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Senator Edward Durr

Senator Edward Durr

Durr Blasts NJEA for KGB-Like Effort to Have Teachers Report Parents Who Express Concerns

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Senator Ed Durr blasted the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) for urging teachers to submit reports about parents and community groups that have expressed concerns about school-related matters that involve their children.

Sen. Ed Durr blasted the NJEA for urging teachers to submit reports about parents and community groups that have expressed concerns about school-related matters that involve their children. (NJEA)

“The NJEA is so afraid of parents that they’re resorting to KGB tactics to squash any effort in local communities to challenge the indoctrination of children in our schools,” said Durr (R-3). “If a parent or group of parents express concerns about curriculum, teaching materials, or age-inappropriate books in school libraries, the clear threat is that they’ll be reported to and attacked by the NJEA.”

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Durr: Millions for Planned Parenthood Means Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

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Within the lines of the Democrats’ $50.6 billion budget, state support for Planned Parenthood was doubled to more than $40 million, an increase Senator Ed Durr called “disgraceful.”

Sen. Ed Durr blasted the Administration’s commitment of more than $40 million to Planned Parenthood in the FY2023 budget, saying it will help fund on-demand abortions in the state. (SenateNJ.com)

“It is a sad situation in New Jersey where we have a Governor who is more committed to aborting babies than helping residents struggling to keep their heads above water under his reckless fiscal management,” said Durr (R-3). “While young mothers who carry their babies to term stress over buying formula, paying the rent, and rising taxes, the Murphy Administration has made terminating pregnancies a priority.”

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Durr Says Murphy’s New Gun Restrictions Are “Empty Solutions”

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Senator Ed Durr said new gun restrictions signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy are empty solutions that will not protect New Jerseyans from violent crime.

Sen. Ed Durr testified against new gun restrictions signed today by Gov. Murphy when the bills were considered by the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee on June 23, 2022. (NJ Senate Republicans/YouTube)

“Not a single one of the new restrictions that Governor Murphy is imposing on law-abiding gun owners today will do anything to protect New Jerseyans from tragic attacks like those in Highland Park, Uvalde, and Buffalo,” said Durr (R-3). “These are empty solutions that will not stop violent criminals who will ignore every new gun law that’s enacted. All these bills will do is put more legal gun owners at risk of being prosecuted for unintentional technical violations of the law.”

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Durr Disappointed by Increased Spending, Underwhelming Tax Relief & Lack of Transparency in Democrats’ Budget

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Senator Ed Durr said he’s disappointed by huge increases in spending and underwhelming tax relief in the Democrats’ state budget along with the utter lack of transparency in the budget process.

Sen. Ed Durr said he’s disappointed by huge increases in spending and underwhelming tax relief in the Democrats’ state budget along with the utter lack of transparency in the budget process. (©iStock)

“I’m very disappointed that Democrats are increasing state spending by 9% when we have a looming recession and sky-high inflation that’s making it hard for families to get by,” said Durr (R-3). “Instead of giving back billions in tax overcollections to the people as Republicans proposed, we’re now learning about the billions in pork projects that Democrats jammed into their bloated $50 billion budget. There’s no way I can support that.”

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Durr Praises SCOTUS Ruling Overturning Roe v. Wade

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Senator Ed Durr issued the following statement praising a decision by the United States Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade:

Sen. Ed Durr praised a decision by the United States Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. (©iStock)

“Today is a wonderful day for the pro-life community and our efforts to save as many lives as possible,” said Durr (R-3). “Unfortunately, Governor Murphy supports allowing abortions up until birth, so we still have much work to do to address this sickening taking of innocent lives here in New Jersey.”

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Following U.S. Supreme Court Ruling, Durr Urges Passage of His Bill to Allow Safe Concealed Carry

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Says His Legislation Would Eliminate Justifiable Need Requirement that Was Found Unconstitutional

Following a ruling by the United States Supreme Court today that struck down New York’s restrictive concealed carry law, Senator Ed Durr called for the passage of his bill to allow the safe concealed carry of guns in New Jersey in a manner that passes constitutional muster.

