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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Michael Testa

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

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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

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Senator Michael Testa

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

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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.”

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

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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.”

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

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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.”

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Senator Chris Brown
Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa

Shore Senators Call for Detailed Plan to Reopen Jersey Shore

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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.

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Testa: Demonstrating Fiscal Discipline in State Spending Would Send Important Signal to Washington

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Senator Michael Testa (R-1) said it is imperative that the Murphy Administration demonstrate that New Jersey is taking responsible budgetary measures to account for plunging revenues as it looks to Washington for additional financial relief.

Sen. Michael Testa said the Murphy Administration should demonstrate New Jersey is taking responsible budgetary measures to account for plunging revenues as it looks to Washington for additional financial relief. (©iStock)

“The economic shutdown due to COVID-19 has caused unimaginable harm to New Jersey workers, families, and small businesses,” said Testa, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “I’m concerned, however, that Governor Murphy’s pleas for extra federal aid will fall on deaf ears in Washington if he isn’t able to demonstrate concrete steps taken in Trenton to adjust State spending in response to steep revenue declines.”

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Testa Calls Gag Order on Released Prisoners Unjustifiable

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Says NJDOC Has Failed to Protect Both Corrections Officers and Inmates from Life Threatening Virus

Senator Michael Testa today said the New Jersey Department of Correction’s attempt to prevent temporarily furloughed prisoners from speaking to the press is part of an unsettling trend.

Sen. Testa criticized the New Jersey Department of Corrections and Commissioner Hicks for failing to take adequate precautions to protect corrections officers and prison inmates during the COVID-19 crisis. (©iStock)

“DOC and commissioner Marcus Hicks have a track record of failing both their correction officers and inmates,” said Senator Testa (R-1). “Slapping gag orders on prisoners as a condition of release is unnecessary, and it blocks the true story of what is happening behind bars during the COVID-19 pandemic. One may wonder, why the administration is afraid to allow inmates speak freely to the press?”

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Testa Calls for Investigation of NJDOC’s Mishandling of COVID-19 Response

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Senator Michael Testa (LD-1) renewed his call for the New Jersey Department of Corrections to implement extensive COVID-19 management plans. The Senator is seeking an immediate investigation of the NJDOC’s overall handling of virus infections within the system. 

Sen. Testa said the New Jersey Department of Correction must take immediate steps to protect inmates and correction officers from the coronavirus with a comprehensive COVID-19 management plan. (Flickr)

“The Department of Corrections has failed to protect its inmates, correction officers and the communities where the officers live with their families,” said Senator Testa. “It is indefensible. Due to close confines and the extremely viral nature of COVID-19, the health of all who work or are incarcerated in NJDOC’s facilities must be the highest priority. This is a potentially fatal illness that must be contained effectively.”

On March 31, Senator Testa demanded that the NJDOC do a better job protecting corrections officers and their families amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He has called on the department to enact a variety of measures to help slow the spread in state prisons.  Continue Reading…

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

GOP Members of Senate Budget Committee Call on Governor to Reset Budget Priorities to Meet Emergent Needs

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Billions in Spending Increases Proposed Before Crisis Remain Unchanged While Emergency Programs to Keep People Employed Run Dry Within Minutes

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee called on Governor Phil Murphy to announce which of the billions of dollars in new programs and spending and school aid increases he proposed in February will be scaled back to better fund emergency programs that are critical to helping small businesses survive and hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans to stay employed.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee called on Gov. Murphy to reset his budget priorities to better meet the State’s emergent needs due to COVID-19. (Pixabay)

They noted that the Governor’s budget, which was proposed before the economy was shut down, has become unrealistic because, as the Governor himself has said, “revenues have fallen off a cliff,” while the State has new obligations to help businesses and people impacted by COVID-19. As a result, schools, municipalities, and those promised increased State support in February must be leveled with by the Administration that some of the increases originally promised prior to the crisis are now impossible, giving them the opportunity to plan accordingly.

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Testa: NJ Must Stop Investing in Chinese Pharmaceutical Companies

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State Senator Michael Testa Jr. says it is time for New Jersey to stop investing in Chinese pharmaceutical companies.

Sen. Testa says China controls more than enough of the pharmaceutical market and New Jersey should stop investing in Chinese drug companies. (Pixabay)

“One of the lessons we have learned from the coronavirus crisis is we cannot depend on China,” said Testa (R-1). “Their government demonstrated blatant disregard for human life when they obscured information about the severity and spread of the virus in Wuhan, and last month they threatened to withhold shipments of coronavirus medicine to the United States. New Jersey has no business investing in pharmaceutical companies that can’t be trusted.”

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