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10th District Legislators: “Another Wasted Opportunity in Trenton”

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Majority Democrats Block Effort to Limit Governor Murphy’s Executive Powers

Following yesterday’s Senate and Assembly voting sessions, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) said it was another wasted opportunity to act on legislation that would limit Governor Phil Murphy’s executive powers.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano said yesterday’s Senate and Assembly sessions were another wasted opportunity to act on legislation that would limit Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive powers. (SenateNJ.com)

The lawmakers are sponsors of S-2482 and A-4147, which would require the Governor’s executive orders to expire in 15 days unless extended by the Legislature. The bills have not moved since their introduction in the Senate and General Assembly, despite multiple attempts by Republican lawmakers to move the bills forward.

A motion by Republicans yesterday to force a vote on A-4147 by the General Assembly was immediately blocked the the majority Democrats.

Holzapfel, McGuckin, and Catalano say their constituents are fed up with Governor Murphy’s overreach of power and endless executive orders:

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Respond to Governor’s Latest Restrictions on Bars and Restaurants

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The 10th District Legislators share the concerns of restaurant owners who believe Governor Phil Murphy’s newest restrictions on restaurants and bars will have an unnecessarily detrimental impact on an already stressed industry. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano said there is not enough evidence to support a 10 p.m. closure for indoor dining at all bars and restaurants.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Respond to Governor Murphy’s Latest Restrictions on Bars and Restaurants. (Pixabay)

“Restaurants and the long list of associated industries that support and rely on them have been stretched so thin this year,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “Operating at 25% capacity indoors just doesn’t cut it for most, especially when they have greater costs related to sanitization, PPE, and various modifications that are necessary to keep customers safe. We’re greatly concerned that the Governor is putting new restrictions on restaurants that they can’t afford, even after he has long acknowledged that there’s no evidence that indoor dining has contributed to any outbreaks.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Berate Murphy and Dems for Budget Scheme that is Damaging the State Economy

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Superfluous Borrowing Gimmick Sparked Credit Rating Chop that will Cost Taxpayers More Money

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano today cautioned that New Jersey is beginning to feel the impact of irresponsible, misleading and reckless financial decisions by Governor Murphy and the Trenton Democrats.

New Jersey is feeling the impact of irresponsible, misleading and reckless financial decisions by Governor Murphy and the Trenton Democrats, Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano today cautioned. (Pixabay)

It was recently revealed that the state’s credit rating was downgraded by S&P Global Ratings, a major Wall Street rating agency. In announcing the ratings slap, S&P cited significant “structural deficits” and dropped New Jersey’s rating for general obligation bonds to BBB+.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: “Let the Legal Process Play Out”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) released the following statement expressing their shared belief that all legal votes need to be counted in the presidential election:

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano said all legal votes need to be counted in the presidential election. (SenateNJ.com)

“President Donald Trump and his legal team have every right to question the ballot counting process and ask for recounts in certain states. We believe that all legal votes need to be counted to protect our democracy and ensure that this was a free and fair election for all.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: ‘Another Murphy Proposal that Defies Logic’

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Legislators Respond to MVC Providing ID Cards to Soon-to-Be Released Prisoners

Another decision made by Governor Murphy that favors soon-to-be released prisoners over law abiding citizens allows for the Motor Vehicle Commission to set up mobile agencies in Trenton to help these individuals obtain identification cards. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano of the 10th Legislative District have released the following statement blasting the Governor for his agenda that they believe defies all logic.

The Motor Vehicle Commission’s poor treatment of NJ motorists is well-documented. Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano said MVC’s special treatment of soon-to-be-released prisoners is a disgrace to law-abiding residents. (SenateNJ.com)

“We have received hundreds of complaints from our constituents who have had to miss work and rearrange their schedules just to wait in line for hours on end at the MVC,” stated the legislators. “However, prisoners are awarded special treatment and are able to obtain ID cards with no hassle. This is an absolute disgrace to our law-abiding citizens who have been patient with the MVC process since the beginning of the Governor’s extended shutdowns.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano to Democrats: ‘Stop Wasting Time On Changing Our Nation’s History’

