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 Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Pennacchio/Oroho Bill Closes the Lid on Unfair Treatment of Farmers Selling Baked Goods at Roadside Markets

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Farmers selling their own baked goods, pies by the slice, or other edible treats at farm markets will be able to wrap the food for sanitation purposes without weighing the goods and labeling it under legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Steve Oroho and advanced by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Farmers selling their own baked goods at farm markets will be able to wrap the food for sanitation purposes without weighing the goods and labeling it under legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Steve Oroho. (Pixabay)

Under the law, S-283, bona fide farmers at a farm market are exempt from requirements to weigh and label articles of food provided the items are sold in open or uncovered containers.

“It is an unusual rule that makes even less sense during this pandemic, when people are super sensitive about preventing the spread of COVID and other viruses and pathogens,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “It doesn’t make sense that you can walk into any pizza shop and order a slice to go and nobody has to weigh it and stamp it with a label. It’s even more puzzling to have a rule that encourages anybody to sell open-air food during an airborne virus emergency.”

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Oroho & Sarlo Bill Targeting New Jersey’s Economy-Strangling Red Tape Advances

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Measure Would Create Commission to Scrutinize Government Efficiency and Regulatory Impact

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Senator Paul Sarlo that would bolster government efficiency and reduce damaging regulations was endorsed today by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

The Government Efficiency and Regulatory Review Commission would be established to reduce red tape under a bipartisan bill sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and Sen. Paul Sarlo. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, S-441, would establish the Government Efficiency and Regulatory Review Commission, a nine-member body charged with evaluating all proposed and adopted regulations, rules and executive orders to consider their impact on the economy and determine if their benefits outweigh the burdens placed on business and government.

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Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Steve Oroho

Governor Signs Bateman and Oroho Bills Preserving NJ Farmland

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Today’s signing of bills sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman and Senator Steven Oroho will protect more of the state’s dwindling agricultural land from development.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Steven Oroho that will help preserve farms and land across the state were signed into law today by the Governor. (Garden State Preservation Trust)

“New Jersey residents have endorsed efforts to save farms from bulldozers and preserve them for the future,” said Bateman (R-16). “Securing farmland is a priority here in the most densely populated state in the nation. Signing these laws ensures new generations will have the opportunity to appreciate the many contributions of farmers and the impact of farms and open space on the quality of life in our state.”

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Oroho & Sarlo Praise NJ’s Filing of Amicus Brief in Interstate Tax Case

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Say Federal Case Could Address NY’s Unfair Taxation of NJ Workers

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) and Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) expressed their support for an amicus brief filed by the State of New Jersey today in support of New Hampshire’s position in an interstate tax dispute with Massachusetts.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Sen. Paul Sarlo expressed their support for an amicus brief filed by the State of New Jersey today in support of New Hampshire’s position in an interstate tax dispute with Massachusetts. (Pixabay)

New Hampshire filed a federal lawsuit in October questioning the constitutionality of an effort by Massachusetts to continue subjecting nonresidents from the Granite State to the Bay State’s income taxes for work performed remotely.

For months, Oroho and Sarlo have expressed similar concerns about New York’s continued taxation of former commuters from New Jersey who are working remotely from their homes in the Garden State during the pandemic.

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Greenstein, Oroho ‘Made in NJ’ Manufacturing Bill for PPE Needed in Pandemic Clears Senate

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In an effort to better equip New Jersey for any future public health crises, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Linda Greenstein and Steve Oroho, that would authorize New Jersey manufacturers to convert their productions to focus on creating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which many have been unable to do during the pandemic without federal approval, was approved today by the Senate.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Linda Greenstein and Steve Oroho, that would authorize New Jersey manufacturers to convert their productions to focus on creating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), was approved today by the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, S-2991, would create a state-level certification program to allow manufacturers to produce PPE. The measure would help to strengthen our stockpiles, which faced severe shortages of masks, gloves, gowns, and other Personal Protective Equipment at the height of the pandemic.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Committee Members to Propose Dedicating $600 Million Horizon Payment to Improving Health Care in NJ

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The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee will move an amendment tomorrow to legislation restructuring Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to require a proposed $600 million payment from the insurer to be deposited into a new nonprofit entity that is dedicated to rate stabilization and improving the quality and efficiency of health care in New Jersey.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee will propose an amendment to legislation restructuring Horizon BCBSNJ to require a proposed $600 million payment from the insurer to be deposited into a new nonprofit entity that is dedicated to rate stabilization and improving the quality and efficiency of health care in New Jersey. (Pixabay)

The members — Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), and Senator Michael Testa (R-1) — said they are concerned that premiums paid by Horizon’s policyholders and ratepayers will be consumed by the State’s General Fund to pay for spending unrelated to healthcare.

