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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: “Let the Legal Process Play Out”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) released the following statement expressing their shared belief that all legal votes need to be counted in the presidential election:

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano said all legal votes need to be counted in the presidential election. (SenateNJ.com)

“President Donald Trump and his legal team have every right to question the ballot counting process and ask for recounts in certain states. We believe that all legal votes need to be counted to protect our democracy and ensure that this was a free and fair election for all.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: ‘Another Murphy Proposal that Defies Logic’

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Legislators Respond to MVC Providing ID Cards to Soon-to-Be Released Prisoners

Another decision made by Governor Murphy that favors soon-to-be released prisoners over law abiding citizens allows for the Motor Vehicle Commission to set up mobile agencies in Trenton to help these individuals obtain identification cards. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano of the 10th Legislative District have released the following statement blasting the Governor for his agenda that they believe defies all logic.

The Motor Vehicle Commission’s poor treatment of NJ motorists is well-documented. Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano said MVC’s special treatment of soon-to-be-released prisoners is a disgrace to law-abiding residents. (SenateNJ.com)

“We have received hundreds of complaints from our constituents who have had to miss work and rearrange their schedules just to wait in line for hours on end at the MVC,” stated the legislators. “However, prisoners are awarded special treatment and are able to obtain ID cards with no hassle. This is an absolute disgrace to our law-abiding citizens who have been patient with the MVC process since the beginning of the Governor’s extended shutdowns.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano to Democrats: ‘Stop Wasting Time On Changing Our Nation’s History’

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The 10th District Legislators are responding to a recent bill by the Democrats to rename Columbus Day.  Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have released the following statement on what they believe is a waste of legislative time and energy in an attempt to create news headlines.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano today criticized a recent bill by the Democrats to rename Columbus Day as a waste of legislative time and energy in an attempt to create news headlines. (Wikiemedia Commons)

“Our state has suffered through one of the most challenging times in recent history. We have had a complete shutdown of our economy and we are in the rebuilding process with many more hurdles to still overcome. Yet, somehow, Trenton Democrats believe now is the appropriate time to rename holidays in an attempt to change our nation’s history.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano to Governor: ‘Enough is Enough with the Emergency Orders’

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The 10th District Legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano today responded to Governor Murphy’s announcement to extend the state’s Public Health Emergency for the seventh time since March. The lawmakers continue to cite their bill that would limit the Governor’s executive powers, saying this legislation is needed now more than ever.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano called for legislative action on their bill to limit the duration of the Governor’s executive orders after Murphy’s announcement extending the state’s Public Health Emergency for the seventh time since March. (SenateNJ.com)

The lawmakers released the following statement calling on the Legislature to move S-2482 and A-4147, which would require the Governor’s executive orders to expire in 15 days unless extended by the Legislature.

“Since March, it has been one order after another with no end in sight. Even though we have successfully flattened the curve, the Governor insists it’s not enough. Small businesses are continuing to suffer under his restrictions.  Our delegation and our residents are fed up and the legislature must put a stop to this abuse of power,” the legislators said.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Blast Irresponsible Trenton Budget

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The 10th District Legislators – Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano – today chastised Governor Murphy and the Trenton Democrats after a budget weighed down with spending and tax increases was approved without Republican support

The 10th District Legislators said the majority in Trenton has used the pandemic as an excuse to spend more, tax more and ignore the needs of New Jersey taxpayers. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The partisan budget passed yesterday is irresponsible, indefensible and blatantly unfair to New Jersey taxpayers who will be left holding the bag for decades to come,” the legislators said. “With so many expensive Christmas Tree items dedicating millions of dollars to favored projects, the holidays came early to many Democrat-controlled towns, but for the suburban taxpayers who shoulder the burden of New Jersey spending with their wallets, it was just another load of coal in their stockings. It’s a clear message from Murphy and his friends in the Legislature that they don’t care how bad they hurt hard-working New Jerseyans, even in the middle of a health emergency.”

