New Jersey's 12th Legislative District

Senator Samuel Thompson

  • Sen. Sam Thompson (R-12) spoke in support of legislation that the New Jersey Senate approved to increase accountability and transparency at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey during a session on September 22, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Sam Thompson (R-12), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, speaking in opposition to the adoption of the Democrats’ proposed FY 2015 state budget proposal during a Senate session on June 26, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Sam Thompson (top-right) joined Gov. Chris Christie and a bipartisan group of several dozen state, county and local officials to call for the General Assembly to vote on the extension of the interest arbitration cap law during a press conference on the steps of the War Memorial in Trenton on April 14, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Senators Sam Thompson (R-12) and Ron Rice (D-28) held a joint press conference on Feb. 27, 2014 to urge a “Select Committee” investigation into the City of Newark. (Press Release)

  • Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) pictured with With Katharine Koehler of Room In Our Hearts at the grand reopening of Keansburg Amusement Park on May 18, 2013. The park reopened after being closed for six months due to devastation from Hurricane Sandy. (CNN)

  • St. Ambrose School, Old Bridge, sponsored a meet-and-greet for local business owners, alumni and parents to come together for a networking and community-building reception at the school on May 14, 2013. Pictured are Principal Theodore Kadela, Lauren Garda, Sen. Sam Thompson (R-12), Ciara Mullaney and Kaitlyn Ramsden. (gmnews.com)

  • Senator Sam Thompson (2nd from right) and Assemblymen Ron Dancer (left) and Rob Clifton (2nd from left) of the 12th District present awards to the local community members honored at the Manalapan Mayor’s Charity Ball at the Grand Marquis in Old Bridge on October 20, 2012. (Manalapan Patch)

  • Senator Sam Thompson (2nd from right) and Assemblymen Ron Dancer (left) and Rob Clifton (2nd from left) of the 12th District present awards to the local community members honored at the Manalapan Mayor’s Charity Ball at the Grand Marquis in Old Bridge on October 20, 2012. (Manalapan Patch)

  • Sam Thompson was sworn in as the Senator for New Jersey’s 12th Legislative District on Tuesday, January 10, 2012.

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Senator Sam Thompson

Murphy Holds Dog and Pony Show While NJ Employers, Residents Desperately Await Relief

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Sen. Thompson Chides Governor for Placing Politics Ahead of People

Six months after the federal government appropriated $6.2 billion to New Jersey to help suffering residents and small employers, and with the bulk of that money sitting idle in State accounts, Governor Phil Murphy last night announced another hastily arranged virtual hearing to discuss plans for the relief money.

Sen. Sam Thompson criticized the Governor for dragging his feet spending billions in federal relief money to help New Jersey residents and small employers struggling with the effects of the pandemic. (Pixabay)

“It’s a charade, a sham, just like the last hearing,” said Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), a member of the Senate Budget Committee. “This is little more than an election year stunt where only favored invited guests will be permitted to comment. How can anybody take it seriously when the Administration only gave a few select few little more than 24-hour notice that a meeting even existed?”

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Thompson Calls for Accountability as Governor Continues $60 Million-Per-Week Borrowing Spree to Fund Unemployment Benefits

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Says Federal Relief Money Should be Used to Restore UI Fund and Save Jobs

As the Murphy Administration continues to borrow almost $10 million every day from the federal government, Senator Sam Thompson called on the Governor to provide an accurate estimate of how much debt employers in the state will be left to repay through the massive tax increase coming next month.

With the Murphy administration’s unemployment fund debt topping $300 million, Sen. Sam Thompson called for Gov. Phil Murphy to explain in detail how he will pass the cost of repaying that debt to struggling employers starting next month. (Wikimedia Commons)

“New Jersey is racking up debt at an alarming pace, and Murphy’s only plan is to pass the cost on to employers, many who are barely surviving in the COVID economy,” said Thompson, a Republican member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. “This is a dangerous fiscal scheme that could trigger the failure of countless small and mid-sized employers and the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs. It’s reckless and unjustifiable.”

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Chris Connors
Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Jim Holzapfel
Senator Sam Thompson

Singer/Connors/Holzapfel/Thompson/O’Scanlon Call on NJ Homeland Security to Vet Incoming Afghan Refugees

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Question Ability of Federal Officials in Kabul to Keep Local Communities Safe

Almost 10,000 Afghan refugees fleeing the turmoil in their homeland will be coming to New Jersey, and Senate Republicans are calling on New Jersey’s Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness to ensure they are thoroughly vetted.

In a letter to the director of New Jersey’s Homeland Security and Preparedness, Sens. Singer, Connors, Holzapfel, Thompson and O’Scanlon emphasized the need to vet and screen refugees coming to the state from Afghanistan. (Wikimedia Commons)

Senators Robert Singer, Chris Connors, Jim Holzapfel, Sam Thompson and Declan O’Scanlon today wrote to NJ Homeland Director Laurie R. Duran emphasizing the need to protect New Jersey residents from possible terrorists who may have circumvented checkpoints and federal screening on the ground in Kabul before boarding flights to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Members to Gov: Why are You Sitting on ARP Money?

