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)

Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, O’Scanlon & Corrado: $500K Report Does Not Absolve Murphy Admin for Nursing Home Deaths

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Senator Steven Oroho, Senator Declan O’Scanlon, and Senator Kristin Corrado said a superficial report commissioned by Governor Phil Murphy does not absolve his administration for its clear failures that led to the massive loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities due to COVID-19.

Sen. Steven Oroho, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon, and Sen. Kristin Corrado said a superficial report commissioned by Gov. Phil Murphy does not absolve his administration for its clear failures that led to the massive loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities due to COVID-19. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Murphy Administration paid a consulting firm $500,000 to rush a report that attempts to shift blame for thousands of nursing home deaths to anyone but the governor,” said Oroho (R-24). “What taxpayers received back is a glossy report that repackages the State’s data in colorful graphs and charts. The report glosses over the fact that the administration forced our LTC facilities to admit COVID-19 patients, which led to thousands of deaths. With that glaring deficiency, the entire report is suspect.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Republican Senators Urge Sweeney to Issue Preservation Letters to Health Department

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Following troubling accusations of dysfunction and potential misconduct within the Department of Health, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21), Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40), Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26), and Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) wrote to Senate President Steve Sweeney today (click here for PDF) urging for preservation letters to be issued to the Department and appropriate parties who may be in possession of evidence in matters that may be reviewed by the bipartisan Senate Review and Recovery Committee.

Following troubling accusations of dysfunction and potential misconduct within the Department of Health, Senators Kean, Corrado, Oroho, Pennacchio, and O’Scanlon urged Senate President Sweeney to issue preservation letters to the Department and appropriate parties who may be in possession of evidence in matters that may be reviewed by the bipartisan Senate Review and Recovery Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

The full text of the letter is below:

June 2, 2020

Dear Senate President Sweeney,

As you are aware, the Senate Republican caucus has called on the Senate to form a select committee to conduct a comprehensive review of the State’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Specifically, several areas of concern have emerged and highlighted the need for legislative oversight, including the unconscionable number of deaths that have occurred at New Jersey’s long-term care facilities. We thank you again for sharing our concerns and announcing jointly with our caucus on May 22, 2020 your commitment to the formation of the bipartisan Senate Review and Recovery Committee.

We write you today in light of troubling accusations of dysfunction and potential misconduct within the Department of Health, as identified by whistleblowers within the department. Among other assertions, published reports have pointed to the possible misuse of federal funds and suggested that Assistant Commissioner Christopher Neuwirth was terminated in an attempt to hide misconduct within the Administration. Additional accusations were raised in correspondence from the whistleblowers to you and Leader Kean, leading to serious new questions about the Administration’s handling of the crisis, particularly as it pertains to long-term care facilities.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Senators Urge Sweeney to Ensure Protections for Disabled Residents, Provide Committee with Subpoena Power

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26), Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), and Senator Steven Oroho wrote to Senate President Steve Sweeney today (click here for PDF) urging that a recently announced Senate committee review new concerns regarding the State’s COVID-19 response to group homes and other facilities that care for residents with disabilities. They also reiterated their call for the new Senate Review and Recovery Committee to be given subpoena power to compel the appearance of witnesses.

Senators Pennacchio, Corrado, O’Scanlon, and Oroho urged Senate President Steve Sweeney to allow a recently announced Senate committee to review new concerns regarding group homes and other facilities that care for residents with disabilities, and to give the committee subpoena power to compel the appearance of witnesses. (SenateNJ.com)

The full text of the letter is below:

May 29, 2020

Dear Senate President Sweeney,

Two weeks ago, our Senate Republican caucus wrote to you calling for the formation of a Senate Select Committee to investigate the Murphy administration’s response to COVID-19, including the orders that contributed to the loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities.

We are thankful that you listened to our requests and announced jointly with Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean the formation of a bipartisan Senate Review and Recovery Committee for this purpose. This is a positive step that will allow New Jersey to learn from its mistakes and improve our State’s response as we look to reopen safely.

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Oroho: Child Care Centers & Camp Operators Tell Senators They Have Detailed Plans to Operate Safely

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Says Working Parents Need Clarity on Reopening of Child Care from Administration

After hearing directly from child care providers and camp operators about their plans to operate safely, Senator Steven Oroho said the Murphy Administration must produce a clear timeline for the reopening of child care centers and summer camps.

After hearing directly from child care providers and camp operators about their plans to operate safely, Sen. Steven Oroho said the Murphy Administration must produce a clear timeline for the reopening of child care centers and summer camps. (Pixabay)

“Without access to child care and summer camps, it will be impossible for many parents to leave their homes to earn a living as their workplaces reopen,” said Oroho (R-24). “Thankfully, it’s clear that child care and camp operators have produced detailed plans that demonstrate their ability to keep children safe and healthy as their parent get back to work.”

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Sweeney – Oroho Bill Would Establish Electronic Bidding Process for State Projects

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Trenton – The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee today endorsed a bill sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Republican Budget Officer Steve Oroho that would establish an electronic construction procurement process for state public works construction projects.

