Highlights Bipartisan Legislation on School Safety, Healthcare and Opioid Epidemic
(Boonton, NJ) – In a room packed last night with over 150 supporters at Sokol Hall in Boonton, Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R-25) kicked off his campaign for re-election alongside fellow Boonton native Jim Gannon, who is seeking re-election as Morris County Sheriff.
“For New Jersey taxpayers, it’s always death by a thousand cuts with more and more tax hike proposals coming from our Governor and the Democratic legislature in Trenton. We need to restore fiscal sanity to keep families and jobs here, rather than fleeing to other states,” said Assemblyman Bucco. “From my legislation proposing tax relief for married couples, 401k retirement savings, and addressing the harmful Trenton mandates on municipalities that drive up property taxes, I’m anxious to continue my work fighting for taxpayers, families and seniors in Trenton.”
Bucco highlighted some of the bipartisan work he has achieved to improve the lives of those across Morris and Somerset Counties. Most recently, Anthony was a sponsor of school safety legislation signed by Governor Murphy to install panic alarms in New Jersey schools, as well as passing a law to make it easier for schools to hire retired police officers at lower costs, as Denville does today. He is also the sponsor of important legislation to address the opioid epidemic, including a new registry for physicians to identify patients with addiction history, new treatment measures, and tax benefits to incentivize medical professionals to volunteer at specialized opioid clinics.
“As one of the founders of Daytop, addressing the addiction crisis is close to my heart,” added Bucco. “I’m proud of the bipartisan successes not just on opioids but also on school safety – from safer school buses, to allowing retired officers to serve in security roles in our schools, to panic buttons as a result of the Parkland tragedy.”
Bucco was introduced by Bernardsville resident Christine Cerza, who met him after years of fighting with health insurance companies on behalf of her daughter Carly who, because of a medical complication, requires around-the-clock care from private-duty nurses.
“Tony’s selfless work and dedication to our community, and in this instance, chronically ill community members, are a testament of his servant’s heart and his desire to institute change where others may think the status quo is just fine,” said Cerza.
One of the most recent pieces of legislation Bucco introduced helps to reform the insurance pre-approval process.
“As a cancer survivor first diagnosed at eight years old, I understand how stressful that insurance company pre-approval can be,” said Bucco, who has been cancer free for over 12 years. “My bipartisan legislation would reform that process to make sure treatments prescribed by doctors are not held up by insurance company bureaucracies.”
First elected in 2009, public service has been the hallmark of Bucco’s life. A 39-year volunteer fireman who reached the rank of Captain, Anthony was previously the President of the Boonton-Mountain Lakes Rotary where he received the highest honor. He is also an attorney specializing in municipal law, giving him unique insight into how best to reform government to control property taxes.
The campaign also announced a new website at AnthonyBucco.com, in addition to his long-running Facebook page, at Facebook.com/AnthonyBuccoNJ.