New Jersey's 25th Legislative District

Senator Anthony Bucco

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco was honored as ‘Legislator of the Year’ by the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association on Dec. 3, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Anthony R. Bucco (left) and Asm. Anthony M. Bucco (right) were honored at the Columbian Foundation’s 74th Annual Humanitarian, Achievement and President’s Award Dinner on Oct. 17. Pictured with Netcong Mayor Joe Nametko. (Full Story)

  • During a Senate floor debate on June 25, 2015, Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco highlighted serious problems with the Democrats’ tax-raising 2016 state budget. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco was honored for his service by Community Hope at the organization’s 30th Anniversary Reception. Pictured with Bucco are Community Hope Board President Eileen Griffith and CEO J. Michael Armstrong. (Full Story)

  • Senator Anthony Bucco (center) was presented the Robert B. Meyner Award for his work on alimony reform by Paris P. Eliades (left), NJSBA President, and Jeralyn L. Lawrence (right), Chair, NJSBA Family Law Section. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) toured the manufacturing facility of Tri-Power Designs in Denville, NJ to celebrate National Manufacturing Day on October 2, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Anthony R. Bucco (right) and Asm. Anthony M. Bucco (left) celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Mayo Performing Arts Center with a ribbon cutton to mark the completion of the theater’s Main Lobby Building Project in Morristown, NJ on September 29, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Anthony R. Bucco, Asm. Michael Patrick Carroll and Asm. Anthony M. Bucco (all R-25) were honored by Americans for Prosperity for promoting fiscal responsibility in the Legislature on July 23, 2014. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) joined Republican legislators, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, NJ Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) and groups representing thousands of employers at a New Jersey State House rally on June 24, 2014 to oppose legislative Democrats’ proposed tax increases. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco (right-center) joined Gov. Chris Christie (center) and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (left-center) for a ground breaking ceremony on Daytop New Jersey‘s new outpatient treatment facility in Pittsgrove on June 18, 2014. (Facebook)

Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill to Guarantee Equal Access Housing for Disabled Persons and Their Service Animals Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to prevent disabled persons from being separated from their retired service animal was advanced by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Sen. Bucco’s bill prevents disabled persons from being separated from their retired service animal by guaranteeing equal access housing. (Flickr)

“We cannot in good conscience allow an individual who has spent much of their life coping with significant hardships and adversity to face the heartbreak of bidding farewell to a faithful guide dog who has become family,” Senator Bucco added. “By amending this law, people with disabilities can continue to love and care for their loyal service dog as a pet, without the fear of losing their home or being unable to find adequate housing.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Bucco/Pennacchio Bill to Display K.I.A. Flag at Government Buildings Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) and Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) to honor veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice by requiring the “Killed in Action” flag to be flown alongside the official state flag was approved by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Legislation by Sen. Anthony Bucco and Sen. Joe Pennacchio would require the “Killed in Action” flag to be flown alongside the official state flag at government buildings. (SenateNJ.com)

“In just the last two weeks, we’ve recognized Memorial Day and the 72nd Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion,” Senator Bucco said. “The number of lives lost on the beaches of Normandy alone is almost unfathomable, and those are just a small slice of all the American lives lost to protect freedom over our country’s history. Commemorating those sacrifices every day at government buildings is a fitting tribute for our nation’s heroes.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco/Oroho Bill Mandating Child Abuse Background Checks for All School Employees Advances

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Public school teachers, bus drivers and camp counselors would be subject a Child Abuse Record Information check under a bill sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho. Currently, these employees and job candidates only undergo a criminal background check, which unlike a CARI check, does not show substantiated claims of child abuse. The bill was unanimously approved by the Senate Education Committee.

Public school teachers, bus drivers and camp counselors would be subject a Child Abuse Record Information check under a bill sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho. (Flickr)

“How many teachers, camp counselors, bus drivers and school employees are child abusers? Under current New Jersey law, we simply do not know,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris) said. “What we do know is that child abusers are falling through the cracks in the system and putting innocent children at risk. Ensuring all current and potential employees have a clean CARI record can end this pervasive threat to our children’s health and welfare.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bucco/Bateman Bill Combats Corruption, Requires All Elected to Take Ethics Training

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The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to mandate ethics training for all elected officials. Government officials who fail to complete the training would face a $5,000 fine.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman mandates ethics training for all elected officials. (©iStock)

“Unfortunately, you don’t have to dig deep to find examples of political corruption in New Jersey,” Senator Bucco said. “Widely publicized investigations into kickback schemes and recent exploitation of state funds have exposed a critical need for the ethics training mandated under my bill,” Senator Bucco said. “New Jerseyans are already coping with a nation-high tax burden. We cannot allow elected leaders to squander a single public dollar for political gain.”

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Bucco Works with Survivors & Advocates on “Erin’s Law” to Prevent Child Sex Abuse

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Bill requires school districts to incorporate sexual abuse prevention and awareness education into core curriculum

Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) has introduced “Erin’s Law” requiring school districts to incorporate sexual abuse prevention and awareness education into the core curriculum. Senator Bucco is working with local advocates and survivor Erin Merryn, for whom the law is named, to swiftly advance the measure.

