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Pennacchio & Testa: Murphy Administration’s Vaccine Mandates Ignore Science of Natural Immunity

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Senators Point to New Analysis in The Lancet, Say Governor Continues to Cherry Pick Science to Support Overbearing Executive Orders & Mandates

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Michael Testa said Governor Phil Murphy continues to ignore the science of natural immunity and of COVID-19 in general as his administration forges ahead with vaccine mandates and continues unnecessary pandemic restrictions.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Michael Testa said Gov. Phil Murphy continues to ignore the science of natural immunity and of COVID-19 in general as his administration forges ahead with vaccine mandates and continues unnecessary pandemic restrictions. (©iStock)

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Murphy administration has cherry-picked the science on COVID-19 to impose overbearing executive orders and a slew of unnecessary mandates on New Jerseyans,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “We’re now dealing with Governor Murphy’s sweeping vaccine mandates on hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans that completely ignore the science of natural immunity, which we’re learning could result in a greater risk of adverse vaccine reactions for some who were already infected. It’s hard to trust the governor’s pandemic policies when he refuses to trust the science that should inform his decisions.”

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Testa & Pennacchio Bill Would Keep Critical Race Theory Out of New Jersey Public Schools

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New Legislation Also Prohibits Public School Teachers from Engaging in Political, Ideological & Religious Advocacy in Classrooms

Senator Michael Testa and Senator Joe Pennacchio have introduced legislation that would prevent critical race theory (CRT) from being taught in New Jersey public schools. The bill would also prohibit public schools teachers from engaging in political, ideological, or religious advocacy in their classrooms.

Sen. Michael Testa and Sen. Joe Pennacchio have introduced legislation that would prevent critical race theory from being taught in New Jersey public schools. (©iStock)

“Critical race theory is a thinly-veiled effort to legitimize discrimination under the guise of an intellectual social theory,” said Testa (R-1). “Our legislation ensures that New Jersey’s public schools will not teach students that it’s okay to judge others or themselves or to treat people differently based on broad stereotypes that some inappropriately ascribe to an entire race or gender. We believe every person deserves to be treated as an individual.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Bills that Would Increase Benefits for Veterans and Their Spouses Clears Committee

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Veterans with service-connected injuries, and spouses of veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, may soon receive additional financial benefits from the State of New Jersey thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Testa and approved today by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Michael Testa that would provide additional financial benefits to veterans with service-connected injuries, and spouses of veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, was approved today by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. (©iStock)

“It is our duty to ensure the well-being of New Jersey’s veterans and their spouses,” said Testa (R-1). “These bills will offer some much needed financial relief and stability to our injured veterans, and their loved ones, during their time of need. And, for those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation, this legislation will help ease the tax burden that surviving spouses face. These benefits are hard-earned and well-deserved for those who have sacrificed so much to protect our country.”

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A Step Forward for Black Heritage Trail as Testa Bill Clears Senate Panel

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Senator Mike Testa’s legislation to promote awareness and appreciation of Black history in the state was endorsed today by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

Senator Mike Testa’s legislation that would establish a New Jersey Black Heritage Trail and create the New Jersey Black Cultural Heritage Trail and a Black Heritage Commission was advanced by committee. The trail would feature historic sites like the Harriet Tubman Museum in Cape May. (Wikimedia Commons)

Under Testa’s bill, S-3727, the Division of Travel and Tourism would be required to establish a Black Heritage Trail and create the New Jersey Black Cultural Heritage Commission.

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Pennacchio/Testa Bill Will Recognize Natural Immunity as Satisfying COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

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Legislation Will Protect Rights of 1.2 Million New Jerseyans Who Have Recovered from Coronavirus

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Michael Testa have introduced legislation that could allow a person’s naturally developed immunity resulting from a prior COVID-19 infection to satisfy vaccination requirements imposed on workplaces, schools, or any other entity in the state.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Michael Testa have introduced legislation that could allow a person’s naturally developed immunity resulting from a prior COVID-19 infection to satisfy vaccination requirements imposed on workplaces, schools, or any other entity in the state. (SenateNJ.com)

“We don’t think anyone should be discriminated against due to their vaccination status, personal health decisions, or desire for medical privacy,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “However, to the extent that Governor Murphy and others have imposed burdensome vaccine mandates already, we believe those requirements should be based on science and recognize the significant protection and natural immunity that results from a person’s prior COVID-19 infection.”

