New Jersey's 24th Legislative District

Senator Steven Oroho

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on S-2026, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” on December 5, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Steven Oroho toured Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County on March 21, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho joined the Littell family on Nov. 13, 2015 to unveil signs dedicating Route 15 in Sussex County the “Senator Robert E. Littell Memorial Highway.” Oroho sponsored the legislation honoring the late senator. (Facebook/Steven Oroho)

  • Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho designed to protect and grow the state’s commercial and recreational bee industry was signed into law by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno on July 31, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho speaking against proposed income and business tax increases during a Senate floor debate on the FY ’16 state budget on June 25, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho spoke to the New Jersey Realtors about the need to to stop the flow of wealth and jobs out of the state at the 2015 Realtors Day breakfast in Trenton on June 11, 2015. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) was presented the 3rd Annual Alex DeCroce Public Leadership Award by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce on October 16, 2014 for his strong support of the state’s business community. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) was a “celebrity reader” to the preschool children at Project Self-Sufficiency’s Little Sprouts Early Learning Center in Newton, NJ on October 6, 2014. (Photo Gallery)

  • Sen. Steve Oroho (R-24) spoke about the importance of legislation he sponsors to repeal New Jersey’s death tax at a State House rally sponsored by Americans for Prosperity on September 15, 2014. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Steve Oroho, Asw. Alison Littell McHose and Asm. Parker Space (all R-24) joined Americans for Prosperity, business organizations and concerned citizens at a State House rally on September 15, 2014 in support of legislation they sponsor to repeal New Jersey’s death tax. (Press Release)

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Oroho, Space & Wirths Announce Funding for Local Bridges

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District 24 Will Receive More than $2 Million in Grants for Essential Repairs

Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space, and Assemblyman Hal Wirths (all R-24) announced that Legislative District 24 will receive $2,183,866 to fund bridge work in Sussex and Morris Counties.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths announced that District 24 will receive $2,183,866 to fund bridge work in Sussex and Morris Counties. (SenateNJ.com)

The repairs will be funded by “Local Bridges, Future Needs” grants, which will provide $47.3 million for repairs Statewide. The grant program is funded by the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund, under the purview of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Divisions of Local Aid and Economic Development.

“I am very pleased to see that the administration recognizes the critical need to ensure counties across New Jersey have a fiscally-responsible way to keep our roads and bridges safe,” Senator Oroho said. “Calculating how much each county needs based on the bridge deck area and the portion of bridges in need of repair is exactly how we should be awarding funds. I hope to see this kind of sound, evidence-based decision making with State resources continue.”

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District 24 Legislators Welcome BPU’s Actions to Improve Storm Preparedness

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Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblyman Hal Wirths (all R-24) released the following statement in response to Governor Murphy’s announcement that the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will take action to increase storm preparedness and shore up the infrastructure necessary to protect the public from prolonged power outages.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths welcomed actions by the NJ BPU to increase storm preparedness and shore up the infrastructure necessary to protect the public from prolonged power outages. (Flickr)

In light of the onslaught of winter storms this year and previously, the lawmakers have been vocal advocates for improving utility infrastructure to ensure residents do not have to spend days on end without power.

Oroho, Space and Wirths have also sponsored legislation to address this issue, such as strengthening penalties to hold utility companies accountable for lengthy outages; and legislation to remove bureaucratic hindrances enabling utility companies to engage in preventative tree trimming near power lines.

“We welcome the recommendations made by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities today and appreciate the Murphy Administration’s responsiveness on this issue,” the District 24 lawmakers said. “Thousands of local residents, including many of our constituents, were negatively impacted by this year’s winter storms and resulting power outages. While we applaud the diligence of the workers who spent days trying to get the power back on, there is no denying that much more could have been done to prevent these types of lengthy outages from occurring in the first place. At the very least, utility companies need an emergency action plan to ensure they are prepared when we are struck by violent storms. Today’s announcement is a solid step in the right direction. As vocal advocates for this cause, we look forward to working with the BPU and other interested parties to effectuate the infrastructure improvements necessary to keep the people of New Jersey safe.”

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Oroho, Space & Wirths Blast Murphy’s Signing of School Funding Bill That Slashes Local School Aid

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District 24 Schools Will Lose $40 Million Annually When Fully Implemented

Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space, and Assemblyman Hal Wirths (all R-24) released the following statement on the July 24, 2018 signing of S-2/A-2, legislation that will cut State school aid to Sussex and Warren County schools by more than $2 million next year, a reduction that will increase to $40 million annually when the new school aid formula is fully phased in.

Sen. Steven Oroho & Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths comment on the signing of S-2/A-2, legislation that will cut State school aid to Sussex and Warren County schools by more than $40 million annually when the new formula is fully phased in. (Flickr)

Oroho served last year on the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness, which identified a number of key school funding reforms that were not included in the Democrats’ current legislation, S-2/A-2.

“Our students, teachers, and taxpayers should not have to pay the price for the failure of Governor Murphy and Democrats to fairly fix the school funding formula,” Oroho said. “Their refusal to enact fiscally-responsible, bipartisan solutions is a shame. While I appreciate that it is incumbent upon school boards to properly manage their budgets in line with current enrollment realities, the fact of the matter is the crux of the school funding formula is still inherently unfair. And no matter how you run numbers under a flawed formula, you still get flawed numbers.”

