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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Statement on Inauguration Day

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) released the following statement on the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris:

Statement from Sen. Anthony M. Bucco on the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris (Wikimedia Commons)

“I congratulate President Biden and Vice President Harris on their swearing in today. Inauguration Day is a reminder of our shared ideals as Americans, and allows us to refocus on working together to build a better nation and advancing the common good. I wish them the best, particularly as we continue to face the devastating challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Bucco on the State of the State

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) issued the following statement on the State of the State:

Sen. Tony Bucco’s statement on the State of the State. (SenateNJ.com)

“The people of New Jersey are resilient, but many are struggling after a very difficult year.

“Let me say at the outset that we stand united with the governor in condemning the violence at the Capitol last week. We owe it all our constituents to speak truthfully about the election results and condemn the acts of those who seek to overturn a democratic election with lies and violence.

“We also stand united in praising our front line health care workers and first responders who have risked their lives and health this year to server others. They are the best of New Jersey. We stand with the governor in praising their courage and bravery.

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Bucco Statement on Senate Resolution Regarding Violence at U.S. Capitol

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) issued the following statement after abstaining on a Senate resolution that could further inflame tensions following the violence that occurred at the United States Capitol last week:

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco abstained on a Senate resolution that could further inflame tensions following the violence that occurred at the United States Capitol last week. (SenateNJ.com)

“All of us in the Legislature, Republican and Democrat, condemn the violence that occurred last week in Washington, D.C. I would have voted without hesitation for a resolution that was focused on condemning that violence as well as the President’s rhetoric which inflamed the crowd and led to the dangerous situation seen last week.

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Bucco Introduces Bill to Better Honor Sacrifices of Recruits Who Die While Training to Become State Troopers

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Measure Guarantees $50,000 Minimum Annual Accidental Death Benefit to Surviving Spouse

Senator Anthony M. Bucco has introduced legislation to address concerns related to the recent death of Lucas C. Homeijer, a State Police recruit who succumbed to injuries sustained during a training exercise at the New Jersey State Police Academy in Sea Girt.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco has introduced legislation to address concerns related to the recent death of Lucas C. Homeijer, a State Police recruit who succumbed to injuries sustained during a training exercise at the New Jersey State Police Academy. (NJSP via Facebook)

“This young man died a hero while training to become a State Trooper who would protect and serve New Jersey families,” said Bucco (R-25). “His intention was to serve, just like his father and uncle before him, and we should honor his sacrifice in that pursuit even though his dream was never fully realized. I’m glad to have worked with the State Troopers Fraternal Association to develop a bill that will provide the survivors of fallen recruits, including the Homeijer family, with the benefits and recognition they deserve.”

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Bucco Statement on Democrats’ Marijuana Clean-up Bill Falling Through

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) released the following statement in response to news that plans have fallen through to advance a clean-up bill on Monday that was pursued by legislative Democrats to fix shortcomings in marijuana legalization legislation that Governor Phil Murphy has refused to sign:

Statement from Sen. Tony Bucco in response to news that plans have fallen through to advance a clean-up bill on Monday that was pursued by legislative Democrats to fix shortcomings in marijuana legalization legislation that Gov. Murphy has refused to sign. (Pixabay)

“I’ve expressed concerns for a long time that the process to legalize marijuana moved way too quickly and was backwards from the beginning. There are extremely complex criminal, regulatory, social, and tax implications that should have been figured out before a question was placed on the ballot.

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Bucco Ready to Override Murphy Veto of Bill to Aid Struggling Restaurants

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco vowed to continue his steadfast support of New Jersey’s small businesses, announcing that he would back an override of the Governor’s veto of legislation to help thousands of struggling restaurants and taverns survive during the pandemic.

Sen. Anthony Bucco vowed to continue his steadfast support of New Jersey’s small businesses, announcing he would back an override of the Governor’s veto of legislation to help thousands of struggling restaurants and taverns survive during the pandemic. (FB/Morristown Partnership)

“Throughout the COVID emergency, the Governor has continued to ignore the legislative branch and instead govern the State like an Emperor through executive orders,” said Bucco (R-25). “This bill passed both the Senate and Assembly unanimously, and the legislature cannot sit by and allow this veto to stand.”

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Bucco Statement on U.S. Capitol Protests

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s protests at the United States Capitol:

Statement from Sen. Anthony M. Bucco on protests at the United States Capitol. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The protests turned violent mob yesterday in the halls of our government will leave a disgraceful and embarrassing stain on our nation’s history. All of us who serve in government, elected by the people and for the people, must adhere to the peaceful transition of power that has made us the greatest country on earth and preserved our republic for over 200 years.

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Bucco Questions Murphy’s Decision on Vetoing of Bill to Help Restaurants

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Legislation Had Unanimous Support from Both Houses, but Died on Governor’s Desk

Senator Anthony M. Bucco today expressed his complete disappointment with the Governor’s veto of a bill that would have helped thousands of New Jersey restaurants and taverns struggling to survive during the pandemic.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco expressed his disappointment with the Governor’s veto of legislation that would have helped thousands of New Jersey restaurants and taverns struggling to survive during the pandemic. (Pixabay)

The legislation (A-4525) would have expanded opportunities for bars, restaurants, breweries and distilleries to provide outdoor dining.

“This unthinkable veto could be the final nail in the coffin of so many more small establishments that may have been able to save themselves if Murphy would have signed this common-sense bill into law,” said Bucco. “Both houses of the Legislature supported this unanimously, but the Governor, yet again, turned his back on the hard-working restaurant employees and business owners in their time of need.”

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Bucco Commends NJ Safe Haven Program After Infant is Rescued

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The Statewide Network Saved Four Babies in 2020

The life of another vulnerable, innocent infant was spared last month when the child was surrendered to one of the state’s Safe Haven sites.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco hailed New Jersey’s Safe Haven program for rescuing another newborn baby in December. It was the fourth time in 2020 that Safe Haven provided a lifeline for a New Jersey infant. (NJSafeHaven.org)

“During the holiday season, this was a Christmas miracle in real life,” said Senator Anthony M. Bucco, a long-time advocate for the compassionate program and sponsor of a law requiring public schools to provide instruction and promote awareness about the New Jersey Safe Haven Infant Protection Act.

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Bucco Proposes Resolution to Help NJ’s Homeless and Domestic Violence Victims

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Urges Feds to Prioritize Transitional Housing Programs to Help

The COVID pandemic’s continuing toll on the State’s economy has resulted in disconcerting increases in the number of homeless and reported domestic violence incidents. In response to the growing crisis, Senator Anthony M. Bucco has introduced a resolution to help find temporary housing for displaced individuals and families.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco introduced a resolution to help find temporary housing for displaced individuals and families, including victims of domestic violence. (©iStock)

Bucco’s resolution (SCR-140) urges the United States Secretary for Housing and Urban Development to prioritize transitional housing for homeless individuals and families, including survivors of domestic violence.

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