution urging the federal government to enact legislation forgiving certain community disaster loans issued after Superstorm Sandy been approved by the State Senate. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

SCR-111 echoes Congressman Chris Smith’s federal legislation, H.R. 6454, a bill that would mandate the forgiveness of certain community disaster loans secured by New Jersey municipalities from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help with Superstorm Sandy recovery.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the lawmakers agree with Congressman Smith’s effort to help the State’s residents and businesses during the pandemic. This federal resolution would have a profound impact throughout New Jersey in helping to stabilize the economy, and would provide much needed support to the citizens of New Jersey in the fight against COVID-19.

“The swift passage of this measure in the Senate brings this resolution one step closer to providing some financial relief during this difficult time,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “In 2012, our district was one of the hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. While I have no doubt we will recover from this pandemic and come back stronger than before, we must provide some relief to our residents at this time.”

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Hozapfel, McGuckin & Catalano to Murphy: Don’t Cut Property Tax Relief for Seniors

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Say Reopening New Jersey Faster Will Help Close Budget Shortfall

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano criticized Governor Phil Murphy’s plan to cut New Jersey’s Senior Freeze and Homestead Rebate property tax relief programs instead of reopening New Jersey faster to stop State revenue losses.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano criticized Gov. Murphy’s plan to cut New Jersey’s Senior Freeze and Homestead Rebate property tax relief programs instead of reopening New Jersey faster to stop State revenue losses. (©iStock)

“This move by the governor to fill his budget gap on the backs of New Jersey seniors and property taxpayers is short-sighted, especially during a crisis,” said Holzapfel. “New Jersey seniors, many of whom live on fixed incomes, will be disproportionally impacted. There are other options to closing New Jersey’s budget gap that the governor is ignoring to the detriment of New Jerseyans.”

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