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 Bill Designating NJ State Dog Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) that would designate the Seeing Eye® dog as the official New Jersey State Dog has passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

The Seeing Eye® headquarters is located in Morristown. The organization has trained and matched more than 17,000 visually-impaired individuals with service animals.

Senator Anthony Bucco’s bill would designate the Seeing Eye® dog as the official New Jersey State Dog. (SenateNJ.com)

“For decades now, Seeing Eye has been placing loving service dogs into homes all around the country,” Bucco said. “It is an honor to be able to sponsor a bill that pays tribute to this organization’s legacy of uplifting our visually-impaired residents, by allowing them to live as independently as possible. These dogs are miracle-workers, plain and simple, and we are so grateful to have a group like Seeing Eye making a difference in our community, day in and day out.”

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Bucco Bill to Improve Access to Emergency Prescriptions Passes Committee

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The Senate Health and Human Services Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would provide a pharmacist the ability to dispense medication in an emergency without a prescription.

Senator Anthony Bucco’s bill would provide a pharmacist the ability to dispense medication in an emergency without a prescription. (WikiMedia)

“In the time it takes to refill a prescription, people with serious medical conditions, such as allergies, can lose their lives,” Senator Bucco said. “Current law legally bars pharmacies from dispensing 30-day supplies of certain lifesaving drugs.

“When a woman reached out to my office to share how her son almost died because of this dangerous over regulation, I knew we had to push for this bill. By easing access to emergency medications, we can ensure that no mother ever has to go through the fear of losing her child like that ever again.”

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Bucco Intros Constitutional Amendment to Support Disabled Law Enforcement Officers

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) has introduced a constitutional amendment that would create an annual $500 property tax deduction for permanently disabled law enforcement officers.

Sen. Anthony Bucco has introduced a constitutional amendment that would create an annual $500 property tax deduction for permanently disabled law enforcement officers. (Flickr)

“We must do more to support police officers who are injured in the line of duty,” Bucco said. “These men and women swore to protect us, at all costs. We cannot take away their pain, but we can express our gratitude for their service by easing the financial burden of living with a permanent disability. Providing an annual $500 property tax deduction so they can continue to get great care in their home state is a good start.”

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Bucco Bill Would Create Tax Credit to Help Disabled Veterans Pay Rent

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would create a gross income tax credit to help disabled veterans cover the cost of rent has passed the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation would create a gross income tax credit to help disabled veterans cover the cost of rent. (Dvidshub)

“Disabled veterans who rent, as opposed to own a home, are missing out on critical tax deductions. This is incredibly unfair. Every man or woman who has honorably served our country should have equal access to these programs,” Bucco said. “This legislation will extend our gratitude to all wounded heroes, by providing them with a $1,000 tax credit – regardless of where they live. Our veterans work hard to their pay rent. They deserve this opportunity.”

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Bucco Bill to Give Research Animals a New ‘Leash’ On Life Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would give cats and dogs serving as research animals a second chance has passed the Senate Environment Committee. The bill would require New Jersey’s higher education institutions to offer laboratory animals to rescue organizations for purposes of adoption.

New Jersey uses more research animals than any other state in the country, according to the USDA. In 2017 alone, more than 5,000 cats and dogs were serving as research animals.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill would give cats and dogs serving as research animals a second chance, by requiring institutions of higher education to offer them up for adoption. (©iStock)

“When a dog or cat is used for research, far too often their life is unnecessarily cut short,” Bucco said. “It is heartbreaking to see countless animals denied the right to a long life, when they could be given to a loving home. By creating a pathway to adoption, we can ensure our furry friends get a new ‘leash’ on life.”

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Bucco Bill to Discover Why Businesses Leave NJ Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco that would require the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD) to conduct exit interviews with companies that close their doors or relocate to another state has passed the Senate Labor Committee.

“When companies in New Jersey close their doors, or move to a more business-friendly state, the effects of layoffs are felt Statewide,” Bucco said. “Our mom-and-pop businesses help millions of families put food on the table. That is why it is critical that we discover the real reasons why so many job creators are fleeing New Jersey. This data will help us implement policies that draw innovators to our state, instead of driving them away.”

