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Gopal abstains on $10 billion borrowing bill – O’Scanlon sues to halt the borrowing

Senator O’Scanlon putting Assemblywoman DiMaso and Senator Gopal to sleep. 2018 photo by John Ward courtesy of RedBankGreen

Senator Vin Gopal did not vote on the controversial bill passed and signed into law yesterday that allows Governor Phil Murphy and four Democrat legislators to borrow up to $9.9 billion without voter approval.

New Jersey’s Constitution requires voters to approve state government debt. New Jersey’s Courts, and therefore its Democrat legislators and Governors, treat the Constitution as book of aphorisms.

UPDATED with Senator Gopal’s statement:

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 17th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , | 8 Comments »

O’Scanlon: Murphy’s Emergency Powers Need To Be Curtailed

Senator Declan O’Scanlon

By Senator Declan O’Scanlon

“Today, I signed onto a resolution that just strikes me as peculiar. Peculiar in the sense that I never would have imagined the need for this to exist in a democracy. SCR-117 is intended to curtail the Governor’s power to issue emergency executive orders without reapproval by the legislature every 15 days. It’s a proposed constitutional amendment that if passed, would create a ballot question potentially altering our State’s constitution and let the public decide whether a Governor needs to have their power more frequently checked by the Legislature.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 16th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

O’Scanlon will dine at 30 restaurants in 30 days

Senator Declan O’Scanlon placing his order at Sissy’s in Atlantic Highlands

State Senator hopes to avoid gaining 30 pounds

Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Jr. announced today that he is celebrating the reopening of New Jersey’s restaurants with by patronizing 30 Monmouth County eateries in 30 days.

O’Scanlon launched his tour this morning at Sissy’s at the Harbor in Atlantic Highlands.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 15th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

O’Scanlon: Local Governments ‘Defying’ Murphy have Higher Obligation to Residents

Senator Declan O’Scanlon

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) said today that local governments have a right and obligation not to turn on the residents they are sworn to serve, at the behest of a higher level of government.

Speaking about Asbury Park’s resolution passed on Wednesday allowing the City’s restaurants to open for indoor dining on June 15, in defiance of Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 152, O’Scanlon said:

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 11th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

O’Scanlon’s Framework For Health, Liberty and Prosperity in a COVID-19 Impacted New Jersey

Senator Declan O’Scanlon followed his call for insurrection by moon gazing with a serious framework for New Jersey to contain COVID-19 while unleashing our economic engines.

Sen Declan O’Scanlon and Governor Phil Murphy discuss the micro management of sports betting at Monmouth Park, January 2019

By Senator Declan O’Scanlon

Under the leadership of Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey residents have responded remarkably well given the unprecedented and deadly invisible enemy we have faced.  We have flattened the curve and reversed the trends of COVID-19. We have changed our behavior, likely forever.  I credit the Governor with making some tough calls and sympathize with the difficulty of challenges he’s faced, and will face going forward.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 12th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, Economy, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

O’Scanlon: Let’s open the Shore before Memorial Day

By Senator Declan O’Scanlon

“We waited,” Gov. Phil Murphy said, “because we wanted to get it right.”Governor Murphy said that in response to a question about whether he waited too long to call for our state lockdown.

Sometimes hesitating to “get it right” is wise. Other times it’s the hesitation itself that dooms one to failure. Now Governor Murphy faces a similar test of judgment regarding opening our state back up and potentially saving, or killing our economy.

We faced several major health threats in the last century – Spanish Flu of 1918 and Hong Kong flu in ‘68. But if you ask people today to name t… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 4th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, Jersey Shore, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on O’Scanlon: Let’s open the Shore before Memorial Day

O’Scanlon: Time for NJ to reclaim its manufacturing -pharmaceutical industry leadership role

Senator Declan O’Scanlon today called on the Legislature and Governor’s office to coordinate efforts to spearhead a rebirth of New Jersey’s once world-leading manufacturing and pharmaceutical research and production industries.

“The time is right now for New Jersey to be planning to take a lead role in re-domesticating these critical industries” said Senator O’Scanlon. “We still have the educated workforce, we still have incredible research universities, we still have the capital and investment resources and we still have the foundation of industrial knowledge and capability that made New Jersey the pharmaceutical and industrial capital of the world last century.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: April 14th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, Health Care, New Jersey, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Freehold company is disinfecting emergency vehicles for free

American Restoration technicians disinfecting a Hazlet Police Vehicle

All American Restoration, a Freehold based mold remediation and environmental cleanup company, is using its science and technology to keep Monmouth County first responders safe from COVID-19.

Last weekend the the company disinfected police cars and ambulances in Red Bank, Little Silver and Hazlet, in an effort to prevent first responders from being infected by the corona virus via surface transfer in their vehicles.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: April 8th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Freehold company is disinfecting emergency vehicles for free

COVID-19 News from Senator Declan O’Scanlon

Senator Declan O’Scanlon

As New Jersey continues under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus, please know that my district office remains available to serve constituents by phone and email. Included below are links to information that you may find helpful, along with important state and national news updates related to COVID-19.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: April 1st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, LD 13, New Jersey, Press Release | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on COVID-19 News from Senator Declan O’Scanlon

O’Scanlon Legislation Would Increase Penalties For Domestic Violence During A State Of Emergency

Senator Declan O’Scanlon

Senator Declan O’Scanlon is introducing legislation that will give prosecutors the discretion to charge individuals suspected of domestic violence the a higher degree crime than the underlying offense if committed during a State of Emergency.

“Unfortunately, with everyone being asked to stay home, we can anticipate an increase in domestic violence situations. There is a special place in hell for anyone who would cause harm to another while being asked to hunker down for the greater good,” said O’Scanlon. “This bill provides that an act of domestic violence or child endangerment committed by a person during a state of emergency may, at the discretion of the prosecutor, be charged one degree higher than the underlying offense.”

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Posted: March 19th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on O’Scanlon Legislation Would Increase Penalties For Domestic Violence During A State Of Emergency