Archive for Category: Press Release

McCarthy Patrick solution for school staffing crisis allows retired bus drivers, lunch aides, custodians to return to work

TRENTON, N.J. – As schools struggle to find bus drivers who can safely transport kids and custodians who can sanitize classrooms, Assemblywoman Bethanne McCarthy Patrick eyes an opportunity for retired non-instructional staff. To help alleviate the pandemic-exacerbated staff shortages in schools, she recently introduced a bill that would allow...

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Push back from Freedom Fighters in GOP Assembly Caucus and parents made Murphy drop the mandates says Peterson

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Erik Peterson credits the Assembly Republican members who refused to comply with the Statehouse Covid-19 policy and fed-up parents for ending the controversial school mask mandates. On Monday, Feb. 7, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he would be lifting statewide school and child care masking...

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Sawyer objects to appellate judge telling corrections officers state owns their bodies

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer is voicing support for corrections officers after a three-judge appellate panel ruled against medical freedom last Friday. The state police union will now take its lawsuit against forced vaccinations to the New Jersey Supreme Court. The New Jersey Police Benevolent Association asked the...

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Assembly Republicans object to budget message extension

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republicans rejected Gov. Phil Murphy’s request to push the gubernatorial budget message to Tuesday, March 8 from Tuesday, Feb. 22, saying the move is politically motivated and unnecessarily delays an important process. The bill (A2063) extending the delivery of the statutorily-mandated message was passed in a...

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More inmates to go free as Murphy extends health emergency again

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Antwan McClellan calls for a full stop on Gov. Phil Murphy’s plan to allow 260 inmates from New Jersey prisons and halfway houses to walk free Feb. 10 under his early-release public health emergency program. Meanwhile, law-abiding citizens must continue to live under mandates that...

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GOP lawmakers push property tax relief bill passed by Senate committee

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblymen Jay Webber and John DiMaio are pushing to advance their bill directing energy tax receipts back to municipalities for the purposes of property tax relief. Heeding New Jersey residents’ affordability concerns, the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee unanimously cleared a companion measure (S330/A1012) in...

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Murphy should never had power to make parental masking decisions, say Auth and DeFuccio

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement on Monday that school and child care masking requirements will be lifted March 7 is long overdue and a decision that should have solely resided with parents say Assemblyman Robert Auth and Assemblywoman DeAnne DeFuccio. To keep the mask mandate another month,...

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Sawyer bill would prohibit vax status discrimination

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer introduced a bill Monday that would prohibit discrimination against some workers who have not received the Covid-19 shots and boosters. Sawyer’s bill would protect unvaccinated corrections officers, first responders and health care workers against discrimination based on their personal medical choice. The bill...

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