New Jersey's 10th Legislative District

Senator Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: Democrats’ Rush to Eliminate Qualified Immunity for Police Would Threaten Public Safety, Drive Costs for Property Taxpayers Higher

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano of the 10th Legislative District warned that a rush by Democrats to remove certain legal protections for law enforcement would severely threaten public safety and drive the cost of property taxes higher.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano warned that a rush by Democrats to remove certain legal protections for law enforcement would severely threaten public safety and drive the cost of property taxes higher. (Flickr)

They pointed to legislation recently introduced by Trenton Democrats, S-3730, which would eliminate qualified immunity as a defense for law enforcement officers.

“Qualified immunity is an important defense for police officers that discourages frivolous personal lawsuits every time they arrest someone,” said Holzapfel. “Eliminating this protection would encourage a flood of lawsuits not just against individual officers, but against towns and police departments as well. Town budgets would be crushed by skyrocketing insurance rates and expensive legal fees. It’s not just police officers who would pay the price of removing qualified immunity, but property taxpayers too. This is another example of attempting to prohibit police from doing their jobs, which ultimately results in our citizens’ safety being compromised.”

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Panel Clears Holzapfel Bill Protecting School Children on Buses

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School buses would be subject to surprise safety inspections under legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.

New Jersey school buses would be subject to surprise safety inspections under legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

Many of New Jersey’s precious children board school buses twice a day. The safety of those youngsters are of utmost importance,” said Holzapfel (R-10). “The promise of unscheduled inspections will encourage transportation companies to identify and repair problems earlier, helping make school buses safer for students, bus drivers, and others on the road.”

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Holzapfel/Bucco Bill Aiding Nonprofit Service Providers Clears Panel

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Measure Would Help Cut Costs for Organizations like Meals on Wheels

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would help nonprofit organizations providing nutrition and other services for residents cleared the Senate Transportation Committee today.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would help nonprofit organizations providing nutrition and other services for residents was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“The benefits afforded by Meals on Wheels and other mobile providers are invaluable to residents across the state,” said Holzapfel (R-10). “Our support of these beneficial nonprofits will help yield more and better services for those who need assistance. This is a step toward a stronger New Jersey.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin and Catalano Oppose New Jersey Natural Gas Proposed Rate Increase

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In response to a recent proposal from New Jersey Natural Gas to increase rates for customers, the legislators at the 10th District have called on the Board of Public Utilities to oppose any increase during this economically troubling time. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are expressing their concerns over the crippling effects this rate hike will have on their constituents, particularly senior citizens and those struggling to overcome financial hardships related to the pandemic.

In response to a recent proposal from New Jersey Natural Gas to increase rates for customers, Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin, and Asm. John Catalano have called on the Board of Public Utilities to oppose any increase during this economically troubling time. (SenateNJ.com)

The 10th District Legislators have released the following statement on this issue which they believe will create another financial burden for struggling families.

“The proposed rate increase by New Jersey Natural Gas couldn’t have come at a worse time,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “We are in the midst of a financial crisis because of Governor Murphy’s extended shutdowns and many of our middle class families and senior citizens are living on fixed incomes. This proposal should be thrown out immediately by the Board of Public Utilities and not be considered until this crisis is over.”

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District 10 Legislators Incensed as Murphy Favors Drug Dealers Over School Students

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Local Taxpayers Will Pay the Price for Yet Another Liberal Agenda Item

Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin and Assemblyman John Catalano today denounced Governor Murphy’s budget scheme to rob money from suburban schools to provide assistance to convicted drug dealers.

Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin and Assemblyman John Catalano today denounced Governor Murphy’s budget scheme to rob money from suburban schools to provide assistance to convicted drug dealers. (SenateNJ.com)

“Now our law-abiding citizens are being forced to take a back seat behind dope dealers and illegal immigrants,” said Holzapfel. “It is hard to imagine that even the Murphy liberals in Trenton would stoop so low to do something like this.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: Murphy Again Ignores Struggling Bars & Restaurants

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The 10th District Legislators are calling out Governor Murphy for excluding restaurants and bars in his latest press conference announcing plans to expand  indoor and outdoor capacity for wedding venues, graduation ceremonies and funerals.  The lawmakers believe the industry hit hardest by the pandemic should be prioritized and the expanded reopening of restaurant and bars is needed now.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano criticized the governor for his ‘major announcement’ that failed to address the desperation of New Jersey’s restaurant and bar industry and called for COVID limits to be relaxed immediately. (Pixabay)

“Our make-or-break summer season is fast approaching and the Governor continues to ignore the plight of restaurant and bar owners by not increasing the capacity limits,” stated Senator Holzapfel.  “The industry has been forced to make drastic safety changes to comply with Murphy’s orders, but without the ability to serve more patrons, the future looks bleak for many establishments. These bars and restaurants are crucial to our local economy, and they demonstrated that they can safely and responsibly serve the public. It is time to give them more discretion, as neighboring states have done.”

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10th District Lawmakers: Murphy Catering to Illegal Immigrants While Legal Residents Suffer

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Illegal immigrants will be eligible for New Jersey driver’s licenses beginning May 1, and the 10th District Legislative team today said it is one more example of Murphy Democrats turning their backs on law-abiding residents to help those who are here illegally.

Illegal immigrants will be eligible for New Jersey driver’s licenses beginning May 1, and the 10th District Legislative team today said it is one more example of Murphy Democrats turning their backs on law-abiding residents to help those who are here illegally. (NJMVC)

“The Governor continues to ignore issues that make it unaffordable for life-long New Jersey families and retirees to remain in the state,” Senator Jim Holzapfel said. “Residents should be priority No. 1.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Legislation Would Prohibit Use of COVID-19 Vaccine Passports in NJ

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Legislators Say People Shouldn’t Be Discriminated Against Based on Vaccination Status

Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano (all R-10) are taking action to prevent the use of COVID-19 vaccine passports in New Jersey that could lead to discrimination against people based on their vaccination status.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano are taking action to prevent the use of COVID-19 vaccine passports in New Jersey that could lead to discrimination based on vaccination status. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’re extremely concerned by Governor Murphy’s willingness to consider the use of vaccine passports that could prevent people from working, going to school, or visiting public places,” said Holzapfel. “In a free society that respects individual rights, we believe health decisions should be a personal, private choice that a patient doesn’t have to discuss with anyone but their doctor. Our new legislation would prevent vaccine passports from being employed here in New Jersey.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin and Catalano: Governor Needs to Clearly Define Reopening Plans for Senior Community Clubhouses and Pools

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The 10th District Legislators have received numerous requests from residents of age-restricted communities who want to know when their community clubhouses and pools can reopen.  Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are urging the Governor’s Administration to clarify the guidelines for opening these facilities before the summer season begins.

Sen. Holzapfel, Asm. McGuckin and Asm. Catalano want the Governor to clarify the guidelines for reopening clubhouses and pools in age-restricted communities before the summer season begins. (Pixabay)

“According to the Governor’s office, clubhouses fall under social clubs, however, the language in the Executive Order does not include clubhouses. This has created confusion about whether or not these facilities have the ability to lawfully reopen,” said Senator Holzapfel.  “Without any guidance from the Governor, communities remain in limbo on how to properly and safely reopen.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin and Catalano Bill Package to Ease Burdens on Restaurants and Bars has Passed the Assembly

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A package of bills to help ease the burdens of restaurants trying to navigate COVID-19 regulations and restrictions has been approved by the Assembly.

A package of bills sponsored by the LD10 lawmakers to help ease the burdens of restaurants trying to navigate COVID-19 regulations and restrictions was advanced by the Assembly. (FB/Morristown Partnership)

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are co-sponsors of these bills that allow food and beverage establishments to better protect their employees and customers while remaining open for business.

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