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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Michael Testa

Testa Urges Governor Murphy to Allow In-Person Support Group Meetings to Continue

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In recent days, Governor Murphy has imposed new COVID-19 restrictions, including revised indoor and outdoor capacity limits. In response, Senator Michael Testa urged the governor to ensure that alcohol and narcotics support group meetings be allowed to continue in person—regardless of any limitations on gatherings.

Senator Michael Testa urged Governor Murphy to ensure that alcohol and narcotics support group meetings be allowed to continue in person—regardless of new COVID-19 restrictions. (Pixabay)

“There are thousands of people in New Jersey who struggle with addiction each day,” said Testa (R-1). “Many of these individuals are in recovery, and currently rely on a 12-step support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. It is vital that these support groups be allowed to continue to hold in-person meetings. The type of help an individual receives in these groups cannot be duplicated in a video conferencing session.”

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Senate Republicans Repeat Call for Passage of Substantial Aid Package for Small Businesses & Nonprofits as State Budget Surplus Grows

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Sales Tax Revenues Continue to Outpace Murphy Administration’s Dire Revenue Projections

As sales tax collections continue to outpace the Murphy Administration’s dire revenue estimates for FY 2021 and the State budget surplus grows, the Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee repeated their calls for action on a substantial aid package to support small businesses and nonprofits struggling with the impact of COVID-19.

As sales tax collections continue to outpace the Murphy Administration’s dire revenue estimates for FY 2021 and the State budget surplus grows, the Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee repeated their calls for action on a substantial aid package to support small businesses and nonprofits struggling with the impact of COVID-19. (©iStock)

“While more and more of our small businesses are closing shop with little help from the State, Governor Murphy only seems willing to look out for his own political interests,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13). “He’s building a massive surplus with borrowed and taxed funds that’s not helping anyone but himself. We’re hoping our Democrat colleagues in the Legislature will do the right thing and join us in passing a substantial aid package to help small businesses and nonprofits survive.”

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Senator Michael Testa

O’Scanlon & Testa Urge Governor, Legislative Leaders to Call Special Session to Approve Business Aid Package

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) and Senator Michael Testa (R-1) sent a letter (click here for PDF) today to Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin urging for a special session of the Legislature to be convened to adopt an emergency aid package for small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Sen. Michael Testa sent a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin urging a special legislative session to adopt an emergency aid package for small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. (Pixabay)

The senators, both members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, sponsor S-3210, which appropriates $300 million of the CARES Act relief funds received by the State to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to provide financial support, such as loans or grants, to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations for the costs associated with business operation interruptions caused by any State-required closures due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their letter follows this weekend’s call by Republican legislative leaders for a special session to consider the measure.

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Testa Votes No on Marijuana Bill in Budget Committee

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Says Tax Structure Ensures Survival of Black Market for Pot

Senator Michael Testa today voted against the Senate bill to legalize marijuana for personal use.

The bill, S-21, passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today and is scheduled to be considered by the full Senate during Monday’s session.

Senator Testa voted against legislation to legalize marijuana for personal use, citing the excessive taxation provided for by the bill, and the complicated layers of regulations it would create. (Pixabay)

“The people of New Jersey voted for and support legalization, but they didn’t vote for this bill,” said Testa (R-1). “This bill has been pushed and pulled in so many directions by special interests and legislators who want nothing more than to get their hands on a tax windfall. I had to vote ‘No’ and I am disappointed that Trenton couldn’t do the right thing and pass a bill that has not be corrupted by greed.”

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Testa Urges Health Committee to Act on Legislation to Prevent New Restrictions on Elective Surgeries

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Senator Michael Testa urged the Senate Health Committee to take action on legislation that would prevent Governor Phil Murphy from ordering new restrictions on elective surgeries and invasive procedures during the current public health emergency.

Sen. Michael Testa urged action on legislation preventing Gov. Phil Murphy from ordering new restrictions on elective surgeries and invasive procedures due to COVID-19. (Pixabay)

“We can’t have a repeat of this spring when Governor Murphy prohibited New Jerseyans from receiving many important medical and dental procedures and surgeries for two months,” said Testa (R-1). “Many providers still haven’t caught up on the backlog that resulted from that unnecessary delay, and some patients continue to suffer in pain while their conditions deteriorate. We have a bill that’s ready to be heard in the Senate Health Committee that would prevent this from happening again. It’s imperative that the Legislature act before it’s too late.

Testa joined with Senator Vin Gopal (D-11) to introduce bipartisan legislation in May that explicitly authorizes health care practitioners to perform elective surgeries and invasive procedure during the COVID-19 crisis, notwithstanding any executive orders or administrative rules to the contrary.

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Sweeney & Testa Call on Cumberland Officials to Conduct Full Review of Vote-Counting Process

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Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Mike Testa, who both represent Cumberland County in the New Jersey Senate, issued the following joint statement today calling on Cumberland County commissioners to conduct a thorough review of the county’s election process to determine why delays have plagued the processing of ballots:

Two senators who represent Cumberland County – Senator Testa and Senate President Sweeney – issued a joint statement today calling on Cumberland County commissioners to conduct a thorough review of the county’s election process to determine why delays have plagued the processing of ballots. (SenateNJ.com)

“We understand that this year’s election presented more challenges, but there are no excuses for the prolonged delays that have plagued the processing of ballots in Cumberland County. They say they won’t have complete county results until next week. This has contributed to uncertainty and doubt for voters who participated in the democratic process. They deserve better.

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Murphy’s ‘one-size-fits-all’ COVID restrictions under fire in South Jersey, Atlantic City

 

State Sen. Michael Testa, R-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, chastised the governor for saying a “surgical approach” would be used, while appearing to wield an “ax” instead. Testa called Murphy’s broad measure “a destructive over-reaction.”

“Murphy should be targeting areas of high virus spread, and taking the time to evaluate the data and facts,” Testa said in a statement Tuesday morning. “There is no reason to lock things down gratuitously in South Jersey.”

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Testa: Axe-Swinging Governor Will Do More Harm Than Good

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Statewide Approach to COVID is Reckless and Unnecessary

Senator Michael Testa chastised Governor Phil Murphy for his statewide approach to New Jersey’s growing number of coronavirus cases.

Sen. Michael Testa chastised Gov. Phil Murphy for his statewide approach to New Jersey’s growing number of coronavirus cases. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy has said he planned to use a surgical approach. In surgery you use a scalpel, not an axe,” said Testa. “Cape May and Cumberland counties in my district continue to report low numbers of cases, but Murphy is once again relying on a one-size-fits-all approach that is a destructive over-reaction. He needs to put down the axe before he does any more damage.”

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Testa: Murphy Administration Releasing COVID-Positive Inmates at Bus & Train Stations Tomorrow

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Internal NJDOC Memo Details Concerns for Staff, None for General Public

Senator Michael Testa said his office has received an internal Murphy administration memorandum detailing plans to release COVID-positive inmates at bus and train stations tomorrow with no warning to the general public.

An excerpt from an internal NJDOC memo detailing plans to release COVID-positive inmates tomorrow at bus and train stations. Click here for the full memo. (SenateNJ.com)

“After subjecting law-abiding residents to draconian restrictions and enforcement actions to ‘stop the spread,’ we have an internal memo detailing how the Murphy administration is planning the early release of inmates who are known to be infected with COVID-19 into our community with no oversight or warning,” said Testa (R-1). “Even worse, those inmates will be released at transportation hubs where they’ll board trains and buses with unsuspecting passengers and employees who won’t realize they’ve been exposed to the coronavirus. Instead of being forced to quarantine like everyone else, those sick inmates will have the opportunity to be super spreaders of the coronavirus all over New Jersey with bus and train tickets paid for by Governor Murphy.”

Testa received a copy of the internal New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) memo yesterday from a concerned Corrections Officer.

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VIDEO: Democrats Block Testa Effort to Limit Gov. Murphy’s Executive Orders

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Measure Would Limit Certain Emergency Orders, Rules & Regulations to 14 Days Unless Extended by the Legislature

During today’s session of the New Jersey Senate, Democrats blocked an effort by Senator Michael Testa (R-1) to force a vote on legislation that would limit the effective period of emergency executive orders to 14 days unless the Legislature approves an extension.

Testa’s motion to bring the measure (S-2482) up for a vote by the Senate was immediately tabled by Senate Democrats.

Included below are Testa’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Since March, Governor Murphy has made monumental decisions – without legislative input — that have impacted the lives and livelihoods of every New Jerseyan.

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