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Democrats to Blame for NJ’s Brain Drain, 10th District Legislators Insist

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More college-age residents are leaving New Jersey than any other state, and the 10th District lawmakers say that is a powerful indicator of bigger problems in Democrat-controlled New Jersey.

More college-age residents are leaving New Jersey than any other state, and the 10th District lawmakers say that is a powerful indicator of bigger problems in Democrat-controlled New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“State residents are paying their hard-earned tax money to educate our next generation of leaders, but when those students are finally ready to make their mark on the world, they pack up and move out of New Jersey,” said Senator Jim Holzapfel. “Parents send their kids to college out of state, and they end up graduating and taking jobs elsewhere. The upsetting trend weakens our work force and robs the state of earning power.

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10th District Lawmakers: Rate Counsel Should Protect NJ Residents from Unreasonable Utility Increases

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Democrats Seek to Silence the Watchdog Agency to Help Advance Murphy’s Ridiculously Expensive Energy Plan

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano today blasted a Democrat-led agenda that would essentially strip the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel of its primary role protecting state residents from unreasonable utility rate hikes.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano today blasted a Democrat-led agenda that would essentially strip the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel of its primary role protecting state residents from unreasonable utility rate hikes. (SenateNJ.com)

“When the electric and gas utilities want to increase revenue, Rate Counsel is the last line of defense for cash-strapped families and seniors on fixed incomes who will be most impacted by higher prices,” said Holzapfel (R-10). “It’s unconscionable that Democrat leaders in Trenton are scheming to tie the hands of the only state entity concerned about the interests of energy consumers.

“The cost of living in New Jersey is out of control, and more than 800,000 residents are behind in their utility bills,” Holzapfel continued. “Instead of taking steps to make it more affordable, Governor Murphy’s foot soldiers are moving to ensure even more residents will be unable to afford to keep their lights on and heat their homes.”

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10th District Legislators Decry Automatic Toll Hikes as Tax on Drivers

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Will Sponsor Legislation to Prohibit Turnpike Authority from Using Tactic

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano today moved to slam the brakes on automatic toll increases like the ones sprung on Garden State drivers last week.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano today moved to slam the brakes on automatic toll increases like the one set to go into effect on Jan. 1. (SenateNJ.com)

The 10th District lawmakers will be sponsoring legislation that prohibits the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which operates the state’s two largest toll roads, from implementing automatic toll increases.

“I think everybody who commutes on the Turnpike or Garden State Parkway was blindsided by the announcement that tolls would increase for the second time in a little over a year,” said Holzapfel. “There was no discussion about it, no public hearings, no transparency. This is a tax on driving, and it is a disgrace that in a state with some of the highest taxes in the nation, the bureaucrats at the Turnpike Authority would stoop so low to sneak verbiage in a contract that provides for annual and automatic increases.”

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Holzapfel/McGuckin/Catalano Bill Offering Free Beach Access to Veterans Clears Assembly Committee

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Shore Municipalities Would Be Permitted to Waive the Fees

Legislation sponsored by the 10th District lawmakers that would give shore towns the option to offer free or discounted beach access to veterans and their spouse and children was approved today by the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Military veterans and their families could be granted free beach access under legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin and Asm. John Catalano. (Wikimedia Commons)

The panel unanimously passed the bill, A-4870, sponsored by Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano, and Senator Jim Holzapfel’s identical bill, S-1454.

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Ocean County Legislators: Murphy Didn’t ‘Work With’ Toms River on School Funding, He Cut District’s Aid by 25%

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The 10th Legislative District lawmakers expressed shock over Governor Phil Murphy’s comments during the recent gubernatorial debate that he “already worked with Toms River” on school funding to address the school district’s concerns about massive cuts to State aid.

The 10th Legislative District lawmakers expressed shock over Governor Phil Murphy’s comments during the recent gubernatorial debate that he ‘already worked with Toms River’ on school funding to address the school district’s concerns about massive cuts to State aid. (SenateNJ.com)

“If ‘working with them’ means gutting Toms River’s State school aid like a fish, then I guess Governor Murphy is telling the truth,” said Senator Jim Holzapfel. “The Murphy administration slashed aid for Toms River schools by more than 14 percent this year alone. The Governor ripped away more than $8 million in funding, an especially devastating loss for a district that has already seen its annual educational support from Trenton reduced by more than $17 million – 25 percent – under Murphy.