Following a ruling by the United States Supreme Court that struck down New York’s restrictive concealed carry law, Sen. Ed Durr called for the passage of his bill to allow the safe concealed carry of guns in New Jersey in a manner that passes constitutional muster. (Wikimedia Commons)

“New Jersey’s extremely restrictive concealed carry law is clearly unconstitutional for the same reason that New York’s law was just struck down by the Supreme Court,” said Durr (R-3). “I have proposed eliminating the justifiable need requirement from our concealed carry law that the United States Supreme Court said violates the Second Amendment. Further, I have proposed requiring comprehensive training to ensure that those who would carry in public are well versed in the safe handling, use, and care of their firearms.”

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Durr Testifies Against Package of Gun Restrictions that Won’t Stop Violent Crime or Protect Schools

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Senator Ed Durr testified against a package of new gun restrictions under consideration by the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee today that he said won’t stop violent crime or do anything to protect schools.

Sen. Ed Durr testified against a package of new gun restrictions under consideration by the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee that he said won’t stop violent crime or do anything to protect schools. (NJ Senate Republicans/YouTube)

Included below are Senator Durr’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

Governor Murphy is responding to a tragic event in Texas with a package of gun bills here in New Jersey that would do absolutely nothing to stop school shootings. I think increasing school security is something we all agree we should do. So why aren’t we doing that?

Governor Murphy doesn’t want to talk about the fact that he cut $375 million that the Legislature approved for school security projects.

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Durr Resolution that Would Designate First Week of May as “Composting Awareness Week” Clears Committee

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A joint resolution sponsored by Senator Edward Durr that would designate the first week of May of each year as “Composting Awareness Week” was approved today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

A joint resolution sponsored by Sen. Edward Durr that would designate the first week of May of each year as “Composting Awareness Week” was approved today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. (Pixabay)

“Composting has significant economic benefits for those in the agricultural industry,” said Durr (R-3). “Farmers who use compost actually spend far less money on expensive fertilizers and pesticides, water, and irrigation. That savings can then be reinvested in the local economy or used to make improvements on the farm. My legislation will not only recognize the importance of composting, but will further encourage the practice by businesses and individuals.”

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Durr: NJ Democrats Block Relief for High Gas Prices While NY Moves Forward to Help Drivers

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Just days after New Jersey Democrats broke the rules of the Senate to block an effort by Senator Ed Durr to provide Garden State families with $500 rebates to offset high gas prices and inflation, New York announced a gas tax holiday to provide relief to drivers. Similar relief has been enacted in nearby states, including Connecticut and Maryland.

“New Jersey Democrats appear to be the only people who don’t care that middle-class families are struggling with record-high gas prices and inflation,” said Durr (R-3). “That’s the only reason that would explain why they blocked our effort last week to put $500 back in the pockets of millions of New Jersey families immediately.”

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Durr: Democrats Violate Senate Rules to Prevent Vote on $500 “Give It Back” Tax Rebate to New Jersey Families

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During a session of the New Jersey Senate today, Democrats violated the rules of the Senate to improperly block a vote on legislation that would provide an immediate $500 rebate to most New Jersey families.

During today's Senate session, I made a motion to call a vote on my "Give It Back" bill that would provide New Jersey families with immediate $500 rebates to offset the impact of soaring gas prices and inflation.

Democrats actually broke the rules of the Senate to block a vote on this tax relief. Absolutely unbelievable.

Posted by Senator Edward Durr on Thursday, May 26, 2022

“It’s unbelievable that Democrats would violate the rules of the Senate to prevent New Jersey families from getting a $500 rebate to help offset the impact of soaring gas prices and inflation,” said Senator Ed Durr (R-3). “They just demonstrated clearly that they’d rather divvy up billions of dollars of tax overcollections in a back room for pet projects than help struggling families. Why are Democrats so afraid of giving real tax relief to New Jerseyans?”

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