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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Michael Testa

Senator Testa Introduces Legislation Barring Government Mandated ‘Vaccine Passport’

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Calls Vaccine Passports an Infringement on Constitutional Rights

Following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of the Excelsior Pass program which will allow people to prove their vaccination or COVID-19 status, Senator Michael Testa introduced legislation that would bar such ‘Vaccine Passport’ from being mandated in New Jersey.

Following N.Y. Gov. Cuomo’s announcement of the Excelsior Pass program which will allow people to prove their vaccination or COVID-19 status, Sen. Michael Testa introduced legislation that would bar such ‘Vaccine Passport’ from being mandated in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“No Government entity should require their residents to carry a ‘Vaccine Passport’ around to gain access to schools, businesses, and their daily life,” Senator Testa stated. “These types of passports completely violate an individual’s right to personal freedoms, and they are a direct violation of HIPPA laws.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Testa & Oroho Blast Murphy for Taking Shot at Legal Gun Owners

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In response to broad-reaching gun control measures announced today by Governor Murphy, Senator Michael Testa and Senator Steve Oroho said the agenda is a smoke screen that fails to address violent crime in the state and instead targets the rights of law-abiding residents to legally own firearms.

Sen. Michael Testa and Sen. Steve Oroho criticized Gov. Murphy’s new gun agenda as an assault on the rights of hunters and legal gun owners. (SenateNJ.com)

Murphy’s proposals include prohibiting the purchase of rifles and shotguns by those younger than 21 years old, and requiring out-of-state gun-owners moving into the New Jersey to obtain firearm purchaser IDs and register guns.

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Testa/Simonsen/McClellan Launch ‘LD1 Back to Business’ Plan to Match Unemployed Residents with Job Openings

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In efforts to help residents get back to work, Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan launched “LD1 Back to Business,” a multifaceted plan to help residents find quality work opportunities, provide resume assistance to job candidates, and dispense beneficial re-employment information.

Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan launched ‘LD1 Back to Business,’ a multifaceted plan to help unemployed residents get back to work. (©iStock)

“Our office has fielded countless calls from business owners actively seeking residents in need of full- and part-time jobs,” Senator Testa stated. “Inexcusably, the Department of Labor continues to drag its feet on re-opening One-Stop Career Centers for in-person visits, so our office is once again stepping up to fill in the gaps and help South Jersey residents get back to work.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Names Testa Co-Chair of Legislative Manufacturing Caucus

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has appointed Senator Michael Testa (R-1) to serve as co-chair of the bipartisan legislative manufacturing caucus.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has appointed Sen. Michael Testa to serve as co-chair of the bipartisan legislative manufacturing caucus. (Pixabay)

“Senator Testa has been a leader on the legislative manufacturing caucus as it works to secure New Jersey’s future as the go-to destination for high-tech manufacturing,” said Kean (R-21). “He’s worked closely with Senator Oroho, who will continue to play an active role in the work of the caucus after serving honorably as co-chair. I’m proud that Senate Republicans have such a skilled and dedicated team that’s focused on improving the Garden State’s economy.”

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

Republican Budget Members Outline Responsible Plan for $6.5 Billion of ARP Federal Relief Funds

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee outlined a proposed framework for the State of New Jersey to responsibly utilize $6.5 billion in new federal relief funds with legislative approval.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee outlined a proposed framework for the State of New Jersey to responsibly utilize $6.5 billion in new federal relief funds with legislative approval. (Pixabay)

With more than $3 billion of the funds to be received by the State in the next 30 days, the legislators challenged the Murphy Administration and Democratic legislative majorities to propose their own plans, debate them publicly, and appropriate the funds in a transparent and open process that gives the public a chance to be heard.

“The Murphy Administration dropped the ball in its handling of the $2.4 billion of CARES Act funds that came to New Jersey last April,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13). “He sat on the money for months and then used it to pay for ordinary government expenses rather than helping people. With another $6.5 billion in federal relief coming to New Jersey, we can’t afford to let him make the same mistake on an even bigger scale. Our plan is the first step in reasserting the Legislature and public into the appropriations process.”