“In an ideal world, the excess premiums paid to Horizon by policyholders, small businesses, local governments, and taxpayers would be returned to customers in the form of lower future premiums,” the Republican senators said in a joint statement. “It’s clear, however, that’s not what this rushed legislation envisions. If the sponsors are going to require a massive payment to the State, we believe the proceeds should be dedicated by law to improving health care in New Jersey in a way that benefits and supports the needs of the communities that paid the premiums in the first place.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Gerald Cardinale
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Senators Express Concerns for Taxpayers & Ratepayers in Letter to Murphy on Horizon Legislation

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Senators Anthony Bucco (R-25) and Gerry Cardinale (R-39), members of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24) sent a letter to Governor Phil Murphy today (click here for PDF) expressing concerns for taxpayers and ratepayers and seeking information related to legislation that would restructure Horizon Blue Cross Shield of New Jersey, the largest health insurer in the state.

Republican senators sent a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy today expressing concerns for taxpayers and ratepayers and seeking information related to legislation that would restructure Horizon Blue Cross Shield of New Jersey, the largest health insurer in the state. (SenateNJ.com)

The full text of the letter is below:

Dear Governor Murphy,

We are writing you to express our fundamental concerns with, and many questions about, legislation that, among other provisions, will quickly drain $600 million in reserves from the state’s largest health insurer to prop up the State’s upcoming election year budget. This legislation will have significant impacts on the care provided to, and premiums charged on behalf of, millions of New Jersey citizens that receive health benefits through local governments, small businesses, and other employers struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been reported that your office has been intricately involved in drafting the legislation and amendments reportedly being advanced next week. Therefore, it is imperative that your administration respond to our concerns and address the questions that pertain to how your administration will implement the bill, prior to scheduled committee votes Monday and Tuesday — despite no legislators having seen the final version of what will be considered.

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Greenstein, Oroho ‘Made in NJ’ Manufacturing Bill for PPE Needed in Pandemic Advances

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In an effort to better equip New Jersey for any future public health crises, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Linda Greenstein and Steve Oroho that would authorize New Jersey manufacturers to convert their productions to focus on creating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which many have been unable to do during the pandemic without federal approval, was passed today by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Sen. Steve Oroho and Sen. Linda Greenstein would create a state-level certification program to allow manufacturers to produce PPE to strengthen state stockpiles. (Pixabay)

The bill, S-2991, would create a state-level certification program to allow manufacturers to produce PPE. The measure would help to strengthen our stockpiles, which faced severe shortages of masks, gloves, gowns, and other Personal Protective Equipment at the height of the pandemic.

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Panel Clears Oroho/Singleton Bill Establishing Commission to Consider Community Broadband Networks

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Legislation Could Help Bring High-Speed Internet to Rural and Low-Income Communities

A measure sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and Senator Troy Singleton that could pave the way for high-speed broadband internet access across the state cleared the Senate Economic Growth Committee today.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Sen. Troy Singleton sponsor legislation that could pave the way for high-speed broadband internet access across the state. (Pixabay)

The bill, S-2864, would establish the Broadband Access Study Commission to evaluate the feasibility of establishing community networks to deliver state-of-the-art internet speeds to the public.

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Oroho Asks Murphy How $200 Million of Remaining CARES Act Funds Will Be Spent

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Unused Funds from $2.4 Billion Block Grant Must Be Spent by 12/30 or Returned to Federal Government

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) sent a letter (click here for PDF) to Governor Phil Murphy asking how nearly $200 million of unallocated CARES Act funds will be spent to help New Jersey before the upcoming end-of-year deadline. He said there is bipartisan support for a substantial new aid package to help small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.

Sen. Steven Oroho asked Gov. Phil Murphy how nearly $200 million of unallocated CARES Act funds will be spent to help New Jersey before the upcoming end-of-year deadline. Unspent funds from the $2.4 billion block grant have to be returned to the federal government. (Pixabay)

“With all the significant burdens our residents have endured, it would be unconscionable if New Jersey failed to use all the federal funds made available to our State to alleviate COVID-19 by the December 30th deadline,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer, in the letter to the governor. “Please clarify what steps you are taking to allocate the remaining $200 million before it must be returned to the federal government due to disuse.”

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