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)

Senator Anthony Bucco

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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Senator Dawn Addiego

Gov. Signs Joan’s Law Amendment to Mandate Life Sentence for Murder & Sexual Assault of Minors

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Governor Christie has signed an expansion of “Joan’s Law” sponsored by Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego and Anthony Bucco, to mandate life without parole for murdering a minor, of any age, during the course of a sex crime.

Rosemarie D’Alessandro testifies at a May 31, 2017 Senate Budget Committee hearing in support of Sens. Dawn Addiego and Anthony Bucco’s bill expanding the law named after her daughter. S-607 extends Joan’s Law to mandate life in prison for murdering and raping any minor. (SenateNJ.com)

For the past 20 years, “Joan’s Law” has mandated “no release” in cases involving a minor under age 14. S-607 extends Joan’s Law to protect victims between the ages of 14 and 18.

“This law cannot ease the pain of losing a child, but it can ensure that parents do not have to relive that trauma by having to appear before a parole board time and time again, just to keep a killer locked up where they belong.” Senator Addiego said. “Now, every minor who is brutally raped and murdered will receive equal justice under the law – and so will their family.”

“There is always more we can do to keep our children safe from sexual predators. Anyone who commits such an atrocious crime should, at the very least, spend their life in a jail cell,” Senator Bucco said. “There is no justification for releasing these monsters back into the general population. I am hopeful that this law will act as a deterrent. I believe it will save countless young lives for years to come.”

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Bucco’s Concussion Awareness Day Resolution Signed by Gov.

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to raise awareness about concussions was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s resolution creating Concussion Awareness Day was passed by the Senate. (Flickr)

“Every year, we see more and more evidence about the dangers of concussions and the serious health problems they can cause,” Senator Bucco said. “Professional sports leagues have started taking them more seriously, but youth sports — where concussions can cause even more damage — still lag behind. Spreading knowledge about concussions can go a long way in preventing lifelong brain injuries.”

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Bucco Constitution Week Resolution Signed into Law

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to establish “Constitution Week” was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

A resolution sponsored by Sen. Anthony to establish ‘Constitution Week’ was passed by the New Jersey Senate.  (National Archives)

“The Constitution is one of the most important documents in our country’s history,” Senator Bucco said. “It lays out the important ideals of democracy that well all hold dear. It’s important for us to reflect on this blueprint of freedom as it deserves to be seen: as the crowning achievement of our founding fathers.”

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Bucco Improves Educational Opportunities, Provides Property Tax Relief via FY18 Budget Resolutions

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Senator Anthony Bucco, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, has secured funding to support millions of New Jersey students, including children who attend a private school, students serving in the armed forces, and participants in the EOF program.

Sen. Anthony Bucco sponsored FY18 State Budget resolutions to support New Jersey’s students, schools, and provide property tax relief to local residents. (SenateNJ)

Bucco fought tirelessly to ensure the FY18 State budget included an appropriation to increase state aid for extraordinary special education, which will provide property tax relief to residents across New Jersey.

“Helping municipalities cope with the high cost of funding special education services has long been a core Senate Republican priority,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris) said. “Although there is certainly room for improvement within this budget, I am pleased to see that we are doing something to address the enormous burden education costs have on our local taxpayers.”

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Bucco Protects State Funding for Healthcare, Services for NJ’s Most Vulnerable

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Senator Anthony Bucco, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said that the FY18 State Budget appropriations he secured will improve the quality of life for people in need of affordable healthcare and support services statewide.

Sen. Anthony Bucco sponsored FY18 budget resolutions to provide funding to safeguard health services for New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents (SenateNJ)

Senator Bucco fought tirelessly to ensure that the final fiscal plan included enough funding for the lifesaving nonprofits, medical centers, and state departments that are critical to safeguarding the health and welfare of families throughout New Jersey.

“I am particularly proud of the choices we made to improve and expand services for our most vulnerable residents,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris) said. “Home healthcare aids work incredibly hard, but they are sorely underpaid. Most are only making $10 an hour. This budget provides funding for wage increases, which will undoubtedly improve the quality of care provided to more than 30,000 seniors and disabled residents statewide.”

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Bucco Secures Funding Within FY18 Budget for Lake Hopatcong

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) announced that the Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget includes his resolution appropriating funds for weed harvesting to protect and maintain Lake Hopatcong – New Jersey’s largest freshwater lake.

Sen. Anthony Bucco has secured funding within the FY18 State Budget for weed harvesting at Lake Hopatcong. The Senator has long advocated for increasing aid to protect and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

“I have fought for years to secure a funding within the State budget to protect Lake Hopatcong,” Senator Bucco said. “As any homeowner will tell you, weed growth is not only out of control, it gets worse every year. Local taxpayers should not have to pay out of their own pocket to maintain a state-owned lake. Now, we may finally have the financial resources to ensure boaters and swimmers can safely navigate the lake for years to come.”

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