New Jersey's 25th Legislative District

Senator Anthony Bucco

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on December 5, 2016 on legislation he sponsors, S-2026, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” (Facebook/Anthony Bucco)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco was honored as a “Made in New Jersey” Honor Roll recipient by the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program for his work to advance the growth of the state’s manufacturing industry. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco speaking with Dr. Ian Brodrick, medical director of Rockaway Family Medicine, as he receives his annual flu shot at Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion’s Flu Shot Clinic in Rockaway on Tuesday, September 13. Bucco urges all residents to get their annual flu shots.

  • 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)

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco/Oroho/Pennacchio ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ Approved by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio to establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio sponsor legislation to establish “The Lake Hopatcong Fund,” which would dedicate $500,000 annually to preserve and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

The measure, S-2389, dedicates $500,000 annually to the “Lake Hoptacong Fund” for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management and enhancement of New Jersey’s largest state-run lake. The funds would come from license fees required to operate power boats on nontidal waters.

“Lake Hopatcong brings in millions in revenue for the state each year,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “Our economy will suffer if we don’t find a stable way to pay for annual weed harvesting and stormwater management. We shouldn’t have to scramble every year to find the money we need to keep boaters and swimmers safe. I believe that our bill is a fiscally-responsible solution to this problem. I will continue to do everything I can to get it signed into law.”

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Bucco Bill to Improve Community-Based Brain Injury Support Services Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would provide State funding for community-based services that support and advocate for individuals affected by brain injury has been approved by the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation provides State funding for community-based services that support and advocate for individuals affected by brain injury. (U.S. Army photo)

“Our understanding of the great impact that brain injury can have on the lives of people of all ages has increased tremendously in recent years,” said Bucco. “Still, we have much to learn about the role that everything from concussions to traumatic brain injuries play in long-term health and care needs. It’s imperative that skilled organizations have the resources they need to effectively advocate and care for New Jerseyans who have suffered brain injuries.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Advanced: Pennacchio/Bucco Bill Allowing EMT, Paramedic Certification Cards to Count as 2 Points for NJMVC ID Verification Program

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The Senate Transportation Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would expand upon the documentation accepted by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) as part of its 6 Point ID Verification program to include EMT and paramedic certification cards. The measure advanced in a 5-0 vote.

Legislation by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Anthony Bucco would allow EMT and paramedic certification cards to count toward the NJMVC’s six-point ID verification requirement. (NJMVC)

“Our state’s digital driver’s license and 6 Point ID Verification program are designed to stop fraud and make it harder for criminals and terrorists to act under assumed identities,” said Pennacchio. “Our legislation allows us to maintain those strict security standards while improving the NJMVC customer experience for tens of thousands of EMTs and paramedics who carry State issued certification cards.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco/Oroho/Pennacchio ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ Passes Senate Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio to establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” has passed the Senate Environment Committee.

Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio sponsor legislation to establish “The Lake Hopatcong Fund,” which would dedicate $500,000 annually to preserve and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

S-2389 would dedicate $500,000 annually to the “Lake Hoptacong Fund,” for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management and enhancement of New Jersey’s largest state-run lake. The funds would come from license fees required to operate power boats on nontidal waters.

“Lake Hopatcong brings in millions in revenue for the state each year,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “Our economy will suffer if we don’t find a stable way to pay for annual weed harvesting and stormwater management. We shouldn’t have to scramble every year to find the money we need to keep boaters and swimmers safe. I believe that our bill is a fiscally-responsible solution to this problem. I will continue to do everything I can to get it signed into law.”

We fought hard to ensure the Fiscal Year 2018 budget included funding to protect Lake Hopatcong, but a one-time payment is not enough,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “The lake has become overrun with invasive weeds and the problem seems to get worse every year. Setting up a permanent, dedicated funding source for preservation and maintenance is the best way to ensure future generations can enjoy this treasured natural resource.”

