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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

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

Republican Budget Members: Health Commissioner Continues to Dodge Questions, Refuses to Repeal Outdated Policies

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee said repeated claims by New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli at a budget hearing that the Murphy administration has been transparent about pandemic response are demonstrably false. Further, they expressed shock that she refuses to admit that clearly outdated policies should be repealed to aid in New Jersey’s recovery

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli has not been transparent during the pandemic or at today’s budget hearing, and they expressed shock that she refuses to admit that clearly outdated policies should be repealed. (SenateNJ.com)

“Mourning families, concerned legislators, and investigative journalists have all bemoaned the wall of secrecy that has been put up by the Murphy administration and the Department of Health about tragic policy decisions that led to the massive loss of life in our nursing homes,” said Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “Commissioner Persichilli cannot claim to have been transparent when her department has systematically denied public records requests and she has refused invitations to testify before legislators and the public.”

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O’Scanlon Calls Latest MVC Closure ‘Outrageous’

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today criticized the Murphy administration following news that the Eatontown Motor Vehicle Commission would be closed for two weeks after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon said the Murphy Administration is relying on outdated, unnecessary policies when the Motor Vehicle Commission closes a facility for two weeks or longer after an employee tests positive for COVID. (WikiMedia Commons)

“The fact that we are still somehow closing MVC locations for two weeks for quarantining and ‘deep cleaning’ after one employee tests positive is absolutely outrageous,” said O’Scanlon. “Nowhere is still observing such heavy-handed, unscientific policies . . . not Home Depot, not supermarkets, not car dealerships, not doctors’ offices, not restaurants . . . no one. And none of these entities is suffering any ill health impact.

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O’Scanlon to Murphy: STOP THE INSANITY!

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Administration Needs to Get as Good at Rescinding EO’s, Rules, & Restrictions as it was Issuing Them!  Unworkable, Complicated, Outdated Pool Opening Mandates are Flaming Examples

Concerns About COVID Liability & Rule Conformance Could Keep Everybody Out of the Pools

Senator Declan O’Scanlon today called on the Murphy administration to end the confusion and fear that is preventing homeowner associations and residential communities from opening public pools.

As the summer season approaches, Senator Declan O’Scanlon called on the Murphy administration to end the confusion and fear that is preventing homeowner associations and residential communities from opening public pools. (Pixabay)

“In order to conform to the PRB you have to submit your AFP and CPOPP to the LHA. No idea what the hell all that stands for?!? Welcome to the labyrinthine, Rube Goldberg world of operating a pool in New Jersey! Once you slog through the 48 pages of executive orders that apparently somehow apply, you then have to deal with the 11 pages of the NJCP&ARF standards (New Jersey COVID-19 Pools and Aquatic Recreation Facility Standards). Those pages contain more than 100 paragraphs, items and bullet points.

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Bucco/O’Scanlon Bill Protecting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Advances

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Allows Voluntary Designation on Drivers’ License Indicating ASD or Communication Disability

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Declan O’Scanlon that would allow individuals diagnosed with a communication disability or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to indicate the status on their driver’s license or identification card was approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Declan O’Scanlon sponsor legislation that would help law enforcement and first responders interact with an individual with a communication disability or an autism spectrum disorder. (Flickr)

The bill will help law enforcement and first responders interact with those with conditions that can make them difficult to understand or appear to be uncooperative.

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O’Scanlon Applauds State’s Finally Seeing Light … and Easing COVID Restrictions

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Says it Should Have Happened Sooner, but ‘We’ll Take It’

New Jersey residents will be able to sip a drink at the bar for the first time in almost 14 months on Friday, and Governor Murphy announced plans to further relax COVID restrictions on indoor dining and outdoor events on May 19.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon welcomed Governor Murphy’s plans to lift restrictions on businesses later this month, but said the data supported easing the pressures on the economy weeks ago. (Pixabay)

“This isn’t perfect. Our finally catching up with our surrounding states is later than it had to be, but it is good news for our state’s businesses and residents as the summer season approaches,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon. “This is what we were hoping to hear with Murphy’s ‘big announcement’ last Monday, but we’re happy and relieved it is finally happening now.”

