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O’Scanlon, DiMaso and Scharfenberger call for reopening small gift shops in time for Mother’s Day

Middletown Jewelry and Junction Boutique Gift Shop, Belford

Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (R-Monmouth) called on the Murphy administration to allow for a limited reopening of small gift shops and jewelry stores in advance of Mother’s Day.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 5th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on O’Scanlon, DiMaso and Scharfenberger call for reopening small gift shops in time for Mother’s Day

Scharfenberger forgoes legislative salary until his constituents’ unemployment claims are fulfilled

Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger

Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger, PhD, (R-Monmouth) is forgoing his legislative salary until the unemployment insurance claims of his LD-13 constituents are fulfilled.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: April 20th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, LD 13, Legislature, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

NJ Gun Shops are now essential and open by appointment

Gun shops can now open in New Jersey, as an essential service, during the COVID-19 shutdown, Governor Phil Murphy reluctantly announced today.

According to NJ.com, Murphy reversed himself after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security deemed firearms dealers as essential services in a memo released over the weekend.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: March 30th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on NJ Gun Shops are now essential and open by appointment

LD13 Legislators to Murphy: Guns, Cars and Computers are essential

Assembly Members Gerry Scharfenberger, Serena DiMaso and Senator Declan O’Scanlon

District 13 legislators, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assembly Members Serena DiMaso and Gerry Scharfenberger want Governor Murphy to amend the types of businesses allowed to operate during the COVID-19 shutdown to include gun dealers, car dealers and computer repair shops.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: March 25th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 7 Comments »

O’Scanlon: Don’t go to the PNC testing center unless you would be going to a doctor under normal conditions

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and his district mates in LD 13, Assembly Members Serena DiMaso and Gerry Scharfenberger are urging NJ residents not to rush to the PNC Art Center for COVID-19 testing on Monday unless they would be seeking medical treatment under normal circumstances.

“We are happy to see how many entities came together quickly to get this testing site online for Monday, however, we want to prevent the sorts of lines we saw today at Bergen’s testing site and we want to avoid the use of precious resources – testing kits, personal protective equipment, and human resources,” said O’Scanlon. “The lines are likely to be huge, and we have to make sure that the folks we are testing are those that really need it. If you show up without checking the news and verifying that you qualify to be tested, you could wait in line for hours only to be turned away. If you have to exaggerate your symptoms to qualify, don’t do that!” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 20th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on O’Scanlon: Don’t go to the PNC testing center unless you would be going to a doctor under normal conditions

DiMaso and Scharfenberger urge calm and caution in response to COVID-19 outbreak

Assembly Members Serena DiMaso and Gerry Scharfenberger are urging Monmouth County residents to remain calm and to use proper precautions as we deal with the outbreak of  COVID-19 in New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 10th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Scharfenberger’s legislation would ease property taxes

Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger

Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger, PhD has introduced his first bill.

A3284 would mandate that the Energy Receipts Tax, the fees that public utilities pay in lieu of property taxes, be paid directly to the municipalities they are intended for, rather than diverted into the State’s General Fund.

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Posted: March 2nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Scharfenberger: New Jersey needs to learn from history — not tear it down

Statue of Gen. Philip Kearny in U.S. Captitol Hall National Statutory Hall. photo via Architect of the Capitol.

Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (R-13) is not happy that Democrats in the New Jersey Senate passed legislation this week that could lead to replacing the statute of General Philip Kearny in the U.S. Capitol with a marble or bronze likeness of Alice Paul, a 20th century leader of the women’s suffrage movement which led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Kearny’s monument has been in the Capitol since 1888.  Each state has two statues.  The other New Jersey statute is of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the namesake of Stockton University. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 13th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »