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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Michael Testa

Testa Faults Derella for Dangerous Situation at Cumberland County Jail

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Federal Investigators Troubled by Constitutional Violations that Put Lives at Risk

The Cumberland County Jail, under the leadership of Democrat county commission director Joe Derella, has failed to take necessary precautions to prevent inmate suicides and provide adequate mental health care, a federal civil rights investigation has found.

Sen. Michael Testa blamed the Cumberland County director for continuing problems at the jail after news that federal investigators had identified unconstitutional treatment of inmates. (Flickr)

The development is just the latest black eye for the elected official responsible for the facility, which has been plagued by recent controversies surrounding a large COVID outbreak at the jail, and the refusal to cooperate with federal immigration laws.

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Testa and Simonsen Introduce Bill Requiring Schools to Educate Students on Harmful Effects of Marijuana Use

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In anticipation of an adult-use recreational marijuana market in New Jersey, Senator Michael Testa and Assemblyman Erik Simonsen introduced a bill to educate students in grades 3 through 12 on the risks of cannabis and marijuana use.

In anticipation of an adult-use recreational marijuana market in New Jersey, Sen. Michael Testa and Asm. Erik Simonsen introduced a bill to educate students on the risks of marijuana use. (Pixabay)

The bill (S3360/A5168) specifies schools must include age-appropriate instruction on the use of cannabis and marijuana products in their substance abuse education.

“As soon as the Legislature gets its act together, marijuana will be legal for adult use,” said Testa (R-Cape May). “That will send a dangerous message to school kids of all ages – that cannabis is safe and accepted. It is vital that our schools include instructions about the risks of marijuana use, and its deleterious effects on brain development in young people. This education should be similar to the dangers of alcohol consumption and abuse.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa

O’Scanlon & Testa Blast Governor’s Veto of Bill to Save Struggling Restaurant Industry

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Testa blasted Governor Murphy’s absolute veto of legislation that would have helped restaurants, bars, and breweries to survive the economic harm caused by nearly a year of indoor dining restrictions due to COVID-19.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Sen. Michael Testa blasted Gov. Murphy’s veto of legislation to save the struggling restaurant industry. (Pixabay)

“The governor’s veto is kicking the restaurant industry while they’re down,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “He should have come to the Legislature during the three months the bill was under consideration if he had concerns. Instead, he said nothing and waited until months after it passed the Legislature unanimously to issue a veto. If the Governor had supported the other forms of relief we had suggested over the last few months, including more aid for restaurants and small businesses through the EDA, this bill might not even be needed. Unfortunately, he hasn’t listened at all and more ‘out of business’ signs will be the result.”

O’Scanlon and Testa are sponsors of the bipartisan legislation, S-3128/A-4525, which would have allowed restaurants, bars, distilleries, and breweries to expand food and beverage service to outdoor spaces they own or lease, including patios, decks, yards, walkways, parking lots, and sidewalks.

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa: Grand Jury Investigating Veterans Home Deaths Deserves Full Story

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Encourages Prosecutors to Present All Evidence, Including Role of Governor’s Office in Devising Policies to Punish Veterans Home Staff for Using PPE

Senator Michael Testa said he was glad to hear that the Attorney General’s Office has convened a grand jury to investigate more than 200 deaths of residents and staff in State-run veterans home due to COVID-19, and encouraged prosecutors to present all evidence including the role of the Governor’s Office in formulating and enforcing policies restricting the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by nurses and caregivers that led to mass outbreaks within the facilities.

Sen. Michael Testa encouraged State prosecutors to present all evidence to a grand jury investigating hundreds of veterans home deaths, including the role of the Governor’s Office in devising policies to punish veterans home staff for attempting to use PPE that could have saved lives. (SenateNJ.com)

“We know the Governor’s Office was directly involved in decisions to punish veterans home workers for attempting to wear PPE that could have saved lives,” said Testa (R-1). “Quite simply, there’s blood on the Murphy Administration’s hands. The grand jury deserves to hear the full story of the management failures within those veterans homes and at the highest levels of the Murphy Administration that led to more than 200 deaths of residents and staff.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Statement on Death of Dr. Joseph J. Riley

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Senator Michael Testa released the following statement on the passing of Dr. Joseph Riley, the Cumberland Country Democrat Chairman and former county freeholder:

Sen. Michael Testa expressed sadness for the passing of Cumberland County Democrat Chairman Dr. Joseph J. Riley. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am saddened by the loss of Dr. Riley, and my thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Judith, and their loving family, including daughter Celeste Riley, the County Clerk, and his son Joseph P. Riley.

“As a County Republican Chairman, I am particularly aware of the challenges and duties Dr. Riley faced in his dual role as an elected official and political chair. He performed his responsibilities with the calm demeanor befitting of a physician. His presence will be missed in Cumberland County.” Continue Reading…

Senator Michael Testa

Testa Shares VFW’s Frustration with Administration’s Handling of COVID in Veterans Homes

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Renews Call for Senate Investigation with Subpoena Powers

Senator Michael Testa today joined Brian Wiener, the state commander of the New Jersey VFW in calling for an investigation into the tragic mishandling of the COVID-19 virus inside the state’s veterans homes.

Sen. Michael Testa joined the state commander of the New Jersey VFW in calling for an investigation into the tragic mishandling of the COVID-19 virus inside the state’s veterans homes. (SenateNJ.com)

“Costly mistakes were made, lives were lost unnecessarily, and like the situation that claimed the lives of more than 7,100 vulnerable seniors in our nursing homes, this has been swept under the rug by the Murphy administration,” said Testa (R-1). “Those who served our nation proudly in the military and defended our freedoms across the globe deserve better from their government leaders in the twilight of their lives.”

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Testa Faults Democrat Legislature for Making Mess of Marijuana Bill

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Voters Endorsed Legalization; Greed and Competing Agendas Assure Problematic Future

Senator Michael Testa released the following statement after casting a “no” vote on legislation (S-21) to legalize the personal use of cannabis by adults:

Sen. Michael Testa faulted the Legislature for the confused, problematic measure passed today to legalize the personal use of marijuana by adults. (Pixabay)

“The Legislature should be ashamed of itself. By a 2-to-1 margin, New Jersey voters approved a referendum to legalize marijuana and this should have been an easy lift, but the Senate, Assembly and special interests have confounded something we all knew was inevitable for the past three years.

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Urges NJDOE to Improve Guidance for Special Education Students During Pandemic

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Says Corners Being Cut on IEPs, Special Needs Students Risk Falling Behind

Senator Michael Testa urged the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to improve guidance for students with special needs and disabilities to ensure they are not left behind during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Michael Testa urged the NJDOE to improve guidance for students with special needs and disabilities to ensure they are not left behind during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay)

“Sadly, I’ve heard heart-breaking stories about children with IEPs who are having an extremely difficult time with remote learning,” said Testa (R-1). “Many have been cut off from the various support services they rely upon when in school that maximize their potential as students. Our local children desperately needed these critical education services. This is a policy failure on the part of the NJDOE that must be fixed quickly.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Committee Members to Propose Dedicating $600 Million Horizon Payment to Improving Health Care in NJ

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The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee will move an amendment tomorrow to legislation restructuring Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to require a proposed $600 million payment from the insurer to be deposited into a new nonprofit entity that is dedicated to rate stabilization and improving the quality and efficiency of health care in New Jersey.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee will propose an amendment to legislation restructuring Horizon BCBSNJ to require a proposed $600 million payment from the insurer to be deposited into a new nonprofit entity that is dedicated to rate stabilization and improving the quality and efficiency of health care in New Jersey. (Pixabay)

The members — 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) — said they are concerned that premiums paid by Horizon’s policyholders and ratepayers will be consumed by the State’s General Fund to pay for spending unrelated to healthcare.

“In an ideal world, the excess premiums paid to Horizon by policyholders, small businesses, local governments, and taxpayers would be returned to customers in the form of lower future premiums,” the Republican senators said in a joint statement. “It’s clear, however, that’s not what this rushed legislation envisions. If the sponsors are going to require a massive payment to the State, we believe the proceeds should be dedicated by law to improving health care in New Jersey in a way that benefits and supports the needs of the communities that paid the premiums in the first place.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa/Sweeney Bill Would Allow Mobile Barbershops

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Would Allow Shops-on-Wheels to Bring Services to Their Customers

Barbershops and hair salons would be able to take their scissors on the road under legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Testa and Senate President Steve Sweeney and advanced today by the Senate Commerce Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Michael Testa and Senate President Steve Sweeney would allow mobile barbershops and hair salons in the state. (Pixabay)

“Mobile service will open doors to new opportunities for hard-working professionals with ambitions to grow their business and serve more customers,” said Testa (R-Cape May/Cumberland/Atlantic). “The pandemic has taught us that residents, schools and businesses must be adaptable.

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