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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Earns NJ Chamber’s Legislator of the Year Award

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Senator Michael Testa will receive the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s biannual Legislator of the Year Award during an event tonight in Holmdel.

Senator Michael Testa (second from left), shown kicking off his Business Recovery Tour in Cape May in March of this year, will be honored as Legislator of the Year by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. (SenateNJ.com)

Testa, an influential first-term Senator representing Legislative District 1, will be joined by honorees from the public and private sectors for “leading New Jersey through the pandemic and outstanding support of business and economic growth in the Garden State” during the Chamber’s Legislative and Business Awards Reception at the Bell Works center.

“Every New Jersey resident can benefit from a strong, vibrant state economy,” said Testa. “I am proud of my efforts on behalf of crucial job-creators and the families that rely on them for good jobs, career opportunities and income, and I’m humbled to receive this award from the New Jersey Chamber.”

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District 1 Legislators Aggravated by Murphy’s Closed Offices

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Legislative District 1 lawmakers expressed frustration with the Murphy Administration as many state facilities, including Motor Vehicle Commission   and Department of Labor sites remain closed.

Murphy’s Motor Vehicle Commission has been a source of public frustration throughout the pandemic, and the LD1 legislators are frustrated MVC sites are not yet fully open. (SenateNJ.com)

All state workers were expected to be back on the job this week, fully vaccinated or subject to weekly COVID testing, but the Governor backed off his original orders and delayed the return to work for many agencies.

“Closed state offices have become all too familiar, and the whole thing is exasperating,” said Senator Michael Testa. “The citizens of New Jersey deserve better. This clearly isn’t the ‘stronger and fairer’ picture that Murphy is painting.

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Testa Blasts Murphy for Increasing Taxes on Working Poor to Write Checks to Illegals

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Mere months before a double-digit increase in the payroll tax on workers, the Murphy Administration announced plans for a $40 million give-away program for illegal immigrants.

Sen. Michael Testa chided the Governor for a plan to give $40M to illegal immigrants only months before a $40M tax on low-income workers goes into effect. (Pixabay)

Recently, it was revealed a web site operated by the Department of Human Services will help distribute taxpayer money to immigrants who failed to qualify to federal stimulus payments because they are here illegally.

“The Governor’s priorities are convoluted and unjustifiable. He should have avoided this regressive tax increase on low-income earners. Instead, he clobbered the working poor so he could write checks to illegals,” said Senator Michael Testa (R-1).

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Testa, Simonsen & McClellan Call on Murphy to Prohibit Teachers from Logging Vaccine Conversations in Progressive Campaign App

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Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan (all R-1) called on Governor Phil Murphy to prohibit teachers from logging conversations with students and parents about COVID-19 vaccinations in a progressive campaign app operated by a left-wing organization.

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan called on Gov. Phil Murphy to prohibit teachers from logging conversations with students and parents about COVID-19 vaccinations in Reach, a progressive campaign app operated by a left-wing organization. Pictured is a screenshot from the app’s website. (Reach)

“We’re hearing from parents who are outraged by the shocking reports that teachers are being trained to engage students and their families in vaccine conversations and to log what they learn in a tracking app developed for Democrat political campaigns,” said Testa. “We believe this practice is inappropriate, unethical, likely illegal, and must be stopped immediately.”

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Testa, Simonsen & McClellan: Business, Industry, Labor Groups Say Murphy’s Energy Master Plan Is a Disaster Plan

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Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan (all R-1) said opposition is growing to Governor Phil Murphy’s Energy Master Plan (EMP), which would cost every New Jersey homeowner tens of thousands of dollars and put residents at risk during emergencies.

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan said opposition is growing to Gov. Murphy’s Energy Master Plan, which would cost every New Jerseyan tens of thousands of dollars and put residents at risk during emergencies. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy’s Energy Master Plan could cost every New Jersey resident $52,000, according to an analysis of the massive cost to implement the governor’s green energy scheme,” said Senator Testa. “For many Garden State families, the huge expense of Murphy’s energy plan would prove to be a disaster plan that would saddle them with unbearable costs they cannot afford. It’s nothing less than a hidden green energy tax on New Jerseyans that will cost us hundreds of billions of dollars.”

