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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Murphy Quietly Releasing More Inmates Days After Urban Mayors Call for Help Fighting Crime Surge

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said it’s shocking that the Murphy administration is quietly releasing hundreds of inmates from prison just two days after urban mayors and law enforcement gathered in Paterson urging a change in state law to keep dangerous criminals in jail.

Sen. Tony Bucco said it’s shocking the Murphy administration is quietly releasing hundreds of inmates from prison just two days after urban mayors and law enforcement gathered in Paterson urging a change in state law to keep dangerous criminals in jail. (Pixabay)

“Violent crime in some of our cities has gotten so bad under the Murphy administration that many urban mayors who supported bail reform are demanding a new law that would keep dangerous criminals in jail until trial,” said Bucco (R-25). “Instead of helping the mayors to address their serious concerns about public safety, Governor Murphy is throwing gas on the fire by releasing hundreds of inmates into the very same communities where crime is already surging. It’s absolutely nuts and beyond tone-deaf.”

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Bucco: Murphy Should Let Public Health Emergency Expire, Give Back Powers & Parental Rights

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said Governor Phil Murphy should let the current Public Health Emergency expire this week and give back emergency powers and parental rights to New Jerseyans.

Sen. Tony Bucco said Gov. Phil Murphy should let the current Public Health Emergency expire this week and give back emergency powers and parental rights to New Jerseyans. (www.GiveItBack.us)

“By every metric, New Jersey’s COVID numbers have plummeted to the point that overbearing mandates and executive orders are completely unnecessary,” said Bucco (R-25). “Governor Murphy should let the Public Health Emergency expire this week and give back the emergency powers and parental rights he has taken from New Jerseyans.”

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Bucco Calls for Halt on Murphy’s Energy Plans as NJDEP Makes Shocking Revelation About True Cost

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NJDEP Fixes Typo Showing Plan Results in Quadrupled Energy Bills

Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) blasted the Murphy Administration for what may be its very first admission about the actual cost impacts of its colossal Energy Master Plan (EMP).

Sen. Tony Bucco blasted the Murphy Administration for what may be its very first admission about the actual cost impacts of its colossal Energy Master Plan (EMP). (Pixabay)

In advance of yesterday’s hearing on Rule Proposal N.J.A.C. 7:27F, a small piece of the EMP, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protecting (NJDEP) admitted it made a massive error when communicating to the public its estimates for the cost of mandating of electric boilers inside many commercial, retail, industrial and governmental buildings by 2025.

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Bucco: Murphy Has No Plan to Address Worker Shortages Caused by His Vaccine Mandates

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said Governor Phil Murphy still has no plan to address worker shortages that are almost certain to impact hospitals, long-term care facilities, and prisons as a result of his stricter vaccine mandate.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said Gov. Phil Murphy still has no plan to address worker shortages that are almost certain to impact hospitals, long-term care facilities, and prisons as a result of his stricter vaccine mandate. (SenateNJ.com)

“As soon as Governor Murphy announced that he was mandating vaccinations and taking away the testing option for health care professionals and workers in congregate living facilities, we warned that staffing shortages were an almost certain outcome that he should have a plan to address,” said Bucco (R-25). “Our warnings were prescient, as nurses, nursing homes, and corrections offices have all echoed our concerns and warned of a looming disaster. Still, Governor Murphy has no plan.”

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Bucco: Trooper’s Killer Should Serve Full Life Sentence

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Showed No Compassion When He Executed Wounded Officer

Convicted cop killer Sundiata Acoli is serving a life sentence for killing a New Jersey State Trooper, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco wants to see him remain behind bars.

Convicted cop killer Sundiata Acoli is serving a life sentence for killing a New Jersey State Trooper, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco wants to see him remain behind bars. (Flickr)

A member of the violent Black Liberation Army (BLA), Acoli and long-time fugitive Joanne Chesimard were convicted of first-degree murder of Trooper Werner Foerster in a bloody shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike on May 2, 1973.

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Bucco: Group Home Residents Face New Crisis Under Murphy Executive Order

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said group homes and long-term care facilities are almost certain to face a staffing crisis resulting from a new executive order by Governor Phil Murphy.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said group homes and long-term care facilities are almost certain to face a staffing crisis resulting from a new executive order by Gov. Phil Murphy. (Pixabay)

“Nursing homes, group homes, and veterans homes are already struggling to find enough skilled staff to care for New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents,” said Bucco (R-25). “By eliminating the testing alternative to vaccination for workers in these settings, Governor Murphy is virtually guaranteeing that residents will face a shortage of caregivers. That will lead to unnecessary tragedies in facilities that have already sustained thousands of deaths during the pandemic.”

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Governor Signs Bucco Bill Acknowledging Role of 9-1-1 First Responder Dispatchers

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation retitling emergency operators as 9-1-1 first responder dispatchers was signed by Governor Murphy today.

The life saving role of 9-1-1 first responder dispatchers is recognized in legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and signed by Governor Murphy. (Flickr)

“In an emergency, the dispatcher becomes the lifeline between those in distress and the first responders answering the call,” said Bucco (R-25). “These hard-working, highly trained individuals dedicate their lives to helping others, but their heroics are unseen and seldom acknowledged.

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Bucco: Murphy Taking NJ Backwards by Declaring New Public Health Emergency

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said Governor Phil Murphy has taken New Jersey backward by declaring a new “Public Health Emergency” related to COVID-19:

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said Gov. Phil Murphy has taken New Jersey backward by declaring a new ‘Public Health Emergency’ related to COVID-19. (Pixabay)

“While Governor Murphy always talks about moving New Jersey ‘forward,’ he’s taking a giant leap backward by reinstating a new public health emergency,” said Bucco (R-25). “Despite what the governor has said, his action was not taken ‘in consultation with the Legislature.’ His own party said they weren’t consulted, and neither were Republicans. In fact, the Legislature chose to not extend his emergency powers when given the opportunity yesterday. Governor Murphy’s decision both circumvents legislative oversight and breaks his deal with his own party’s leadership. We need to give people hope that life is returning to normal, not returning to one man’s rule by executive order.”

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Bucco Bill Rolling Back Unnecessary MVC Requirements Signed by Governor

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco eliminating the Motor Vehicle Commission’s requirement for a written power of attorney to complete some transactions is now law.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco eliminating the Motor Vehicle Commission’s requirement for a written power of attorney to complete some transactions is now law. (SenateNJ.com)

Bucco’s measure, A-4521/S-2882, prevents MVC from requiring a motor vehicle insurer that settles a total loss claim with the owner of a vehicle to include a written power of attorney with documents. It also stops MVC from requiring a notarized signature on a motor vehicle certificate of ownership surrender statement from a person who received a loss settlement from an insurer.

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Gov. Signs Bucco Bill Boosting Programs to Help Residents with Disabilities

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The Legislation Expands Eligibility for NJ Workability and Personal Assistance Services Programs

Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation that would strengthen access to medical and support services for working residents with disabilities was signed into law today.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation that would strengthen access to medical and support services for working residents with disabilities was signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

The Measure, S-3455/A-2562, would enable more people to qualify for assistance, revising eligibility requirements for both the NJ Workability Program and the Personal Assistance Services Program.

“This new law eliminates some of the obstacles to career development and advancement for individuals with disabilities,” said Bucco (R-25). “These effective programs can change lives for individuals who will benefit from a little help. More people will have access to programs that will open doors to more productive and rewarding lives and careers.”

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