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Testa Bill Allowing Mobile Barbershops Signed by Governor

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Shops-on-Wheels Would Bring Services to Customers’ Homes, Offices

Barbershops and hair salons could soon take their scissors on the road under a new law sponsored by Senator Mike Testa and signed today.

Barbershops and hair salons could soon take their scissors on the road under a new law sponsored by Senator Mike Testa. (Pixabay)

“Barber shops on wheels will open the doors to new opportunities for hard-working professionals with ambitions to grow their business and conveniently serve more customers,” said Testa (R-1). “One thing we all learned from the pandemic is that residents, schools and businesses must be adaptable. Given the popularity of food trucks and the renewed emphasis on convenience and safety, barber shops and hair salons should not be restricted to brick-and-mortar locations.”

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Panel Clears Testa Bill Requiring Information Literacy Instruction in Schools

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Students in grades kindergarten through 12 would be educated in information literacy under legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Testa and passed today by the Senate Education Committee.

Students in grades kindergarten through 12 would be educated in information literacy under legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Testa and passed by the Senate Education Committee. (Pixabay)

Under Testa’s bill (S-3464), schools would be required to provide instruction on information literacy so students can determine reliable, useful content and avoid invalid and deceptive materials.

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Testa Earns NJ Chamber’s Legislator of the Year Award

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Senator Michael Testa will receive the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s biannual Legislator of the Year Award during an event tonight in Holmdel.

Senator Michael Testa (second from left), shown kicking off his Business Recovery Tour in Cape May in March of this year, will be honored as Legislator of the Year by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. (SenateNJ.com)

Testa, an influential first-term Senator representing Legislative District 1, will be joined by honorees from the public and private sectors for “leading New Jersey through the pandemic and outstanding support of business and economic growth in the Garden State” during the Chamber’s Legislative and Business Awards Reception at the Bell Works center.

“Every New Jersey resident can benefit from a strong, vibrant state economy,” said Testa. “I am proud of my efforts on behalf of crucial job-creators and the families that rely on them for good jobs, career opportunities and income, and I’m humbled to receive this award from the New Jersey Chamber.”

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District 1 Legislators Aggravated by Murphy’s Closed Offices

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Legislative District 1 lawmakers expressed frustration with the Murphy Administration as many state facilities, including Motor Vehicle Commission   and Department of Labor sites remain closed.

Murphy’s Motor Vehicle Commission has been a source of public frustration throughout the pandemic, and the LD1 legislators are frustrated MVC sites are not yet fully open. (SenateNJ.com)

All state workers were expected to be back on the job this week, fully vaccinated or subject to weekly COVID testing, but the Governor backed off his original orders and delayed the return to work for many agencies.

“Closed state offices have become all too familiar, and the whole thing is exasperating,” said Senator Michael Testa. “The citizens of New Jersey deserve better. This clearly isn’t the ‘stronger and fairer’ picture that Murphy is painting.

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Testa Blasts Murphy for Increasing Taxes on Working Poor to Write Checks to Illegals

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Mere months before a double-digit increase in the payroll tax on workers, the Murphy Administration announced plans for a $40 million give-away program for illegal immigrants.

Sen. Michael Testa chided the Governor for a plan to give $40M to illegal immigrants only months before a $40M tax on low-income workers goes into effect. (Pixabay)

Recently, it was revealed a web site operated by the Department of Human Services will help distribute taxpayer money to immigrants who failed to qualify to federal stimulus payments because they are here illegally.

“The Governor’s priorities are convoluted and unjustifiable. He should have avoided this regressive tax increase on low-income earners. Instead, he clobbered the working poor so he could write checks to illegals,” said Senator Michael Testa (R-1).

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