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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Prominent Restaurants on Precipice


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)

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.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: September 25th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Hanlon sworn in as VP of State Constitutional Officers Association

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon being sworn in as Vice President of Constitutional Officers Association of NJ

TRENTON, NJ Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon was sworn in as Vice President of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ) on Sept. 24 at the New Jersey State House in Trenton. She was elected Vice President by her peers in the organization which consists of the elected Constitutional Officers of all 21 counties of the State of New Jersey. Clerk Hanlon previously served as Secretary of COANJ.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: September 24th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Hanlon sworn in as VP of State Constitutional Officers Association

Rep. Smith: Signing of peace accords an historic milestone for Middle East


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Congressman Smith at the White House marking the signing of the peace accords

Washington, DC – Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, attended today’s historic signing of the Abraham Peace Accords at the White House with President and Melania Trump, Vice President Pence, Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullatif Bin Rashid Al Zayani of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: September 15th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Donald Trump, Middle East, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Rep. Smith: Signing of peace accords an historic milestone for Middle East

Smith’s early and ongoing support of the USPS

Freehold, N.J.- Rep. Chris Smith, an early and strong advocate of increased appropriations and enhanced safety protocols at the United States Postal Service (USPS), said he will continue to speak out for funding reforms that will “help stabilize the post office and ensure it can properly process the surge of ballots anticipated this fall.”

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 18th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Smith’s early and ongoing support of the USPS

O’Scanlon: Murphy’s Draconian Restrictions Are Proven Unnecessary, Economically Devastating

Getting their Irish up

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today criticized the Murphy administration’s continued blockade of New Jersey’s reopening and cited numerous metrics from surrounding states’ successful reopening.

“That the Governor, with a straight face, can cite a debunked study of an incident that happened over 8,000 miles away involving a restaurant in China with a wheezy, inadequate ventilation system that doesn’t conform to standards used in this country…to justify continuing to kill businesses here in New Jersey is outrageous and demoralizing for anyone trying to hold out hope that there’s any real, scientific focus on our safety and the health of our economy,” said O’Scanlon. “That the Governor, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, continues to suggest that we have to continue to destroy thousands of businesses and jobs and livelihoods is simply unconscionable.”

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 17th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, Economy, New Jersey, Phil Murphy, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on O’Scanlon: Murphy’s Draconian Restrictions Are Proven Unnecessary, Economically Devastating

Xi Jinping’s assault on Hong Kong democracy activists is the latest example of the Chinese Communist Party’s cruelty and weakness

At a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee today, Rep Chris Smith (R-NJ), author of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act said “the great people of Hong Kong had a sweeping, draconian, anti-democracy policy imposed upon them yesterday—the so-called National Security Law.”

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 1st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, New Jersey, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Xi Jinping’s assault on Hong Kong democracy activists is the latest example of the Chinese Communist Party’s cruelty and weakness

Chris Smith, local fishermen, and for-hire boat captains celebrate reopening of delayed fishing season


Rep. Chris Smith, center, stops in at the Reel Seat tackle shop in Brielle, NJ Saturday.  On Instagram, Reel Seat praised Smith for “fighting hard for our right to fish!”

POINT PLEASANT, NJ – After working through the week to win a safe easing of the COVID-19 restrictions on the for-hire fishing boats, Rep. Chris Smith met with captains and customers early Saturday morning as they boarded local vessels and kicked-off the 2020 fluke fishing season.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 26th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, COVID-19, Press Release | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Chris Smith, local fishermen, and for-hire boat captains celebrate reopening of delayed fishing season

Rep. Smith: CARES Act Funding Critical for New Jersey Fishing Industry

WASHINGTON, DC—New Jersey’s hard-hit fishing industry, rocked by the coronavirus restrictions that have all but brought their businesses to a standstill, will receive assistance to the tune of $11,337,797 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and economic Security (CARES) Act, said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04).

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 11th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, COVID-19, New Jersey, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Rep. Smith: CARES Act Funding Critical for New Jersey Fishing Industry

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 »

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