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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Judge Made the Wrong Call. South Brunswick Deserved an Affordable Housing Retrial

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Following a Mercer County judge’s decision to deny South Brunswick’s demand for an affordable housing retrial, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman called for action to prevent future violations of the public’s trust in the judiciary.

Sen. Kip Bateman is calling for action to stop unethical judges and burdensome affordable housing mandates that put taxpayers and communities like South Brunswick at risk. (Pixabay)

“I am very disappointed in today’s ruling,” Senator Bateman said. “This should have been an easy call. Judge Wolfson ruled to mandate a drastic increase in affordable housing and then went on to work for a real estate developer shortly after. That seems like a pretty clear conflict of interest to me.”

“Judges should not be able to benefit financially from their own rulings. Even the appearance of impropriety has a devastating impact on the public’s trust in the bench. I hope that the New Jersey Supreme Court will take a hard look at what happened in South Brunswick and consider how we can hold judges to a higher ethical standard.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Now Law: Cardinale Bill Allowing More Retired Officers to Carry Handguns

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) to expand the list of retired law enforcement officers who are eligible to receive a permit to carry a handgun is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale with retired members of the FOP, PBA and RUPD who came to the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee meeting on Feb. 6, 2017 to support S-1944, which allows more retired law enforcement officers to carry firearms after they retire. (SenateNJ.com)

“We as a state have been stepping on people’s right to protect themselves for too long,” Senator Cardinale said. “These officers have already displayed the capability of carrying a firearm in the line of duty. Once they retire, this will give them the ability to keep protecting the public from acts of violence.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Legislation Providing Nearly $3 Million for Historic Preservation Projects Signed by Gov.

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Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit Among Grant Recipients

Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-21) that funds nearly $3 million in grants awarded by the New Jersey Historic Trust for capital preservation projects was given final approval after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie. The legislation, S-2991/A-4583, was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (both R-21).

The Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit is among 25 historic New Jersey locations that will receive a preservation grant under legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean. (Reeves-Reed Arboretum)

“We’re working to provide the resources needed to preserve important historic sites across the state and in our local communities,” said Kean. “We want to ensure that these historic sites are kept intact so future generations can enjoy them.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill to Hold Drivers Accountable After License Suspension Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate has passed Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s bill to hold drivers accountable for proving they can act responsibly following a license suspension.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill hold drivers accountable after a license suspension, by amending current law so that they can still be charged with the crime of driving with a suspended license after the suspension, if they have not take the steps to restore their driving privileges. (Flickr)

“Right now, suspending someone’s license is the equivalent to putting a child in ‘time-out.’ All they have to do to get their privileges back is sit around and wait for it to be over,” Senator Bateman, a municipal prosecutor and longtime member of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, said. “This bill will reduce the number of repeat offenders, by holding drivers legally accountable for taking the steps necessary to reinstate a suspended license.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Consolidation Bill Signed Into Law

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Senator Jennifer Beck’s consolidation legislation eases the financial burden of combining municipal services

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to make the process of consolidating municipal services easier and more affordable was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s legislation to make the process of consolidation easier is now law. (SenateNJ)

“Our towns and taxpayers have a chance to see savings through consolidations with other municipalities, but sometimes, the high costs involved in the process can scare local officials away from pursuing these opportunities,” Senator Beck said. “With this new law, they will be able spread those costs over a few years and decreases the immediate financial burden. It is my hope that this will encourage more towns to take advantage of these long-term savings.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman on Gov. Support of Bill to Give Back Pay to Public Workers Furloughed During Shutdown

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) issued the following response to Governor Christie’s remarks in support of legislation he sponsors to provide retroactive pay to public employees who were furloughed during the government shutdown.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s said he is relieved to see that Governor Christie is open to signing bipartisan legislation he sponsors to protect state workers that were furloughed during the government shutdown. (SenateNJ)

“I am relieved to see that Governor Christie is open to signing our bipartisan legislation to protect state workers,” Senator Bateman said. “Not one of the tens of thousands of public employees who were furloughed during the shutdown deserves to have their paychecks cut. They were ready and willing to go to work, even when the government was not. Hopefully, we will be able to take immediate action to ensure they do not suffer any more financial repercussions as a result of this unnecessary shutdown.” Continue Reading…

Senator Bob Singer

Singer, Weinberg & Gordon Request Appointment of a Special Envoy to Monitor & Combat Anti-Semitism

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Senator Bob Singer, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senator Bob Gordon joined a bipartisan group of more than 60 Jewish state legislators from across the United States in a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to appoint a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism.

