New Jersey's 10th Legislative District

Senator Jim Holzapfel

Senator Bob Singer
Senator Chris Connors
Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Jim Holzapfel
Senator Sam Thompson

Singer/Connors/Holzapfel/Thompson/O’Scanlon Call on NJ Homeland Security to Vet Incoming Afghan Refugees

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Question Ability of Federal Officials in Kabul to Keep Local Communities Safe

Almost 10,000 Afghan refugees fleeing the turmoil in their homeland will be coming to New Jersey, and Senate Republicans are calling on New Jersey’s Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness to ensure they are thoroughly vetted.

In a letter to the director of New Jersey’s Homeland Security and Preparedness, Sens. Singer, Connors, Holzapfel, Thompson and O’Scanlon emphasized the need to vet and screen refugees coming to the state from Afghanistan. (Wikimedia Commons)

Senators Robert Singer, Chris Connors, Jim Holzapfel, Sam Thompson and Declan O’Scanlon today wrote to NJ Homeland Director Laurie R. Duran emphasizing the need to protect New Jersey residents from possible terrorists who may have circumvented checkpoints and federal screening on the ground in Kabul before boarding flights to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin and Catalano: Businesses Take Another Hit from Murphy as Payroll Tax Increases to Fund Unemployment

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are speaking out against Governor Murphy’s plan to replenish the unemployment insurance fund with a $250 million payroll tax hike on employers. The 10th District Legislators are criticizing the Governor for continuing to hurt businesses in the state.

A major payroll tax increase on employers will jeopardize New Jersey jobs, said Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano. (SenateNJ.com)

“We are in this mess because of the Governor’s executive orders which delayed the reopening of many businesses and forced hundreds of thousands of pandemic unemployment claims to be filed,” Senator Holzapfel stated. “Our caucus urged Governor Murphy to divert $6.2 billion in federal American Rescue Plan aid to offset the unemployment payouts, however, our requests were ignored and now our business owners are stuck with the bill.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Praise Rescue & Relocation of Alfie the Swan

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Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano (all R-Ocean) praised the rescue and relocation yesterday of Alfie the swan from waterways in Brick to the Popcorn Park animal refuge in Forked River:

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano praised the rescue and relocation yesterday of Alfie the swan from waterways in Brick to the Popcorn Park animal refuge in Forked River. (Irene Almeida)

“Alfie is beloved by many in our community and our legislative office has been working with both the NJDEP and the USDA to find a solution to prevent him from having to be euthanized.

“We are ecstatic that the USDA and Popcorn Park were able to work with us to successfully save Alfie.”

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Holzapfel Bill to Help Seniors with Prescription Drug Costs Signed into Law

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Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel to allow more seniors and residents with disabilities to qualify for assistance with prescription drug costs has been signed into law. The 10th District Legislator believes this law will ease the financial burdens of residents as prescription drug costs and inflation are on the rise.

Senior residents struggling with the high cost of prescription medicine will be helped by legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Holzapfel and signed into law. (Flickr)

“The rise in prescription drug costs has weighed heavily on our senior residents who live on fixed incomes and cannot afford to live without their medications,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “We don’t want our residents to have to make the tough decision of paying for their prescription drugs or paying the electric bill this month. Now that this legislation is law it will provide much needed aid to our most vulnerable residents.”

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10th District Legislators Oppose Pork-Filled Budget that Cuts Millions in Brick & Toms River School Aid

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano opposed a State Budget put forward by Governor Murphy and Democrats in the Legislature that cuts millions in aid to schools in Brick and Toms River while funding hundreds of millions of dollars in unnecessary pork projects.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin and Asm. John Catalano said the budget passed in Trenton today highlights the misplaced priorities of the Democrats and will drain some Ocean County schools of their rightfully deserved funding. (Pixabay)

The legislators highlighted the misplaced priorities of the Democrats’ budget plan that will drain certain Ocean County schools of their rightfully deserved funding.  As the state begins to recover from the economic fallout of Governor Murphy’s extended shutdowns, the lawmakers believe that this excessive spending plan will create billions more in new taxes next year.

