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Senator Michael Testa

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Kean/Testa Bill Legalizing Liquor Sales at Local Theaters Signed

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Legislation Supports the Arts and Non-Profits

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Michael Testa’s legislation to boost support for the arts through allowing alcohol sales at small, non-profit theaters has been signed into law.

Sens. Tom Kean and Michael Testa’s legislation to boost support for the arts through allowing alcohol sales at small, non-profit theaters has been signed into law. (Pixabay)

“This law will encourage more New Jerseyans to go their local theater where they can grab a drink, sit back, and enjoy the show,” said Kean (R-21). “Giving small theaters the opportunity to serve alcohol opens an untapped revenue stream to support plays and performances. This will increase foot traffic and ticket sales, and bolster non-profit theater’s bottom lines across the Garden State.”

“Local theaters give back to our communities in numerous ways,” said Testa (R-1). “This new law will help many local theaters in South Jersey continue to grow and succeed.”

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Testa Warns of Danger of “Code Blue” Freezing Weather

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Senator Michael Testa cautioned residents that “Code Blue” freezing weather is predicted for South Jersey shore points and inland towns on Tuesday, Jan. 7 through Thursday, Jan. 9.

Sen. Michael Testa cautioned residents that “Code Blue” freezing weather is predicted for South Jersey shore points and inland towns on Jan. 7 through Jan. 9. (©iStock)

A Code Blue is triggered when temperatures drop to 32 degrees with precipitation, or 25 degrees with no precipitation. Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties have issued Code Blue warnings.

“It is a disaster waiting to happen when vulnerable individuals, especially the homeless, are exposed to brutal weather conditions,” said Testa (R-1). “When the temperature drops below freezing, we want to ensure everyone has a warm, safe place to escape the cold and lay their heads at night. We don’t want people risking their lives, and urge them to take precautions and seek help when necessary.”

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Testa Warns of Consequences of Minimum Wage Hike for Seasonal Workers

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Says Increase in Shore Wages Will Directly Impact Local Property Taxes

Senator Michael L. Testa, Jr. expressed concern about the increase in the state’s minimum wage that went into effect on January 1.

The hourly rate will increase to $11 per hour from the current $10, and seasonal workers and employees at businesses with less than six workers will see their pay bump from $8.35 to $10.30.

Sen. Michael Testa expressed concern about the impact on the Shore economy of the increase in the state’s minimum wage effective Jan. 1. (SenateNJ.com)

“This increase comes at a significant risk,” cautioned Testa (R-01). “Higher business expenses will result in higher prices for consumers, but the news can be even worse for employees. Mandatory hikes to minimum wage have been linked to reduced hours and job opportunities for low-skilled workers. The people who least can afford it will be hurt the most.

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Testa: Under Murphy, NJ Citizens Take Back Seat to Illegals

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Governor Hands Out Benefits to Non-Citizens While State Residents Suffer

Senator Michael Testa chided Governor Phil Murphy for signing legislation that grants driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

Sen. Michael Testa chided Gov. Phil Murphy for signing legislation that grants driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. (Wikimedia Commons)

“New Jersey families take a backseat to illegal immigrants under the Murphy administration,” said Testa (R-1). “Trenton Democrats prioritized handouts for illegals over lowering our sky-high property taxes and properly funding schools for our children. I will continue to fight this lunacy and prioritize making New Jersey more affordable for the hard-working legal residents of our great state.”

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Testa: Why are Democrats Prioritizing Illegals and Religious Oppression Over Lowering Our Property Taxes?

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Senator Michael Testa expressed his disappointment of Democrats’ disregard for the everyday plight of New Jerseyans who struggle to live, work, and raise a family in the Garden State:

Sen. Michael Testa expressed his disappointment of Democrats’ disregard for the everyday plight of New Jerseyans who struggle to live, work, and raise a family. (SenateNJ.com)

“Democrats are prioritizing driver’s licenses for illegals and eliminating religious exemptions for vaccinations over lowering your property taxes. New Jerseyans are so sick and tired of our state’s high cost of living, more than 40 percent have an exit plan in the next five years.