“Erin’s Law,” sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco, would require school districts to incorporate sexual abuse prevention and awareness education into the core curriculum. (Erin Merryn)

“We teach our children not to talk to strangers, but for 93 percent of children who are sexually abused, the attacker is not a stranger – it’s a parent, a family friend, or someone else they trust,” Senator Bucco said. “We cannot allow children to feel ashamed and suffer in silence. Erin’s Law will empower kids to recognize the signs of abuse and speak out the moment an unsafe behavior occurs. I will continue to work with Erin, and the advocates fighting for victims in our community, until every child in every New Jersey classroom has access to this education.”

Senator Bucco’s bill requires all school districts to incorporate age-appropriate sexual abuse awareness and prevention education in grades preschool through 12 as part of Core Curriculum Content Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education. Senator Bucco introduced Erin’s Law (S-2145) on May 2. The legislation has been enacted in 27 states.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco & Oroho Introduce Bill to Index Income Tax Brackets

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Senators Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) and Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Warren) introduced legislation that will bring more fairness to New Jersey’s income tax by adjusting its tax brackets for inflation every year.

Sen. Anthony Bucco and Sen. Steven Oroho introduced legislation that will protect taxpayers from inflation changing their tax rates. (SenateNJ.com)

“This is a common-sense way to protect taxpayers from unfairly being placed into a higher tax bracket,” Senator Bucco said. “People end up paying more in taxes and aren’t able to spend as much as they used to on everyday goods and services.”

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Bucco: Republican Discipline on Taxes and Spending Has Led to N.J. Job Gains

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Senator Anthony Bucco said the positive jobs numbers – announced today by Gov. Chris Christie at an event at Union County College – are the direct result of the Republican effort to limit spending and prevent tax increases.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said the recent job gains in New Jersey are the result of Republican discipline on spending and taxes. (©iStock.com)

“Over the last several years, we have worked with the administration to put New Jersey in a much better position in our shifting economy,” Senator Bucco (R–Morris) said. “By keeping firm on taxes and holding the line on spending, we have been able to lure in new job creators and give our state a chance to rebound from the crippling unemployment of the Great Recession.”

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Bucco: Fraud-Fighting Measures Helped Restore UI Trust Fund to Full Solvency

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$1 Billion UI Fund Surplus Triggers $200 Million Tax Cut for Employers

Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco said that strong anti-fraud measures signed into law in 2013 helped lead to a $1 billion surplus in the New Jersey Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and a $200 million tax cut on employers.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said anti-fraud efforts helped restore the state UI fund to full solvency triggering a $200 million tax cut for employers. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The $200 million tax cut announced by Governor Christie today is a direct result of our efforts to crack down on unemployment insurance fraud,” said Bucco. “We increased penalties on those who fraudulently claimed benefits and added new safeguards to prevent those claims from being approved.”

The Governor highlighted a number of anti-fraud efforts which saved the UI fund hundreds of millions, helping to turn a $2.1 billion deficit into a positive balance of $1 billion.

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Bucco Bill to Efficiently Bolster School, Community Safety Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to efficiently bolster security at community colleges, public and nonpublic schools passed the New Jersey Senate 38-0. The bill would create a new class of special law enforcement officers, comprised of retired-in-good-standing, former full-time New Jersey law enforcement officers younger than 65-years-old.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation would create “Class Three” law enforcement officers and allow them to provide security in New Jersey schools. (Flickr)

“Now more than ever, it is imperative that we expand school security to protect New Jersey schools from unforeseen threats to public safety,” Senator Bucco said. “Law enforcement officials agree – placing uniformed, properly trained officers in our schools deters criminals from threatening the lives of students and teachers. My legislation offers real solutions for protecting our schools and communities without overburdening taxpayers.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen & Bucco to Introduce Bill in Memory of State Trooper Sean Cullen, Prevent Emergency Worker Deaths

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Bill would rename “Move Over Law” in memory of New Jersey State Police Trooper Sean Cullen who was killed in the line of duty while responding to a motor vehicle crash on March 7 in West Deptford, NJ.

Legislation by Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Anthony Bucco would would rename the state’s “Move Over Law” in memory of New Jersey State Police Trooper Sean Cullen. (Facebook/NJSP)

Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) announced plans to introduce legislation renaming “The New Jersey Move Over Law” in memory of New Jersey State Police Trooper Sean Cullen, a Cinnaminson High School graduate, who was killed on March 7 while responding to a motor vehicle crash in West Deptford.

“Trooper Cullen’s death is a stark reminder of the tremendous risk he and all emergency responders face as they work to protect their communities from harm,” Senator Allen said. “Law enforcement officers are especially vulnerable working in or around busy streets, intersections and highways, such as southbound 295, where Sean tragically lost his life. It is imperative that motorists be made aware of their presences.”

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