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Senator Jim Holzapfel

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: Murphy Should Offer Businesses the Same Opportunity to Make Local Reopening Decisions That’s Been Provided to Schools

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Say Doing Away With Blanket Statewide Restrictions on Entire Industries Could Help Hundreds of Thousands of Unemployed New Jerseyans to Safely Get Back to Work

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) said Governor Phil Murphy should provide businesses and other employers the same opportunity to make reopening decisions based on local conditions that he has granted to school districts that are planning for the fall.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano said Gov. Murphy should provide businesses and other employers the same opportunity to make reopening decisions based on local conditions that he has granted to school districts. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy has ruled with an iron fist since the beginning of the pandemic, insisting that only he should decide when it’s safe for various industries to reopen statewide,” said Holzapfel. “For the past five months, he’s flatly refused to allow local decision-making or to adopt a regional approach to mitigation efforts that could have allowed businesses, parks, and other public places to reopen sooner in areas experiencing little community spread of the coronavirus. Suddenly, however, the governor is saying schools can make local decisions on reopening, but not anyone else. That contradiction reeks of favoritism and undermines his administration’s claim to care about pursuing fairness in public policy.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: ‘In-Person Voting with Photo ID Is the Only Way to Prevent Voter Fraud’

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The controversy over the mail-in ballot process and the many issues resulting from the July primary has the 10th District Legislators very concerned for the integrity of the November General Election.  Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano stress the importance of in-person voting and point to their legislation which requires voter ID before voting at a polling place.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano today emphasized the importance of in-person voting and renewed calls for their legislation to require voter ID to prevent fraud. (©iStock)

“Why is it OK for people to stand online for hours at the Motor Vehicle Commission but voting at a polling place is too risky?” asked Senator Holzapfel.  “Since when is transferring a title on a car more important than your right to vote?”

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10th District Legislators React to Supreme Court Ruling

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The 10th District Legislators completely disagree with the Supreme Court ruling on 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 have always opposed the record-setting plan which will borrow $10 billion to cover State spending.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano said New Jersey taxpayers will be paying for the borrowing scheme approved by the State Supreme Court for decades. (©iStock)

The lawmakers note that the Supreme Court placed restrictions on the borrowing plan; however, they believe the economic damage from this scheme will affect New Jersey taxpayers for generations to come.

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Bill Package Co-Sponsored by Holzapfel Clears Transportation Committee

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Legislation aims to reduce overcrowding at MVC and prioritize health of seniors

A group of bills co-sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel of the 10th Legislative District that would better assist residents with services at the the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) has cleared the Senate Transportation Committee. These legislative measures, sponsored by Senator Pat Diegnan, who is also Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, aim to lessen the influx of people going to the Motor Vehicle Commission for standard appointments and services.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel’s bill package to better assist residents at the MVC has cleared the Senate Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

The first bill, S-2748 establishes a MVC Virtual Check-In pilot program to allow customers to reserve a spot in the queue through the commission’s website, move through the queue without being physically present and check-in remotely from the parking lot of the MVC agency or a kiosk.

“In the days and weeks following the reopening of the MVC, we saw massive lines and crowds of people waiting for hours on end for standard appointments,” said Senator Holzapfel. “This bill creates a virtual check-in for residents that will drastically reduce delays at already crowded Motor Vehicle agencies in addition to reducing any potential spread of the virus at these locations.”

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10th District Legislators: ‘We Must Be Able to Vote In Person’

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Legislators cite their bill to require photo ID to vote

The many issues with vote by mail during the July primary were a major concern for 10th District Legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano.  The lawmakers are stressing the need for in-person voting for the November general election to ensure election integrity.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano introduced legislation calling for in-person voting and photo IDs for the November general election to ensure election integrity. (©iStock)

The lawmakers also point to their bill, S-2775/A-4490, which requires a voter to present photo identification before voting at a polling place at any election.  Acceptable photo identification includes a New Jersey driver’s license, New Jersey REAL ID, a New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles “identification only” card or a United States passport.

“There were many troubling issues that resulted from the Governor’s executive order which restricted nearly everyone from voting in person, including deceased residents who were mailed ballots,” said Senator Holzapfel.  “We believe in-person voting will negate these glaring inaccuracies and restore voter confidence. Our bill will require photo ID at all polling places in order to eliminate voter fraud and restore our trust in our democracy.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: ‘Stop Stalling and Start Distributing Cares Act Funds’

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The 10th District legislators are calling on Governor Phil Murphy to immediately distribute portions of the CARES Act funding to help New Jersey’s suffering small businesses.  Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano believe the $2.1 billion of unspent federal funding the Governor is sitting on could make a major impact on businesses that are struggling to survive because of COVID-19 and the extended shutdown by the Governor.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano are urging Murphy to allocate some of the $2.1 billion of unspent CARES Act funding to help struggling small businesses in New Jersey. (Pixabay)

“The billions of dollars from the CARES Act is crucial for the survival of our small businesses, non-profits, and local governments,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “The Governor has been stalling for four months to distribute these funds. Instead, he picks and chooses what businesses will survive or not.  For example, Governor Murphy has distributed $6 million of the $2.1 billion to commercial rental assistance located in just 64 of the 565 municipalities in the state.  This money is for all of New Jersey not just the towns our Governor chooses to favor.”

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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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