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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Michael Testa

South Jersey Lawmakers Call for Federal Monitor of Primary Election Amid Recent Scandals

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South Jersey lawmakers, Sen. Mike Testa and Assemblymen Antwan McClellan and Erik Simonsen called upon the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey to monitor the state’s upcoming primary elections on July 7.  The lawmakers also introduced a resolution Monday in the Senate and Assembly (SCR-120/ACR-185) calling for a fair and legal election in New Jersey and for federal monitors to prevent voter fraud.

Sen. Michael Testa and Assemblymen Antwan McClellan and Erik Simonsen called upon the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey to monitor the state’s upcoming primary elections on July 7. (SenateNJ.com)

“The integrity of New Jersey’s upcoming primary election is at risk as more and more evidence of voter fraud, ballot tampering, post office failures, and misprints of mail-in ballots come to light,” said Testa. “We believe an election completed entirely through a rushed vote-by-mail process is going to be highly problematic and likely wrought with errors. People deserve to know that their votes will be counted and that this vote-by-mail election will be conducted fairly.”

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

Senate Republican Budget Members to Vote Against $7.7 Billion Budget Extension Bill

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The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee will vote against a massive $7.7 billion spending bill (S-20) to extend the FY 2020 State Budget after the Murphy Administration refused to consider responsible options to achieve savings.

The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee will vote against a massive $7.7 billion spending bill to extend the FY 2020 State Budget after the Murphy Administration refused to consider responsible options to achieve savings. (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), issued the following joint statement:

“Since the beginning of the public health emergency, Senate Republicans have sought to work collaboratively with Governor Murphy and our colleagues in the Legislature to address the many challenges facing New Jersey, including a State Budget shortfall resulting from significant tax revenue losses. We have offered thoughtful solutions to save money and increase revenues without raising taxes or resorting to unconstitutional borrowing.

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa: Murphy Must Address 20% Spike in Overdose Deaths during Shutdown

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Senator Michael Testa is raising concern over the substantial spike in opioid overdose deaths throughout the government-mandated shutdown. According to published reports, overdoses in New Jersey have increased by 20 percent in comparison to last year’s statistics.

Sen. Michael Testa is raising concern over the substantial spike in opioid overdose deaths throughout the government-mandated shutdown. (Wikimedia Commons)

“They say ‘idle hands are the devil’s workshop,’ and this extended period of forced inactivity and limited social interaction can lead many back to bad habits, or worse,” said Testa (R-1). “The supposed ‘shutdown for the common good’ has resulted in overwhelming negative consequences for local economies and the mental health of individuals. Getting folks back to work with safety precautions in place will reduce seclusion and enhance normalcy, stability, and restore self-worth for those seeking and maintaining sobriety.”

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

Senate Republican Budget Members: Murphy’s CWA Deal Is 3 Months Late, $100 Million Short

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30,000+ State Employees Would Still Get 4 Percent Salary Increases

Senator Republican Budget Committee Members Steven Oroho, Sam Thompson, Declan O’Scanlon, and Michael Testa, said if a preliminary agreement announced by Governor Phil Murphy with the Communications Workers of America would continue giving out average 4 percent salary increases, then it falls far short of the savings that could be generated if the state’s public employee unions had been asked to agree to a simple wage freeze.

Senator Republican Budget Committee Members Steven Oroho, Sam Thompson, Declan O’Scanlon, and Michael Testa, said if a preliminary agreement announced by Governor Phil Murphy with the Communications Workers of America appears to fall far short of the savings that could be generated if the state’s public employee unions had been asked to agree to a simple wage freeze. (Pixabay)

State employees generally receive an approximately 4 percent salary increase annually on the anniversary date of their hire, known as a “step increase.” Additionally, they receive a 2 percent salary increase (called a cost of living adjustment, or COLA) once a year. Combined, the step increase and COLA result in typical salary increases of approximately 6 percent for most unionized State employees.

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Senator Michael Testa

LD1: MVC ReOpening Causing Headaches for South Jersey

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Following numerous calls from residents of the First Legislative District in regards to the Motor Vehicle Commission, Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan issued the following statement:

The LD1 Team announces that their office is able to remotely assist individuals needing assistance with the Motor Vehicle Commission, including vehicle registration and title transfers.

