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The NJGOP is Actively Encouraging every Municipality and County to Pass a resolution to put Public Safety First

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Trenton NJ, Earlier this year, Governor Phil Murphy’s administration ordered local law enforcement officials to stop cooperating with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents when detaining criminals who are also illegal immigrants.

Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested more than 50 illegal immigrants and issued wanted posters for several more who were intentionally released from prisons under the Governor’s Administration’s directive. Among those released were two men charged with domestic violence and a man arrested for alleged sexual assault on a minor child.

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Katyn Massacre Remembered

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Jersey City NJ, New Jersey GOP State Committeeman from Hudson County, Joshua Sotomayor Einstein spoke at the Katyn Massacre Memorial Service in Jersey City on Saturday at 3pm. The memorial service was held at the Katyn Massacre Memorial Statue in Exchange Place and was well attended by over 200 people. The memorial service, an annual commemoration, was organized by the Katyn Forest Massacre Memorial Committee.

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Call For Tax Cuts, not Incentives

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TRENTON, NJ, The Select Senate Committee on Economic Growth Strategies held a hearing yesterday with a panel of national experts who were largely critical of the Economic Development Authority’s controversial tax incentive program. Assemblyman John DiMaio, the Republican budget officer, echoed the experts’ sentiments that there are better strategies to accomplish the same goals.

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Kazimir & Di Piazza Announce the Hiring of Michael Casey as Field Director

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PARAMUS NJ, As the fall campaign season gets underway, the Assembly campaign of Rochelle Park Mayor Mike Kazimir and Paramus Councilman Chris Di Piazza for New Jersey’s 38th District announce the hiring of Michael Casey as Field Director. Amid strong fundraising and positive polling numbers, the campaign is expanding for the final stretch.

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Police Commended For Foiling Labor Day Plot Against Governor Murphy

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. – Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso commended police following the discovery of explosives near the South Plainfield Labor Day parade route. Out of an abundance of caution and potential threat to the community, the authorities canceled yesterday’s parade.

“I’m proud of the actions taken by New Jersey’s law enforcement yesterday. We are so very fortunate to have the best of the best protecting our communities,” said DiMaso (R-Monmouth). “They dedicate their lives to keeping us safe and their service deserves the highest praise.”

DiMaso also reminded New Jerseyans of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness’ See Something, Say Something campaign, which encourages reporting suspicious activity to authorities by calling 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ.

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NJEA PAC Endorses 59 Candidates in Legislative Contests Including Some Republicans

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Ridgewood NJ, The New Jersey Educations Association’s 125-member political action committee (NJEA PAC) voted to endorse 59 candidates for election to the New Jersey General Assembly in the upcoming November election.

“NJEA members have seen the profound impact that political decisions have on their lives and on the lives of their students,” said NJEA President Marie Blistan. “NJEA members have always been active participants in the political process, because we care about our profession and our students. As the burden of Ch. 78 and the lack of job justice for educational support professionals (ESP) make clear, it is more important than ever that we elect candidates who share our priorities and values.”

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More Calls For Realistic Affordable Housing Reform

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Middletown NJ, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) issued a statement following Middletown’s decision to withdraw from affordable housing negotiations:

“We stand behind Middletown’s decision to pull out of COAH discussions,” said O’Scanlon. “They’re tired of trying to play by the rules for years and years only to be told the hundreds of units they’ve built are never enough, and I completely understand their frustrations. For people to claim Middletown doesn’t want working-class families in their town is completely misguided.”

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Assembly Candidate Calls for NJ Transit Executive Compensation to be Tied to On-time Performance

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East Brunswick NJ, Following the recent announcement that 8 top NJ Transit officials were offered substantial pay increases, while on-time performance remains poor and commuters are going through their third straight “summer of hell”, Assembly candidate Jeffrey Brown called for NJ Transit executive compensation to be tied to the on time percentage of NJ Transit trains.

Specifically, all non-union NJ Transit salaried employees’ base salaries will remain the same, but they will only receive the percentage of their base salary corresponding to the on-time performance (within 6 minutes of scheduled time) of NJ Transit trains.  Based on numbers from June 2019, this would equate to 90% of their salary.

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Long-term care facilities must now submit outbreak response plans thanks to Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi efforts

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TRENTON NJ, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation to require long-term care facilities to develop contagious disease outbreak response plans. Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi has been the driving force in the Legislature calling for reforms following the adenovirus outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation that killed 11 children and sickened 36 last fall. She was the first lawmaker to sponsor legislation after daily discussions with the health commissioner during the outbreak.

“I’ve been in front of this issue since day one and it’s one that hits close to home,” said Schepisi (R-Bergen) who represents Wanaque as a legislator in District 39. “We need to be thorough and meticulous to ensure the right measures are taken to protect our most vulnerable — sick children and the elderly. I believe this bill will help save future lives and I’m relieved it is now law.”

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MIKE GHASSALI, AN AMERICAN DREAM STORY POISED TO BECOME A CONGRESSMAN

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Montvale NJ, New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District appears to many national political observers to be a Democrat lock at this point, given the massive war chest maintained by two-term incumbent Josh Gottheimer, who presents an image of being a moderate. Not far in the past, however, the district was a long-time Republican stronghold, with the seat being held by a very conservative congressman, Scott Garrett, for 14 years until he lost it in 2016 to Gottheimer.

In 2018, Gottheimer retained his seat, defeating his Republican challenger by getting 56% of the vote. Although the vote differential was somewhat sizable, the gap isn’t such that can’t be filled by a Republican with the right message and background. A fresh face with conservative bonafides and considerable, current political experience is the GOP’s best chance to take back this congressional seat, which covers all of Sussex and Warren counties, as well as a substantial portion of Bergen County and a part of Passaic county.

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