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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano

  • Sen. Jim Holzapfel speaking at the Humane Society’s 2016 New Jersey Humane Lobby Day after being presented the organization’s 2015 Humane State Legislator Award. (Full Story)

  • Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) talking to News 12 on September 22, 2014, prior to the Senate’s approval of his legislation (S-516) that would increase penalties for leaving loaded firearms within easy access of a minor, resulting in injury or death. (Press Release)

  • Senator Jim Holzapfel (seated-left) and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe (standing-left) and Greg McGuckin (standing-right) of the 10th District recently met with Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato (seated-right) to discuss legislation that could help combat the epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse that is plaguing much of New Jersey.

  • Bonnie Post (c) attended a meeting of the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee on June 17, 2013 to testify in support of legislation sponsored by Sen. Donald Norcross (l) and Sen. Jim Holzapfel (r) to enhance the penalty for leaving the scene of a boating accident. Post’s husband Robert was killed in a hit-and-run boating accident.

  • Senator Jim Holzapfel (left), Assemblyman Dave Wolfe (right) and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (2nd from right) presented the 10th District Excellence in Education Award to Shawn Trautweiler (2nd from left), a first-grade teacher at Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Brick, on October 26, 2012. (Brick Patch)

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Call on Governor to Make Vaccinations Available at Senior Communities

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The 10th District legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano, are calling on Governor Murphy to allow for COVID-19 vaccinations to be offered at senior communities. The legislators sent a letter to the Governor making that request out of concern for seniors who cannot easily travel to other vaccination sites due to driving restrictions or disabilities.

The 10th District legislators, Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin, and Asm. John Catalano, are calling on Gov. Murphy to allow for COVID-19 vaccinations to be offered at senior communities. (©iStock)

“Since the rollout of the vaccine, our office has been inundated with calls from residents of senior communities who have been waiting patiently to receive the vaccine but still do not have clarity on how or when it will happen,” said Senator Holzapfel. “Some elderly residents either do not drive or have a disability that prevents them from traveling easily to other vaccination sites. We could address those concerns and vaccinate as many seniors as possible by sending mobile units directly to each senior community.”

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10th District Legislators Applaud Judge for Ordering Transparency from NJDOE in School Aid Calculations

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The 10th District Legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano, applauded an important order that will provide clarity to the Brick and Toms River school districts following massive cuts in State aid under the unfair and biased funding formula imposed by S-2.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano applauded an important order that will provide clarity to the Brick and Toms River school districts following massive cuts in State aid under the unfair and biased funding formula imposed by S-2. (SenateNJ.com)

In a victory in the ongoing fight for transparency in school funding, Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson has ordered the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to turn over the algorithm used to calculate State aid for public school districts.

“We applaud Judge Jacobson for requiring transparency from the NJDOE on the school funding issue that has been so devastating to our local school districts and property taxpayers. We have repeatedly demanded that the Department of Education reveal their process for calculating Local Fair Share and have even introduced legislation to require them to do so,” said Senator Holzapfel. “It’s appalling that the NJDOE would keep their calculations a secret for so long, which impacts how much our property taxpayers are forced to pay and how many teachers we can keep in our classrooms.”

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District 10 Lawmakers React to Gov. Murphy’s State of the State

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Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano (all R-10) conveyed disappointment and concern upon listening to Governor Phil Murphy’s 2021 State of the State Address.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin, and Asm. John Catalano (all R-10) conveyed disappointment and concern upon listening to Gov. Murphy’s 2021 State of the State Address. (SenateNJ.com)

“The State of the State would have been stronger if Governor Murphy did not cripple our economy unnecessarily,” said Holzapfel. “Unfortunately, the Governor echoed the same rhetoric during his address that he has for years. And due to his careless policies—especially related to the COVID-19 pandemic—he drove two million New Jerseyans into a broken unemployment system, sat on billions of dollars in federal CARES Act relief funds, and repeatedly blocked Republican legislation that would have helped small businesses and nonprofits keep their lights on during their time of need.”

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10th District Team Ready to Override Murphy’s Veto of Bill to Aid Stressed Restaurant Industry

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The 10th District Legislators continue to stand in support of New Jersey’s restaurant industry and small business owners by announcing they are ready to override the Governor’s veto of legislation which allows restaurants and bars to establish expanded service amid the Governor’s mandated restrictions. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano call on President Sweeney and Speak Coughlin for votes to be scheduled in both houses of the Legislature to override Governor Phil Murphy’s veto of legislation (A-4525).

