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Senator Michael Testa

Testa: NJDOC Must Stop Transferring Inmates to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

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Senator Michael Testa called on the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) to stop transferring inmates from “hot zones” of infection in North Jersey to prisons in South Jersey to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the confines of our correctional facilities.

Sen. Michael Testa called on the NJDOC to stop transferring inmates from ‘hot zones’ of infection in North Jersey to prisons in South Jersey to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Pixabay)

“The NJDOC hasn’t locked down inmate transfers enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from prison to prison,” said Testa (R-1). “We heard of a prisoner who was transferred several days ago from a ‘hot zone’ in North Jersey to South Woods State Prison. The prisoner was symptomatic upon arrival at South Woods, brought to a hospital, and tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s increasingly clear that inmate transfers at this time within the New Jersey prison system is creating unnecessary risk for other inmates and the Corrections Officers who watch over them.”

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Testa, McClellan & Simonsen Advise NJ Tax Filers of Deadline Extension

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Vow to Fight for South Jersey During Budget Process

Senator Michael Testa Jr. and Assemblymen Antwan McClellan and Erik K. Simonsen are alerting residents that the deadline for filing New Jersey income taxes has been delayed until July 15, coinciding with the extended federal deadline.

Senator Testa and Assemblymen McClellan and Simonsen informed residents that New Jersey Income Taxes are not due until July due to the coronavirus pandemic. (SenateNJ.com)

“People are worried and concerned about the coronavirus pandemic,” said Testa (R-1). “COVID-19 has upended everyday life and created severe financial strain on residents. Good news has been hard to come by, but the tax filing delay will lighten the stress levels on those who are isolating at home and trying to keep themselves and families safe and well.”

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Testa Calls on NJDOC to Protect Corrections Officers from COVID-19

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To better keep Corrections Officers and their families safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Michael Testa called to enact a variety of measures to help slow the spread in state prisons.

To better keep Corrections Officers and their families safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Sen. Michael Testa called to enact a variety of measures to help slow the spread in state prisons. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey is not doing enough to keep our Corrections Officers safe from coronavirus,” said Testa (R- Cumberland, Cape May, Atlantic). “While hundreds of inmates are free to go, corrections officers still must show up to work, day in and day out, to maintain the safety and security of our communities. Enhancing precautionary measures against this evolving pandemic, such as enacting smarter social distancing policies, will keep officers and their loved ones at home safe from COVID-19.”

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Testa Statement on Designating Firearms Businesses as Essential

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Murphy Rights a Wrong and Reopens Gun Stores

Senator Michael Testa (R-1) released the following statement:

Sen. Michael Testa released the following statement on New Jersey designating firearms businesses as essential. (©iStock)

“I am pleased that Gov. Murphy is finally recognizing and honoring our constitutional right to bear arms, especially amid this State of Emergency.

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Testa: State Must Protect Citizens, but not at the Expense of Civil Liberties

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Senator Michael Testa Jr. today called on the Murphy administration to uphold the rights of State residents during the coronavirus crisis.

Sen. Testa called this week’s announcement by the Attorney General that law enforcement officers would strictly enforce Murphy’s executive orders a dangerous precedent that jeopardizes civil liberties. (WikiMedia Commons)

“The state’s efforts to protect the people from the coronavirus should not be taken as a license to suppress the liberties of the citizens,” said Testa (R-1). “There is a thin line between good public policy and heavy-handed government control. The priorities of public health and the preservation of civil rights must be secured in tandem.”

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Testa: Murphy Should Add Gun Stores to List of Essential Businesses

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Senator Michael Testa called on Governor Phil Murphy to add guns stores to the lists of essential retail businesses that are allowed to remain open during the current state of emergency due to the coronavirus.

Sen. Michael Testa called on Gov. Phil Murphy to add guns stores to the lists of essential retail businesses that are allowed to remain open during the current state of emergency due to the coronavirus. (©iStock)

“People have a constitutional right to bear arms and to defend themselves and their families during these uncertain times,” said Testa (R-1). “Gun stores should never have been closed in the first place. Now that more police departments are reporting officers sick with the coronavirus, it’s increasingly clear that understaffed law enforcement agencies may not have the ability to respond immediately when a family needs help. Governor Murphy can help protect New Jerseyans by opening gun stores and allowing citizens to protect themselves if needed.”

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Testa Calls on State to Help Borrowers Struggling with NJ Student Loans During COVID-19 Outbreak

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Urges Governor to Temporarily Halt Monthly Payments

Senator Michael Testa Jr. today said the Governor’s announced assistance for students burdened by payments on NJCLASS college loans during the COVID-19 crisis was “a good first step, but more needs to be done to help young borrowers.”

Sen. Michael Testa Jr. urges the Administration to do more to help borrowers with New Jersey student loans during the coronavirus crisis by halting monthly payments. (CDC)

Testa called for freezing student loan interest and extending payment deadlines.

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Testa: ‘Now is Not the Time for Tourism’

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Pledges Support for Local Businesses Suffering Through COVID-19 Pandemic

“This is one time when we want to see the beaches and the boardwalks empty,” said Senator Michael Testa Jr. as he called on New Jersey and out-of-state residents to remain self-quarantined and follow common-sense precautions to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

Sen. Testa said ‘now is not the time to be traveling to tourism areas’ and called on all residents – in-state and out- – to remain self-quarantined to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (CDC)

“Now is not the time to be traveling to tourism areas,” Testa continued. “Tourism is the life-blood of the economy in our Shore towns, but right now, it is important to make public health and safety the priorities.”

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Testa: Senate Will Pass Bills to Help Families, Business Cope with Impact of Pandemic

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Senator Michael Testa Jr. reiterated his commitment to help families, schools, and businesses struggling to cope with the effects of the coronavirus crisis, saying he looks forward to supporting more than a dozen bills Thursday, in the Senate.

When the Senate convenes for a session Thursday, Sen. Michael Testa said he will continue his resolve to help families and businesses during the coronavirus crisis. (CDC)

“This follows our resolve to ensure that during this crisis, businesses are afforded the utmost respect,” said Testa (R-1). “The is a crucial package of pro-business and pro-employee legislation. I will proudly vote yes and put New Jersey first.”

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LD1 Legislators Urge Veterans to Apply for $6,000 Income Tax Exemption

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Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Antwan McClellan, and Assemblyman Erik Simonsen (all R-1) are encouraging Garden State veterans to take advantage of the Income Tax Exemption for Veterans.

Testa, McClellan, & Simonsen are encouraging Garden State veterans to take advantage of the Income Tax Exemption for Veterans. (©iStock)

“More than 400,000 veterans call the Garden State ‘home,’” said Testa. “Every eligible veteran should utilize this tax relief. Easing the financial burden for former service members is a small way to show our thanks for their sacrifices.”

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