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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Michael Testa

Testa: Preparation and Precautions Can Ease Coronavirus Danger

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Senator Michael Testa urged residents in the First Legislative District to be aware of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) threat, but emphasized that there is no reason to panic.

Sen. Michael Testa today advised residents to be aware of the novel coronavirus developments and take sensible precautions to prevent the spread if it is diagnosed in New Jersey. (©iStock)

“The best thing the State can do, the best thing schools and businesses can do, and the best thing families can do is be prepared,” said Testa (R-1). “By following some basic precautions, we all can minimize the risk to ourselves and our families. The most effective safeguards include keeping hands clean and avoiding close contact with sick people. It’s common sense, and it is effective.”

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Testa: Murphy Must Commit to Stopping Raids on 9-1-1 Fees

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Almost All Collected Fees are Misappropriated

Senator Michael Testa pressed Governor Phil Murphy on his strategy to improve 9-1-1 emergency services after the governor stated in his Budget Address that he would ensure money is in place to modernize New Jersey’s emergency response infrastructure.

Sen. Michael Testa pressed Gov. Phil Murphy on his strategy to improve 9-1-1 emergency services. (Flickr)

“Our county’s and town’s emergency services are on the front lines protecting the public, ensuring our families have access to quick, quality life-saving care,” said Testa (R-1). “The state gets a 90 cents surcharge on every telephone bill that is to be used to maintain emergency services, but in typical New Jersey fashion, most of the fees collected are spent elsewhere.

“I look forward to working with the Governor and my legislative colleagues to fully fund our local 9-1-1 systems and will continue advocating for a constitutional amendment to require 9-1-1 funds to be spent as intended,” Testa added.

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Testa: Under Murphy Budget, South Jersey Gets Short End of the Stick

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Senator Michael Testa issued the following statement in response to Governor Phil Murphy’s budget address:

Sen. Michael Testa issued the following statement in response to Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget address. (Pixabay)

“Gov. Murphy’s budget continues the Trenton trend of ripping off South Jersey. What we’re seeing are more tax hikes and spending increases that fall on the backs of hardworking families and businesses. Failing to rein in state government’s out-of-control spending will only lead to more New Jerseyans putting one foot out the door to greener pastures in more affordable states.

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Senator Michael Testa

South Jersey Legislators, Sheriff and Local Mayors Work Together to Combat Sanctuary State Policies

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The District 1 legislative team joined Cape May Sheriff Bob Nolan and local municipal officials for a conference call with local mayors to discuss the impact of New Jersey’s sanctuary policies on law enforcement and efforts to challenge the intrusive directives from the attorney general.

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan and the Cape May County Freeholders rallied behind Sheriff Bob Nolan on October 4, 2019 in support of his efforts to protect Cape May County from the impact of Governor Murphy’s sanctuary state policies. (SenateNJ.com)

“The refusal of Murphy and his attorney general to enforce federal and state immigration laws continues to endanger law-abiding citizens,” said Senator Michael Testa (R-1). “Not only is the Murphy Administration evading our laws, they are treating illegal aliens to drivers’ licenses, college financial aid, and lawyers to fight deportation. Sheriff Nolan has my unyielding support in his struggle to protect New Jersey families from crimes committed by illegal aliens who have no respect for our laws and no fear of the consequences.”

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Testa: Taxes are the Root of New Jersey’s Problem

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Progressive Groups Looking for More, More, More

Senator Michael Testa called the $3 billion tax increase plan promoted this week by a coalition of progressive organizations “a recipe for disaster.”

Sen. Michael Testa derided a plan to increase taxes by $3 billion, floated this week by liberal organizations. ‘Taxes are the problem, not the solution,’ he said. (Flickr)

“Trenton has tried and failed to tax our way out of trouble,” said Testa (R-1). “These liberal groups lust for billions in tax and spending increases that will do irreparable harm to the economy and the quality of life in our state. New Jersey is well known for having some of the highest taxes in the nation. Hard-working families are already stressed to the breaking point.”

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LD1 Team Encourages Retirees to Apply for “Senior Freeze” Property Tax Relief Program

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Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan are reminding eligible New Jersey homeowners to file an application for the Senior Freeze Property Tax Relief Program.

