New Jersey's 24th Legislative District

Senator Steven Oroho

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, speaking against the FY’15 state budget and tax increases that he said repeat the mistakes of the past. (Press Release)

  • Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) spoke at a rally in front of the New Jersey State House on June 24, 2014 with Republican legislators and business groups representing thousands of state employers to oppose the Democrats’ proposed tax increases. (Photo Gallery)

  • Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) had a discussion with state business leaders at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Roundtable on June 17, 2014 about ways to make New Jersey more competitive and stop the migration of businesses and jobs to other states. (Photo Gallery)

  • Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) had a discussion with state business leaders at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Roundtable on June 17, 2014 about ways to make New Jersey more competitive and stop the migration of businesses and jobs to other states. (Photo Gallery)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) making a motion during a Senate session on May 12, 2014 to amend legislation (A-2777) that very narrowly defines deviations a gun owner is allowed to make when transporting a firearm. His amendment, which was tabled by the Democrat majority, would have given more discretion to police and judges. (Facebook)

  • Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) led an “Executive Coaching” session with a group of student government leaders from the state’s independent colleges who attended the First Annual Meeting of the SG Voices event at Caldwell College on April 4, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space (all R-24) visited James Alexander Corporation’s plant in Frelinghuysen to mark National Manufacturing Day on October 4, 2013.

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) inspects a production sample at James Alexander Corporation’s plant in Frelinghuysen with company Vice President David Robinson during a visit to mark National Manufacturing Day on October 4, 2013.

  • Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) was a guest speaker to students at the Rev. Brown School in Sparta on September 20, 2013. “I am especially gratified when students take an active interest in civics at a young age because they are our future leaders,” said Oroho. (The Sparta Independent)

  • Senator Steven Oroho (right) and Sussex County Surrogate Gary Chiusano (left) served as “Celebrity Scoopers” to support the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice at a fundraiser at Rita’s in Sparta on September 20, 2013. (The Sparta Independent)

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Oroho Bills to Grow “Farm to School” Program Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho boosting New Jersey’s “Farm to School” program was signed into law by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno.

Acting Governor Kim Guadagno visited Terhune Orchards on August 25, 2014 to sign into law legislation sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho (right) boosting New Jersey’s “Farm to School” program. (NJOIT)

The package of bills will raise the profile of the “Farm to School” program by increasing the program’s presence on the state’s website and foster expansion of the “Farm to School” program to more schools by allowing for private investment into the program and by recognizing successful programs established by schools.

“The ‘Farm to School’ program provides students with healthy, nutritious meals while at the same time giving a boost to the local farmers in our communities who grow these crops,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “By better promoting the program and allowing outside investment we can hopefully get even more ‘Jersey Fresh’ produce into cafeterias across the state. Bringing attention to and expanding this valuable program will give more students access to healthy lunch choices and help foster a deeper appreciation and knowledge of New Jersey’s important agriculture industry.”

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Oroho Completes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on State House Steps

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) completed Senator Kevin O’Toole’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the New Jersey State House steps on Monday afternoon and donated to the ALS Association. The challenge raised $30,000.

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Oroho, McHose & Space Statement on Lt. Governor’s “Tourism Tuesday” Visit to Swartswood State Park

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Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space (R-24) released the following statement after meeting with Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno following the Lt. Governor’s visit to Swartswood State Park to highlight Sussex County’s varied tourism industries.

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno visited Swartswood State Park on July 29, 2014 to highlight Sussex County’s varied tourism industries.

Lt. Governor Guadagno visited the park as part of her series of “Tourism Tuesday” visits across the state. Swartswood State Park was the first state park established in New Jersey.

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Oroho: Senate President’s Comments on Expanding Gaming to North Jersey Are Welcome News

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Senator Steven Oroho today said he looks forward to working cooperatively with Senate President Stephen Sweeney to explore expanding casino gaming into northern New Jersey.

According to a report published Wednesday in The Record, Senate President Sweeney said he has discussed expanding gaming opportunities to northern New Jersey and that a statewide referendum on expanded gaming could be placed on the November 2015 ballot.

“I’m encouraged to hear the Senate President say that voters might soon get to decide on expanding gaming to north Jersey and other parts of the state,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Expanding gaming will not only bring additional needed revenue and jobs to New Jersey, but also boost local equine, racetrack and tourism industries throughout the area and state.”

