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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel to Vote ‘No’ On Bill to Teach Kindergarteners About Gender and Sexual Identity

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Senator Jim Holzapfel of the 10th Legislative District will vote “no” on bill S-2781 which mandates that public schools incorporate sexual and gender identity into the curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade.  The legislation is supported by Democrats under the guise that it will teach diversity and tolerance, however, the Senator believes these topics are being forced upon students to affirm and adopt these lifestyles, regardless of their individual religious beliefs.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel said he will vote ‘no’ on legislation mandating public schools to incorporate sexual and gender identity into the curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade. (©iStock)

“This bill has nothing to do with anti-bullying policies but rather imposing a belief system on children who are too young to even understand the complexities of these lifestyles,” said Senator Holzapfel.  “Teaching students about diversity is one thing, but to bring these lessons into a classroom full of 5 and 6 year olds is ridiculous.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Cite More Evidence Murphy’s Priorities are Backwards

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Efforts to Make Violent Predators a Protected Class is an Abuse of Law-Abiding Citizens

The 10th District Legislators reacted vehemently to the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights’ advocacy for further eroding the rights of law-abiding New Jersey residents.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano chastised the Governor’s administration after the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights pushed to classify violent criminals as a protected class under the law. (Pixabay)

Testifying during an Assembly Housing Committee meeting this week, representatives of the civil rights division (DCR) argued that convicted criminals, including violent offenders, should be a protected class under the law.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Introduce Bill to Compensate Businesses for Public Health Emergency Closures

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Say Middle-Class Families Suffering While Gov. Murphy’s Arbitrary Orders Killing Businesses & Jobs

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) have introduced legislation that would allow for businesses that have incurred losses due to closures ordered by Governor Phil Murphy to seek compensation from the State.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) have introduced legislation that would allow for businesses that have incurred losses due to closures ordered by Governor Phil Murphy to seek compensation from the State. (Pixabay)

“Small businesses that employ the majority of New Jerseyans have taken an unbearable hit as a result of the severe restrictions and closures ordered by Governor Murphy since March,” said Holzapfel. “We think they deserve to be compensated for the losses they have incurred while complying with the governor’s arbitrary and ineffective executive orders.”

The new legislation (S-3060/A-4849) by the 10th District legislators provides that the closure of a business due to an order declaring a public health emergency is a public purpose for which the State may have to pay the business owner just compensation.

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10th District Legislators Urge Murphy to Lift Indoor Restrictions on AA and NA Meetings

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Due to Governor Murphy’s latest restrictions on indoor gatherings, recovering patients are having a difficult time seeking treatment at Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous facilities.  Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) are urging Governor Murphy to allow all treatment facilities to remain open at full capacity.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano are urging Governor Murphy to exempt alcohol and narcotics treatment programs from new restrictions on indoor gatherings and allow them to continue operating at full capacity. (Pixabay)

“New Jersey has seen significant increases in fatal drug-related overdoses because of the added pressures on addicts due to COVID-19,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “It’s programs like AA and NA that keep people from returning to their harmful ways.  Without proper access to these recovery programs and the ongoing stresses associated with the virus it is more likely for addicts to use drugs and alcohol again.”

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Holzapfel: Instead of Wasting Time on “Magic Mushrooms,” Legislature Should Examine Murphy’s Coronavirus Response

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Says Democrats “Keeping Their Heads Buried Firmly in the Sand” Blocking Multiple Efforts to Hold Governor Accountable for Arbitrary & Haphazard Response to COVID-19

With new restrictions ordered by Governor Murphy set to inflict additional economic harm on New Jerseyans, Senator Jim Holzapfel urged the New Jersey Legislature to prioritize a review of the Murphy administration’s coronavirus response to date.

With new restrictions ordered by Gov. Murphy set to inflict additional economic harm on New Jerseyans, Sen. Jim Holzapfel urged the Legislature to prioritize a review of the Murphy administration’s coronavirus response to date. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Democratic majorities in the New Jersey Legislature are keeping their heads buried firmly in the sand while Governor Murphy is issuing new executive orders that will hurt many of our constituents without any legislative oversight whatsoever,” said Holzapfel (R-10). “Instead of serving as a critical check on the governor’s executive powers, they are wasting the Legislature’s time with an unnecessary fight over ‘magic mushrooms,’ the outcome of which is inconsequential to most New Jerseyans. Meanwhile, people continue to lose their jobs, more restaurants and small businesses are going under, and residents are still getting sick despite making so many sacrifices. It’s unbelievable that Trenton Democrats have so little interest in protecting working families that are getting hit the hardest by Governor Murphy’s overbearing executive orders.”

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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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