New Jersey's 1st Legislative District

Senator Michael Testa

Senator Michael Testa

Testa Demands NJDOH Take Responsibility for Nearly 5,000 COVID-19 Nursing Homes Deaths

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Following reports that New Jersey health officials were warned not to put COVID-19 positive patients back into long term healthcare facilities, Senator Michael Testa, Jr (R-1) spoke out in against the Murphy Administration’s harmful practices that cost the Garden State nearly 5,000 lives.

The following remarks have been issued through Senator Michael Testa’s recent “Minute with Mike” on his Facebook page:

“With a heavy heart, I have watched our state continue to fail to protect our most vulnerable. – Senior citizens. Since day one, Governor Murphy’s administration has failed to safeguard our state’s long term healthcare facilities. At points, placing COVID-19 positive patients BACK with healthy ones.

“In March, a healthcare operator pleaded to the New Jersey Department of Health and I quote ‘patients will die in nursing homes that otherwise would not have died if we’d kept them out by screening everybody. When you do that, you’re putting us all at risk.’

Continue Reading…

Senator Michael Testa

Testa Calls for Immediate Plan to Reopen NJ Small Business

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Says with Summer Season Approaching, Time is Running Out for Local Shops

Senator Michael Testa, in a press conference to highlight the plight of small businesses in New Jersey, said “with summer around the corner, we are sounding the alarm.” If small shop owners can’t reopen soon, many may be lost forever, he warned.

At a press conference at COHO Brewing Company in Cape May Courthouse, Sen. Testa emphasized the necessity for the state to allow Shore businesses to open for the summer season. Click for full size. (SenateNJ.com)

“Small shops and eateries are locked up tight. Most establishments down the shore are family-owned, multi-generational businesses,” said Testa (R-1). “Many of these are capable and willing to reopen while abiding by CDC guidelines, but as the shutdown goes on, it has the potential to have a multi-year impact that devastates the shore economy.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Michael Testa
Uncategorized

LIVESTREAM: LD1 Small Business Press Conference

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Legislators Urge Murphy to Stop Picking Winners and Losers

Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan (R-1) host a press conference to discuss the impacts of Governor Murphy’s State Shutdown on the Garden State’s small businesses and their employees today at COHO Brewery at approximately 10:30 a.m.

The conference can be viewed on livestream.

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan will discuss the impacts of the state shutdown on Jersey Shore businesses and coastal communities in a press conference today. (Wikipedia)

WHO: Senator Testa, Assemblyman Simonsen, and Assemblyman McClellan
WHAT: Press conference to discuss small business COVID-19 response
WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 8
WHERE: Coho Brewery 28 Indian Trail Rd #103, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
WATCH:
Livestream

Continue Reading…

Senator Michael Testa

Testa Emphasizes Importance of $100 Million EDA Emergency Loan Program

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senator Michael Testa voted to provide $100 million in funding to qualifying tourism and hospitality businesses in the Senate Budget Committee.

Sen. Michael Testa voted to provide $100 million in funding to qualifying tourism and hospitality businesses in the Senate Budget Committee. (©iStock)

“Mom-and-pop businesses across the Garden State are struggling to stay afloat,” said Testa (R-1). “Greater financial support is needed to help carefully and sustainably reopen our economy and keep vital industries alive. Directing more relief efforts towards local businesses will help keep the lights on, saving jobs and livelihoods for thousands of New Jerseyans.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Michael Testa

South Jersey Legislators Push to Help Garden State Farmers Amid COVID-19

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Farmers across America without schools, hotels and restaurants to buy their food are being forced to dump millions of gallons of milk, mulch produce back into the soil, and smash hundreds of thousands of eggs.

As mandatory shutdowns leave farmers with few options and hundreds of thousands without jobs, lawmakers representing the farming communities from the south and northwest parts of the state are introducing legislation that would allow the state to buy Jersey Fresh produce to donate to non-profits serving the hungry.

Testa, McClellan, and Simonsen have introduced legislation to appropriate $ 1 million to purchase crops from local farmers and donate the produce to free or reduced meal programs. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The economic fallout that COVID is creating for our Garden State farmers is devastating,” said Senator Michael Testa (R-1). “With agricultural demand dropping, creating this program will bridge the gap between our farmers who have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and families and children experiencing food insecurity. I encourage the legislature to swiftly act to help give farmers the relief they need and put local and fresh produce on the table for our neighbors in need.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Michael Testa

MEDIA ADVISORY (Friday, 5/8): LD1 Team Announces Small Business Press Conference

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

LD1 Tells Murphy to Stop Picking Winners and Losers

Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan (R-1) will hold a press conference to discuss the impacts of Governor Murphy’s State Shutdown on the Garden State’s small businesses and their employees on Friday, May 8th at COHO Brewery at approximately 10:30 AM.