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10th District Legislators: Murphy Administration to Blame for Student Drivers Who Cannot Get Permits

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Call it Another Example of Incompetent Leadership

For teens on the road to adulthood, getting their first driver’s license is a rite of passage, but problems with New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission is making things difficult for thousands of young New Jerseyans.

The 10th District Legislators blame poor leadership by Governor Murphy for the thousands of student drivers who are unable to schedule appointments with MVC for learner’s permits and written tests. (SenateNJ.com)

Would-be drivers who want to apply for a permit or to take the written test are finding it almost impossible to schedule appointments, and lawmakers from the 10th Legislative District said it points to incompetency at MVC.

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10th District Legislators Fault Democrats for Risking Jobs

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Not One Democrat Has Signed on to Efforts to Stop Massive Tax on NJ Employers

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano today lamented the absence of even a single Democrat legislator on a petition that would require a special legislative session to spare local employers from the punishing impact of an imminent tax increase to replenish New Jersey’s Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano lamented the absence of even a single Democrat legislator on a petition that would require a special legislative session to spare local employers from the punishing impact of an imminent tax increase to replenish NJ’s Unemployment Insurance Fund. (Pixabay)

“Not one single Democrat has been willing to break rank with the Governor and support the state’s Main Street businesses, mom-and-pop shops, and restaurants that have suffered every day since the pandemic emerged,” said Holzapfel. “Some of our Democrat colleagues issued press releases criticizing Murphy’s plan to restore the UI Fund on the backs of small employers, but they won’t step up to prevent a devastating tax hike that will assuredly force even more businesses to close their doors forever. The tax increase is coming, and it is time for the Democrats to put up or shut up. The State economy depends on it.”

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Chris Connors
Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Jim Holzapfel
Senator Sam Thompson

Singer/Connors/Holzapfel/Thompson/O’Scanlon Call on NJ Homeland Security to Vet Incoming Afghan Refugees

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Question Ability of Federal Officials in Kabul to Keep Local Communities Safe

Almost 10,000 Afghan refugees fleeing the turmoil in their homeland will be coming to New Jersey, and Senate Republicans are calling on New Jersey’s Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness to ensure they are thoroughly vetted.

In a letter to the director of New Jersey’s Homeland Security and Preparedness, Sens. Singer, Connors, Holzapfel, Thompson and O’Scanlon emphasized the need to vet and screen refugees coming to the state from Afghanistan. (Wikimedia Commons)

Senators Robert Singer, Chris Connors, Jim Holzapfel, Sam Thompson and Declan O’Scanlon today wrote to NJ Homeland Director Laurie R. Duran emphasizing the need to protect New Jersey residents from possible terrorists who may have circumvented checkpoints and federal screening on the ground in Kabul before boarding flights to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin and Catalano: Businesses Take Another Hit from Murphy as Payroll Tax Increases to Fund Unemployment

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are speaking out against Governor Murphy’s plan to replenish the unemployment insurance fund with a $250 million payroll tax hike on employers. The 10th District Legislators are criticizing the Governor for continuing to hurt businesses in the state.

A major payroll tax increase on employers will jeopardize New Jersey jobs, said Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano. (SenateNJ.com)

“We are in this mess because of the Governor’s executive orders which delayed the reopening of many businesses and forced hundreds of thousands of pandemic unemployment claims to be filed,” Senator Holzapfel stated. “Our caucus urged Governor Murphy to divert $6.2 billion in federal American Rescue Plan aid to offset the unemployment payouts, however, our requests were ignored and now our business owners are stuck with the bill.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Praise Rescue & Relocation of Alfie the Swan

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Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano (all R-Ocean) praised the rescue and relocation yesterday of Alfie the swan from waterways in Brick to the Popcorn Park animal refuge in Forked River:

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano praised the rescue and relocation yesterday of Alfie the swan from waterways in Brick to the Popcorn Park animal refuge in Forked River. (Irene Almeida)

“Alfie is beloved by many in our community and our legislative office has been working with both the NJDEP and the USDA to find a solution to prevent him from having to be euthanized.

“We are ecstatic that the USDA and Popcorn Park were able to work with us to successfully save Alfie.”

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Jim Holzapfel

Senator - District 10

Greg McGuckin

Assemblyman - District 10

John Catalano

Assemblyman - District 10

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