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Testa, Simonsen & McClellan Call on Murphy to Prohibit Teachers from Logging Vaccine Conversations in Progressive Campaign App

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Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan (all R-1) called on Governor Phil Murphy to prohibit teachers from logging conversations with students and parents about COVID-19 vaccinations in a progressive campaign app operated by a left-wing organization.

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan called on Gov. Phil Murphy to prohibit teachers from logging conversations with students and parents about COVID-19 vaccinations in Reach, a progressive campaign app operated by a left-wing organization. Pictured is a screenshot from the app’s website. (Reach)

“We’re hearing from parents who are outraged by the shocking reports that teachers are being trained to engage students and their families in vaccine conversations and to log what they learn in a tracking app developed for Democrat political campaigns,” said Testa. “We believe this practice is inappropriate, unethical, likely illegal, and must be stopped immediately.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado: Murphy Must Keep His Promise to Reopen All State Government Offices on 10/18

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Walk-in Unemployment Centers Have Been Closed Since Beginning of Pandemic

Senator Kristin Corrado urged Governor Phil Murphy to keep his promise to fully reopen State government offices that have been closed since the start of the pandemic.

Sen. Kristin Corrado urged Gov. Phil Murphy to keep his promise to fully reopen State government offices that have been closed since the start of the pandemic. (SenateNJ.com)

“Important State offices, including unemployment walk-in centers, have been closed for nearly 19 months and completely inaccessible to New Jerseyans,” said Corrado (R-40). “Given the long wait, I hope the rumors aren’t true that some offices may have their reopenings pushed back beyond the date the governor set for his administration to get back to work. It would be yet another failure of leadership if Governor Murphy delayed the full reopening of State government any longer.”

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Senator Holly Schepisi

Schepisi Urges Murphy Administration to Order Teachers to Stop Logging Private Info of Students & Families in Third-Party Advocacy Apps

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Senator Calls for Investigation, Will Introduce Legislation Banning Practice That’s Being Pushed on Teachers by NEA & AFT

After it was revealed that national teachers’ unions have been training and instructing New Jersey teachers to log the personal health information of students and their families in a progressive organization’s campaign app, Senator Holly Schepisi called for an investigation and urged the Murphy administration to prohibit the invasive practice.

After it was revealed that national teachers’ unions have been training and instructing New Jersey teachers to log the personal health information of students and their families in a progressive organization’s campaign app, Sen. Holly Schepisi called for an investigation and urged the Murphy administration to prohibit the invasive practice. (©iStock)

“New Jerseyans might be surprised to hear that teachers are being told to engage students and parents in private conversations about their health and COVID-19 vaccination status and to log what they learn in a campaign-style tracking app run by a progressive advocacy group,” said Schepisi (R-39). “Unbelievably, that’s exactly what’s happening, as I’ve been told by concerned teachers. It’s a gross invasion of privacy that Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Education should prohibit immediately.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Calls on NJ to Stop Discriminating and Immediately Recognize Natural Immunity

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Pfizer Scientists Agree on Natural Immunity’s Protection

As evidence continues to mount that recovered COVID-19 patients are as protected against the virus as those who are vaccinated, Senator Joe Pennacchio today said it is time for the Murphy Administration to face facts and acknowledge the reality of natural immunity.

Scientist confirm patients who recover from COVID-19 develop natural immunities, and Sen. Joe Pennacchio is calling on the Governor’s Administration to face the facts. (©iStock)

“We need to move beyond the false narrative that only through vaccinations can people develop protective antibodies,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Historically, proven science has recognized that people who contract the virus naturally produce antibodies and develop memory cells that can be called upon for future infections. The body creates its own defenses.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Despite Murphy’s Denials, Administration CTO Confirms Unemployment & MVC Computer System Upgrades Are “Critical Needs”

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While Unemployment Claims Go Unpaid and Drivers Can’t Get Licenses, Murphy Says Fixing the Systems a “Waste” of Money

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said the Murphy administration’s Chief Technology Officer has confirmed that the modernization of New Jersey’s unemployment and motor vehicle computer systems are “top tier IT critical needs” that must be addressed.