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The Administration Has Spent Almost None of Billions in Federal Funds Intended to Help Residents

On the three-month anniversary of the State receiving $6.2 billion in COVID relief funding from the federal government, the four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee today called on the Murphy Administration to stop the foot-dragging and put the money to work helping residents, as it was intended.

The Murphy Administration is sitting on more than $6 billion in American Rescue Plan money and the four Republicans on the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee want the money put to work helping NJ residents and employers. (Pixabay)

In a letter to the Governor and the Senate Democrat co-chairs of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee (JBOC), Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), and Senator Michael Testa (R-1) criticized the Administration for only spending $316,000 or .005% of the money since it was received in May.

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson to Receive Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award

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Senator Samuel Thompson has been selected for entry in Marquis Who’s Who in America and to receive the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for his career longevity, philanthropic endeavors, and lasting contributions to society.

Sen. Sam Thompson has been selected for entry in Marquis Who’s Who in America and to receive the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. (MarquisWhosWho.com)

“It is an honor to be recognized again by Who’s Who for my continuing work for the community and the people of New Jersey,” said Thompson (R-12). “To be listed among the small group of honorees who have received this award is truly special. I thank the Selection Committee for their hard work and for this accolade, and I am glad to know that more than six decades after my first recognition, I am still making a noticeable difference.”

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Senator Michael Testa
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Thompson, Testa Endorse Responsible Spending Priorities for Federal COVID Funds as Murphy Administration Ponders Options

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Senator Sam Thompson and Senator Michael Testa, both Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee, provided written testimony for the Murphy Administration’s virtual American Rescue Plan Hearings scheduled for this afternoon and tomorrow morning.

Senator Sam Thompson and Senator Michael Testa, both Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee, provided written testimony for the Murphy Administration’s virtual American Rescue Plan hearings. (Pixabay)

The Senators’ comments, submitted online prior to the Tuesday hearing, are presented below:

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republicans Call on Gov. Murphy to Explain Pork Spending Before Budget Is Signed

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee continued their push for transparency in the budget process with a new call for Governor Phil Murphy to fully explain the hundreds of millions of pork spending in the FY 2022 State Budget he will sign into law this morning.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee continued their push for transparency in the budget process with a new call for Gov. Phil Murphy to fully explain the hundreds of millions of pork spending in the FY 2022 State Budget he will sign into law this morning. (Pixabay)

Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), Senator Michael Testa (R-1), and Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) sent a letter to Governor Murphy (click here for PDF) calling for the immediate release of budget resolutions and other materials that might explain the purpose for hundreds of millions of dollars of so-called pork spending that was added by Democratic legislators to the budget immediately before it was voted on and approved by the Legislature in party line votes last week.

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Thompson: Democrats Deciding State Budget in Backroom Without Public Input

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Senator Sam Thompson warned that transparency has reached a new low in Trenton as Governor Phil Murphy and the Senate President and Assembly Speaker, all Democrats, have eschewed any semblance of a public process to determine how tens of billions of dollars of State and federal funds will be spent.

Sen. Sam Thompson warned that transparency has reached a new low in Trenton as Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders have eschewed any semblance of a public process to determine how more than $50 billion of State and federal funds will be spent. (©iStock)

“Three men are deciding how more than $50 billion of State and federal funds will be spent with absolutely no public input,” said Thompson (R-12), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “In prior years, Democrats would at least pretend to want to hear from the public before rubberstamping the budget they had already agreed upon in private. This year, they’re dispensing with the charade and have completely cut the public out of the process. It’s the antithesis of the inclusive, open, and transparent government that New Jersey deserves.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republicans Propose Returning $4 Billion to New Jersey Taxpayers

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee called for a windfall of State tax revenues to be returned to New Jersey taxpayers after the State Treasury revealed billions in unexpected revenues that isn’t needed to balance the budget or meet important priorities.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee called for a windfall of State tax revenues to be returned to New Jersey taxpayers. (Pixabay)

The following statement was released today by Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), and Senator Michael Testa (R-1):

“On Monday, Senate Republicans put out a comprehensive plan for the budget and for effectively utilizing the nearly $6.5 billion of new federal relief funds at New Jersey’s disposal.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Committee Members: Murphy Administration Has $11.5 Billion and No Plan to Help NJ

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Revenue Update Shows Massive $5 Billion Increase in State Revenues

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee responded to a revenue update from the Murphy administration showing a massive $5 billion increase in State revenues during FY 2021 and FY 2022, well beyond what legislators were told to expect. Combined with nearly $6.5 billion in federal relief funds sent to New Jersey, the Murphy administration now has $11.5 billion in cash and absolutely no plan to use it to help New Jersey.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee responded to a revenue update from the Murphy administration showing a massive $5 billion increase in State revenues, well beyond what legislators were told to expect. (Pixabay)

“The updated revenue figures demonstrate yet again that the information provided by the Murphy administration to the Legislature in recent weeks was grossly inaccurate,” said Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24). “When she last testified before our committee in May, Treasurer Muoio suggested revenues might be adjusted upwards by a few hundred million dollars. We deserve the opportunity to ask the Treasurer why the Murphy Administration’s guidance was off by nearly $5 billion. Further, I believe we should form a special committee with subpoena power to investigate how the Murphy administration has misled lawmakers, the court, and taxpayers on our finances and the billions of dollars Governor Murphy borrowed unnecessarily last year.”

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