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10th District Lawmakers: Murphy Needs a Plan for Revenue Windfall

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Call for Full Funding for Suburban Schools that Have Suffered Significant Cuts

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano of the 10th Legislative District released the following statement after revised state revenue figures indicated New Jersey will have an additional $5 billion in unexpected revenues for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1:

The Murphy Administration is sitting on $11.5 billion, and Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano want some of the money to fully fund school districts that have faced significant cuts in in Brick, Toms River, and Ocean County. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The Murphy Administration is holding a massive bundle of cash and, as usual, they aren’t discussing their plans with the Legislature or the public. This is yet another example of the Murphy Administration’s lack of transparency.

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Senate Approves Holzapfel Bill Offering Free Beach Access to Veterans

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Shore Municipalities Would Be Permitted to Waive the Fees

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and approved today by the Senate would allow shore towns to offer free or discounted beach access to veterans and their spouse and children.

United States military veterans would be eligible for free beach access in some New Jersey municipalities under Senator Jim Holzapfel’s legislation. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We want to welcome our veterans who were willing to risk their lives for our nation to our award-winning beaches,” said Holzapfel (R-10). “It is because of the dedication and commitment of our military men and women that we, as Americans, enjoy the freedoms we cherish.”

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10th District Lawmakers’ Bill Would Bring School Children Out from Behind the Masks

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Responding to Governor Murphy’s unwillingness to eliminate the mask mandate for schoolchildren, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano of the 10th Legislative District are sponsoring a bill to do just that.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano will introduce legislation that would allow school students to take off their masks. (Pixabay)

“When the Governor made his grand announcement about removing restrictions in time for the Memorial Day Weekend, parents were stunned that school students would still be required to wear masks,” said Holzapfel. “There is no justification for forcing kids to remain masked. Children and young people are less likely to be impacted by the virus, and they generally have mild cases if they do become infected. The masks are overkill at this point. Ultimately, parents should have a choice as to whether or not their child wears a mask in school.”

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10th District Lawmakers Decry Disingenuous Legislation that Fails to Curb Murphy’s Autocratic Rule

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) lamented legislation touted by the Governor and majority Democrats for ending the extensive public health emergency as a misleading political stunt.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano lamented legislation touted by the Governor and majority Democrats for ending the extensive public health emergency as a misleading political stunt. (SenateNJ.com)

“As we have seen with Murphy’s refusal to follow other states and CDC guidelines for mask-wearing, his arbitrary directives often defy both science and common sense,” said Senator Holzapfel. “As restaurants, schools and everyday New Jerseyans struggle to get back to ‘business as usual,’ state government should be doing the same. It is time to rein in the Governor and restore power to the elected representatives in the Senate and Assembly, as intended by the state constitution.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: NJ Taxpayers Pay Most Over Lifetime, Murphy Driving Taxes Even Higher

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Study Shows New Jerseyans Will Pay Nearly Double What Average American Pays in Taxes

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) said Governor Phil Murphy is doing nothing to lower the tax burden on New Jerseyans when a new study shows Garden State residents already pay more in lifetime taxes than anyone else in the country.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano said Gov. Phil Murphy is doing nothing to lower the tax burden on New Jerseyans when a new study shows Garden State residents already pay more in lifetime taxes than anyone else in the country. (©iStock)

“We have more proof than ever before that New Jerseyans are the highest taxed people in the country,” said Holzapfel. “Rather than try to solve that problem, Governor Murphy continues to drive the taxes we pay even higher. He’s wasting money on programs for illegal aliens while cutting aid to our school districts here in Ocean County. He’s making it harder for honest, hard-working, middle-class families to survive.”

According to a new study from Self Financial, New Jerseyans will pay the most in lifetime taxes ($931,698) and the highest percentage of lifetime earnings as taxes (49.51%) of anyone in the nation.

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