Legislation and Issues

Senator Joe Pennacchio is Fighting for YOU in Trenton

Click an issue below to see how Senator Pennacchio is fighting for you, or click HERE to view Senator Pennacchio's Current Legislation.

Pennacchio, State, and National Conservative Leaders Address NJ Transparency

Senator Pennacchio and conservative leaders address the media to explain their desire for transparency in the state government. If it were up to the Senator, the taxpayers of New Jersey would be able to see exactly how each and every dollar is being spent. Click to see the full video.


Joe fought for and won the fight to protect young children from brain injuries from skiing accidents by mandating ski helmets.  The law which requires that a person under 18 years of age engaged in the activity of downhill skiing or operation of snowboards shall wear a securely fitted protective helmet is the first to be passed in the United States

Joe fought for and won the ability of special education children whose program requires education beyond four years of high school, to participate in their graduation ceremony and to receive a certificate of attendance, allowing them to walk alongside their friends and peers on graduation day.

The Kinship Legal Guardian legislation which Joe fought for and won, allows children at risk to be awarded legal guardianship by loved ones, such as grandparents, who can now become their legal guardians instead of being automatically put into the foster care system.  This legislation has been sighted as a national model for such at risk children.


Joe fought for and passed a law which mandated that insurance companies cover medically needed infant formulas.

Joe fought for and won the ability of the county surrogate to deposit orphans and minors’ funds into any federally insured bank within the United States, allowing them to receive the highest, safest rate of return on their funds deposited with the county, even if it meant going to out of state banks.

Joe fought for and won the fight to stop abuse of handicapped parking spaces.  The bill which made various revisions to laws concerning disabled person identification cards and placards aimed to cut misuse of handicapped parking, leaving the spaces free for those most in need.


Joe fought for and won the fight to require school districts to review the employment history of prospective employees who will have regular contact with students to ascertain allegations of child abuse or sexual misconduct.


Joe fought for and won the fight to expand the membership of county multidisciplinary teams to include representatives of child advocacy center.


Joe fought for and won the fight to change the compensation base of SPRS accidental death benefit pension for surviving spouses and children.

Joe fought for and won the fight to require family day care providers and certain household members to undergo criminal history record background checks. 





Joe continues to fight for total Transparency at all levels of government.  His efforts would bring a comprehensive, all inclusive, easy to access and navigate website showing New Jersey citizens how each and every single dollar of their taxpayer monies are being spent.

Joe fought for and won the battle to require the Port Authority of NY and NJ to be subject to the NY Freedom of Information Law and NJ open public records act.


Joe also continues to fight utility companies for their unacceptable response to power outages by introducing the “The Reliability, Preparedness and Storm Response Act” which vastly increases the fines paid by all public utilities for violating any law, rule, regulation, or order by the Board of Public Utilities.



Joe fought for and won an effort to make New Jersey National Guard members with NGB-22 forms eligible for certain veterans' benefits.

Joe fought for and won the effort to expand acceptable military separation forms for county veteran identification cards and allows for the issuance to National Guard veterans of other states.

Joe had legislation signed into law that designates the Killed in Action flag as an official State flag and mandates that is be displayed at certain public buildings.

Joe fought for legislation concerned the treatment of people with service dogs by NJ Transit and established the Access Link Customer Service Group.

Joe passed legislation into law that designates March 13th of each year as "K9 Veterans Day.".

Joe fought for and won the elimination of fees for veterans requesting a certified copy of their veteran discharge papers.

As Freeholder, Joe created the Morris County Distinguished Service Medal Program to commemorate all eligible residents who have served in war conflicts. To date, through Joe’s efforts more than 10,000 deserving veterans have been recognized for their service.



Joe continues to fight for the establishment of the New Jersey Innocence Study and Review Commission, a commission that would develop reforms and create a pathway to justice for those who have been wrongfully convicted in New Jersey.

Joe continues to call for the return of Joanne Chesimard, one of Americas most wanted who murdered New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster on May 2, 1973. Chesimard was sentenced to life in prison, but subsequently escaped and has been living under the protection of political asylum in Cuba ever since.

Joe fought for and won increasing punishment for criminals convicted of the very lucrative business of stealing cargo from the New Jersey ports.



Joe continues to fight for funding for Greenwood Lake by sponsoring legislation which dedicates $500,000 annually to the NJ Greenwood Lake Fund.  The legislation currently awaits the Governor's signature.


Joe fought with his colleagues to obtain $500,000 annually for the Lake Hopatcong Fund.


Joe continues to fight for homeowners and businesses ravaged by flood waters.  His “Flood Control Mitigation and Prevention Bond" Act would help all New Jersey communities affected by flooding.

Joe fought for and won to approve State funding for certain "planning incentive" local government open space acquisition projects in norther NJ.


Our District

  • Morris, Essex, and Passaic Counties

  • Butler, Fairfield, Jefferson

  • Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Montville

  • Morris Plains, North Caldwell

  • Parsipanny-Troy Hills, Rockaway Twp.

  • Verona, West Caldwell, West Milford

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Fighting For Us

  • Fighting for Transparency in Government

  • Fighting to Protect Taxpayers

  • Fighting for Our Veterans

  • Fighting for Our Children & Most Vulnerable

  • Fought for Historic Pension Health Care Reform

  • Protected Open Space

  • And much more!

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Contact Senator Joe

If you'd like to get in touch with Senator "Jersey Joe" Pennacchio, his contact information is as follows:

Senator Joe Pennacchio

P.O. Box 335

Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927

(973) 723-5325


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