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Testa to Trenton Democrats: Where is Your Respect for the Rule of Law?

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Senator Michael Testa (R-1) made the following remarks in response to Trenton Democrats’ swift advancement of legislation that would give drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants while simultaneously approving legislation to eliminate religious exemptions for vaccinations.

Sen. Testa made the following remarks in response to Democrats’ advancement of legislation that would give drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants while simultaneously approving legislation to eliminate religious exemptions for vaccinations. (SenateNJ.com)

“Apparently, the rights of legal citizens come second in New Jersey. On the 5th of December, I took an Oath of Office affirming that I will support the Constitution of the State of New Jersey and the Constitution of the United States. Since my swearing in, I have witnessed the blatant disregard for the rule of law by our State’s own elected leaders in Trenton.

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Testa Votes Against Bill Eliminating Religious Exemption for Vaccinations

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In a packed committee room at the New Jersey State House on Thursday, Senator Michael Testa (R-1) voted against legislation (S2173) eliminating the religious exemption for vaccinations. The Democrats in Trenton passed the measure with a vote of 6-4 along partisan lines.

Yet another example of our constitutional rights being eroded by big government that believes it always knows what’s best for regular people who aren’t capable of making choices for themselves. #WhatAreWeDoing #TestaInTrenton

Posted by Senator Michael Testa on Thursday, December 12, 2019

Below are Senator Testa’s remarks to the committee, as prepared for delivery:

Thank you, Chairman.

The volume of correspondence that I’ve received over the last few days in opposition to this proposal to eliminate the religious exemption for otherwise mandatory vaccinations has been tremendous, to say the least.

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Testa Votes No on Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

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Senator Michael Testa voted against legislation that would grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

Sen. Michael Testa voted against legislation that would grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Like so many of our families, my grandparents on my mother’s side and my great grandparents on my father’s side immigrated to the United States the right and legal way,” said Testa (R-1). “We should not reward those who have no respect for our country’s laws with the privilege of a driver’s license. Democrats pushing this legislation are laying out the welcome mat for illegal immigrants rather than prioritizing the needs of their actual constituents.”
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Testa: Dems Push Driver’s Licenses for Illegals as High Taxes Drive Out Legal Residents

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Says Democrats’ Priorities are Out of Order

Senator Michael Testa criticized members of Assembly Judiciary Committee who voted to give New Jersey driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

Sen. Michael Testa criticized members of Assembly Judiciary Committee who voted to give New Jersey driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. (SenateNJ.com)

“Democrats in the General Assembly are wasting their precious time and State resources to prioritize the needs of illegal immigrants, while legal residents are struggling every day to stay in the Garden State,” said Testa (R-1). “Will illegals have to jump through hoops to show their ‘6 points of ID’ at the MVC like the rest of us? Democrats need to get their priorities straight. We need to get to work on fixing real issues, like lowering our state’s sky-high property taxes to make New Jersey more affordable for hardworking families.”

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Senator Michael Testa’s Statement on the Passing of Buena Vista Mayor Chuck Chiarello

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Senator Michael Testa (R-1) issued the following statement in response to the passing of Buena Vista Mayor Chuck Chiarello:

Sen. Michael Testa issued a statement in response to the passing of Buena Vista Mayor Chuck Chiarello. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mayor Chuck Chiarello. A dedicated public servant for more than twenty-eight years, Mayor Chiarello continuously prioritized the residents of Buena Vista over himself. As his health declined, he continued to diligently serve his township from his hospital bed. His unwavering dedication to his constituents is a testament to his life’s legacy. I feel a close connection to Buena Vista as my parents live there. My thoughts and prayers are with Mayor Chiarello’s family during this difficult time.”

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