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LD16: Republicans pin massive (and unrecovered) COVID-19 job losses on their Democrat opponents

Save Jersey - April 30, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The LD16 GOP Assembly slate seized on a new Fitch Ratings report out this wekk which showed New Jersey hasn’t recovered 50% of the jobs it lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. State Senate canddiate Mike Pappas and his Assembly running mates Vinny Panico and Joe Lukac say their opponents’ policies compound the problem.

Pappas, Slate Attack District 16 Democrats Over Slow Economic Recovery

New Jersey Globe - April 30, 2021

Republican candidates in the 16th legislative district attacked their Democratic rivals over the state’s laggard economic recovery Friday. "Assemblymen Zwicker, Freiman and Mayor Jaffer are politicians that are part of the problem. They dumped 100% of the pain of the pandemic on the shoulders of the private sector and in particular small business," former Rep. Mike Pappas, Hunterdon Central Regional Board of Education President Vinny Panico and Manville Councilman Joe Lukac said in a joint statement. "Now, their tax, spend and borrow first, ask questions later mentality is compounding the problem and stymieing recovery."

New Study Shows New Jersey Lagging COVID Job Recovery LD-16 Candidates Say the Time is Now to Elect Small Business Advocates

Insider NJ - April 30, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – According to an April 29 report from Fitch Ratings, which relied on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and reported by NBIZ, New Jersey gained back just half the jobs it lost during COVID, lagging nationally and falling behind other states in the region like Pennsylvania and Delaware.

District 16 Republicans launch volley over small business aid bill

New Jersey Globe - April 12, 2021

Republican candidates in the 16th legislative district attacked Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick) over his appearance at a signing ceremony for a bill dedicating $15 million in relief funds to aiding small businesses and non-profits. "Instead of taking a victory lap over distributing a paltry amount of emergency funding a year after the fact, Assemblymen Zwicker and Freiman should have stood up for our small businesses and against the unscientific lockdown measures that have crushed our state," Assembly candidate Vinny Panico said.

Pappas, Panico and Lukac Call Out Zwicker's 'Embarrassing' Press Conference

InsiderNJ - April 12, 2021

Candidates for the legislature in New Jersey’s 16th district, Mike Pappas, Vinny Panico, and Joe Lukac responded to Assemblyman Zwicker and Governor Murphy’s Photo Op Press Conference this morning where the two Democrats took turns patting each other on the back for finally getting around to allotting what amounts to just 0.63% of the $2,400,000,000 New Jersey received in CARES act funding in April of last year.

Republican Ticket for General Assembly in District 16: Vincent Panico and Joe Lukac III

The Montgomery News - April 2021

MONTGOMERY, NJ – County Republican Committees in Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon, and Middlesex Counties endorsed a slate of two candidates for the two NJ General Assembly seats representing Legislative District 16. The candidates are: Manville Councilman Joe Lukac III and Hunterdon Central Regional School Board President Vincent Panico of Neshanic Station.

Save Jersey LIVE with Joe Lukac and Vincent Panico

Save Jersey - March 25, 2021

[1:30:03] - Save Jersey talks to LD16 GOP Assembly candidates Joe Lukac and Vincent Panico.

Hunterdon Central Outlines Reopening for March 15 with Four In-Person Days Per Week Offered to Students

TAPinto - March 11, 2021

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Board President Vincent Panico said he will support and make efforts to see there be a COVID-19 vaccination clinic held for Hunterdon Central’s teachers and educational staff, now that teachers are eligible for the vaccine.

Assembly Candidates Vincent Panico and Joseph Lukac III Unanimously Win Hunterdon County Republican Committee Endorsement

InsiderNJ - March 4, 2021

FLEMINGTON, NJ – At the Hunterdon County Republican Committee’s screening meeting on February 24, 2021, the members unanimously chose Vincent Panico and Joseph Lukac III as the nominees for Assembly in the 16th Legislative District of New Jersey.

Ciattarelli, Pappas win GOP line in Hunterdon

New Jersey Globe - February 24, 2021

Pappas will run on the organization line with Hunterdon Central Regional Board of Education President Vincent Panico and Manville Councilman Joe Lukac.

