Archive for Tag: Gerry Scharfenberger

Climate change curriculum needs to teach children how, not what, to think, Scharfenberger says

TRENTON, N.J. – Supported by New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy and signed into law in June 2020, New Jersey is the first state in the nation to mandate that all public schools teach climate change in all grades. Those lessons start this school year. Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger, a...

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Assembly Republicans oppose Democrats’ massive $50.6 billion state spending plan

TRENTON, N.J. – The state’s massive $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget represents missed opportunities for real tax reform and relief, backroom deals, big government spending, and one-time gimmicks say Republicans before casting their no votes from the Assembly floor on Wednesday. Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio: WATCH: GOP...

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Lawmakers preview graphic sex education materials meeting new state standards

TRENTON, N.J. – As New Jersey schools prepare to incorporate new health and sexual education curriculum, Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger and Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer sat down to preview some of the lesson plans that align with the standards approved by the state Board of Education in June 2020. WATCH: NJ’s...

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How true is Murphy’s claim that additional school aid provides property tax relief? It’s disingenuous, GOP lawmaker reveals

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger challenged Gov. Phil Murphy’s claim that every dollar in additional state aid goes to property tax relief at a legislative budget hearing with acting education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan on April 11.  WATCH: Data doesn’t backup Murphy’s property-tax claims on school funding “Governor Murphy...

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GOP lawmakers grill treasurer, state finance officers on taxes, spending and surplus in Murphy’s budget

TRENTON, N.J. – During an Assembly Budget Committee hearing on Monday, Republican members grilled N.J. state Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio and the Office of Legislative Services on Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed $49 billion spending plan. From one-shot revenues to fee holidays, Assembly Republican budget officer Hal Wirths, Assemblywomen Nancy Munoz...

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Republicans speak out against abortion bill advanced by Legislature

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republicans voiced their opposition to the bill enshrining abortion into state law prior to it passing the Legislature on Monday. GOP members’ efforts to restore reasonable restrictions by moving to amend, substitute and layover the bill were voted down along party lines. The bill (A6260/S49),...

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Scharfenberger says stop teaching critical race theory and racism in GOP Reaction Couch video

TRENTON, N.J. – Freedom and opportunity were the building blocks on which this country was built, not racism, says Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger in the latest episode of the Assembly Republican Office’s GOP Reaction Couch. The Monmouth County legislator and college professor dismantles the lies of critical race theory –...

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Scharfenberger: Keep critical race theory out of the classroom

TRENTON, N.J. – Moms and dads have packed school boards meetings because of it. Teachers have resigned over it, saying they don’t want to brainwash their students. Across the country, critical race theory is pitting educators and concerned parents against each other. Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger believes such advocacy doesn’t...

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GOP lawmakers warn ‘Healthy Terminals Act’ would jeopardize jobs

TRENTON, N.J. – Three state lawmakers slammed a bill creating special benefits for employees at Newark Liberty International Airport and the adjacent train station during a March 25 Assembly voting session. The bill (S989), which the Democrats call the “Healthy Terminals Act,” sets a prevailing wage schedule for any...

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In the state legislature, Scharfenberger keeps local focus

TRENTON, N.J. – The state Assembly Republican Office’s fourth mini biography of its series was released today, highlighting Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger. WATCH: In the state legislature, Scharfenberger keeps local focus | Biography A professional archaeologist by trade, Schargenberger’s political career took him from the Middletown Township Committee, to Monmouth...

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