New Jersey's 25th Legislative District

Senator Anthony Bucco

  • 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)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) holding an 8-week-old yellow Labrador retriever named “NJ,” after presenting a resolution to The Seeing Eye for helping to pass Dusty’s Law which enacts criminal penalties for harming or interfering with a service animal or guide dog. (The Seeing Eye)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco (2nd from left) at the 25th Anniversary Multiple Sclerosis Walk at Horseshoe Lake in Roxbury on April 27, 2014. Also pictured (from left): Freeholder Hank Lyon, Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco and Roxbury Mayor Jim Rilee. (Facebook)

  • Senator Anthony Bucco took the oath of office during the reorganization meeting of the 2014-2015 New Jersey Senate on January 14, 2014 to represent the people of the 25th Legislative District. (Facebook)

  • Senator Anthony R. Bucco (right) and Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (center-left) joined the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking at a rally on the Morristown Green on October 27, 2013. (Facebook)

  • Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) speaking after receiving a Legislative Award for his work to improve the state’s business climate at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Legislative and Business Awards ceremony at the Wyndham in Mt. Laurel, NJ on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. (Russ DeSantis Photography and Video, LLC)

Senator Anthony Bucco

Budget Officer Bucco: Let’s Complete Necessary Groundbreaking Reform

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) stated the following in response to this afternoon’s Fiscal Year 2016 New Jersey budget address:

“Every legislator, every hard-working resident, every job creator can be excited today that productive negotiations and compromise are once again happening in Trenton to ensure that state health and pension benefit systems can become affordable, sustainable and solvent for taxpayers and beneficiaries.

“This can be a dream come true: with the groundwork already laid out, the Christie administration, the state’s bipartisan, independent commission, labor unions and the legislature must now seize this opportunity to complete groundbreaking and necessary reform.”

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Panel Passes Bucco Bill from New Jobs Package to Help Keep & Attract Employers

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The Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco to help ultimately eliminate the actual reasons why employers leave New Jersey.

“Legislators and governors hear anecdotes as to why employers leave our state, and as a small business owner, I have considered leaving this state due to the high costs and oppressive regulations,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “But too often companies leave this state or shut their doors or lay people off without a full and detailed understanding as to all the reasons why. This legislation will provide state leaders with the answers necessary to correct the actual root causes of job loss here and, in turn, make New Jersey more attractive to job creators.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Committee Advances Bucco, Pennacchio Bill to Facilitate Driver’s License Name Changes

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The Senate Transportation Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Joe Pennacchio to allow widows to obtain a driver’s license with their maiden name, after the death of a spouse.

Legislation sponsored by Senators Bucco and Pennachio would make it easier for widows to obtain a driver’s license with their maiden name. (NJMVC)

“Widows endure enough suffering, complications and stress after the passing of their spouses, and with that in mind, forcing them to get a court order to change their name on a driver’s license is unnecessary and absurd,” Bucco said. “This is common-sense legislation to responsibly allow widows to resume the use of their maiden names without having to deal with layers of bureaucracy and jump through crazy hoops.”

“There’s no need for it to be this difficult for a widow to reclaim their maiden name on their license,” said Transportation Committeeman Pennacchio. “The current requirements are just another example of heavy-handed bureaucracy. This legislation provides a simple fix and will give spouses one less thing to worry about during what is certainly already a challenging time.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Senate Adopts Cardinale, Bucco Measure to Support Military Members in College

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The Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senators Gerald Cardinale and Anthony Bucco requiring colleges and universities in New Jersey to adopt policies providing greater support to students with military obligations.

Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) joined military veterans at American Legion Post 153 in Park Ridge on May 31, 2013 to announce legislation that will require New Jersey colleges to better support students with military obligations. (SenateNJ.com)

“These requirements will make sure professors and universities are providing appropriate supports to military members who have to miss time in the class room because of the sacrifices they make outside of it in serving our country,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “A service member who has to miss class because of obligations like training or enactment should be given a fair chance to make up the work they missed. Helping these heroes juggle college and their military obligations will help them to succeed both in the classroom and in uniform.”

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Bucco Introduces Now-Bipartisan Bill to Help Keep & Attract Employers

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco introduced legislation to help address exactly why employers leave New Jersey, in the aftermath of the Mercedes-Benz’s impending move of 1,000 jobs to Georgia.

