An effort by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) to have the New Jersey Senate vote on comprehensive affordable housing reform legislation was blocked by the majority Senate Democrats.
Bateman’s action follows a recent ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court on affordable housing which ensures continued confusion and expensive litigation for municipalities.
“Towns across the state were begging for legislative relief to clarify the state’s incoherent affordable housing policy before the recent Supreme Court ruling, and those pleas have only increased since the decision was released,” said Bateman. “I am saddened that the Senate Democratic majority refuses to consider the passage of reform legislation that would prevent unnecessary litigation for towns and protect residents from higher property tax bills.”
Conservative Senator Applauds that Bill Was Not Voted on Today
Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) strongly criticized the Democrat majority in the Legislature for attempting to fast-track, without a public hearing, legislation that would reward local government officials for breaking federal law.
S-3007 instructs the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to provide state taxpayer money to aid and abet any county or municipality that breaks federal law by harboring undocumented foreign nationals.
“Does anyone really believe that the United States should have 3,142 sovereign immigration policies, one for each county, and another 89,000 (give or take) covering the whims of each municipal government,” Oroho asked, adding, “What’s next, does everyone get to have their own foreign policy too?”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) to improve storm preparedness and mitigate the damage done by severe weather events, like Superstorm Sandy, was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“We need to stay on our toes and constantly work to ensure we are ready for the next big storm,” Senator Singer said. “This legislation will make it so our storm preparedness plans are constantly evolving. We’ll be able to take a longer view and make sure we have the best practices in place as circumstances change and we gather new information.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) to help homeless individuals during severe winter weather events was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“We saw just last week the kind of nasty cold and wet weather a New Jersey winter can bring,” Senator Kean said. “Now, we’re one step closer to ensuring that more of our state’s homeless individuals have a warm shelter to stay on harsh winter nights.”
Senate Passes Connors-Rumpf-Gove-Supported Bill Requiring South Jersey Representation on Turnpike Authority
The New Jersey Senate has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by the 9th District legislative delegation requiring at least one member of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to be from South Jersey.
The measure, S-1674, sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, would require at least one member of the Turnpike Authority must be a resident of Ocean, Atlantic, Burlington, Camden County, Cape May, Gloucester or Salem County.
Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are prime sponsors of the identical companion measure, A-3817, which is awaiting action by the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to discover the reasons why businesses leave the state was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“There have been many theories and anecdotes discussed as to why businesses in New Jersey either shut down or leave for other, more business-friendly states,” Senator Bucco said. “But we’ve never had any hard data to back those theories up. It’s time to end the speculation and get down to the root problems that are forcing companies to shutter or move.”
Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) announced his opposition to legislation, S-3007 /A-4590, which would require the State to reimburse local governments for the loss of federal funds that result from their status as a “sanctuary” jurisdiction.
“The legislation has the potential to devastate our state budget by shifting a $15 billion burden onto New Jersey taxpayers,” stated Holzapfel. “While this ill-conceived legislation is designed to make a political statement, it lacks a financial statement that addresses the tremendous tax increases it would require.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to reduce costs so limousine services can better compete with ride hailing companies like Uber and Lyft is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.
“There’s more competition than ever in the ride hailing industry, which is great for consumers,” Senator Bucco said. “But we don’t want our local limousine owners to be driven out of business by these national tech companies. This new law will level the playing field and give limo businesses a chance to compete.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) creating foreclosure protections for victims of Superstorm Sandy has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
Beck’s bill, S-2300, establishes temporary protections against foreclosure for families who continue to experience economic distress as a result of the storm.
“A few days ago, I held a public meeting for Sandy victims who continue to experience financial and bureaucratic difficulties associated with the recovery process,” said Beck. “We heard from too many families that are struggling to pay mortgages on homes that are still uninhabitable while also paying rent on temporary housing until they can move home again. We know unequivocally that this financial burden can be overwhelming. This new law will ensure that those families victimized first by the storm, and later by government and insurance company bureaucracies, will have additional protections from foreclosure.”
Oroho & Space Legislation to Encourage Military Base & Local Government Shared Services Signed Into Law
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R- Sussex, Warren, Morris) to encourage cost-saving shared services agreements between New Jersey’s military installations and neighboring governments was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“Forging a strong bond between municipalities and adjacent military bases is so important,” Oroho said. “With this measure, these entities can save significant resources by working together on things like redevelopment, brownfield remediation and infrastructure expansion.”