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
Senator Michael Testa

O’Scanlon & Testa Urge Governor, Legislative Leaders to Call Special Session to Approve Business Aid Package

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) and Senator Michael Testa (R-1) sent a letter (click here for PDF) today to Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin urging for a special session of the Legislature to be convened to adopt an emergency aid package for small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Sen. Michael Testa sent a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin urging a special legislative session to adopt an emergency aid package for small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. (Pixabay)

The senators, both members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, sponsor S-3210, which appropriates $300 million of the CARES Act relief funds received by the State to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to provide financial support, such as loans or grants, to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations for the costs associated with business operation interruptions caused by any State-required closures due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their letter follows this weekend’s call by Republican legislative leaders for a special session to consider the measure.

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O’Scanlon Votes ‘No’ on Bill that Would Establish Legal Adult Use Marijuana Sales

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Says Legislation Does Not Respect the Will of the Voters nor Government Transparency

Last evening, Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) vehemently voted “No” in the Senate Budget Committee session on the enabling legislation for the adult use marijuana marketplace.

Senator O’Scanlon voted ‘no’ on the enabling legislation for the adult use marijuana marketplace, stating the bill does not deliver what the voters approved earlier this month. (Pixabay)

“To the more than 67 percent of voters that recently voted yes to legalize adult use marijuana, I hear you, and I am fighting to honor your wishes. The bill before our committee yesterday does not do that,” O’Scanlon said. “We were still getting substantive amendments as we began the hearing – interpretation is all we have.”

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O’Scanlon-Sweeney-Greenstein Bill Would Ensure Right to Display American Flag Over NJ Highways

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Acting to ensure the right to display the American flag over the highway overpasses on the New Jersey Turnpike and roadways operated by the South Jersey Transportation Authority, the Senate today unanimously approved a bill, sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Senator Linda Greenstein, that would exempt the displays from the rules prohibiting the practice.

The Senate unanimously approved a Sens. O’Scanlon, Sweeney & Greenstein bill that would ensure the right to display the American flag over New Jersey highways. (Wikimedia Commons)

“It started after 9/11….but who doesn’t still smile with pride when they see our flags flying on bridges throughout New Jersey? Old Glory should be allowed to fly high above the Turnpike without the risk of removal,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “This measure will protect our residents’ patriotic rights to display the red, white, and blue for commuters and travelers on New Jersey’s busy highways. Together, we can keep this symbol of freedom and democracy flying proudly and secured on the Garden State’s bypasses and bridges.”
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O’Scanlon: NJ Should Participate in NH’s Lawsuit Against MA Over Taxation of Remote Workers

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon said New Jersey would be wise to consider filing amicus briefs in support of New Hampshire’s lawsuit against Massachusetts to end the taxation of remote workers who no longer commute across state lines to the Bay State.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said New Jersey would be wise to consider filing amicus briefs in support of New Hampshire’s lawsuit against Massachusetts to end the taxation of remote workers who no longer commuter across state lines to the Bay State. (Pixabay)

“New Hampshire is well justified in challenging the unfair taxation of its residents’ income by Massachusetts now that many former commuters to the Bay State are working remotely from home,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “New Jersey faces the same issue with our neighbor across the Hudson, only on a much larger scale.”

The Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee advanced legislation today that requires the State Treasurer to examine and report upon New York’s taxation of New Jersey residents’ income.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado and O’Scanlon: Shut Down the Scandal-Ridden SDA

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Amid new allegations of nepotism and cronyism, Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Declan O’Scanlon called for the closure of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA).

Amid new allegations of nepotism and cronyism, Sen. Kristin Corrado and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called for the closure of the New Jersey SDA. (SenateNJ.com)

“To quote Ronald Reagan, ‘a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.’” said Corrado (R-40). “After news of this latest scandal and subsequent lawsuit, the School Development Authority is past the point of no return. I stand with Senate President Sweeney and call for the termination of this corrupt entity that has demonstrated its existence achieves more harm than good.”

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O’Scanlon-Sweeney Bill Would Ensure Right to Display American Flag Over NJ Highways

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Acting to ensure the right to display the American flag over the highway overpasses on the New Jersey Turnpike and roadways operated by the South Jersey Transportation Authority, the Senate Transportation Committee this week approved a bill sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senate President Steve Sweeney that would exempt the displays from the rules prohibiting the practice.

Senator O’Scanlon’s bill, approved by the Senate Transportation Committee this week, would ensure the right to display the American flag over highway overpasses. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Who doesn’t smile and feel a sense of pride when we see these displays? The flag of the United States is the most recognized emblem of democracy in the world, symbolizing our freedoms and our contributions on behalf of those across the globe,” said Senator O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “This bill will protect our residents’ patriotic rights to display the red, white and blue for commuters and travelers on New Jersey’s busy highways. Our flag shall again fly proud and secured on bypasses and bridges without risk of removal by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.”

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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 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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