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Senator Jim Holzapfel

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10th District Legislators: New Jersey’s Proposed Sanctions Against Russia & Belarus Will Have Limited Impact

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano say the sanctions proposed by the New Jersey Legislature preventing state government interaction with Russian and Belarus businesses will have little to no effect as long as the United States continues to purchase oil from Russian companies.

District 10 lawmakers say the sanctions proposed by the New Jersey Legislature preventing state government interaction with Russian and Belarus businesses will have little to no effect as long as the United States continues to purchase oil from Russian companies. (SenateNJ.com)

According to 2021 estimates, the United States imported about 672,000 barrels of oil and refined products per day from Russia, and is on pace to import a similar amount in 2022.

“I wholeheartedly support the recent sanctions bill approved by the Senate Budget Committee. However, it will ultimately have a negligible effect on Russia’s economy because the United States will continue to import Russian oil every day and give them billions of dollars in the process,” said Senator Holzapfel. “Since Russia’s economy relies heavily on energy exports, the only way to effectively sanction the country would be for the United States, and its allies, to cease oil imports and finally become energy independent. Unfortunately, under the Biden Administration, we are actually more dependent on Russia, and other countries, for energy products than ever before.”

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10th Legislative District Bill Offering Free Beach Access to Veterans Advances

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Holzapfel/McGuckin/Catalano Measure Would Allow Shore Municipalities to Waive Fees

The Assembly today approved legislation sponsored by the 10th District lawmakers that would give shore towns the option to offer free or discounted beach access to veterans, their spouses, and children.

The Assembly approved legislation sponsored by the 10th District lawmakers that would give shore towns the option to offer free or discounted beach access to veterans, their spouses, and children. (Wikimedia Commons)

Sponsored by Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano, the bill, A-1662, advanced with vote of 74-0.

“It is because of the dedication and commitment of our military men and women that we, as Americans, enjoy the freedoms we cherish. We want to welcome our veterans who were willing to risk their lives for our freedoms to our award-winning beaches,” said Senator Jim Holzapfel, who has been fighting for the benefit since 2015 and sponsors an identical bill (S-894) in the Senate.

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10th District Lawmakers Demand Restoration of MVC, Unemployment Services

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano today increased pressure on the Murphy Administration to return staff to state agencies and restore all motor vehicle and unemployment services.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano increased pressure on the Murphy Administration to return staff to state agencies and restore all motor vehicle and unemployment services. (#GiveItBack)

“The pandemic has dragged on for two years now and countless New Jersey residents remain on the outside looking in, unable to access the basic government services they expect and need,” said Senator Holzapfel. “People are fed up and they feel they have been abandoned by Trenton. Murphy has directed some state workers to stay home and collect a paycheck without going to the office to do their jobs. The situation is inexcusable, and it has to end now.”

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10th District Legislators to Murphy: It’s Time to Rip the Mask Mandate Off Like a Band-Aid

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Governor Murphy announced he is almost ready to eliminate his mask mandate for schools a month from now and Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-Ocean) said that’s not soon enough.

After Gov. Murphy announced he is almost ready to eliminate his mask mandate for schools a month from now, Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano say that’s not soon enough. (www.GiveItBack.us)

“This is just more foot-dragging by the Administration. It is impossible to fathom the Governor’s reluctance to free school kids from the masks immediately,” said Senator Holzapfel. “Why the delay for another month? Stop playing around. It has been a year and a half, and residents don’t want to wait until March 7 to get their parental rights back. Give It Back now!”

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10th District Legislators Tell NJDOE to Stop Fighting Transparency in School Aid Calculations

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-Ocean) said the Murphy administration should stop trying to hide how State funding to school districts is calculated after a ruling yesterday by a Superior Court judge.

Holzapfel, McGuckin, and Catalano said the Murphy administration should stop trying to hide how State funding to school districts is calculated after a ruling yesterday by a Superior Court judge. (SenateNJ.com)

“School districts like Brick and Toms River shouldn’t have to sue the Murphy administration to get a straight answer about why tens of millions of dollars of State aid were cut from their budgets,” said Holzapfel. “The administration kept trying to deflect blame to the school funding formula, but they refused to let anyone see the actual formula or the data they used to determine aid calculations. The NJDOE’s complete and total lack of transparency has fueled the belief that the Murphy administration is hiding politically-motivated reductions in school aid to Republican districts.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin and Catalano Pushing Legislation to Ensure Open Pools and Gyms in Senior Communities

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Legislators Re-Introduced Bill to Restore COVID Legal Immunity for Homeowner Associations

The 10th District lawmakers are once again championing legislation that would extend legal protections that shield senior communities from legal action related to COVID.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin and Asm. John Catalano sponsor bills that would reinstate legal immunity from COVID-related lawsuits for senior residential developments. (Pixabay)

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) sponsor bills that would reinstate legal immunity from COVID-related lawsuits for senior residential developments. Legislation providing the temporary protection was enacted last summer but expired on New Year’s Day.