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation would require the NJLWD to conduct exit interviews with companies that close, or relocate to another state. (WikiCommons)

Sen. Bucco’s bill, S-2356, aims to discover the tangible reasons why local companies are exiting the Garden State. More than 2,000 New Jersey jobs were placed at-risk this year, due to employers closing their stores or moving to a new state, according to a report by NJ Advance Media.

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Editorial: State must be aggressive with fiscal reforms

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The following editorial by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) addressing the fiscal reforms proposed by the bipartisan Economic & Fiscal Policy Workgroup was published in The Daily Record on August 26, 2018:

I’ve spent the past decade as the Senate Republican Budget Officer trying to balance the growing cost of state and local governments with our need to provide affordable services to New Jersey taxpayers.

The Daily Record published an editorial by Sen. Anthony Bucco addressing the fiscal reforms proposed by the bipartisan Economic & Fiscal Policy Workgroup ,of which he is a member. (SenateNJ.com)

I fought against unnecessary new taxes and spending, and worked to restore funding that was reduced by others to safety net programs for children, seniors, and the disabled.

Unfortunately, protecting those programs and the real people they serve is becoming harder each year as state spending on public employee benefits has exploded.

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Bucco Statement on Gov’s CV of ‘Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act’

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) issued the following statement on today’s State Senate vote to concur with Governor Murphy’s conditional veto of S-2293, the “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act.”

Sen. Anthony Bucco issued the following statement on today’s State Senate vote to concur with Gov. Murphy’s conditional veto of S-2293, the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act. (Flickr)

Bucco, a co-sponsor of S-2293, was instrumental in efforts to ensure funding for school security was included in the legislation. Governor Murphy’s CV significantly cut the amount of funding for school security in the version that was originally passed in July by the Legislature.

“Governor Murphy’s massive cut to the school security funding in the original version of our bipartisan legislation is a total lapse in judgment,” Senator Bucco said. “If the Governor is so concerned about keeping our schools safe from gun violence, then I question why he would mandate such a drastic cut in school security.

“A voter-approved bond act directly aids all New Jersey school administrations who are currently in the process of designing safe schools and security operations. The Governor’s decision to cut the funding we originally proposed could jeopardize all current and future school security and Vo-Tech projects. We must ensure every student has the opportunity to grow and succeed in a safe environment.”

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Bucco Calls for Action on Pro-Business Legislation

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As part of an ongoing effort to make New Jersey more business-friendly, Senator Anthony Bucco is calling for the passage of his legislation to require the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD) to conduct exit interviews with companies that close their doors or relocate to another state.

As part of an ongoing effort to make NJ more business-friendly, Sen. Anthony Bucco is calling for the passage of his bill to conduct exit interviews with companies that close or relocate to another state. (©iStock)

“We already know, just based on anecdotal evidence, that too many local companies are shutting down entirely or relocating operations to a more business-friendly state. These are decisions that impact the lives of countless families. We have to do more to find out how we can keep job creators from leaving,” Senator Bucco (R-25) said. “By requiring an exit interview, we can discover the real reasons why companies are closing up shop, and implement policies that will encourage them to grow in New Jersey instead.”

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New Bucco Bill Would Designate the Seeing Eye® Dog as NJ State Dog

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Bill Honors Service Animals Trained by New Jersey Organization

Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) has introduced legislation that would designate the Seeing Eye® dog as the official New Jersey State Dog.

The Seeing Eye headquarters is located in Morristown. The organization has trained and matched more than 17,000 visually-impaired individuals with service animals.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill would designate the Seeing Eye® dog as the official New Jersey State Dog. (Photo courtesy of The Seeing Eye)

“We often take for granted seeing a stop sign or the edge of a train platform, but for those who are visually-impaired, something so simple can become a critical or even life-threatening obstacle,” Bucco said. “Every day, Seeing Eye dogs are trained in Morris County to create safety, independence, and mobility for those in need. This legislation is a great way to honor all they have done for the thousands of people in need of a loving service animal in New Jersey.”

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