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The 10th District Legislators are responding to a recent bill by the Democrats to rename Columbus Day.  Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have released the following statement on what they believe is a waste of legislative time and energy in an attempt to create news headlines.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano today criticized a recent bill by the Democrats to rename Columbus Day as a waste of legislative time and energy in an attempt to create news headlines. (Wikiemedia Commons)

“Our state has suffered through one of the most challenging times in recent history. We have had a complete shutdown of our economy and we are in the rebuilding process with many more hurdles to still overcome. Yet, somehow, Trenton Democrats believe now is the appropriate time to rename holidays in an attempt to change our nation’s history.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano to Governor: ‘Enough is Enough with the Emergency Orders’

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The 10th District Legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano today responded to Governor Murphy’s announcement to extend the state’s Public Health Emergency for the seventh time since March. The lawmakers continue to cite their bill that would limit the Governor’s executive powers, saying this legislation is needed now more than ever.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano called for legislative action on their bill to limit the duration of the Governor’s executive orders after Murphy’s announcement extending the state’s Public Health Emergency for the seventh time since March. (SenateNJ.com)

The lawmakers released the following statement calling on the Legislature to move S-2482 and A-4147, which would require the Governor’s executive orders to expire in 15 days unless extended by the Legislature.

“Since March, it has been one order after another with no end in sight. Even though we have successfully flattened the curve, the Governor insists it’s not enough. Small businesses are continuing to suffer under his restrictions.  Our delegation and our residents are fed up and the legislature must put a stop to this abuse of power,” the legislators said.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Blast Irresponsible Trenton Budget

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The 10th District Legislators – Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano – today chastised Governor Murphy and the Trenton Democrats after a budget weighed down with spending and tax increases was approved without Republican support

The 10th District Legislators said the majority in Trenton has used the pandemic as an excuse to spend more, tax more and ignore the needs of New Jersey taxpayers. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The partisan budget passed yesterday is irresponsible, indefensible and blatantly unfair to New Jersey taxpayers who will be left holding the bag for decades to come,” the legislators said. “With so many expensive Christmas Tree items dedicating millions of dollars to favored projects, the holidays came early to many Democrat-controlled towns, but for the suburban taxpayers who shoulder the burden of New Jersey spending with their wallets, it was just another load of coal in their stockings. It’s a clear message from Murphy and his friends in the Legislature that they don’t care how bad they hurt hard-working New Jerseyans, even in the middle of a health emergency.”

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10th District Legislators to Governor: “Make This Right, Allow In-Person Voting”

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The 10th District legislators released the following statement urging Governor Phil Murphy to reverse his decision to hold an all vote-by-mail election and allow in person voting this November. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have repeatedly voiced their concerns for the integrity of the upcoming General Election and pointed to the glaring inaccuracies that can occur with mail-in voting.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano urged Gov. Phil Murphy to reverse his decision to hold an all vote-by-mail election and allow in person voting this November. (©iStock)

“Governor Murphy, you still have time to make this right. Do it for the people of New Jersey. As citizens we are owed this right. This is one of the worst things we have seen come out of the Governor’s Office in decades and we have seen many bad things. Taking away a person’s ability to vote in the manner they trust is unconscionable.”

The lawmakers noted that voters were not denied the right to vote in person at a polling place at other moments in history when the state and nation were under great stress.

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10th District Legislators Again Blast Murphy Over ‘Baby Bonds’

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are once again blasting Governor Murphy’s proposal to give a $1,000 saving bond for every New Jersey infant born into qualifying families next year. The proposal is under scrutiny by the 10th District legislators who are calling this plan a complete waste of taxpayer dollars and a political move by the Governor to ensure his victory in the 2021 election.

The Governor should be properly funding schools and helping restaurants and small business, said Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano, and not scheming to give ‘baby bonds’ to newborns. (SenateNJ.com)

“Instead of properly funding our schools or helping our small businesses and restaurants, the Governor is choosing to spend $80 million a year to give newborns a savings bond,” Senator Holzapfel said. “Our state is facing one of the most challenging economic times in history and the Governor thinks that ‘Baby Bonds’ is an appropriate proposal for our deteriorating economy.  We are sick of his excessive borrowing schemes to fund these outrageous ideas in order to ensure his re-election next year.”

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