Testa, Simonsen, and McClellan are reminding eligible New Jersey homeowners to file an application for the Senior Freeze Property Tax Relief Program. (©iStock)

“If you’re a New Jersey senior citizen and you own a home, you may be eligible for a property tax break that could save you a substantial amount of money,” said Testa (R-1). “If you’re living on a fixed income, the Senior Freeze Program can provide some extra peace of mind. This valuable form of property tax relief can help our retirees afford to stay in their homes right here in the Garden State.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Michael Testa

Pennacchio/Testa Introduce a Series of Vaccine Bills to Support Parental Rights & Improve Legal Recourse for Adverse Reactions

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Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Michael Testa have introduced legislation that is designed to give parents more information about the vaccines offered to their children and provide improved legal recourse when adverse reactions to vaccinations occur.

Legislation by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Michael Testa would give parents more information about the vaccines offered to their children and provide improved legal recourse when adverse reactions to vaccinations occur. (Pixabay)

“This legislation is intended to improve upon the haphazard approach to vaccinating our children, which often occurs with no warning to parents and little opportunity to make well-informed choices,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Parents deserve to be told in advance of an appointment about vaccinations that will be recommended, and given information about vaccine ingredients, efficacy, and risk. Vaccines should be treated no differently than any other drugs. They deserve the same scientific scrutiny that we give to all medicines. A parent has a right to know what is being injected into their child’s body and that it has been properly tested.”

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Testa: Murphy Energy Plan Could Be Expensive Boondoggle for Families & Businesses

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Senator Michael Testa said Governor Phil Murphy’s plan to upend New Jersey’s energy supply could cost New Jersey tens of billions of dollars.

Sen. Michael Testa said Gov. Murphy’s plan to upend New Jersey’s energy supply could cost be an expensive boondoggle that costs families and businesses tens of billions of dollars. (Pixabay)

“The proposed Energy Master Plan that was recently unveiled by Governor Murphy could cost homeowners tens of thousands of dollars each to convert gas appliances to electric,” said Testa (R-1). “The governor’s plan could also force our utility companies to spend billions of dollars on new electric infrastructure which customers would ultimately pay through higher energy bills. What are we doing?”

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Testa Applauds Grant Funding to Combat Opioid Addiction in South Jersey

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Senator Michael Testa applauded more than $100,000 in state grant funding to help combat the opioid epidemic in Cumberland and Cape May counties.

Sen. Michael Testa applauded more than $100,000 in state grant funding to help combat the opioid epidemic in South Jersey. (Pixabay)

“The opioid crisis has hit South Jersey hard, and no family is immune to its devastating impact,” said Testa (R-1). “It’s so important for elected officials on a bipartisan basis to help our local communities tackle this crisis, providing those with substance abuse problems a second chance at life. While the road to recovery isn’t easy, this much-needed funding will assist in expanding and improving treatment services for our friends and family struggling with addiction in Cape May and Cumberland counties.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Editorial: Murphy’s Sanctuary State Policies Handcuff Law Enforcement & Set Criminal Aliens Free

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The following editorial by Senator Michael Testa (R-1) on the outrageous outcomes of Governor Phil Murphy’s sanctuary state policies was published by NJ.com on February 4, 2020:

The sanctuary state policies implemented by Gov. Phil Murphy and his administration have handcuffed the ability of New Jersey’s dedicated law enforcement officers to keep the Garden State safe.

In this NJ.com editorial, Sen. Michael Testa explains how Gov. Phil Murphy’s sanctuary state policies have handcuffed law enforcement and set dangerous criminal aliens free, including a fugitive accused of child rape. (ICE)

That was made clear by President Donald Trump during his visit to New Jersey several days ago, when he highlighted the disturbing case of Luciano Trejo-Dominguez, an illegal alien who was arrested and temporarily jailed last August for the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl in Vineland.

Instead of honoring a request to hold Trejo-Dominguez for transfer to federal immigration officials for deportation proceedings, the accused child rapist was released by the Cumberland County jail back into the community.

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