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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Declan O'Scanlon
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Republican Senators to Sweeney: Senate Must Act to Prevent Greater Loss of Life at NJ’s Long-Term Care Facilities

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Say Evidence Mounting that Thousands of Deaths in Nursing & Veterans Homes Were Preventable

Senator Steven Oroho, Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Declan O’Scanlon, and Senator Kristin Corrado said the evidence is mounting that thousands of deaths in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities were preventable and called on Senate President Steve Sweeney to initiate legislative hearings to prevent a repeat of the tragedy should New Jersey be hit by a second wave of COVID-19.

Four Republican senators called on Senate President Sweeney to initiate legislative hearings into the thousands of deaths at New Jersey’s long-term care facilities to prevent a repeat of the tragedy should a second wave of COVID-19 occur. (SenateNJ.com)

“The state and nation were shocked when news reports broke of dozens of deaths at Andover Subacute, a long-term care facility in Sussex County,” said Oroho (R-24). “It’s increasingly apparent that the tragedy that occurred in Andover and at nursing and veterans homes across New Jersey didn’t need to happen. Staff at many facilities warned that they were ill prepared for an outbreak, lacking the personal protective equipment, tests, and ability to segregate sick residents necessary to keep their vulnerable populations safe. By not taking the proper precautions, the administration failed these at-risk residents. We want to work cooperatively with our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to understand what went wrong with the administration’s response to help ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

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Oroho: Governor Has Plans on His Desk to Reopen NJ Safely, No Need to “Slow Walk” Action

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Senator Steven Oroho said Governor Phil Murphy has detailed plans on his desk from virtually every industry in New Jersey that would allow the state to reopen safely and bring more regular activities back into everyday life starting now.

Sen. Steven Oroho said Gov. Phil Murphy has detailed plans on his desk from virtually every industry in New Jersey that would allow the state to reopen safely and bring more regular activities back into everyday life starting now. (Pixabay)

“In every discussion I’ve had with small business owners and industry trade groups, the consistent message I’ve heard is that New Jersey could get back to work today if the Governor would lift unnecessary restrictions,” said Oroho (R-24). “Employers across the Garden State have spent weeks in lockdown putting together strategic plans to reopen safely. They’ve put those plans on the governor’s desk. I’ve been part of those planning efforts with the NJBIA, and am convinced many aspects of our lockdown can be lifted. I think the governor’s four-stage plan announced today is an effort to slow walk our reopening that is unnecessary and will inhibit what could be a quicker recovery.”

Oroho worked with the New Jersey Business Coalition, which includes more than 80 business and nonprofit groups representing tens of thousands of organizations, to develop multi-pronged recommendations to reopen New Jersey safely. Those plans have been submitted to the governor.

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Senate Clears Oroho Bill Giving Some Students the Chance to Take Their High School Careers into Extra Innings

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and approved today by the Senate would allow graduating high school students from the Class of 2021 and 2022 to opt for an extra year of schooling immediately following graduation.

Senator Oroho sponsors legislation that would allow high school seniors in the Class of 2021 and 2022 to remain registered in school for a ‘bridge year’ after graduation and earn college credits. (Pixabay)

Under the “Bridge Year Pilot Program” established by the bill (S-2383), students opting into the program would be eligible to strengthen their academic credentials and participate in extracurricular activities and spring scholastic sports.

“Every high school student in the state lost opportunity due to the COVID virus,” said Oroho (R-24). “This program can give them a chance to improve their grades and standardized test records before they have to make their next big decision about pursuing a college degree, a career in skilled trades, military service or joining the workforce. The virus has been a barrier to future for many students. This program can be a launch pad to success after high school.”

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Senators:  Governor’s Budget Solution Due May 22 Must Include Restraint of Budget Excesses and Creative Solutions Or It Will Be Dismissed

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The following was released today by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), Senator Michael Testa (R-1), and Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), the Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee:

In advance of the Governor’s May 22 budget report, the Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee issued a joint position statement. (Pixabay)

The State’s budget has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Revenue losses through the end of FY 2021 will be severe and there is a need for additional relief for impacted people and businesses. There is broad and bipartisan recognition of this reality in the Legislature and among the public.

For the past two months, the Governor has provided no public accounting or explanation of the budgetary impacts of COVID-19. Despite holding daily press briefings attended by various cabinet officials, the Treasurer has not been invited to a single briefing to explain budget impacts for the public or, more importantly, to answer reporters’ questions about what steps, if any, are being taken to address these impacts.

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Oroho: Jersey Shore and Campgrounds Go Hand in Hand in Summer, Gov

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While welcoming news that Jersey Shore beaches will be open come Memorial Day weekend with appropriate social distancing measures in place, Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) called upon the governor to give his approval to opening recreational campgrounds as well.

While welcoming news that Jersey Shore beaches will be open come Memorial Day weekend with appropriate social distancing measures in place, Sen. Steve Oroho called upon the governor to give his approval to opening recreational campgrounds as well. (SenateNJ.com)

“What beaches mean to Jersey Shore communities in summertime, campgrounds mean to the Skylands region during the summer season,” said Oroho. “The NJ Campground Owners Association has submitted a responsible plan to the governor’s office which incorporates safety protocols. Let’s give them the green light too!”

