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Senator Steven Oroho

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Oroho: Why Is Murphy Opposed to Making Government More Efficient & Affordable?

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Governor Vetoes Bipartisan Bill Establishing “Government Efficiency and Regulatory Review Commission”

Senator Steven Oroho questioned why Governor Phil Murphy would veto bipartisan legislation (A-4810/S-441) designed to reduce bureaucratic red tape, improve government efficiency, and produce savings for taxpayers.

Sen. Steven Oroho questioned why Gov. Phil Murphy would veto bipartisan legislation designed to reduce bureaucratic red tape, improve government efficiency, and produce savings for taxpayers. (©iStock)

“Why is Governor Murphy opposed to making government more efficient and affordable?” Oroho (R-24) asked. “By vetoing this legislation, he’s essentially saying there’s no problem with excessive bureaucracy in New Jersey or government being too expensive. If he took the time to speak to actual taxpayers or anyone trying to do business in the state, he’d realize he’s dead wrong.”

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Oroho Bill Signed by Governor Will Help Build a Better New Jersey for Less Taxpayer Money

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that will save taxpayer money on public construction projects was signed today by Governor Murphy.

Governor Murphy signed legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that will allow more efficient design-build contracts to help complete projects sooner and at lower costs, saving taxpayer money on public construction projects. (Pixabay)

The bill, A-1285, establishes procedures for awarding more efficient design-build contracts that will help complete projects sooner and at lower costs.

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Oroho Measure Establishing Online Permit Processing Review System Signed by Governor

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that would modernize the complex construction permitting and inspection process was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho that would modernize the complex construction permitting and inspection process was signed into law by Gov. Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

Oroho’s bill, A-1145/S-1739, establishes the Electronic Permit Processing Review System, a digital solution that would be available around the clock to accept requests and provide details about projects.

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Senator Michael Testa
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Oroho/Testa Introduce Bill to Strip Murphy of Power to Spend Federal Relief Funds Unilaterally

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) and Senator Michael Testa (R-1) have introduced legislation to strip Governor Phil Murphy of the power to spend billions in federal stimulus and relief funds without legislative approval.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Sen. Michael Testa have introduced a bill to strip Gov. Phil Murphy of the power to spend billions in federal stimulus and relief funds without legislative approval. (Pixabay)

“Over the past year, we’ve learned why it’s so dangerous to give Governor Murphy, or any governor, the power to spend billions of dollars without legislative approval,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “Absent direct oversight, the governor has misused the authority entrusted to him through the budget to spend federal relief funds for the good of the state. He withheld billions in CARES Act funds from people who were desperate for help and diverted aid to subsidize his administration’s payroll instead of delivering relief. It’s clear the Legislature must reassert itself as the co-equal branch of government responsible for appropriating funds and take the checkbook out of Governor Murphy’s hands.”

The new legislation, S-3712, would eliminate language in the State budget that grants the executive branch the unilateral authority to appropriate any “emergency disaster aid” and “economic stimulus” funds the State receives from the federal government during the fiscal year.

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Oroho: Murphy’s “Major” Reopening Announcement Falls Short

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Senator Steven Oroho said a “major” reopening announcement that was teased over the weekend by Governor Phil Murphy fell short once the details were revealed today.

Sen. Steven Oroho said a ‘major’ reopening announcement that that was teased over the weekend by Gov. Phil Murphy fell short once the details were revealed. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy doesn’t seem to understand that people are sick and tired of ‘reopening’ announcements that don’t include an actual reopening,” said Oroho (R-24). “There’s nothing ‘major’ about being meek, especially when other states across the nation have rescinded their limits in full and are getting back to living.”

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Oroho Bill Allocating $10 Million to Local Food Banks Signed into Law

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that would appropriate $10 million in federal funds to support New Jersey food banks was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho that would appropriate $10 million in federal funds to support food banks was signed into law today by Gov. Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am pleased that this legislation was signed today. Each day, so many New Jersey families struggle to put food on the table, and unfortunately, the pandemic has only exacerbated this problem,” said Oroho (R-24). “The hunger crisis has led even more families to depend on food banks for their survival, and we need to do whatever we can to ensure those organizations can continue to support individuals and families in need.”

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Oroho: Murphy Should Listen to Businesses Trying to Drive NJ’s Economic Recovery

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Senator Steven Oroho said Governor Phil Murphy should start listening to the concerns and recommendations of the New Jersey business community as it attempts to drive the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Steven Oroho said Gov. Phil Murphy should start listening to the concerns and recommendations of the New Jersey business community as it attempts to drive the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. (©iStock)

“Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve joined the business community in urging Governor Murphy to be transparent about his decision-making process to make it possible for the small businesses, Main Street shops, and industries that employ millions of New Jerseyans to lead our economic recovery,” said Oroho (R-24). “If New Jersey is to minimize the amount of harm to our working families as we head towards reopening, the governor needs to start listening to the serious concerns raised by their employers.”

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Senator Michael Testa
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Testa & Oroho Blast Murphy for Taking Shot at Legal Gun Owners

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In response to broad-reaching gun control measures announced today by Governor Murphy, Senator Michael Testa and Senator Steve Oroho said the agenda is a smoke screen that fails to address violent crime in the state and instead targets the rights of law-abiding residents to legally own firearms.

Sen. Michael Testa and Sen. Steve Oroho criticized Gov. Murphy’s new gun agenda as an assault on the rights of hunters and legal gun owners. (SenateNJ.com)

Murphy’s proposals include prohibiting the purchase of rifles and shotguns by those younger than 21 years old, and requiring out-of-state gun-owners moving into the New Jersey to obtain firearm purchaser IDs and register guns.

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Oroho to Murphy: Failure to Open Adult Day Care Programs is Harming NJ’s Most Vulnerable Residents

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The lack of access to full adult day care programs is taking a growing toll on thousands of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and today Senator Steve Oroho called on the Governor to authorize the reopening of facilities statewide, including congregate day programs.

Senator Steve Oroho called on Governor Murphy to authorize the reopening of adult day care facilities statewide, including congregate day programs. (SenateNJ.com)

“The young men and women who rely on these programs in their everyday lives have suffered greatly during the pandemic,” said Oroho. “The inability to participate in comfortable, calming activities and to interact daily with others in a productive environment has done unimaginable harm to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The sooner we can open these vital facilities, the better. I hope the Governor understands how important this is.”

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Statement from Oroho, Space, & Wirths on Biden’s Gun Control Proposals & Nominee to Be Head of the ATF

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) issued the following statement in response to President Joe Biden’s press conference on gun control proposals and announcing his nominee to be the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms:

Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths blasted President Joe Biden’s gun control proposals and denounced his nomination for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. (Wikipedia Commons)

“We believe that President Biden overstepped his executive authority and the Second Amendment with his gun control proposals.  We are hopeful that Republican Attorneys General across the country will bring legal action against the administration.  As we have fought the Murphy Administration’s and Democrat legislative leadership’s gun control proposals in New Jersey, we will oppose the President and Congressional Democrats on their gun control schemes.

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