Assembly Candidates Vincent Panico and Joseph Lukac III Gain Somerset County Republican Organization Endorsement

InsiderNJ - February 18, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – At the Somerset County Republican Organization’s screening meeting on February 17, 2021, the members have chosen Vincent Panico and Joseph Lukac III as the nominees for Assembly in the 16th Legislative District of New Jersey. Vincent Panico is from Readington Township, and is currently the Board of Education President at Hunterdon Central Regional High School. Joseph Lukac III is a Councilman from Manville, a 27-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 102, and a 12-year U.S. Army veteran.

16th District Assembly candidate calls on governor to prioritize teacher COVID-19 safety

Hunterdon Review - February 15, 2021

READINGTON TWP. – Vincent Panico, president of the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Board of Education, who has thrown his hat in the ring as a Republican candidate for a 16th State Legislative District seat in the state Assembly, has called for Gov. Phil Murphy to make teacher safety a priority for the COVID-19 vaccines. Panico noted that last month Gov. Murphy deprioritized New Jersey’s students and teachers by lowering educators on the list of COVID-19 vaccine eligible residents.

Republican Assembly Candidate Wants Murphy to Prioritize Vaccines for Teachers

New Jersey Globe - February 15, 2021

A Republican candidate for Assembly in the 16th legislative district wants Gov. Phil Murphy to move teachers up on the vaccine priority list. "Teachers across the state have risen to the challenges of hybrid and virtual learning to deliver quality education during the pandemic. It’s time for the State to do the same and rise to the challenge of supporting our educators and students," Vincent Panico said. "Vaccinating our teachers is an important step in allowing our students to return to the classroom, closing achievement and opportunity gaps for NJ’s students."

Hunterdon Central School Board President Running for District 16 General Assembly Seat

TAPinto - February 3, 2021

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Entering the New Jersey General Assembly District 16 race in late January is 29-year-old Hunterdon County native and current Hunterdon Central Regional High School Board of Education President Vincent Panico, who was first elected to the Readington Township Board of Education in 2012 as a 20-year-old college student.

Panico enters race for Assembly seat in 16th district

Hunterdon Review - January 29, 2021

READINGTON TWP. - Vincent Panico, 29, current president of the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Board of Education, has thrown his hat in the ring as a Republican candidate for a New Jersey 16th State Legislative District seat in the state Assembly.

Panico joins race for Assembly seat in 16th district

New Jersey Globe - January 27, 2021

Vincent Panico, the president of the Hunterdon Central Regional Board of Education, will seek the Republican nomination for State Assembly in the 16th district. The 29-year-old Panico is expected to be the candidate supported by the Hunterdon GOP organization for a slot on the ticket. If he wins, Panico would become the first commercial hot air balloon pilot to serve in the New Jersey Legislature.

Hunterdon Central Board of Ed. Reorganizes, New Member Dorothea Kellogg Sworn In

TAPinto - January 7, 2021

FLEMINGTON, NJ - At Hunterdon Central Regional School District’s annual board of education reorganization meeting Monday, Vincent Panico, of Readington Township, and Noelle O’Donnell, of Flemington, were re-elected to their respective positions as president and vice president for another year.

Hunterdon Central Honors Teacher of the Year, Service Professional of the Year

TAPinto - January 4, 2021

FLEMINGTON, NJ - "Mr. Dendis has been a great contributor on the board and I’d say you brought perspective that we valued and that we may have never considered in discussions of several items before us," board president Vincent Panico said in December. "We have a resolution honoring his service to the board."

Hunterdon Central School Board Approves Long-Range District Facilities and Capital Planning

TAPinto - January 7, 2021

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Though not estimated to cost as part of the facilities projects voted on in December, Panico called for an impromptu consideration for the district to evaluate the addition of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to the school campus. He said this came up during school board committee discussions in 2020.

Hunterdon Central District Joins New Jersey SHIF for Health Insurance Coverage, Promises Lower Costs

TAPinto - November 3, 2020

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Board President Vincent Panico commented before the board’s approval of joining SHIF. "As long as I’ve been a board member, I have heard Mr. Finn, who I regard quite highly, talk about wanting Central to get into the SHIF," he said. "The opportunity to stay with Aetna for our same medical coverage while saving the district money is huge because there is not a lot of material change ahead for our district’s employees. Especially now with coronavirus and everything going on, it is good this move saves the schools money. Thank you to Jim Finn and Gymlyn and everyone who worked on this as we just found out about the potential to join for Jan. 1."

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