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

Senate Backs Bucco Call for Increasing Osteopetrosis Awareness, Research & Treatment Options

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Bucco Resolution Establishes “Osteopetrosis Awareness Week” in May of Each Year

The New Jersey Senate has passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) designating the last full week May of each year as “Osteopetrosis Awareness Week” and the last Saturday of May of each year as “Osteopetrosis Awareness Day.”

Osteopetrosis is a rare congenital bone disorder that causes bones to be overly dense and prone to fractures. Osteopetrosis, also known as “stone bone,”  affects people of all ages. Infants who are born with this disorder face a severely shortened life expectancy.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s resolution designates the last full week of May as “Osteopetrosis Awareness Week” to raise awareness and spur an increase in research and treatment options for the rare bone disorder. (©iStock)

Osteopetrosis affects less than 1,300 people in the United States and like many rare disorders, there are very few treatment options available. As a father and grandfather, I cannot imagine how devastating this must be for a parent of a newborn who may not live long enough to find a successful treatment,” Senator Bucco said.

“I am hopeful that this resolution will spur medical researchers to work harder to find a cure, and encourage all New Jersey residents to support those who cope with this disease every day.”

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Bucco Applauds Federal Court for Declaring Unconstitutional NJ’s Ban on Ownership of Stun Guns

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) applauded a settlement to a federal legal challenge of state law brought by the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) that would bring to an end the state’s outright ban on the civilian ownership of stun guns.

Sen. Anthony Bucco applauded a federal court settlement that would bring to an end New Jersey’s outright ban on the civilian ownership of stun guns. (Wikimedia Commons)

“This is a victory for the law-abiding people of New Jersey who want the non-lethal capability to protect themselves with a stun gun,” said Bucco. “This federal court order sends the message that the State of New Jersey has gone too far in interfering with the Second Amendment rights of New Jerseyans to protect themselves and their families.”

The consent order issued by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey declared unconstitutional the state’s outright ban in N.J.S.2C:39-3(h), the section of state law stating that “any person who knowingly has in his possession any stun gun is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.”

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Budget Officer Bucco’s Statement on First FY18 State Budget Hearing

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) released the following statement on the start of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee’s hearings on Governor Christie’s Fiscal Year 2018 State budget proposal.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said he will work to enact a balanced budget that lowers property taxes; and makes New Jersey a stronger, more affordable, and competitive place for people to work and live. (SenateNJ.com)

“Over the course of the past several years, this committee has worked on a bipartisan basis to enact fiscally responsible measures that are already making New Jersey more affordable for our taxpayers,” Senator Bucco said.

“As Treasurer Scudder noted in his remarks today, we are in a much better place now than we were eight years ago.

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Addiego, Bucco Demand Life in Prison for Murder of Child During Sexual Assault

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Bill expands “Joan’s Law” to mandate life without parole for murder of a child under age 18 during a sex crime.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego and Anthony Bucco to eliminate the possibility of parole for anyone convicted of the murder of a minor in the course of a sex crime.

Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego (left) joined Rosemarie D’Alessandro as she testified in support of updates to “Joan’s Law” at the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 13, 2017. (SenateNJ.com)

Since 1997, “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.

“The monster who brutally raped and murdered little Joan D’Alessandro has been up for parole four times,” Senator Addiego (R-Burlington) said. “Anyone who is evil enough to commit such a heinous crime once will have no qualms about victimizing another child, no matter how long they have been in jail. No parent should have to stand up in front of a judge over, and over again trying to convince them of this fact. We will keep fighting on their behalf until every minor receives equal protections under the law.”

Senator Addiego and Joan’s mother, Rosemarie D’Alessandro, both testified in support of the bill at the March 13 Judiciary Committee hearing in Trenton.

“My sons Michael, John and I are filled with joy today,” Rosemarie D’Alessandro said. “This shows how the unity of all those involved through their actions and voices makes a huge difference in the fight for more justice for young, vulnerable victims and their families. Now families will not be burdened by the thought of when the next parole date will be, or having to testify. Joan’s legacy is filled with positive energy. The vote today truly brings hope to New Jersey.”

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Bucco Bill to Give N.J. Flag to Service Academy Students Passed by Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to gift a New Jersey flag to every state resident who enrolls in a federal service academy was advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

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

“Some of our best and brightest young people attend the service academies and make a commitment to serve this country,” Senator Bucco said. “We couldn’t be prouder of them for their hard work and service.”

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Bucco Bill to Find Out Why Businesses Leave N.J. Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to discover the reasons why businesses leave the state was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill to study reasons why businesses leave the state was passed by the New Jersey Senate. (©iStock)

“There have been many theories and anecdotes discussed as to why businesses in New Jersey either shut down or leave for other, more business-friendly states,” Senator Bucco said. “But we’ve never had any hard data to back those theories up. It’s time to end the speculation and get down to the root problems that are forcing companies to shutter or move.”

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Now Law: Bucco Bill Leveling Playing Field for Limousine Services

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to reduce costs so limousine services can better compete with ride hailing companies like Uber and Lyft is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill allows limousine owners to better compete with ride-hailing companies, such as Uber and Lyft. (SenateNJ.com)

“There’s more competition than ever in the ride hailing industry, which is great for consumers,” Senator Bucco said. “But we don’t want our local limousine owners to be driven out of business by these national tech companies. This new law will level the playing field and give limo businesses a chance to compete.”

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Bucco Honored With Award for ‘Conservative Achievement’ for Commitment to Protecting Taxpayers

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) was among a group of Republican lawmakers to receive the Award For Conservative Achievement from The American Conservative Union Foundation.

Sen. Anthony Bucco was honored with an award for “Conservative Achievement.” (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s an honor to receive this award,” Senator Bucco said. “I have been working for years to help strengthen families and to make New Jersey more affordable for its residents. We still have a lot of work to do, but I will continue to advocate for the constitutional values that the ACU Foundation and this award stand for.”

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Pennacchio/Bucco Bill Prevents Schools from Hiring Alleged Child Abusers, Sexual Predators

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Senate Republicans Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco have introduced a bill to prevent a person who has been investigated for child abuse or sexual misconduct from working at a New Jersey public or charter school.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco’s bill requires schools to review of an applicant’s employment history to ascertain allegations of child abuse or sexual misconduct. (Flickr)

“We cannot afford to take chances when it comes to protecting children from the lifelong scars of abuse,” Senator Pennacchio said. “Why should we prioritize a person who has been accused of such a heinous crime over the safety of innocent children? It is an unconscionable miscarriage of justice that this state is more concerned with protecting a job candidate’s reputation than keeping child predators out of our schools. This legislation is long overdue.”

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Bucco Praises Governor’s Fight Against Addiction

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) issued the following statement in response to the State of the State address delivered by Governor Chris Christie:

Sen. Anthony Bucco commended Gov. Chris Christie’s commitment to fight drug addiction in his State of the State address. (SenateNJ.com)

“Addiction has been an issue that’s been pushed into the shadows for far too long, and I’m glad the Governor is making it a top priority in his last year in office,” Senator Bucco said. “The addiction crisis touches every corner of our society. Almost no family is spared. I’m ready to get to work on this bipartisan effort, and hopefully, we’ll be able to make a difference in people’s lives.”

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