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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Michael Testa

Testa: State Must Protect Citizens, but not at the Expense of Civil Liberties

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Senator Michael Testa Jr. today called on the Murphy administration to uphold the rights of State residents during the coronavirus crisis.

Sen. Testa called this week’s announcement by the Attorney General that law enforcement officers would strictly enforce Murphy’s executive orders a dangerous precedent that jeopardizes civil liberties. (WikiMedia Commons)

“The state’s efforts to protect the people from the coronavirus should not be taken as a license to suppress the liberties of the citizens,” said Testa (R-1). “There is a thin line between good public policy and heavy-handed government control. The priorities of public health and the preservation of civil rights must be secured in tandem.”

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Testa: Murphy Should Add Gun Stores to List of Essential Businesses

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Senator Michael Testa called on Governor Phil Murphy to add guns stores to the lists of essential retail businesses that are allowed to remain open during the current state of emergency due to the coronavirus.

Sen. Michael Testa called on Gov. Phil Murphy to add guns stores to the lists of essential retail businesses that are allowed to remain open during the current state of emergency due to the coronavirus. (©iStock)

“People have a constitutional right to bear arms and to defend themselves and their families during these uncertain times,” said Testa (R-1). “Gun stores should never have been closed in the first place. Now that more police departments are reporting officers sick with the coronavirus, it’s increasingly clear that understaffed law enforcement agencies may not have the ability to respond immediately when a family needs help. Governor Murphy can help protect New Jerseyans by opening gun stores and allowing citizens to protect themselves if needed.”

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Testa Calls on State to Help Borrowers Struggling with NJ Student Loans During COVID-19 Outbreak

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Urges Governor to Temporarily Halt Monthly Payments

Senator Michael Testa Jr. today said the Governor’s announced assistance for students burdened by payments on NJCLASS college loans during the COVID-19 crisis was “a good first step, but more needs to be done to help young borrowers.”

Sen. Michael Testa Jr. urges the Administration to do more to help borrowers with New Jersey student loans during the coronavirus crisis by halting monthly payments. (CDC)

Testa called for freezing student loan interest and extending payment deadlines.

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Testa: ‘Now is Not the Time for Tourism’

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Pledges Support for Local Businesses Suffering Through COVID-19 Pandemic

“This is one time when we want to see the beaches and the boardwalks empty,” said Senator Michael Testa Jr. as he called on New Jersey and out-of-state residents to remain self-quarantined and follow common-sense precautions to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

Sen. Testa said ‘now is not the time to be traveling to tourism areas’ and called on all residents – in-state and out- – to remain self-quarantined to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (CDC)

“Now is not the time to be traveling to tourism areas,” Testa continued. “Tourism is the life-blood of the economy in our Shore towns, but right now, it is important to make public health and safety the priorities.”

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Testa: Senate Will Pass Bills to Help Families, Business Cope with Impact of Pandemic

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Senator Michael Testa Jr. reiterated his commitment to help families, schools, and businesses struggling to cope with the effects of the coronavirus crisis, saying he looks forward to supporting more than a dozen bills Thursday, in the Senate.

When the Senate convenes for a session Thursday, Sen. Michael Testa said he will continue his resolve to help families and businesses during the coronavirus crisis. (CDC)

“This follows our resolve to ensure that during this crisis, businesses are afforded the utmost respect,” said Testa (R-1). “The is a crucial package of pro-business and pro-employee legislation. I will proudly vote yes and put New Jersey first.”

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LD1 Legislators Urge Veterans to Apply for $6,000 Income Tax Exemption

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Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Antwan McClellan, and Assemblyman Erik Simonsen (all R-1) are encouraging Garden State veterans to take advantage of the Income Tax Exemption for Veterans.

Testa, McClellan, & Simonsen are encouraging Garden State veterans to take advantage of the Income Tax Exemption for Veterans. (©iStock)

“More than 400,000 veterans call the Garden State ‘home,’” said Testa. “Every eligible veteran should utilize this tax relief. Easing the financial burden for former service members is a small way to show our thanks for their sacrifices.”

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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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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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