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Oroho-Bucco-Sweeney Bill Would Boost Vo-Tech Education, Fund School Security

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Measure Would Provide $1 Billion for Job Training, School Security, and Clean Water Infrastructure

The New Jersey State Senate has passed the Career and Technical Education and Security Bond Act sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester), Senator Steve Oroho (R-Morris, Sussex, Warren) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris and Somerset) that would provide funding for Vo-Tech expansion, school security, and clean water protection.

The Career and Technical Education and Security Bond Act would provide funding for Vo-Tech expansion, school security, and clean water protection. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our county vocational schools are currently unable to meet the needs of students and employers alike,” Oroho, a member of the bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus said. “The overwhelming demand for these programs proves that many employers are actively looking for job candidates with technical training. With proper funding, I am confident that our County Vo-Tech schools will continue to create pathways to long-term employment for countless New Jersey residents.”

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Senate Republicans Call for Structural Budget Reforms

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Senate Republicans sent a letter today to Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin calling for structural budget reforms.

Senate Republicans sent a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Coughlin calling for structural budget reforms. (SenateNJ.com)

Click here for a PDF of the letter.

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Oroho Calls for Action on Legislation to Keep State Parks Open During Government Shutdowns

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) called for the New Jersey Legislature to approve a measure that would allow State parks and beaches to remain open temporarily in the event of a State government shutdown.

Sen. Steven Oroho called for the N.J. Legislature to approve a bill allowing State parks and beaches to remain open temporarily in the event of a State government shutdown. (SenateNJ.com)

He said the timing of the June 30th deadline in the New Jersey Constitution for approving a new State budget creates an annual risk of a government shutdown, unnecessarily threatening the summer vacation and 4th of July plans of New Jerseyans each year.

“We had a State shutdown last year, and we’re at risk of another one this year as Democrats continue to fight over five different tax increases with our budget deadline just one day away,” said Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “Families that have made the choice to spend their vacation or holiday weekend camping in a State park or visiting one of our State beaches shouldn’t have their plans ruined by the failure of Trenton politicians to pass a State budget.”

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Oroho Bill Tightens “New Jersey Prompt Payment Act” to Ensure Government Pays Its Bills on Time

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Reduces Time State Agencies Have to Make Delinquent Payments without Interest

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) would extend New Jersey’s “Prompt Payment Act” to State and local governments, boards of education, and independent State authorities, and reduce the time they to pay their bills without extra penalties has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill would reduce the time governments have to pay their bills without extra interest penalties. (©iStock)

“When a family hires a professional service or buys a product from a retailer, they have to pay our bills on time,” Senator Oroho stated. “Vendors who do business with our government should get paid just as quickly. There’s no reason we should stall payments that could put New Jersey’s small businesses at risk.”

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Oroho, Space & Wirths Vote Against Trenton Democrats’ Effort to Cut Local School Aid by $40 Million

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Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space, and Assemblyman Hal Wirths (all R-24) voted against legislation advanced by Trenton Democrats today to cut State school aid to the 24th Legislative District by $1.5 million next year, a reduction that would increase to $40 million loss annually when the new school aid formula is fully phased in.

Oroho, Space & Wirths voted against legislation advanced by Trenton Democrats to cut State school aid to the 24th Legislative District by $1.5 million next year, a reduction that would increase to $40 million annually when the new school aid formula is fully phased in. (Flickr)

“New Jersey’s school funding formula is broken, but this effort by Trenton Democrats to reduce our local school aid hardly qualifies as a fix,” said Oroho. “We offered a detailed school funding reform proposal that would have provided property tax relief statewide, but Democrats chose to ignore our solutions. Their proposal will increase the burden on struggling property taxpayers in Sussex and Warren counties by another $40 million.”

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Oroho & Wirths Say Unemployment Benefits Change Will Weaken UI Fund

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Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Hal Wirths (both R-24) said that legislation advanced by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee will weaken New Jersey’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and put employers at risk of future tax increases.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Asm. Hal Wirths said legislation being advanced by Democrats will weaken New Jersey’s unemployment fund and put employers at risk of future tax increases. (Flickr)

“At its worst point, New Jersey’s UI Fund was more than $2 billion in the red,” said Oroho. “To address this deficit, we devised and implemented a plan to impose fiscal discipline and eliminate abuses, which restored the UI Fund to solvency while ensuring that unemployment benefits remain available to New Jerseyans who deserve them. I’m concerned that this new legislative effort would undo some of those important reforms and put the UI Fund at risk again, which may lead to increased taxes on employers.”

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Oroho Bill to Help Utilities Trim Trees to Prevent Power Outages Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to ensure the ability of electric utility companies to trim branches and trees around power lines to prevent unnecessary outages has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee. Oroho said that following repeated lengthy power outages this past winter as well as several other recent storms, it’s imperative to eliminate bureaucratic red tape that might prevent utilities from conducting preventative vegetation maintenance that can decrease the frequency and length of power outages.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation to ensure the ability of electric utility companies to trim branches and trees around power lines to prevent unnecessary outages has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee. (Flickr)

“Having consistent, dependable power is paramount to New Jersey families, particularly during nasty weather conditions,” Oroho (R-24) said. “Overgrown trees and shrubs often tend to be the culprits when your power goes out during a storm. Removing some of the bureaucracy will help utility companies to engage in the preventative maintenance that’s needed to guarantee access to lifesaving utilities regardless of the elements.”

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