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10th District Legislators to Governor: “Make This Right, Allow In-Person Voting”

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The 10th District legislators released the following statement urging Governor Phil Murphy to reverse his decision to hold an all vote-by-mail election and allow in person voting this November. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have repeatedly voiced their concerns for the integrity of the upcoming General Election and pointed to the glaring inaccuracies that can occur with mail-in voting.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano urged Gov. Phil Murphy to reverse his decision to hold an all vote-by-mail election and allow in person voting this November. (©iStock)

“Governor Murphy, you still have time to make this right. Do it for the people of New Jersey. As citizens we are owed this right. This is one of the worst things we have seen come out of the Governor’s Office in decades and we have seen many bad things. Taking away a person’s ability to vote in the manner they trust is unconscionable.”

The lawmakers noted that voters were not denied the right to vote in person at a polling place at other moments in history when the state and nation were under great stress.

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10th District Legislators Again Blast Murphy Over ‘Baby Bonds’

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are once again blasting Governor Murphy’s proposal to give a $1,000 saving bond for every New Jersey infant born into qualifying families next year. The proposal is under scrutiny by the 10th District legislators who are calling this plan a complete waste of taxpayer dollars and a political move by the Governor to ensure his victory in the 2021 election.

The Governor should be properly funding schools and helping restaurants and small business, said Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano, and not scheming to give ‘baby bonds’ to newborns. (SenateNJ.com)

“Instead of properly funding our schools or helping our small businesses and restaurants, the Governor is choosing to spend $80 million a year to give newborns a savings bond,” Senator Holzapfel said. “Our state is facing one of the most challenging economic times in history and the Governor thinks that ‘Baby Bonds’ is an appropriate proposal for our deteriorating economy.  We are sick of his excessive borrowing schemes to fund these outrageous ideas in order to ensure his re-election next year.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Object to Budget Cuts to School Counseling for Mental Health and Drug Abuse

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Additional cuts in Governor Murphy’s budget proposal have led to the reduction of aid for school based mental health counseling and municipal anti-drug programs for children.  The 10th District Legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are warning parents of the damaging effects that could result from the loss of these significant programs for young people and students. The lawmakers believe the Governor is underestimating the need for drug abuse and mental health counseling for students, especially during these isolating times.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano warn that funding cuts in Governor Murphy’s proposed budget endanger crucial programs providing mental health counseling support and anti-drug programs for school students. (Pixabay)

“We are in the midst of a complete transformation of the school education system and these children have been through enough emotional challenges since the beginning of the shutdowns,” stated Senator Holzapfel.  “Programs such as School Linked Services and the Municipal Alliance programs provide support beyond the home and classroom. Our Governor is out of touch with the needs of our students and it’s obvious he cares more about creating ‘baby bonds’ and diverting school aid to urban districts.”

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10th District Legislators Blame Governor’s Unfair Budget for Toms River Schools Layoffs

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In response to the loss of 240 staff positions at Toms River Regional Schools, Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano point to years of cuts to state education aid which lead to the difficult decision by the Toms River Board of Education.  The legislators blame Governor Murphy’s budget proposals and lack of transparency which disproportionately funnels millions of dollars of state aid into other school districts in urban areas of the state.

The Toms River Regional District is laying off 240 workers and Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano blame Governor Murphy for years of one-sided school funding. (Pixabay)

“This is another devastating blow for the school district,” said Senator Holzapfel.  “Toms River Regional has been fighting for years to maintain an elite level of education for their students and create a secure working environment for their staff, while being gutted by the Administration’s funding cuts.  Now they must lay off hundreds of staff positions because our Governor is more interested in creating programs such as ‘Baby Bonds’ for newborns.  The focus should be on our children currently enrolled in public education, not infants.”

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10th District Legislators to Governor Murphy: ‘Increasing Gas Tax Won’t Solve New Jersey’s Financial Problems’

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are responding to the Governor’s Administration decision to increase the gas tax and reaffirm that their delegation has always fought against increasing the gas tax.  The lawmakers disagree with the mandated increase and are urging the Governor to reconsider any additional taxes at this time.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano denounced the 9.3-cents per gallon increase in the gas tax announced by Governor Murphy. (Flickr)

The state’s gas tax will increase by 9.3 cents which will skyrocket New Jersey to the top of the list with the fourth highest gas tax in the country. In 2016, Senator Holzapfel and Assemblyman McGuckin fought Governor Christie and the Democrat-controlled Legislature on the gas tax hike.  Today, the 10th District Legislators released the following statement on the issue.

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