“Inexplicably, the Democrat leadership in Trenton failed to act on crucial legislation extending the protection permanently,” said Senator Holzapfel. “As a result, we’re back where we were last year, with senior communities across the state facing uncertainty as they prepare to open clubhouses and swimming pools for the summer season.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: Governor Murphy Continues to Circumvent Legislature and Rule by Executive Fiat

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) called Governor Murphy’s renewal of his public health emergency powers, which were set to expire on January 11, a blatant disregard for the legislative process.

District 10 lawmakers called Governor Murphy’s renewal of his public health emergency powers, which were set to expire on January 11, a blatant disregard for the legislative process. (©iStock)

“One individual should not be able to have such a far-reaching impact on our state for so long without the input of the entire Legislature,” said Senator Holzapfel. “The New Jersey Legislature, as envisioned in our State Constitution, should be playing a more direct role in determining the state’s pandemic response. As elected officials, our objective is to provide for the public’s general welfare—and the Legislature should be having more of a say on issues that affect our constituents’ lives. The Governor’s unilateral reign is antithetical to that purpose.”

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Democrats to Blame for NJ’s Brain Drain, 10th District Legislators Insist

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More college-age residents are leaving New Jersey than any other state, and the 10th District lawmakers say that is a powerful indicator of bigger problems in Democrat-controlled New Jersey.

More college-age residents are leaving New Jersey than any other state, and the 10th District lawmakers say that is a powerful indicator of bigger problems in Democrat-controlled New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“State residents are paying their hard-earned tax money to educate our next generation of leaders, but when those students are finally ready to make their mark on the world, they pack up and move out of New Jersey,” said Senator Jim Holzapfel. “Parents send their kids to college out of state, and they end up graduating and taking jobs elsewhere. The upsetting trend weakens our work force and robs the state of earning power.

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10th District Lawmakers: Rate Counsel Should Protect NJ Residents from Unreasonable Utility Increases

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Democrats Seek to Silence the Watchdog Agency to Help Advance Murphy’s Ridiculously Expensive Energy Plan

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano today blasted a Democrat-led agenda that would essentially strip the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel of its primary role protecting state residents from unreasonable utility rate hikes.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano today blasted a Democrat-led agenda that would essentially strip the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel of its primary role protecting state residents from unreasonable utility rate hikes. (SenateNJ.com)

“When the electric and gas utilities want to increase revenue, Rate Counsel is the last line of defense for cash-strapped families and seniors on fixed incomes who will be most impacted by higher prices,” said Holzapfel (R-10). “It’s unconscionable that Democrat leaders in Trenton are scheming to tie the hands of the only state entity concerned about the interests of energy consumers.

“The cost of living in New Jersey is out of control, and more than 800,000 residents are behind in their utility bills,” Holzapfel continued. “Instead of taking steps to make it more affordable, Governor Murphy’s foot soldiers are moving to ensure even more residents will be unable to afford to keep their lights on and heat their homes.”

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10th District Legislators Decry Automatic Toll Hikes as Tax on Drivers

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Will Sponsor Legislation to Prohibit Turnpike Authority from Using Tactic

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano today moved to slam the brakes on automatic toll increases like the ones sprung on Garden State drivers last week.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano today moved to slam the brakes on automatic toll increases like the one set to go into effect on Jan. 1. (SenateNJ.com)

The 10th District lawmakers will be sponsoring legislation that prohibits the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which operates the state’s two largest toll roads, from implementing automatic toll increases.

“I think everybody who commutes on the Turnpike or Garden State Parkway was blindsided by the announcement that tolls would increase for the second time in a little over a year,” said Holzapfel. “There was no discussion about it, no public hearings, no transparency. This is a tax on driving, and it is a disgrace that in a state with some of the highest taxes in the nation, the bureaucrats at the Turnpike Authority would stoop so low to sneak verbiage in a contract that provides for annual and automatic increases.”

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