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Testa Bemused by Murphy’s No-Tax-Increase Pledge as Governor Prepares to Implement Five Massive Hikes

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Governor Phil Murphy said yesterday he won’t raise taxes any further. Senator Michael Testa isn’t buying it.

Sen. Michael Testa said there is no excuse for the Governor’s insistence on the series of economy-crushing increases that will materialize over the next few years. (SenateNJ.com)

“I don’t know how he can say that with a straight face,” said Testa (R-1). “Murphy’s middle name is ‘Tax Increase.’ He’s poised to implement no less than five unnecessary and preventable tax hikes on New Jersey residents over the next few years totaling approximately $2 billion annually.”

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Testa: Murphy’s Ridiculous Mask Mandate for Toddlers Is Likely Unenforceable

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Senator Michael Testa (R-1) blasted Governor Phil Murphy’s newly issued executive order requiring two-year-old children to wear masks at day care:

Sen. Michael Testa blasted Gov. Phil Murphy’s newly issued executive order requiring two-year-old children to wear masks at day care, calling it ridiculous and likely unenforceable. (©iStock)

“Governor Murphy’s mask mandate for two-year-olds is absolutely ridiculous and likely unenforceable.

“Is Murphy going to close day care centers that parents are depending on to get back to work if they can’t get children barely older than infants to keep their masks on? Are toddlers going to be carted off to jail for ripping their masks off, which they inevitably will do?

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Testa: Not a Single Democratic Legislator Has Signed Petition to Stop Gov. Murphy’s Payroll Tax Increase Next Month

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Senator Michael Testa (R-1) said that nearly two weeks after a petition was sent to their offices, not a single Democrat in the New Jersey Legislature has signed on to an effort to convene a special legislative session to prevent an upcoming payroll tax increase on employers, repay debt, and restore stability to the state’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) Fund.

Sen. Michael Testa said not a single Democrat in the New Jersey Legislature has signed a petition they were sent to convene a special legislative session to prevent an upcoming payroll tax increase on employers. (©iStock)

The petition, signed by every Republican member of the Legislature, would constitutionally require Governor Phil Murphy to call a special session if signed by a majority of the members of each house of the Legislature.

“It’s extremely disappointing that none of the Democratic legislators who put out press releases bemoaning Governor Murphy’s looming payroll tax increase were brave enough to sign the petition that was presented to them,” said Testa, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “Their inaction when offered a clear opportunity to work in a bipartisan manner to stop the tax increase on New Jersey’s struggling employers speaks louder than their empty words.”

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New Jersey to Lower Flags to Honor Fallen Lifeguard

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The U.S. and New Jersey state flags will be lowered to half-staff on Friday, honoring Norman V. Inferrera III, a young member of the Cape May Beach Patrol who died in an on-duty accident last weekend.

Flags will be lowered to half mast on Friday in honor of the Cape May Beach Patrol lifeguard who died in an on-duty accident. (Pixabay)

Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan released the following statement:

“Lowering the flags is a solemn tribute for an outstanding young man who was committed to serving the community and keeping residents and vacationers safe when they visited the beach in Cape May. At only 16 years old, Norman’s penchant for public service was clear, and his loss in the rough seas churned up by Hurricane Henri leaves a void in the hearts of those who knew and loved him, and a pall of sadness that lingers like a persistent morning fog over the coastal community.

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Testa: Murphy’s Energy Master Plan is a Disaster Plan

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Residents Can’t Afford This Green Fantasy, Testa Says

The Energy Master Plan Governor Murphy unveiled by executive order last January establishes a goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050, but the Administration has dodged efforts to put a price tag on the initiative.

Sen. Michael Testa blasted Gov. Murphy’s Energy Master Plan that will add $155 billion to electric bills and cost NJ families more than $252 billion. (SenateNJ.com)

“If you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it, and New Jersey certainly cannot afford the utopian energy dream Murphy shares with the liberal elite in Washington,” said Senator Michael Testa (R-1).

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