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Oroho: Governor Can Open More Businesses by Giving OK to Industry Plans that Incorporate Social Distancing

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While happy to see today’s announcement that additional sectors have been given the green light to restart business operations, Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) said the Murphy Administration can be moving even quicker to reopen the economy by reviewing detailed business reopening plans submitted to the governor’s office by business coalitions and individual industry groups that incorporate accepted social distancing practices.

Sen. Steve Oroho said the Murphy Administration can move more quickly to reopen the economy by reviewing detailed business reopening plans submitted to the governor’s office by business coalitions and individual industry groups that incorporate accepted social distancing practices. (Pixabay)

“Business and industry have put responsible plans together that will enable them to resume operations while respecting safety protocols,” said Oroho. “We shouldn’t need governmental committees and subcommittees to come up with additional plans that will likely reach similar conclusions. We are at such a critical time where many businesses are seriously in jeopardy of not even being able to reopen, and more delay will certainly be the death knell to so many.”

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Oroho Commends NJ Business Coalition for Recovery Framework Document

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Says Governor Should Use Detailed Plans as Basis for Reopening Economy Safely

Senator Steven Oroho urged Governor Phil Murphy to work with businesses and industries that have already produced detailed plans to reopen safely and get New Jerseyans back to work instead of waiting on additional bureaucratic government committees that will only delay our economic recovery.

Sen. Steven Oroho urged Gov. Phil Murphy to work with businesses and industries that have already produced detailed plans to reopen safely and get New Jerseyans back to work instead of waiting on additional bureaucratic government committees that will only delay our economic recovery. (©iStock)

“Individual employers and industry groups representing tens of thousands of small businesses have been hard at work since day one of the shutdown nearly two months ago producing detailed plans that would allow them to reopen safely as soon as restrictions are lifted,” said Oroho (R-24). “No one is advocating reopening without appropriate safety protocols in place, but every day we delay another business will never reopen its doors.”

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Oroho, Space & Wirths Happy State and County Parks and Golf Courses to Be Opened

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths are happy that Gov. Murphy has heeded their calls to reopen the outdoors to help people cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths are happy that Gov. Murphy has heeded their calls to reopen the outdoors to help people cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. (NJ Division of Parks & Forestry)

“I’m glad to see the governor move today to reopen our parks and golf courses,” said Oroho. “States in our region have shown that you can reopen these venues safely with social distancing guidelines in place and we can now join them. I hope as industries share plans with the governor on how they can protect consumers and employees while getting back to work, that the governor continues to demonstrate trust in them. Our economy desperately needs businesses to get back on their feet and our residents need to return to some sense of normalcy.”

The three lawmakers called on Murphy to open state and county parks on April 8.

“I have heard endlessly from people who have wanted to enjoy the land they pay taxes to enjoy,” said Wirths. “I am happy that parks, forests and golf courses will reopen. It will be a boon to mental and physical health and should save many jobs that were at risk of being lost for good.”

“Public parks and recreation are incredibly important and should be open,” said Space. “Hopefully this will lead to more things opening up and other unnecessary restrictions being reversed. This will help businesses and the people they employ. Hopefully that logic extends to Governor Murphy’s other actions that are creating more harm than good.”

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Senate Republicans: Reopening Parks a Reasonable Step, Many Businesses Ready to Reopen Too

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The Senate Republican leadership team said Governor Phil Murphy’s announcement that State and county parks and golf courses will be allowed to reopen is a reasonable step and that many businesses are also ready to resume operations once restrictions are lifted:

The Senate Republican leadership team said Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement that State and county parks and golf courses will be allowed to reopen is a reasonable step and that many businesses are also ready to resume operations once restrictions are lifted. (SenateNJ.com)

“Over the last few weeks, we have witnessed with awe and pride an amazing transformation in the attitudes and practices of individual New Jerseyans as they adopted necessary social distancing and personal protective measures that just months ago would have been unthinkable.

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Oroho: Governor Should Have More Faith in NJ Businesses that Have Plans to Reopen Safely

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Senator Steven Oroho said Governor Phil Murphy should have more faith in the tens of thousands of businesses across New Jersey that already have detailed plans that would allow them to reopen safely.

Sen. Steven Oroho said Gov. Phil Murphy should have more faith in the tens of thousands of businesses across New Jersey that already have detailed plans that would allow them to reopen safely. (©iStock)

“While Governor Murphy offered only a vague outline for reopening New Jersey’s economy with no real plan, tens of thousands of businesses are ready to open safely today if given the opportunity,” said Senator Steven Oroho (R-24). “Since businesses were forced to close in March, many have been developing and perfecting plans to get back to work in a manner that is safe for their customers and employees. Just as grocery stores and pharmacies demonstrated their ability to adapt quickly to new public health requirements, we should trust that other businesses are no less capable of operating responsibly.”

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