New Jersey's 13th Legislative District

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

  • Senator Declan O’Scanlon took the oath of office on January 9, 2018 to become the new senator of the 13th Legislative District. (Facebook)

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Prominent Restaurants on Precipice

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Open 66 Percent Dining Before too Late

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) emphasized their previous call for an immediate increase for indoor dining capacity to 66 percent following yet another desperate message from a prominent restaurant owner who indicated they might close very soon without a substantial indoor dining increase.

Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso said restaurants are hurting and if Murphy doesn’t immediately increase the indoor dining capacity to a minimum of 66 percent, the results could be devastating to the entire industry. (Pixabay)

“It was absolutely stunning to me when I got this message from this restaurateur. This is a prominent restaurateur, his family and restaurant are beloved throughout Monmouth County. This is the last restaurant I’d expect to hear this from. If this individual is this close to the precipice we are in danger of losing them all,” said O’Scanlon. “This is a direct text and if this individual does pull the trigger it will be a shock to Monmouth County and to the State industry.”

    “Sorry to bother you I know you’re a busy man but I was wondering if there has been any word on Murphy raising the indoor dining percentage from 25% to your proposed 66% because if that doesn’t happen sooner than later I’m going to have to throw the towel in  it’s just not enough to keep the doors open  and I would like to give my staff ample notice. I mean looks like we may have this week on our side but that’s probably it. Unfortunately I cannot put outdoor heaters under our canopy due to the obvious fire hazard and after September 30 the road closure which allowed us to put tables out in the street ends… lmk thanks”

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

Senate Republican Budget Committee Members Pan Murphy’s Wasteful, Tax-Raising, Bait & Switch Spending Plan

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee panned Governor Phil Murphy’s wasteful, tax-raising, bait and switch spending plan prior to a committee vote on the proposal:

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee panned Gov. Phil Murphy’s wasteful, tax-raising, bait and switch spending plan. (Pixabay)

Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24):

“During this unique crisis that has caused so much pain for our families and economy, New Jersey deserved for its leaders to work together in a transparent, collaborative, and bipartisan process that welcomed public input into how we could help the state recover through this budget,” said Oroho. “Instead, we had a superficial hearing process that didn’t even have an outline of a budget to review, the public was excluded, and the details were negotiated in a private, partisan manner that could not have been more opaque. It’s disappointing that backroom Trenton politics has won out once again.”

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Statements from Senate Republican Budget Committee Members on Democrats’ Tax Deal

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The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee issued the following statements in response to a tax deal announced by Governor Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders today.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee responded to a tax deal announced by Governor Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders. (Pixabay)

Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24):

“Year after year, IRS data shows that New Jersey continues to lose significantly more taxable income from high wage earners leaving the state than it gains from those who are moving in from elsewhere. The Democrats’ tax deal will accelerate that trend, make our State’s finances more unstable, and ultimately drive taxes higher for everyone. While the tax deal may seem like good progressive politics for Democrats with their elections on the horizon, it’s a bad economic move that will only dig the Garden State into a deeper financial hole over the long run. Harmful schemes like this have been happening for years, but the Democrats keep pulling the wool over people’s eyes. They still have done nothing to enact structural reforms that would lower costs for taxpayers.”

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O’Scanlon Decries Murphy ‘Timidity Tax’ on NJ Economy

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Calls for Governor to Raise Indoor Dining Limit to 66% of Capacity Immediately

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today called for Governor Murphy to increase the capacity limit on indoor dining to 66% immediately in advance of weather inhospitable to outdoor dining.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called for Gov. Murphy to immediately increase the capacity limit on indoor dining to 66% in advance of weather inhospitable to outdoor dining. (Pixabay)

“We’ve been months behind surrounding states reopening indoor dining and our economy has suffered greatly for it,” said O’Scanlon. “At this point, we are facing our first ‘colder’ weekend with only 25% indoor dining allowed. The Governor said it would be 10 days before they could determine the impact from our Labor Day weekend reopening. Well, here we are twelve days later and no significant increase in cases or RT. We need to go to 66% indoor dining immediately. Without doing so we’ll just see yet another weekend pass – this one with chilly weather – and dozens of businesses fall victim to the Governor’s Timidity Tax.”

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O’Scanlon: Assembly’s Health Department Budget Hearing Raised More Questions Than It Answered

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Says Commissioner Persichilli Must Appear Before Senate Budget Committee

Senator Declan O’Scanlon said the appearance of the Department of Health before the Assembly Budget Committee was a facade, noting the commissioner didn’t answer some very simple questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic is being managed.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said the appearance of the Department of Health before the Assembly Budget Committee was a facade, noting the commissioner didn’t answer some very simple questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic is being managed. (©iStock)

“Commissioner Persichilli couldn’t even give a clear answer about what metrics are being used to make critical decisions that impact people’s lives and livelihoods,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “Right now, how Governor Murphy is using public health indicators to guide reopenings remains top secret. That’s unacceptable. New Jersey residents deserve to know what the secret formula is that’s controlling their lives, if there even is a real formula.

“What we know for sure, is that the Governor’s seemingly random, slow-roll reopening continues to be the most draconian in the Northeast. Virtually every other state is way ahead of us in opening restaurants – at 50% to 100% – with no apparent negative health impact. These policies are destroying thousands of business and tens of thousands of jobs.

“From the sound of the Commissioner’s evasive answer as to metrics, it appears we’re being guided by someone’s gut feeling on these destructive fronts. The Governor should fire whoever’s gut is telling to him to devastate so much of our economy and simply follow the wise policies and decisions of those competently running the rest of the states in the Northeast!”

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O’Scanlon: Suicide is the ‘Other’ Epidemic that Needs a Hard Look

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Praises Health Committee for Advancing Legislation to Create a Central Council to Examine Scope of Problem in N.J.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon is advocating for the swift passage of his legislation aimed at studying and reducing suicides in New Jersey.

Senator O’Scanlon’s legislation that would strengthen the state’s capability to study, analyze and prevent suicide was advanced today by the Senate Health Committee. (Flickr)

“New Jersey loses nearly 800 people a year to suicide,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “Suicide is a tragedy, but the scattershot way the state deals with suicide monitoring and prevention is a tragedy itself.  For decades the bureaucracy dealing with suicide treatment and prevention has grown and split and morphed into a veritable mess of silos, none of which effectively communicate with each other. The time to change this system is now.”

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O’Scanlon Challenges Governor to ‘Go Wait in Line to Register a Vehicle,’ Then See How Fast He Signs Legislation Languishing On His Desk

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While long lines and excruciating wait times remain the norm at Motor Vehicle Commission facilities across the state, Governor Murphy continues to delay enacting legislation that would help ease the congestion.

Since reopening after a three-month closure, long lines have been a fixture at MVC facilities, and Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso are calling on the Governor to sign two bills that will provide relief for residents. (SenateNJ.com)

Today, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso called on the Governor to stop dragging his feet and sign a pair of bipartisan bills that cleared the Legislature with unanimous support to provide badly needed relief.

“This is really indefensible,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “First, that the Governor inexplicably has permitted the nightmare debacle that has become the MVC to continue to occur, and second that the Governor has ignored, for weeks, these common sense reforms that sit on his desk awaiting his signature.  These are practical measures that both the Senate and Assembly endorsed on August 27 and forwarded to the Governor’s desk.

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republicans Propose Balanced Budget Without Murphy’s Billions in Borrowing & Tax Increases

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Evidence Mounting State Revenues Performing Better than Administration Will Admit

The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee offered a path to a balanced State Budget for 2021 that does not rely on the billions of dollars of borrowing and tax increases proposed by Governor Phil Murphy.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee offered a path to a balanced State Budget for 2021 that does not rely on the billions of dollars of borrowing and tax increases proposed by Gov. Phil Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

The Republican plan was proposed in a letter (click here for PDF) to the majority Senate Democrats from 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).

“The Murphy Administration has done everything possible to avoid being transparent with legislators and the public about the true state of the State’s finances,” said Oroho. “Despite the doomsday picture that’s being painted to engender support for the governor’s plan to tax and borrow billions, we have mounting evidence that State revenues are performing much better than the administration will admit. Based on the improving trends reported by nonpartisan budget analysts, we have put forward a fiscally responsible plan to balance the State budget without the harmful and expensive gimmicks proposed by the governor.”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso Call American Flag Removal ‘Unacceptable’

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Request Legislation to Stop Turnpike Authority’s Unpatriotic Mandate

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) today condemned the misguided removal of American flags by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) from highway overpasses and moved forward with legislation to unequivocally allow them to be flown.

Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso will sponsor legislation ensuring American flags may be displayed when attached to highway overpasses or any other state-owned property as long as they are safely secured and respectfully maintained. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We are deeply saddened to learn that the Turnpike Authority would choose to remove dozens of American flags under the guise of a regulation for advertising material — it is unpatriotic and completely unacceptable,” said O’Scanlon. “While the NJTA claims they are unable to monitor all of the flags affixed to bridges, we clearly have a massive group of private citizens, veterans and police officers dedicated to ensuring that those flags are safely and securely hung, and respectfully maintained. This is an instance where government oversight obviously is not needed. We have requested legislation to undo this arbitrary, unnecessary, offensively unpatriotic action immediately.”

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O’Scanlon Slams Gov’s Hypocrisy on Indoor Smoking at Casinos

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today slammed the administration for allowing small businesses to languish for months but illogically calling for smoking indoors at casinos during the pandemic.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon slammed the administration for allowing small businesses to languish for months but illogically calling for smoking indoors at casinos during the pandemic. (Pixabay)

“The administration is consistently hiding behind emergency powers lately until they apparently need to do a favor for…who the hell knows,” said O’Scanlon. “When the Governor relaxed the rules for eating indoors he also says that now you can smoke indoors at a casino. I don’t care what anyone thinks about smoking indoors at casinos in normal times–whatever your position might be–but the idea that the Governor would allow this NOW during a pandemic is ludicrous.”

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