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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Michael Testa

Testa: Murphy’s Ridiculous Mask Mandate for Toddlers Is Likely Unenforceable

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Senator Michael Testa (R-1) blasted Governor Phil Murphy’s newly issued executive order requiring two-year-old children to wear masks at day care:

Sen. Michael Testa blasted Gov. Phil Murphy’s newly issued executive order requiring two-year-old children to wear masks at day care, calling it ridiculous and likely unenforceable. (©iStock)

“Governor Murphy’s mask mandate for two-year-olds is absolutely ridiculous and likely unenforceable.

“Is Murphy going to close day care centers that parents are depending on to get back to work if they can’t get children barely older than infants to keep their masks on? Are toddlers going to be carted off to jail for ripping their masks off, which they inevitably will do?

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Testa: Not a Single Democratic Legislator Has Signed Petition to Stop Gov. Murphy’s Payroll Tax Increase Next Month

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Senator Michael Testa (R-1) said that nearly two weeks after a petition was sent to their offices, not a single Democrat in the New Jersey Legislature has signed on to an effort to convene a special legislative session to prevent an upcoming payroll tax increase on employers, repay debt, and restore stability to the state’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) Fund.

Sen. Michael Testa said not a single Democrat in the New Jersey Legislature has signed a petition they were sent to convene a special legislative session to prevent an upcoming payroll tax increase on employers. (©iStock)

The petition, signed by every Republican member of the Legislature, would constitutionally require Governor Phil Murphy to call a special session if signed by a majority of the members of each house of the Legislature.

“It’s extremely disappointing that none of the Democratic legislators who put out press releases bemoaning Governor Murphy’s looming payroll tax increase were brave enough to sign the petition that was presented to them,” said Testa, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “Their inaction when offered a clear opportunity to work in a bipartisan manner to stop the tax increase on New Jersey’s struggling employers speaks louder than their empty words.”

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New Jersey to Lower Flags to Honor Fallen Lifeguard

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The U.S. and New Jersey state flags will be lowered to half-staff on Friday, honoring Norman V. Inferrera III, a young member of the Cape May Beach Patrol who died in an on-duty accident last weekend.

Flags will be lowered to half mast on Friday in honor of the Cape May Beach Patrol lifeguard who died in an on-duty accident. (Pixabay)

Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan released the following statement:

“Lowering the flags is a solemn tribute for an outstanding young man who was committed to serving the community and keeping residents and vacationers safe when they visited the beach in Cape May. At only 16 years old, Norman’s penchant for public service was clear, and his loss in the rough seas churned up by Hurricane Henri leaves a void in the hearts of those who knew and loved him, and a pall of sadness that lingers like a persistent morning fog over the coastal community.

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Testa: Murphy’s Energy Master Plan is a Disaster Plan

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Residents Can’t Afford This Green Fantasy, Testa Says

The Energy Master Plan Governor Murphy unveiled by executive order last January establishes a goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050, but the Administration has dodged efforts to put a price tag on the initiative.

Sen. Michael Testa blasted Gov. Murphy’s Energy Master Plan that will add $155 billion to electric bills and cost NJ families more than $252 billion. (SenateNJ.com)

“If you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it, and New Jersey certainly cannot afford the utopian energy dream Murphy shares with the liberal elite in Washington,” said Senator Michael Testa (R-1).

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Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Members to Gov: Why are You Sitting on ARP Money?

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The Administration Has Spent Almost None of Billions in Federal Funds Intended to Help Residents

On the three-month anniversary of the State receiving $6.2 billion in COVID relief funding from the federal government, the four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee today called on the Murphy Administration to stop the foot-dragging and put the money to work helping residents, as it was intended.

The Murphy Administration is sitting on more than $6 billion in American Rescue Plan money and the four Republicans on the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee want the money put to work helping NJ residents and employers. (Pixabay)

In a letter to the Governor and the Senate Democrat co-chairs of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee (JBOC), Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), and Senator Michael Testa (R-1) criticized the Administration for only spending $316,000 or .005% of the money since it was received in May.