Sen. Robert Singer, Sen. Loretta Weinberg and Sen. Bob Gordon joined a bipartisan group of state legislators from around the country to call for the reappointment of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism. (SenateNJ)

“In recent months we’ve seen numerous threats of violence against Jewish Community Centers throughout the country,” Senator Singer said (R-Monmouth and Ocean). “We must do more to keep anti-Semitism from taking root in our country and the rest of the world. We cannot continue to effectively track the rise in anti-Semitism, or deter people from committing these vile acts, without reappointing a Special Envoy. I hope that the administration will heed our call and fill this vacancy as soon as possible.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

MEDIA ADVISORY (7/11): Beck & Rice Visit ‘Renter Hell’ Complex, Hold Press Conference on Sanitary Rental Housing Bill Of Rights

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On Tuesday, July 11, Senator Jennifer Beck, Senator Ron Rice and tenant advocates will visit multi-family subsidized housing units in Asbury Park and Newark in order to highlight the unsanitary and unacceptable conditions tenants are forced to live in by negligent landlords. The visit will be a continuation of their bipartisan call for necessary reforms to rental housing.

On July 11, Sens. Jennifer Beck, Ron Rice, and tenant advocates will visit rental units and hold a press conference to call for necessary reforms to rental housing. Pictured: Sen. Jennifer Beck’s previous visit to one the locations highlighted in the APP series, “Renter Hell.” (SenateNJ.com)

WHO: Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Senator Ron Rice (D-Essex), tenant advocates, and local officials.

WHAT: Press conference on rental housing reform and visit to multi-family subsidized housing units.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 11, at 11 a.m. in Asbury Park; and 2 p.m. in Newark.

WHERE:
Asbury Park:
302 First Avenue; and
1204 Mattison Avenue
Newark:
40 West Kinney Street (Between Broad & Washington); and
80 Court Street; and
195 1st Street (Garden Spires)

AVAILABILITY: OPEN

CONTACT: Shawna Sullivan, 732-933-1591

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Backs Increasing State Aid for Lake Hopatcong

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) applauded the inclusion of a FY18 State budget appropriation to fund weed harvesting efforts at Lake Hopatcong.

Sen. Steven Oroho has fought tirelessly alongside Sen. Bucco to increase funding for weed harvesting at Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey’s largest freshwater lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

Senator Oroho has for years strongly advocated alongside Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) for increasing funding to preserve and maintain the lake.

“Lake Hopatcong is one of New Jersey’s most treasured natural resources and a key source of economic revenue,” Senator Oroho said. “The simplest way to protect the long term viability of the lake is to harvest the weeds, on time, each and every year. Unfortunately, state aid has consistently fallen short and as a result, conditions are more dire than ever.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Improves Educational Opportunities, Provides Property Tax Relief via FY18 Budget Resolutions

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Senator Anthony Bucco, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, has secured funding to support millions of New Jersey students, including children who attend a private school, students serving in the armed forces, and participants in the EOF program.

Sen. Anthony Bucco sponsored FY18 State Budget resolutions to support New Jersey’s students, schools, and provide property tax relief to local residents. (SenateNJ)

Bucco fought tirelessly to ensure the FY18 State budget included an appropriation to increase state aid for extraordinary special education, which will provide property tax relief to residents across New Jersey.

“Helping municipalities cope with the high cost of funding special education services has long been a core Senate Republican priority,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris) said. “Although there is certainly room for improvement within this budget, I am pleased to see that we are doing something to address the enormous burden education costs have on our local taxpayers.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Diane Allen

District 7

Kip Bateman

District 16

Jennifer Beck

District 11

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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