Sen. Tony Bucco said the Murphy administration’s Chief Technology Officer has confirmed that the modernization of New Jersey’s unemployment and motor vehicle computer systems are ‘top tier IT critical needs’ that must be addressed. (Pixabay)

“Despite Governor Murphy’s continued refusal to replace the State’s ancient computer systems, his administration’s Chief Technology Officer has confirmed that modernization programs are critical needs,” said Bucco (R-25). “It looks like Governor Murphy might be the only person left in New Jersey who thinks our broken unemployment and MVC systems are working just fine. He clearly hasn’t talked to the thousands of New Jerseyans who are going in circles on the unemployment website trying to get their claims approved, or to drivers who can’t schedule appointments online to get their licenses. We hear these complaints repeated by frustrated New Jerseyans every single day.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Calls on Gov. Murphy to Continue Funding for “Meals on Wheels” Breakfast Program for Seniors

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Some Breakfast Delivery Programs Set to Expire on October 15

Senator Kristin Corrado called on Governor Phil Murphy to dedicate federal relief funds at his disposal to maintain “Meals on Wheels” breakfast deliveries to vulnerable seniors that will end next week.

Sen. Kristin Corrado called on Gov. Phil Murphy to dedicate federal relief funds at his disposal to maintain “Meals on Wheels” breakfast deliveries to vulnerable seniors. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’ve heard from seniors in Passaic County who were notified that their Meals on Wheels breakfast deliveries will stop on October 15 because CARES Act funding has run out,” said Corrado (R-40). “These food deliveries have been critically important to low-income, high-risk seniors who have avoided crowded places like grocery stores since the start of the pandemic. We’re calling on Governor Murphy to continue funding these Meals on Wheels services that are set to expire with a tiny portion of the $6 billion in federal relief funds he has yet to spend.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio, Webber Bill Would Ensure Boat Access to Public Lakes for Recreational Fishermen

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The fees New Jersey recreational fishermen pay for freshwater fishing licenses help pay for the stocking of public lakes with game fish, but anglers are finding it increasingly difficult to get their boats into public waters.

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Assemblyman Jay Webber sponsor legislation that would remedy the absence of public boat access to Greenwood Lake. (Pixabay)

A pair of lawmakers from the 26th District, Senator Joe Pennacchio and Assemblyman Jay Webber, sponsor legislation to be introduced in Trenton to address the frustration and growing concern for the lack of public boat launches and lake accessibility.

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District 1

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan: Business, Industry, Labor Groups Say Murphy’s Energy Master Plan Is a Disaster Plan

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Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan (all R-1) said opposition is growing to Governor Phil Murphy’s Energy Master Plan (EMP), which would cost every New Jersey homeowner tens of thousands of dollars and put residents at risk during emergencies.

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan said opposition is growing to Gov. Murphy’s Energy Master Plan, which would cost every New Jerseyan tens of thousands of dollars and put residents at risk during emergencies. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy’s Energy Master Plan could cost every New Jersey resident $52,000, according to an analysis of the massive cost to implement the governor’s green energy scheme,” said Senator Testa. “For many Garden State families, the huge expense of Murphy’s energy plan would prove to be a disaster plan that would saddle them with unbearable costs they cannot afford. It’s nothing less than a hidden green energy tax on New Jerseyans that will cost us hundreds of billions of dollars.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman, Weinberg Honored by NJ League of Conservation Voters

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The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (NJLCV) last night honored Senators Kip Bateman and Loretta Weinberg for their career-long dedication to the environment and conservation.

The NJLCV honored Sens. Kip Bateman and Loretta Weinberg for their career-long dedication to the environment and conservation. Left to Right: Ed Potosnak, NJLCV Executive Director; Julia Somers, NJLCV Board Chair; Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg; Senator Kip Bateman. (SenateNJ.com)

“With the climate crisis accelerating and storms like Henri and Ida becoming the norm, we expect everyone in the Legislature to be bold environmental champions. Senators Loretta Weinberg and Kip Bateman are examples of champions who have consistently worked to promote bold pro-environmental policies to protect clean air, safe drinking water, and open space,” said NJLCV Board Chair Julia Somers, who serves as executive director of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio, Bucco Call for Preserving Columbus Day Legacy

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Urge Senate Support of Resolution Securing Annual Holiday Cherished by Italian Americans

Columbus Day is a federal and state holiday marked on Oct. 11 this year and an annual celebration of Italian American heritage.

Senators Joe Pennacchio and Anthony M. Bucco are fighting to ensure the long-standing Columbus Day legacy is continued and sponsor a resolution supporting the preservation of the annual federal and state holiday. (Wikimedia)

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Anthony M. Bucco are dedicated to ensuring the long-standing legacy is continued and sponsor a resolution (SR-50) supporting the preservation of Columbus Day as a federal and state holiday.

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Chris Connors

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Steven Oroho

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Holly Schepisi

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