“It is outrageous that residents of the First District are showing up to their local Motor Vehicle Commission and being turned away. Unfortunately, Trenton doesn’t understand the geography of South Jersey, and they believe that Turnersville is an acceptable distance to ask families to travel for a someone who needs registration or title help. This is why our office has requested the our local MVC expand their ability to accept more services.”  Continue Reading…

Senator Michael Testa

Testa Bill Supporting Fall Sports Athletes Advances

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Measure would extend deadline for sports physicals into the season

The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Testa Jr. that would allow additional time for high school and middle school athletes to pass sports physicals for the fall seasons.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Testa that would extend the deadline for required physicals for fall sports for high school and middle school athletes was approved by the Senate. (©iStock)

Students from 6th to 12th grade who wish to participate in school-sponsored interscholastic or intramural athletics are required to pass a doctor’s examination within one calendar year of the first day of official sports practice. Testa’s bill (S-2518) allows student athletes to participate in the fall season provided they have a physical before the end of the season.

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Testa Statement on Appointment of Fabiana Pierre-Louis

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Following the recent news on the appointment of Fabiana Pierre-Louis to the New Jersey Supreme Court, Senator Michael L. Testa, Jr. issued the following statement in support:

Following the news on the appointment of Fabiana Pierre-Louis to the New Jersey Supreme Court, Sen. Michael Testa issued the following statement. (Pixabay)

“The New Jersey court motto is that ‘not only must the court system work and be fair, but it is important that people see that it works and is fair’,” Senator Testa stated. “The appointment of Fabiana Pierre-Louis is a step to show all New Jerseyans that we have the utmost respect for our judicial system and the laws which govern our Garden State. Ms. Pierre-Louis has an abundance of New Jersey-based legal experience and her credentials are par excellence.”

Senator Michael Testa

LD1: Murphy Responsible for Regional Unemployment Rates that are Higher than Depression

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Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan today slammed Governor Phil Murphy for failing to take a regional approach to reopen New Jersey.

“While the health of South Jerseyans have fared well throughout the shutdown, our livelihoods and finances have not,” said Testa. “Due to Murphy’s ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach across our state, more residents are unemployed in Cape May and Cumberland Counties now than throughout the Great Depression.

The First Legislative District repeatedly called for the regionalization approach to COVID-19.

“The governor failed to take pragmatic steps to aid our South Jersey economy. This is a man-made recession, and Murphy is the man to blame.”
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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Lawmakers’ Manufacturing Caucus Hears Top Business Leaders Discuss Impact of Coronavirus on Industry

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Republican Senators Oroho, Bucco, Testa and Thompson vow to support the manufacturing community

The state’s bipartisan legislative manufacturing caucus held a virtual round table discussion today on the impact of the coronavirus on business, and challenges manufacturers face as the economy opens up.

Senators Oroho, Bucco, Testa and Thompson and colleagues on the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus listened to top leaders from the industry discussing the impact of NJ’s response to the coronavirus on business during a virtual round table meeting. (SenateNJ.com)

Republican Senators Steve Oroho, Anthony M. Bucco, Michael Testa and Sam Thompson were among the Legislators hearing almost a dozen top-level manufacturing leaders addressing the status of the vitally important sector and the its fiscal outlook.

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Joins Vineland Peaceful Protest

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Calls For Unity To Move Forward Together

Following the tragic murder of George Floyd, Senator Michael Testa, Jr. (R-1) joined local officials, law enforcement, clergy members, and community members in a march down Landis Avenue in Vineland, New Jersey in solidarity for reform.

“What we witnessed in the murder of George Floyd was the absolute worst in humanity,” Senator Testa said. “What we’ve seen across the First Legislative District shows the best in Americans. Our community from Ocean City, Middle Township, and today in Vineland joined together in solidarity and listened to the voices of our friends, family members, and communities. Today, we were Vineland strong.”

Senator Testa joined local law enforcement, elected officials, and community members in Vineland, New Jersey on Wednesday, June 3rd.

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