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Oroho: FY 15 Tax Increases a Repeat of Past Mistakes

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Senate Budget and Appropriations Committeeman Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) issued the following statement after voting against the proposed FY 2015 budget in today’s Senate session:

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, speaking in opposition to the FY ’15 New Jersey budget. (Full Size)

“This budget, balanced off of raising taxes for small businesses, job providers and those already paying the most, repeats past mistakes and sets no path forward to address the root financial issues New Jersey faces. We only have to look back to 2004 when taxes were raised on the state’s top earners and job providers to know how these new taxes will play out.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Kevin O'Toole
Senator Sam Thompson
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Senate Republican Budget Committee Members Push Options to Avoid $1.7B in Tax, Fee Increases

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The Senate Republican members of the Budget & Appropriation Committee — Jennifer Beck, Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho, Kevin O’Toole and Sam Thompson — joined in support of options to avoid $1.7 billion in tax and fee increases proposed for the FY15 New Jersey state budget.

“We oppose the Senate Democrats plan to raise taxes by $1.6 billion. It is not a workable plan for the people of New Jersey, and for similar reasons, we oppose $137 million in tax and fee increases proposed in the governor’s budget and supported by Senate Democrats.

“The federal tax increases on families and small business owners have already caused a state revenue shortfall, to the detriment of New Jersey’s workforce. The Senate Democrats’ proposal to raise taxes by $1.6 billion will damage our economic viability regionally, nationally and internationally.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
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Bucco, Oroho Measure to Let Charter, Vo-Tech, Home-Schooled Students Play Public School Sports Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho requiring school districts to allow qualified charter, vocational and home-schooled students the chance to participate in district sports programs was advanced by the Senate Education Committee. Currently, local school districts have varying policies on the matter.

“Children, regardless of ZIP code or school choice, should have equal opportunities to participate in publicly funded school athletics,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “This is a fairness issue that families in my district, Senator Oroho’s district and others across the state are trying to overcome. This legislation provides a common-sense solution.”

“Parents choose to educate their children at home for a variety of legitimate reasons,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Those parents pay the same taxes as their neighbors and their children should have the same opportunity as their friends to play on their district’s sports teams. School sports teach a multitude of valuable life lessons that apply the same to kids regardless of where they take their classes.”

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Oroho: New Jersey Cannot Afford to Raise Income Taxes

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The following editorial by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) on the need for a more competitive tax structure in New Jersey – not higher taxes – was published in The RecordAsbury Park Press and New Jersey Herald.

The full text of the op-ed is published below:

ESCALATING TAXES are a major reason New Jersey and many other states now find themselves facing a revenue shortfall that jeopardizes public services. So the answer to our revenue problem shouldn’t be a call to raise income taxes in the Garden State.

What’s clear from the Obama administration’s hike in the 2013 federal income tax rates as well as the new net investment income tax under the Affordable Care Act is that top taxpayers will change their tax behavior, as clearly evidenced by the accelerated recognition of income into tax year 2012 to avoid the increased taxes. They will also change where they principally live for a majority of the year to miss being subject to higher income taxes as New Jersey residents.

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

NJ’s ‘Jessica Lunsford Act’ Sponsors Send Letters Urging Four Remaining States to Pass the Law

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The prime sponsors of New Jersey’s recently signed “Jessica Lunsford Act” sent letters to the governors and legislative leaders of the four remaining states that have not passed similar protections urging them to take up similar legislation and are offering their support in assisting with the passage of such legislation.

New York, Illinois, Idaho and Hawaii are the only states not to have passed similar legislation.

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Christie Signs Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators

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The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following after it was signed into law by Governor Christie today.

Mark Lunsford speaking at the signing of the Jessica Lunsford Act at the New Jersey State House on June 2, 2014. Also pictured (from left to right): Senator Tom Kean, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, Assemblwoman Nancy Muñoz, Senator Diane Allen, Governor Chris Christie and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini. (Photo Gallery)

“With Governor Christie’s signing of this legislation today we have sent a message that crimes against children will be punished as severely as possible,” said Allen (R-Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005. “These needed protections to guard against repeat sexual offenders are long overdue in New Jersey.”

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