PRESS RELEASE: Fiocchi Calls On Andrejczak To Tell Voters Why He Supports The ‘Rain Tax’

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Republican candidate for state Senate in LD1 Sam Fiocchi called out state Senator Bob Andrzejczak on his support of the rain tax. Fiocchi’s press release follows:

VINELAND – Republican candidate for state Senate in the first legislative district, former Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, had planned on calling on Governor Phil Murphy not to sign the recently passed ‘Rain Tax,’ but upon realizing replacement state Senator Bob Andrzejczak voted yes on the final version of the bill last week Fiocchi now wants Andrzejczak to explain to South Jerseyans why he supports the tax.

Andrzejczak almost was able to skate by on the ‘Rain Tax.’ Obviously, he couldn’t have voted on it in June of 2018 because he was not yet a state Senator and he couldn’t join the Assemblymen from his district in voting no last week because he is no longer a member of that body. Then, when push came to shove and the Senate passed the final version of the bill in a 25-11 vote, Andrzejczak was there to cast his yes vote.

“On the issue of the ‘Rain Tax’ there is no free pass for replacement state Senator Bob Andrzejczak.” Sam Fiocchi said, “This is bad law that not only taxes New Jerseyans even more, but also gives municipalities the ability to create more debt through the issuance of bonds to create stormwater utilities. Naturally, that additional debt will lead to even higher taxes in one of the highest taxed states in the nation.”

Fiocchi continued, “While I absolutely believe Phil Murphy should not sign this bad bill into law, I also think Mr. Andrzejczak needs to explain to the voters of South Jersey why he believes they should pay even more to live in New Jersey simply because it rains.”

“As a Cumberland County Freeholder and as an Assemblyman I have always stood up for South Jersey.” Fiocchi said, “Mr. Andrzejczak’s decision to vote to add even more to the cost of living in New Jersey is one of many reasons why I look forward to putting my record up against his in the upcoming election.”

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PRESS RELEASE: Andrzejczak Gets A Free Pass On Minimum Wage

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Republican candidate for state Senate in LD1, former Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, called out state Senator Bob Andrzejczak for failing to fight against the minimum wage increase. Fiocchi’s press release follows:

Andrzejczak Gets A Free Pass On Minimum Wage

State Senator took a page out of the Jeff Van Drew playbook

VINELAND – Republican candidate for state Senate in the first legislative district, former Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, congratulated state Senator Bob Andrzejczak on getting a free pass on the minimum wage bill yesterday.

“Bob Andrzejczak took a page from the old Jeff Van Drew playbook yesterday,” Sam Fiocchi said. “He was given a free pass and voted no on the minimum wage bill yesterday, which of course gives him the ability to claim he did what his district wanted.”

Fiocchi continued, “That argument would be believable if he had displayed the kind of leadership state Senator Vin Gopal did. Senator Gopal at least spoke out against the bill in the weeks leading up to the vote and last year offered a compromise that, while increasing the minimum wage, wasn’t as drastic as making it $15 per hour. Never once did Andrzejczak make a public argument against the bill or the negative effects this bill will have on seasonal businesses in our district. Simply voting no, without putting up a fight for our district isn’t enough.”

Fiocchi asked, “Where was Andrzejczak in the weeks leading up to this vote? Why did he not join his fellow Democrat Senator Gopal in arguing for common sense?”

“South Jersey deserves a senator willing to stand up and take a public stance on the issues of the day,” Fiocchi said. “Voting no because your party had enough votes is not leadership. Bob Andrzejczak’s silence on the issue leading up to the vote tells me, and should tell the voters of this district, that if his party needed a yes he would have been there for his party. South Jersey deserves better!”

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PRESS RELEASE: Fiocchi Weighs In On Code Blue Controversy

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There was some back and forth over Code Blue preparations in Cape May County. The dust up was covered in the Cape May County Herald here and here.

Former Assemblyman and candidate for state Senate in LD1, Sam Fiocchi, said in a social media post that “Real leadership is needed in the 1st Legislative District.”

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Fiocchi also issued a press release on the issue this morning. The press release follows:

Andrzejczak And Land Accuse Cape May County Of Not Doing Enough During Code Blue

Attacking county government is a failure to lead

VINELAND – Recently, state Senator Bob Andrzejczak and Assemblyman Bruce Land released a statement that, for lack of better words, accused Cape May County of not doing enough with regard to Code Blue announcements. Their joint statement forced Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton to push back with a statement of his own.

“I was always under the impression it was the duty of our legislators to represent our counties in Trenton, not attack them,” Sam Fiocchi said. “I found it a little odd that state Senator Andrzejczak and Assemblyman Land would use the recent cold weather to issue a statement attacking the Cape May County Freeholder Board.”

“Rather than attacking Cape May County’s freeholders by insinuating not enough was done after announcing a Code Blue Andrzejczak and Land should have been working toward solutions.” Fiocchi added, “The fact is the Code Blue legislation the two of them authored amounts to an unfunded mandate.”

“If Andrzejczak and Land truly wanted to be sure counties could handle Code Blue situations perhaps they should have argued against Governor Murphy setting aside $2 million for the legal defense of illegal immigrants and used the money to fund Code Blue situations.” Fiocchi said, “Unfortunately, that would have required real leadership, something sorely missing in LD1.”

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