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O’Scanlon: Governor Needs To Open New Jersey. Demoralizing Teasing of Incremental, “Baby-Step” Restriction Lifting Must End….EO Restrictions ‘Hopelessly Indecipherable’

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today criticized the Murphy administration’s failure to provide a date of total reopening and perpetuation of convoluted and draconian series of COVID-19 executive orders, calling for their immediate elimination and the opening of the state.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon today criticized the Murphy administration’s failure to provide a date of total reopening and perpetuation of convoluted and draconian series of COVID-19 executive orders, calling for their immediate elimination and the opening of the state. (©iStock)

“While other states, as well as New York City, announce dates of total reopening, the people of NJ are left in limbo…and wading through continued compliance with myriad of outdated rules & restrictions which are complicated at best and hopelessly indecipherable at worst,” said O’Scanlon. “As I’ve consistently stated from the start, the administration has needlessly micro-managed and over-complicated Covid guidance, restrictions and mandates. It has dragged its feet, contrary to science and facts on the ground as well as other states’ experiences opening faster with no negative health impact, but with positive economic impacts. It’s time for an end to this madness. Connecticut has given hard target dates in May to fully reopen. Just this morning Mayor De Blasio set July 1st for New York City to fully lift restrictions and fully reopen. Yet our Governor clings to a belief that continuing to demoralize us with continued foot-dragging & talk of baby steps is somehow the right path. No, it’s not.”

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O’Scanlon: Murphy Administration COVID Predictions Prove, Once Again, that the Administration Should Stop Making Predictions, Stop Making Policies Based on Those Projections … Start Following Those with Better Records

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon pointed to the Murphy Administration’s dismal COVID case and hospitalization prediction record and called on the Governor to cease making predictions that prove to be consistently, wildly pessimistic.

Noting the Governor’s dismal record of overestimating the spread and severity of COVID, Senator Declan O’Scanlon said Murphy should stop trying to frighten residents into compliance with his edicts. (Pixabay)

“The Administration’s record on predictions has been dismal. Either the administration’s prognosticators are incompetent, or they’re purposefully, consistently and wildly overestimating case rates to scare people into compliance with continued restrictions. Either way, they need to stop. Incompetence doesn’t instill confidence, and none of us needs to be terrified into compliance. We get it already.”

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O’Scanlon: It is WAY Past Time for Murphy to Realize We Don’t Have to Live in Fear

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Calls for Timeline for Lifting COVID Restrictions on Events, Businesses

Organizers of the huge Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival are hard at work selling tickets for the first weekend in June, while promoters of other similar events are stuck in a holding pattern waiting for Governor Murphy to relax restrictions. The beer fest is supported by two state-affiliated agencies – the New Jersey Lottery and Meet AC, which is funded by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

As vaccinations continue across the state and COVID cases decline, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called on Murphy to follow the example of other governors and announce a timeline for lifting COVID restrictions. (SenateNJ.com)

“What do they know that we don’t know? What isn’t Murphy sharing with the rest of us?” asked Senator Declan O’Scanlon. “Hundreds of event planners remain in a Murphy-induced state of limbo while this event, a partially state-sponsored event, is selling maybe thousands of tickets. If they are doing it without any guidance from the state, that’s a hell of a risk given the slow-roll, business-devastating attitude the administration has taken over the last year.  Event planners are dying – and dying for even the slightest hint that the Governor will hope to permit these events to take place.”

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O’Scanlon Congratulates VNA Community Health Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering for Cooperating to Vaccinate Cancer Patients in New Jersey

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Holmdel, NJ (April 15, 2021) – New Jersey state Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Jr. (R-Monmouth) today expressed his delight at the news that VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Center (VNACJ-CHC) and Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) are collaborating to vaccinate New Jersey cancer patients against COVID-19.

After learning that Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer patients were having a hard time getting vaccines, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon helped arrange to have shots administered by VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Center. (Pixabay)

“Great things happen when good people work together to solve a problem in the spirit of service and cooperation,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “For the patients of Memorial Sloan Kettering, the threat of COVID-19 is a life threatening problem. I commend the leadership and employees of both organizations for creating a solution that makes the vaccine available to cancer patients in a timely and efficient manner.”

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Members Outline Responsible Plan for $6.5 Billion of ARP Federal Relief Funds

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee outlined a proposed framework for the State of New Jersey to responsibly utilize $6.5 billion in new federal relief funds with legislative approval.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee outlined a proposed framework for the State of New Jersey to responsibly utilize $6.5 billion in new federal relief funds with legislative approval. (Pixabay)

With more than $3 billion of the funds to be received by the State in the next 30 days, the legislators challenged the Murphy Administration and Democratic legislative majorities to propose their own plans, debate them publicly, and appropriate the funds in a transparent and open process that gives the public a chance to be heard.

“The Murphy Administration dropped the ball in its handling of the $2.4 billion of CARES Act funds that came to New Jersey last April,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13). “He sat on the money for months and then used it to pay for ordinary government expenses rather than helping people. With another $6.5 billion in federal relief coming to New Jersey, we can’t afford to let him make the same mistake on an even bigger scale. Our plan is the first step in reasserting the Legislature and public into the appropriations process.”

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