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Bucco Introduces Bill to Promote Manufacturing & Job Growth in Distressed Suburbs

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) has introduced legislation to promote manufacturing and job growth in certain distressed suburban municipalities through new tax incentives under the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program.

Sen. Anthony Bucco (left) during a meeting of the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus at the County College of Morris on Oct. 17. (SenateNJ.com)

“This legislation is directed by my belief that every New Jersey town deserves the opportunity to thrive, and every resident the opportunity to work and succeed,” said Bucco. “It addresses a deficit in New Jersey’s economic development incentives which overlook the needs of lower-income suburbs. Many of those towns that have suffered from a shift of manufacturing to lower cost states don’t benefit from incentive programs that are designed primarily to drive employers to a few urban areas like Newark and Camden.”

Senator Bucco said that he hopes to work with the Legislature’s new manufacturing caucus on this bill and other efforts to support manufacturers that are critical to New Jersey’s economy.

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Bucco & Singer Examine Role of Education & Technical Training on Manufacturing in NJ

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) and Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean, Monmouth) examined the role of vocational-technical schools and technical programs of study on industry in New Jersey during a meeting of the bipartisan Legislative Manufacturing Caucus at the County College of Morris today.

Sen. Anthony Bucco and Sen. Robert Singer examined the role of vocational-technical schools and technical programs of study on industry in New Jersey during a meeting of the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus at the County College of Morris on Oct. 17. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Legislative Manufacturing Caucus chose to come to our area today to learn how Morris County, the County College of Morris, and our county vo-tech schools effectively coordinate to develop a quality workforce that creates job opportunities for residents and encourages economic development in the region,” said Bucco. “We learned that there’s a great demand for technical skills from employers, and a need to further expand the successful programs we already have to increase our capacity to train students for highly paid jobs that are waiting to be filled.”

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Bucco & Fellow D-25 Legislators Visit Greystone to Discuss Safety Concerns

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Senator Anthony Bucco and Assemblymen Michael Patrick Carroll and Anthony Bucco (all R-Morris, Somerset), met with state officials on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Greystone Psychiatric Park Hospital to take a tour of the facility and discuss recent allegations about safety at the state run facility.

Sen. Bucco and his fellow LD-25 legislators, Assemblymen Carroll and Bucco, visited Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital on Sept. 6 to discuss safety concerns at the state-run facility. (NJDHS)

“I’m glad we were able to relay the concerns brought to our attention about Greystone to Acting DHS Commissioner Connolly and her team in person,” Senator Bucco said. “The allegations were of great concern to all of us. We had a productive meeting and agreed that the safety and overall well-being of patients and staff are a top priority at Greystone.”

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Gov. Signs Bucco Bill to Prevent Ex-Cons From Running for School Board

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Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to require school board candidates to swear that they have not been convicted of a crime that would disqualify them from office.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill, now law, prevents ex-cons from running for school board, by requiring candidates to swear that they haven’t been convicted of a crime that would disqualify them from serving. (©iStock)

In the last five years, dozens of school board members have had to give up their seats because they committed a crime that disqualified them from serving, proving the need for Senator Bucco’s legislation.

“It is a shame that so much taxpayer time and money has been wasted on power-hungry politicians who clearly couldn’t care less about our schools,” Senator Bucco said. “This law will help us root out the bad actors before they have the chance to botch an election.”

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Bucco/Pennacchio Bill to Display K.I.A. Flag at Government Buildings Signed into Law

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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 state flag is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

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

“This helps us honor the American lives lost to protect freedom over our country’s history,” Senator Bucco said. “Commemorating those sacrifices every day at government buildings is a fitting tribute for our nation’s heroes.”

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Now Law: Bucco Bill to Guarantee Housing Access for Disabled Persons and Their Service Animals

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to allow disabled persons to keep their retired service animals is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

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

“People spend years forging a relationship with their service animals. They shouldn’t be separated simply because the animal has to retire from its service duties,” Senator Bucco said. “This law keeps them together without putting the person’s access to housing in jeopardy.”

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