A panel today cleared legislation sponsored by Senate President Sweeney and Senate Republican Budget Officer Oroho that would utilize technology to bolster the construction procurement process for state public works construction projects. (SenateNJ.com)

The process would use computer technology and the Internet for the advertising and submission of public bids to determine the lowest responsible bidder.

“Over the past decade, states across the country have taken steps to take advantage of advances in technology and create governmental efficiencies, including electronic bidding,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “The COVID shutdown underscores the value of electronic bidding but it is a process that should be available at all times. It can result in a more efficient process and produce cost savings.”

“This is part of our ongoing effort to streamline government and make it more efficient and cost effective,” said Senator Oroho. “We’ve all learned during the coronavirus lockdown how much important work can be done remotely through technology. It’s important that our procurement laws not deter these capabilities from being employed wherever feasible by the state, local governments, and our school districts and colleges.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, O’Scanlon & Corrado Applaud Establishment of Special Senate Committee to Review & Improve State’s Response to COVID-19

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Senator Steven Oroho, Senator Declan O’Scanlon, and Senator Kristin Corrado applauded the formation of a bipartisan Senate Review & Recovery Committee to review and improve upon the State’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Senators Oroho, O’Scanlon & Corrado applauded the formation of a bipartisan Senate Review & Recovery Committee to review and improve upon the State’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. (SenateNJ.com)

“We applaud this bipartisan effort to learn from the mistakes that were made at the outset of the coronavirus crisis to improve our State’s response going forward,” said Oroho (R-24). “I’m especially concerned about our ability to ensure that our long-term care facilities, where half of New Jersey’s COVID-19 deaths occurred, have the capability to better protect vulnerable residents. By examining how this tragedy occurred and recommending solutions, we hope to save lives and prevent it from happening again.”

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Oroho: Lake Residents and Businesses Would be Spared Pain Under NJDEP’s New Algal Bloom Index

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Revised Standards Will Allow Lakes to Safely Remain Open Longer

Senator Steve Oroho voiced encouragement with New Jersey DEP’s introduction of a new strategy for algal blooms and an easy-to-understand index for water quality.

Senator Steve Oroho voiced encouragement with New Jersey DEP’s introduction of a new strategy for algal blooms and an easy-to-understand index for water quality. (SenateNJ.com)

“Under the new guidelines, Lake Hopatcong and other important waters would have remained open last summer,” said Oroho (R-24). “We welcome better communications, more realistic safety evaluations, and consistent continuation of popular recreational activities that attract visitors to the shorelines.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Senators to Sweeney: Senate Can’t Allow Administration to Cover Up Its Nursing Home Failures

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Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Steven Oroho, Senator Declan O’Scanlon, and Senator Kristin Corrado sent a letter (click here for PDF) to Senate President Steve Sweeney calling for a Senate Select Committee with subpoena power to be convened to investigate the massive loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities.

Senators Pennacchio, Oroho, O’Scanlon, and Corrado called on Senate President Steve Sweeney to convene a Senate Select Committee with subpoena power to investigate the massive loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities. (CC0 Public Domain)

The full text of the letter is below:

May 20, 2020

Dear Senate President Sweeney,

Last week, our Senate Republican caucus wrote to you calling for the formation of a Senate Select Committee to investigate the Murphy administration’s response to COVID-19, including the orders that all but guaranteed the loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities.

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District 24 Lawmakers Urge Murphy to Allow Outdoor High School Graduations

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Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths called upon Gov. Phil Murphy to reverse his opposition to holding safe and responsible outdoor high school graduations for Garden State senior students.

Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths called upon Gov. Phil Murphy to reverse his opposition to holding safe and responsible outdoor high school graduations for Garden State senior students. (Pixabay)

“Don’t let fear steal their senior year,” said Oroho (R-Sussex). “We believe that reasonable concerns can be met and overcome by prudent planning and we implore the Governor to trust our graduates and those who have loved and nurtured them over the years. Let them walk into a bright future free from fear and full of pride.”

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Sweeney & Oroho Welcome Re-opening of Campgrounds

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Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Steve Oroho today welcomed the clarifying explanation by the administration saying that private campgrounds and parks for recreational vehicles can be re-opened in advance of the Memorial Day weekend. Until being informed that campgrounds can open as long as they don’t conflict with any municipal ordinance temporarily banning short term rentals, the operators were led to believe that the shutdown order required the continued closure of campgrounds.

Sen. Steve Oroho and Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney welcomed the clarifying explanation by the administration saying that private campgrounds and parks for recreational vehicles can be re-opened in advance of the Memorial Day weekend. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am glad the confusion has been rectified so the campgrounds can move forward in advance of the Memorial Day weekend,” said Senator Oroho (R-Sussex). “The operators, the home municipalities and the people who want to use the outdoor grounds now have the certainty they need. They already have a short season due to the natural seasonality of camping, it is important that campgrounds are able to resume business soon. Allowing campgrounds to resume operations soon will help these businesses regain some cash flow and survive this downturn.”

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