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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Tom Kean

Kean and Bucco Speak at ‘Voices for Seniors’ Rally

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Supporting Families Impacted by 7,100+ COVID Nursing Home Deaths

Showing their support for the families of the more than 7,100 lives lost in long-term care facilities due to the tragic mistakes made under Governor Phil Murphy’s leadership, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Anthony M. Bucco both spoke at the ‘Voices for Seniors’ New Jersey Rally at St. Joseph’s Senior Assisted Living and Nursing Center in Woodbridge on September 30, 2020.

Sens. Tom Kean and Anthony Bucco both spoke at the ‘Voices for Seniors’ New Jersey Rally at St. Joseph’s Senior Assisted Living and Nursing Center in Woodbridge on 9/30. (SenateNJ.com)

“So many families have been impacted by the pandemic, but those who have lost loved ones in nursing homes, veterans homes, and long-term care facilities are still seeking answers about this preventable tragedy,” said Kean (R-21). “For the past five months, Senate Republicans have called for a thorough, bipartisan, and transparent investigation into the more than 7,100 deaths in long-term care facilities. The families and loved ones of victims deserve to hear the truth and be given the peace of mind to know that those responsible are being held accountable.”

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Bucco on Budget: ‘That’s Not the New Jersey I Want’

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Calls for a Better and More Affordable Future for Our Families and Seniors

Senator Anthony M. Bucco delivered the following statement on the Senate floor prior to today’s vote on the Fiscal Year 2021 state budget:

Senator Bucco dissected the FY 2021 budget in a floor speech prior to voting no on the spending plan full of new taxes and costly borrowing. (SenateNJ.com)

Like most people running for elected office, Governor Murphy ran on a platform promising to raise your taxes…and boy has he delivered.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Bucco and Corrado: MVC Computer Outages Add to Suffering of Drivers

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Kristin Corrado said computer network outages at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies this morning have only added to the suffering of drivers who continue to wait on hours-long lines for basic services.

Sens. Anthony M. Bucco and Kristin Corrado said computer network outages at MVC agencies this morning have only added to the suffering of drivers who continue to wait on hours-long lines for basic services. (SenateNJ.com)

“My phones lit up again this morning with calls from frustrated constituents demanding an explanation for this latest mishap at the MVC,” said Bucco (R-25). “On the most basic level, the good people of New Jersey deserve adequate and functional government, not the preventable chaos that’s happened daily at MVC agencies since they reopened in July. Today’s computer outages are another sign that the MVC isn’t doing enough to improve service.”

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Bucco: Murphy Shouldn’t Divert Clean Communities Funding & Undo Decades of Environmental Progress

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Successful Litter Abatement Program Funds Local Trash Cleanups While Creating Savings for Property Taxpayers

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said Governor Phil Murphy shouldn’t divert budget funds that have been dedicated for decades to a statewide litter abatement program that has helped to clean-up New Jersey while providing savings for property taxpayers.

Roxbury High School students conducting a roadside trash cleanup in 2019 in coordination with the Roxbury Twp. Clean Communities program. (TAP/Roxbury High School)

“Over the past several decades, New Jersey has made great strides through the Clean Communities program to collect litter, educate residents, and protect our environment,” said Bucco (R-25). “The program has been so successful that no governor or Legislature has proposed cutting funding over the past two decades, even in the toughest of fiscal times. I’m sure that if Governor Murphy takes the time to examine the many successes of Clean Communities, he’ll understand why there has long been bipartisan opposition to raiding the program’s dedicated funds for other purposes.”

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Bucco to Meet with Morris County Superintendents to Discuss School Reopenings

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco will engage in a virtual meeting with superintendents from across Morris County to discuss their experiences resuming education in the new school year with the many challenges presented by COVID-19.

Sen. Tony Bucco will engage in a virtual meeting with Morris County superintendents to discuss their experiences resuming education in the new school year with the many challenges presented by COVID-19. (Flickr)

“Many of our Morris County schools that transitioned to remote learning in March have now had their first experiences bringing students and teachers back into their classrooms,” said Bucco (R-25). “While we are only a week into the new school year, it’s likely that a lot has been learned already about what works along with what needs to be done to improve the process. I’m looking forward to having this important discussion with our local superintendents.”

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Governor signs Bucco/Singleton Bill Saving Jobs and Taxpayer Money

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Bipartisan legislation providing protections for school employees covered by an existing collective bargaining agreement was signed into law today.