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan will hold a press conference on Friday to discuss the impacts of Governor Murphy’s State Shutdown on the Garden State’s small businesses and their employees. (Wikipedia)

WHO: Senator Testa, Assemblyman Simonsen, and Assemblyman McClellan
WHAT: Press conference to discuss small business COVID-19 response.
WHEN: Friday, May 8th at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Coho Brewery 28 Indian Trail Rd #103, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Continue Reading…

Senator Michael Testa

Murphy Denies Hazard Pay for First Responders While Sitting on $2.4 Billion from Federal CARES Act

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

LD1 Team Say Holding Federal Relief Funds Hostage in NJ Treasury Is Unacceptable While Corrections Officers and Others Suffer

Following reports that Governor Murphy has denied Law Enforcement Hazard Pay, the First Legislative District team slammed the Governor for not using $2.4 billion of federal CARES Act funds for COVID-19 related expenses, such as Hazard Pay for COVID-19 affected New Jersey Department of Corrections Officers.

Following reports that Gov. Murphy has denied Law Enforcement Hazard Pay, the 1st Legislative District team slammed the Governor for not using $2.4 billion of federal CARES Act funds for COVID-19 related expenses, such as Hazard Pay for COVID-19 affected NJ Dept. of Corrections Officers. (Pixabay)

“The management of the COVID-19 response by the New Jersey Department of Corrections has been beyond negligent and may rise to the level of recklessness,” Senator Michael Testa (R-1) stated. “Without a doubt the Department has needlessly placed the lives of our Corrections Officers at high risk while transporting COVID-19 positive North Jersey inmates to our South Jersey prisons. While hazard pay for these officers is clearly an appropriate use of the CARES Act funding, Governor Murphy has instead decided to squirrel away this money with the hope the feds will let him use it plug holes in his already outrageous 2021 budget.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Michael Testa

Testa Applauds Recreational Fishing Industry on Reopening Proposal with Safety in Mind

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senator Michael Testa commended the Recreational Fishing Alliance and United Boatmen of New Jersey for their plan to open their shuttered industry while taking proactive measures to ensure the safety and security of all on-board.

Sen. Michael Testa commended the Recreational Fishing Alliance and United Boatmen of NJ for their plan to open while taking proactive measures to ensure the safety and security of all on-board. (SenateNJ.com)

“I applaud James Donofrio of the Recreational Fishing Alliance and Captain Bob Rush of the United Boatmen of New Jersey for proposing calculated, cautious, and sensible steps towards opening this essential industry in the Jersey Shore region,” said Testa (R-1). “Owners and operators of for-hire vessels, and their crew, are willing and eager to get back to work. While we cannot make up for the thousands of jobs and the millions in revenue lost, an opening – with concrete criteria and contingencies – of our recreational fishing industry will strengthen our South Jersey economy and help us better prepare for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Michael Testa

Testa Encouraged that Independent Workers May Soon Receive Unemployment Assistance After Long Delays

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Says Other COVID-19 Extension and Backlog Cases Must Be Addressed As Well

Senator Michael Testa said he is “hesitantly optimistic” after Governor Phil Murphy announced federal money available to contractors and gig-workers may finally reach the unemployed people who need it.

Federal pandemic stimulus money may soon be on its way to gig workers and independent contractors, but Sen. Testa said the Governor must deliver on his promise. (Pixabay)

“The process has taken far too long for people who desperately need help,” said Testa (R-1). “On the surface, this is good news, but we’re going to have to remain vigilant to ensure the reality lives up to the promise and money starts arriving next week.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Bob Singer
Senator Chris Brown
Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa

Shore Senators Call for Detailed Plan to Reopen Jersey Shore

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senators representing communities from Sandy Hook to Cape May sent the following letter to Governor Phil Murphy yesterday asking for a detailed plan to reopen the Jersey Shore.

Senators representing communities from Sandy Hook to Cape May sent a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy asking for a detailed plan to reopen the Jersey Shore. (Bing Maps)

Click here to view a PDF of the letter from Sen. Robert Singer, Sen. Chris Brown, Sen. Michael Testa, and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon.

Continue Reading…


NJ COVID-19 Information HUB

District 1 Guide

Michael Testa

Michael's Bio & Public Service

Constituent Services

Michael Can Help You!

Contact Michael

Michael Wants to Hear from You!

District 1

About the Legislative District

Email Updates

Sign Up for Michael's Newsletter

Facebook

Follow Michael's Page

Internships

Students - Get Involved

Legislative Activity

Committees, Bills & Votes

Twitter

Tweet @senatortesta

- Proudly Serving Parts of Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland Counties -