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin, and Asm. John Catalano call on President Sweeney and Speak Coughlin for votes to be scheduled in both houses of the Legislature to override Governor Phil Murphy’s veto of legislation (A-4525). (Pixabay)

“It’s blow after blow for restaurant owners who have tried every possible solution to stay open during this pandemic despite the Governor’s endless executive orders,” state Senator Holzapfel. “I join my colleagues in the Senate and my fellow 10th District Assemblymen to request that this bill, which was passed unanimously in both houses, be voted on to override the Governor’s veto.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: “Murphy Prioritizing Inmates Over Elderly”

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Recently, Governor Murphy has allowed inmates and personnel at one of New Jersey’s largest state prisons to receive some of the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano criticize the Governor over this decision and point to the thousands of senior citizens who should be prioritized over convicted criminals as cases in nursing homes are on the rise.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin, and Asm. John Catalano criticize Gov. Murphy over his decision to allow inmates and personnel at one of New Jersey’s largest state prisons to receive some of the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. (DoD via Flickr)

“Unlike other states that put their senior population first, our Governor is choosing to vaccinate prison inmates before our most vulnerable citizens,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “We are seeing a substantial increase in cases at assisted living facilities and this will only get worse if the vaccine isn’t distributed properly to those most in need. The senior population and health care providers in our district have been patiently waiting for the rollout of the vaccine and to see the Governor alter the distribution and immunize inmates first is disgraceful.”

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10th District Lawmakers: ‘How Many More Vulnerable Seniors Will Get Sick Because of This Inexcusable Delay?’

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Blame Murphy Administration for Failing to Meet Federal Deadline to Begin Vaccinations in Nursing Homes

The State’s plan was to start administering COVID-19 vaccinations to residents of nursing homes today, but bungled paperwork and a missed deadline means the first doses are delayed until Dec. 28 at the earliest. The embarrassing detail is the latest blemish for New Jersey’s trouble-plagued Department of Health, Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin and Assemblyman John Catalano said today.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin and Asm. John Catalano blasted the Murphy Administration for failure to meet a filing deadline that will delay COVID-19 vaccinations in nursing homes for at least another week. (DoD via Flickr)

“How many more vulnerable seniors will be infected by this deadly virus because of this inexcusable delay? It is unthinkable that after the virus killed more than 7,100 senior citizens when it swept through nursing homes earlier this year, the department responsible for those facilities would not get this right,” the 10th District Legislators said in a statement.

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Holzapfel to Vote ‘No’ On Bill to Teach Kindergarteners About Gender and Sexual Identity

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Senator Jim Holzapfel of the 10th Legislative District will vote “no” on bill S-2781 which mandates that public schools incorporate sexual and gender identity into the curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade.  The legislation is supported by Democrats under the guise that it will teach diversity and tolerance, however, the Senator believes these topics are being forced upon students to affirm and adopt these lifestyles, regardless of their individual religious beliefs.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel said he will vote ‘no’ on legislation mandating public schools to incorporate sexual and gender identity into the curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade. (©iStock)

“This bill has nothing to do with anti-bullying policies but rather imposing a belief system on children who are too young to even understand the complexities of these lifestyles,” said Senator Holzapfel.  “Teaching students about diversity is one thing, but to bring these lessons into a classroom full of 5 and 6 year olds is ridiculous.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Cite More Evidence Murphy’s Priorities are Backwards

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Efforts to Make Violent Predators a Protected Class is an Abuse of Law-Abiding Citizens

The 10th District Legislators reacted vehemently to the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights’ advocacy for further eroding the rights of law-abiding New Jersey residents.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano chastised the Governor’s administration after the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights pushed to classify violent criminals as a protected class under the law. (Pixabay)

Testifying during an Assembly Housing Committee meeting this week, representatives of the civil rights division (DCR) argued that convicted criminals, including violent offenders, should be a protected class under the law.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Introduce Bill to Compensate Businesses for Public Health Emergency Closures

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Say Middle-Class Families Suffering While Gov. Murphy’s Arbitrary Orders Killing Businesses & Jobs

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) have introduced legislation that would allow for businesses that have incurred losses due to closures ordered by Governor Phil Murphy to seek compensation from the State.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) have introduced legislation that would allow for businesses that have incurred losses due to closures ordered by Governor Phil Murphy to seek compensation from the State. (Pixabay)

“Small businesses that employ the majority of New Jerseyans have taken an unbearable hit as a result of the severe restrictions and closures ordered by Governor Murphy since March,” said Holzapfel. “We think they deserve to be compensated for the losses they have incurred while complying with the governor’s arbitrary and ineffective executive orders.”

The new legislation (S-3060/A-4849) by the 10th District legislators provides that the closure of a business due to an order declaring a public health emergency is a public purpose for which the State may have to pay the business owner just compensation.

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10th District Legislators Urge Murphy to Lift Indoor Restrictions on AA and NA Meetings

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Due to Governor Murphy’s latest restrictions on indoor gatherings, recovering patients are having a difficult time seeking treatment at Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous facilities.  Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) are urging Governor Murphy to allow all treatment facilities to remain open at full capacity.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano are urging Governor Murphy to exempt alcohol and narcotics treatment programs from new restrictions on indoor gatherings and allow them to continue operating at full capacity. (Pixabay)

“New Jersey has seen significant increases in fatal drug-related overdoses because of the added pressures on addicts due to COVID-19,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “It’s programs like AA and NA that keep people from returning to their harmful ways.  Without proper access to these recovery programs and the ongoing stresses associated with the virus it is more likely for addicts to use drugs and alcohol again.”

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