The Governor today signed legislation sponsored by Senator Bucco and Senator Singleton providing protections for school employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement. (SenateNJ.com)

Sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) and Senator Troy Singleton (D-7), the new law (S-2303) prevents employers from entering subcontracting agreements which could affect the employment of those workers in a bargaining unit during the term of their contract.

“This will provide stability in our schools and help save money on the cost of healthcare for teachers,” said Bucco. “At the same time, it protects the jobs of important school employees during these challenging times. The jobs of cafeteria workers, janitors and other valuable members of our school communities would be safe from outsourcing to vendors while they are protected by contract.”

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Bucco: New Laws Will Help Drivers Avoid the MVC & Reduce Lines

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Says It’s Not a Full Solution to MVC’s Problems, But It’s Progress for Drivers

Senator Anthony Bucco applauded the enactment of a pair of bipartisan bills that will help more drivers to avoid long lines at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) agencies.

Sen. Anthony Bucco applauded the enactment of a pair of bipartisan bills that will help more drivers to avoid long lines at New Jersey MVC agencies. (SenateNJ.com)

“Knowing that agencies would be overwhelmed after months of being closed, I’ve been working non-stop since May to offer practical solutions that could help drivers to avoid long lines at the MVC,” said Bucco (R-25). “I’m glad Governor Murphy has signed into law an important bipartisan bill I co-sponsored that will allow more drivers to renew their licenses online while skipping the trip to the MVC.”

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Bucco: Lawmakers & Governor Must Work to Restore 2020 Property Tax Relief Payments

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Administration Warns that Budget Uncertainty Will Prevent Homestead Benefit Credits from Appearing on November Property Tax Bills

Senator Anthony M. Bucco urged the Murphy Administration to work with the Legislature to ensure that critical property tax relief payments to low-income, disabled, and senior residents are not disrupted going forward.

Sen. Tony Bucco urged the Murphy Administration to work with the Legislature to ensure that critical property tax relief payments to low-income, disabled, and senior residents are not disrupted going forward. (Pixabay)

“New Jersey families continue to struggle with lost jobs, furloughs, and financial hardship as a result of this unprecedented crisis,” said Bucco (R-25). “Even while their paychecks and ability to earn have been reduced, their property tax bills still must be paid in full. That’s why it’s imperative that lawmakers and the governor work together on a bipartisan basis to ensure that Homestead Benefit credits can appear on property tax bills due in November.”

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Bucco: Gov. Murphy Must Quickly Sign Bills to Help Drivers Avoid Long Lines at MVC

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After Administration Fails to Plan MVC Reopening, Legislature Sends Solutions to Governor

Senator Anthony M. Bucco called on Governor Phil Murphy to quickly sign a pair of bills into law that would help more drivers to avoid the long lines that have persisted at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) agencies since their July reopening.

A constituent shared these pictures with Sen. Tony Bucco of long lines at the Randolph MVC agency before 8 a.m on Friday, September 4, 2020. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Murphy Administration failed to come up with an effective reopening plan for the MVC, which has led to ridiculously long lines at agencies and justified frustration for drivers,” said Bucco. “With little help coming from the governor, the Legislature has stepped in with fixes that could help many drivers to skip the trip to the MVC. We put legislative solutions to some of the MVC’s problems on Governor Murphy’s desk, now he needs to sign the bills into law without delay.”

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Bucco: Democrats Sneak Measure Into New Law that Could Allow Vote Counts to Leak Before Election Day

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Unpublicized Provision of Rushed VBM Legislation Would Allow Mail-in Ballots to Be Opened Up to 10 Days Before General Election

Senator Anthony M. Bucco warned that Governor Phil Murphy and legislative Democrats slipped a provision into a rushed vote-by-mail bill that was recently signed into law that allows for sealed and completed mail-in ballots to be opened, counted, and potentially leaked to campaign operatives before the upcoming general election.

Sen. Tony Bucco warned that Gov.Phil Murphy and legislative Democrats slipped a provision into a rushed vote-by-mail bill that was recently signed into law that allows for sealed and completed mail-in ballots to be opened, counted, and potentially leaked to campaign operatives before the upcoming general election. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy and legislative Democrats have taken the vote-by-mail process that the governor has forced upon every New Jersey voter and supercharged the potential for corrupt actors to manipulate our upcoming election,” said Bucco. (R-25). “It’s just one more reason that voters should have the choice to vote securely on a machine at a polling center this November.”

A provision to allow mail-in ballots to be opened and counted up to 10 days before the general election was quietly inserted by Democrats into A-4475, a measure concerning the placement of election drop boxes for delivering mail-in ballots. The legislation was amended, adopted, and signed into law in short order with no public mention of the provision’s addition to the bill.

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