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Senator Testa Dismayed by Murphy’s Calamitous Tax Increase on Employers

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Republicans Have Been Calling for American Relief Plan Funds to Prevent the Tax Hike

Senator Michael Testa (R-1) released the following statement blasting the Murphy Administration for the job-killing payroll tax increase:

Sen. Michael Testa said Gov. Murphy’s massive payroll tax on New Jersey employers will cost jobs in a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. (Pixabay)

“Late Friday, Governor Murphy increased the employer payroll tax by $252 million despite New Jersey having one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation at 7.3 percent.  My Republican colleagues and I had been advocating for the use of available federal funds to prevent any tax increase on employers as they recover from COVID closures.  The Governor refused to listen.

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Testa: Prisoner Freed by Gov. Murphy Accused of Murder Just 2 Days After Release

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While Jamming Nursing Homes with Sick COVID Patients, Murphy Administration Was Emptying Jails to Protect Prisoners

Senator Michael Testa said murder charges filed against a former inmate freed by Governor Phil Murphy demonstrate the insanity of the administration’s early release of thousands of dangerous inmates during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Michael Testa said murder charges filed against a former inmate freed by Gov. Phil Murphy demonstrate the insanity of the administration’s early release of thousands of dangerous inmates during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay)

“A member of the public is now dead as a direct result of the Murphy administration’s dangerous early release policy,” said Testa (R-1). “According to the charges filed by prosecutors, it took just two days for a released inmate to commit murder after his sentence was cut short and he was set free. We warned Governor Murphy that he was putting the public at risk, but he disagreed, with tragic results.”

NJ.com reported today on criminal charges filed against Jerry D. Crawford for a murder he is alleged to have committed just two days after his release from South Woods State Prison. The victim’s body was found less than a half-mile from the prison.

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LD1 Lawmakers Challenge Murphy’s School Mask Mandate

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Children Should Not be Required to Mask Up for Return to Classrooms

After the Governor announced masks will once again be mandatory when schools resume in September, Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan asserted that decision should be up to the parents.

Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan insist parents should decide is their children should wear masks when they go back to school. (Pixabay)

“The last thing we need is Trenton to swoop in and order our children to mask up for the first day of school,” the legislators said in a joint statement. “Children have been used as pawns in this game before, and we know the damage masks have done to their psyche and their educational and personal development.

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Senator Testa Highlights Local Charity Fashion Show that Benefits Disabled Children

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Applauds Organizations Efforts in Inclusion and Acceptance

In efforts to support local community organizations, State Senator Michael Testa Jr. (R-1) attended the “I Love Me and My Disability Fashion Show” hosted by the ‘From We Can’t to We Can’ at the Landis Theater in Vineland, NJ.

“It was an absolute honor to attend the I Love Me and My Disability Fashion Show. Our local kids and young adults are cherished members of our community – and no one can deny their joy, energy, and excitement walking down the fashion runway” Senator Testa Stated.

State Senator Michael Testa Jr. attended the “I Love Me and My Disability Fashion Show” hosted by the ‘From We Can’t to We Can’ at the Landis Theater in Vineland, NJ. (June 2020)

More than 10 percent of New Jerseyans (of all ages) report a disability, according to a nationwide report from 2017. In New Jersey, out of the “six types of disabilities identified in the ACS, the highest prevalence rate was for ‘Ambulatory Disability,’ 5.7 percent.”

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Thompson, Testa Endorse Responsible Spending Priorities for Federal COVID Funds as Murphy Administration Ponders Options

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Senator Sam Thompson and Senator Michael Testa, both Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee, provided written testimony for the Murphy Administration’s virtual American Rescue Plan Hearings scheduled for this afternoon and tomorrow morning.

Senator Sam Thompson and Senator Michael Testa, both Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee, provided written testimony for the Murphy Administration’s virtual American Rescue Plan hearings. (Pixabay)

The Senators’ comments, submitted online prior to the Tuesday hearing, are presented below:

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