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Senator Doug Steinhardt

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Steinhardt Urges Executive & Legislative Action to Address Crisis of Judicial Vacancies

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Chief Justice Rabner Announced Suspension of Civil & Matrimonial Trials in Six Counties Due to Judge Shortage

Senator Doug Steinhardt called for the executive and legislative branches of state government to act quickly to fill a growing number of judicial vacancies that have reached crisis levels.

Sen. Doug Steinhardt called for the executive and legislative branches of state government to act quickly to fill a growing number of judicial vacancies that have reached crisis levels. (©iStock)

“Chief Justice Stuart Rabner took the drastic step of suspending civil and matrimonial trials in parts of the State, including Warren County, citing a lack of judges to handle those matters and the ongoing failure of government to work together to fill those vacancies,” said Steinhardt (R-23). “Given the magnitude of the problem and the impact on people and families, we need to act now to keep our courtrooms open. We need the Governor’s Office to work with legislators to make good nominations for all judicial vacancies, and the Senate advice and consent process to work swiftly and efficiently.”

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VIDEO: Federal Judges Are DROPPING THE HAMMER on New Gun Laws Passed by Trenton Democrats

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Federal judges are DROPPING THE HAMMER on new gun laws passed by Trenton Democrats, said Senator Michael Testa (R-1) and Senator Doug Steinhardt (R-23).

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed bills into law last year attacking 2nd Amendment rights and law-abiding firearm owners.

The federal judges said the laws are likely unconstitutional and blocked enforcement.

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VIDEO: China’s Aggressive Tactics Are CULTIVATING More Than Just Headlines About Spy Balloons

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China’s aggressive tactics are CULTIVATING more than just headlines about spy balloons.

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State-owned Chinese companies have bought nearly $2 billion of American farmland over the last decade.

Republicans have warned of national security risks as many of the farms are in close proximity to U.S. military bases.

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Steinhardt: Democrat Gun Laws Hit Iceberg in Federal Court

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Senator Doug Steinhardt responded after a pair of new gun laws enacted by Governor Phil Murphy and Trenton Democrats were stopped cold in federal courtrooms this week.

Sen. Doug Steinhardt responded after a pair of new gun laws enacted by Gov. Phil Murphy and Trenton Democrats were stopped cold in federal courtrooms this week. (©iStock)

“The overreaching gun laws passed by Trenton Democrats have hit an iceberg in federal court and are going down faster than the Titanic,” said Steinhardt (R-23). “That’s what happens when you move full steam ahead to pass clearly unconstitutional laws as Republicans repeatedly warned would happen.”

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Editorial: We Can’t Let China Buy Up New Jersey Farmland

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The following editorial by Senator Doug Steinhardt (R-23) on his legislation to ban foreign ownership of New Jersey farmland amid rising threats from China was published by NJ.com on January 29, 2023:

It may be China’s intent to dominate the world and impose its will on other nations, but that doesn’t mean we have to help them do it. Here in New Jersey, we should learn from what’s happening in other states and stop the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from establishing strategic control over sprawling tracts of our farmland.

This editorial by Sen. Doug Steinhardt on his legislation to ban foreign ownership of New Jersey farms amid rising threats from China was published by NJ.com on January 29, 2023. (SenateNJ.com)

That’s why I’ve introduced a bill in the state legislature, S-3534, that would prohibit foreign ownership of New Jersey agricultural lands. When you recognize that food security is national security, it quickly becomes clear that we must protect our farms from falling under the control of foreign governments – especially ones that are hostile to our own national interests.

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Steinhardt Introduces Bill to Help Make Traffic Stops Safer for Drivers with Autism

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Legislation Requires MVC to Create Special Blue Envelopes to Hold License, Registration & Insurance of People with Autism

Senator Doug Steinhardt has introduced legislation that would help police know during a traffic stop that a driver with autism may have communication difficulties.

Sen. Doug Steinhardt has introduced legislation that would help police know during a traffic stop that a driver with autism may have communication difficulties. (Flickr)

“People with an autism spectrum disorder often have a difficult time communicating with others,” said Steinhardt (R-23). “That could lead to unnecessary confusion and escalation during a traffic stop if a driver with autism doesn’t respond to an officer’s commands or answer their questions as expected. Thankfully, this is something we can help prevent.”

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Amid Chinese Buying Spree, Steinhardt Bill Would Prohibit Foreign Ownership of New Jersey Farmland

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Senator Says Food Security Is National Security

Senator Doug Steinhardt has introduced legislation that would prohibit foreign ownership of New Jersey farmland amid rising concerns about a Chinese buying spree of American farms.

Sen. Doug Steinhardt has introduced legislation that would prohibit foreign ownership of New Jersey farmland amid rising concerns about a Chinese buying spree of American farmland. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We need to pay attention to the fact that China and its proxies have been buying up farmland across the United States,” said Steinhardt (R-23). “When you recognize that food security is national security, it quickly becomes clear that we need to prevent our agricultural lands in New Jersey from falling under the control of hostile foreign governments.”

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Republican Budget Members Blast Murphy Administration Plans to Tax Cloud Computing & Software Subscription Services

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Report from NJ Division of Taxation Comes Just Weeks After Gov. Murphy Pledged “Absolutely No New Taxes”

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee blasted a new report issued by the New Jersey Division of Taxation that calls for the taxation of cloud computing and software subscription services.

“The latest report from Taxation makes it clear that the Murphy administration is looking at new taxes on many Internet-based services,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), the Republican Budget Officer. “So much for Governor Murphy’s recent statements that there would be ‘no new taxes.’ That certainly didn’t last long.”

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Editorial: Let’s Make New Jersey Safer & More Affordable

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The following editorial by Senator Doug Steinhardt on making New Jersey safer and more affordable was published by The Record on December 19, 2022:

Sen. Doug Steinhardt’s NorthJersey.com editorial on making New Jersey safer and more affordable. (©iStock)

I spent a fair amount of time traveling the state of New Jersey. Probably more than most. As chairman of the New Jersey Republican Party, I was determined to dig into every part of this state with the goal of making New Jersey a better place to work, live and raise a family.

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Steinhardt Votes Against Likely Unconstitutional Gun Restrictions Proposed by Democrats

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Senator Doug Steinhardt voted against extreme new gun restrictions proposed by Trenton Democrats during his first voting session as a member of the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Doug Steinhardt voted against extreme new gun restrictions proposed by Trenton Democrats during his first voting session as a member of the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Within minutes of taking the oath of office, I defended the 2nd Amendment, law-abiding gun owners, and the rights of my constituents by voting against the likely unconstitutional concealed carry restrictions proposed by New Jersey Democrats,” said Steinhardt (R-23). “Standing up to the liberal extremists who control the State House and continually chip away at our civil liberties and make our communities less safe is exactly why I came to Trenton.”

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