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Testa/Simonsen/McClellan Demand Prompt Reopening of Schools, Businesses; Cite Failure of Lockdowns to Tame Virus

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New Jersey continues to rank among the states reporting the most new COVID cases, and the LD1 lawmakers say the statistics prove that economy-killing lockdowns and quarantines are not the answer.

The LD1 lawmakers say statistics prove that economy-killing lockdowns and quarantines are not the answer, and renewed calls for Murphy to lift restrictions on business. (Pixabay)

“Enough businesses have been destroyed, enough jobs have been lost by the Governor’s defenseless edicts, and continuing on that same path only ensures more economic and emotional pain,” said Senator Michael Testa. “We must end the failed policies that have suppressed life in the state. It’s about time to learn from the Administration’s mistakes and open up the economy.

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Testa Tours Vineland Produce Giant as Part of Business Recovery Tour

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As part of the First Legislative District Team’s Business Recovery Tour, Senator Michael Testa visited F&S Produce Co., Inc. headquartered in the heart of Cumberland County.

Sen. Michael Testa (right) discusses the impact of the pandemic on New Jersey’s business environment with Sam Pipitone, CEO of F&S Produce at the company’s facility in Cumberland County. (SenateNJ.com)

“F&S is a powerhouse, a diamond in the rough which carries deep South Jersey roots,” said Testa. “I am so proud to represent a district fortunate enough to be the home of such an extraordinary company and operation.

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

Republican Budget Members Say State Revenue Update Highlights Extent of Murphy’s False Projections

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee said a State revenue update provided to legislators today demonstrates the extent of the Murphy Administration’s false revenue projections during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee said a State revenue update provided to legislators demonstrates the extent of the Murphy Administration’s false revenue projections during the coronavirus pandemic. (Pixabay)

“The Murphy Administration peddled outrageous claims about the State’s finances over the past year that have proven to be completely false,” said Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), the Republican Budget Officer. “Going back to last July, we had clear signs the State’s financial picture was better than expected despite the Murphy Administration’s measures that needlessly destroyed so many businesses. The governor stuck by his false projections to secure approval for unnecessary tax increases and an otherwise unconstitutional borrowing scheme to build a massive surplus that he could spend while he runs for reelection.”

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LD1 Lawmakers Call for Review of Landlord, Tenant Protections

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In a joint statement today, Senator Mike Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan warned that landlords across the state are becoming the invisible victims of the pandemic as financial pressures from missed rent payments mount:

Sen. Mike Testa, Asm. Erik Simonsen, and Asm. Antwan McClellan warned that landlords across the state are becoming the invisible victims of the pandemic as financial pressures from missed rent payments mount. (©iStock)

“Right now, we are sitting on a time bomb when it comes to tenants and landlords, and if the government doesn’t take action soon, there’s going to be hell to pay. The state economy has been in shambles for more than a year. While the impact on small businesses, bars and restaurants and the resultant closing of almost 40 percent of establishments is a nightmare, the threat to residential and commercial landlords could be more devastating.

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DISTRICT ONE TEAM HOSTS MOBILE MVC TRUCK IN MIDDLE TOWNSHIP

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Veterans served by appointment prior to walk up service to the public

Over sixty Cape May County residents, including nearly two dozen veterans, were able to access New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission services from an MVC Mobile unit, which visited the Cape May County Court House parking area from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Over sixty Cape May County residents, including nearly two dozen veterans, were able to access New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission services from an MVC Mobile unit, which visited the Cape May County Court House.

Residents were able to access licensing services, process Real ID applications and speak face to face with MVC services agents on other pending issues and concerns.

“We were happy to host this event for our constituents, in an effort to bring some relief to the many residents struggling to access MVC services,” State Senator Michael Testa (R-D1) said. “While this is small help to some, we continue to advocate for the full restoration of all MVC services at every office in our District.”

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