Mercedes-Benz USA has announced plans to move from its Montvale, NJ headquarters, pictured, to Georgia. (Google Maps)

“Legislators and governors hear anecdotes as to why employers leave our state, and as a small business owner, I have considered leaving this state due to the high costs and oppressive regulations,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “But too often companies leave this state or shut their doors or lay people off without a full and detailed understanding as to all the reasons why. This legislation will provide state leaders with the answers necessary to correct the actual root causes of job loss here and, in turn, make New Jersey more attractive to job creators.”

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Senate Passes Bucco Bill to Expedite Jobs, Cut Local Spending

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco to authorize local governments to email permits, receipts and bills was unanimously passed by the state Senate.

The New Jersey Senate approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco would allow local governments to save money on mailing and printing costs by emailing permits, receipts and bills.

“This legislation will modernize the way local governments do business to make sure there are no delays in job creation or economic development, and to ensure that taxpayers are not charged with unnecessary mailing, printing and employee work hours costs,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “While my colleagues and I continue to work on cutting nation-high property taxes at their root causes and eliminating burdensome regulations and red tape, we can enact common-sense measures such as this one to expedite jobs and make local government more efficient.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio, Bucco Announce Resolution to Bring Back Cop-Killer Chesimard from Cuba

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Morris County Senators Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco introduced a resolution urging the return of Joanne Chesimard from Cuba. Chesimard was convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster during a 1973 stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. She escaped to Cuba from prison and was granted asylum by Fidel Castro, and the New Jersey State Police and the FBI are offering up to $2 million for information leading to her capture.

Joanne Chesimard is wanted for escaping from prison in Clinton, New Jersey, while serving a life sentence for murdering a New Jersey State Trooper. She relocated to Cuba in 1984, where she is thought to still be living. (FBI)

“Joanne Chesimard’s long overdue return to U.S. law enforcement should have been a no-brainer for the President to execute during his negotiations with Cuban leaders,” Pennacchio said. “This is a woman who caused tragedy by ending the life of a man dedicated to protecting and serving New Jersey residents and our freedom. She is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List and has been shielded from justice by adversaries, so we urge our President to demand this justice for New Jerseyans and America as he works to restore ties with Cuba.”

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Bucco Legislation to Honor Service Academy Enrollees with New Jersey Flags Advances

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New Jersey residents enrolling in a federal service academy would be given a State flag in honor of their commitment under legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that was approved by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

New Jersey residents enrolling in a federal service academy would be provided a New Jersey State flag in honor of their commitment under legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco.

“Providing a State flag to New Jersey residents who have dedicated themselves to serving our nation is a small but meaningful gesture of appreciation,” said Bucco. “The flag will serve as a reminder of home and a symbol of our state’s recognition of the achievement, integrity and willingness to sacrifice that these individuals have demonstrated.”

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Committee Passes Bucco Bill to Eliminate Harmful State Child Care Subsidy Penalty

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The Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to eliminate a burdensome and potentially harmful child care subsidy requirement.

Sen. Bucco’s legislation would prevent families that receive child care subsidies from having to reapply as new applicants if they move between New Jersey counties. (Jordan/Flickr)

Senator Bucco’s legislation, S-2343, would prohibit the state Department of Human Services from requiring a child care subsidy recipient to reapply for a subsidy, as a new applicant, following the recipient’s change of residence to another New Jersey county. He introduced the bill in August to help protect constituents who are trying to overcome this issue to provide for their families.

“The State of New Jersey should not be in the business of penalizing child care subsidy recipients just for moving, as that harmful state department regulation does,” Bucco said. “This legislation eliminates that regulation to protect and ensure that there is no disruption in child care subsidy benefits for qualified families, and it also protects their abilities to receive suitable affordable housing.”

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Christie Signs Bucco Bill to Increase NJ’s Contingency of Volunteer Firefighters

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Gov. Chris Christie signed into law Senator Anthony Bucco’s legislation, S-1092, to reduce the amount of fire duty required to receive a firefighter’s certificate.

Gov. Chris Christie signed into law Senator Anthony Bucco’s legislation, S-1092, to reduce the amount of fire duty required to receive a firefighter’s certificate. (RTFD/Facebook)

“I thank the Governor for recognizing that we don’t just need to cut regulations in order to create more jobs, but we need to do so to keep families safe and ensure communities provide an adequate level of safety services,” Bucco said. “New Jersey has some of the strictest requirements for firefighters, which too often makes it hard for volunteers to continue their public safety service as they advance careers and grow families. This common-sense bill to ease requirements based on a firefighter’s proven expertise and past experiences makes it easier for them to stay on board and should help address the shortfall faced in some communities.”

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