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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Launches Online Petition to Stop the PennEast Pipeline

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Calls on Impacted Residents to Help Convince NJDEP to Block Proposal

Senator Kip Bateman launched an online petition to give residents who will be impacted by the proposed PennEast Pipeline the opportunity to influence the approval process.

Sen. Kip Bateman launched an online petition to stop the PennEast Pipeline. (SenateNJ.com)

“As a legislator who represents families that will be impacted by PennEast, I want to demonstrate to the NJDEP the massive opposition that exists to building the pipeline,” said Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). “I’m asking everyone who’s opposed to PennEast to sign my online petition. This is your chance to ensure that your voice is heard.”

Bateman’s petition to stop the PennEast Pipeline can be signed at http://www.senatenj.com/penneast/.

“After FERC rubber-stamped the pipeline proposal, convincing the NJDEP of the dangers of the plan may be our last chance to stop PennEast,” said Bateman. “We need to a viable energy plan and to improve our infrastructure, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of our environment or property values.”

Senator Gerald Cardinale

Editorial: Ensuring Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence

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The following editorial by Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) on protecting victims of domestic violence was published by The Record on January 22, 2018:

As the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I’ve interviewed thousands of judges, prosecutors, and others involved in New Jersey’s criminal justice system, and heard countless hours of testimony.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale writes about why we must help women to escape from abusive relationships, ensure that abuse can be identified and reported by law enforcement, and prevent overzealous prosecutors from blaming and imprisoning victims of domestic violence. (Wikimedia Commons)

I’ve listened to citizens who have come before us to raise concerns about our legal process, and worked with other legislators, judges, attorneys, and advocates to ensure that anyone who touches our court system in any way gets a fair shake.

Despite our best efforts, many victims of domestic violence continue to face an uphill battle in getting the justice they deserve.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman’s “Socks for the Homeless Day” Resolution Passed by Committee

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman designating February 14 of each year as “Socks for the Homeless Day” has been approved by the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee.

“Most of us take for granted having clean socks to wear every day,” said Bateman. “Homeless people don’t have that luxury. They know that clean, dry socks are critical in protecting their health, comfort, and overall well-being. I’m glad to help raise awareness of the importance of socks for the homeless.”

The joint resolution, SJR-17, has been championed by Tom Costello Jr., founder and Chief Sock Person at The Joy of Sox, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides socks for the homeless.

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District 9

Committee Advances Connors-Rumpf-Gove-Supported Bill Requiring Turnpike Meetings in South Jersey

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The Senate Transportation Committee passed legislation (S-246) prime-sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would require that at least two regular meetings each year of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority be held on a rotating basis in Ocean County, Atlantic County, and Cape May County.

A bill sponsored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove requires at least two meetings each year of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to be held on a rotating basis in Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May counties. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation also proposes that one regular meeting of the Authority be held in Bergen County and at least one meeting be held in Salem, Gloucester, and Camden counties on a rotating basis. Currently, regular meetings of the authority are held on a monthly basis in the Authority’s Administration Offices located in Woodbridge.

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson Applauds Amazon’s Selection of Newark as HQ2 Finalist

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Senator Sam Thomson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean) applauded Amazon’s decision to highlight Newark as one of the finalist locations that might host a new United States headquarters. Known as HQ2, Amazon proposes to invest $5 billion and to create up to 50,000 high-paying jobs at the new facility.

Sen. Sam Thomson applauded Amazon’s decision to highlight Newark as one of the finalist locations that might host a new headquarters. (©iStock)

“We’ve shown that when New Jersey positions itself to be competitive, we can be a serious contender for opportunities like HQ2 that can lead to serious investment and job growth,” said Thompson. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Newark made it into the list of finalists for HQ2 just days after our pro-economic growth legislation was enacted.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Commends Senate Confirmation of Attorney General Gurbir Grewal

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) praised the New Jersey Senate’s confirmation of Gurbir Grewal to be New Jersey’s 61st Attorney General.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale praised the New Jersey Senate’s confirmation of Gurbir Grewal to be New Jersey’s 61st Attorney General. (©iStock)

Grewal, the former Bergen County Prosecutor, was approved unanimously the Senate.

Cardinale made the following remarks on the Senate floor prior to the vote:

“Gurbir is a very exceptional human being. He was appointed to be prosecutor in Bergen County. There was a lot of resistance because he was not part of the good old boys network.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Outraged by Christie Veto of Superstorm Sandy Clawback Bill

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As representatives of a legislative district that’s among those hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove conveyed outrage and empathy for affected Sandy victims in response to Governor Christie’s refusal to sign the Superstorm Sandy clawback bill.

Aerial view during an Army search and rescue mission shows damage from Superstorm Sandy to the New Jersey coast, Oct. 30, 2012. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

The intent of the legislative policy initiative (A-4784/S-3149), which passed both houses of the Legislature, was to address circumstances in which Superstorm Sandy victims are required to refund overpayments, known as “clawbacks,” in Sandy assistance aid. Each member of the 9th District delegation joined as cosponsors on the bill that was introduced by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15).

The members of the 9th District delegation issued the following statement regarding Governor’s Christie’s pocket veto of the Sandy clawback bill:

“For those Sandy victims who’ve had too many sleepless nights contending with an endless bureaucratic nightmare, we worked together with the New Jersey Organizing Project to advance this legislation with the intent of providing the necessary assistance, including mediation, to help resolve clawback cases.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Reiterates Offer to Work With Murphy on Minimum Wage

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Says Room Exists for Bipartisan Solution

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean reiterated his offer to work with Governor Phil Murphy on a bipartisan effort to increase the minimum wage for New Jersey workers.

Sen. Tom Kean reiterated his offer to work with Gov. Phil Murphy on a bipartisan effort to increase the minimum wage for New Jersey workers. (Pixabay)

“Immediately following his election, I made a public offer to work with Governor Murphy to raise the minimum wage to a level that’s modern and fair,” said Kean. “The offer still stands. We should work together to accomplish a minimum wage increase in a bipartisan way.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Partnership of 18 Groups Calls for Passage of Webber/Pennacchio Child-Protection Legislation

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Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey, New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and sixteen other advocate organizations joined together today to support and urge prompt passage of child-protection legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Jay Webber and Senator Joe Pennacchio.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Pennacchio and Asm. Webber to protect students against chronic child abusers was endorsed by 18 advocate organizations. (©iStock)

The partnership of 18 groups calls on all legislators to support the legislation. New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault urges Senate President Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Coughlin, and the chairwomen of the Senate and Assembly education committees to move the legislation swiftly to passage.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Highlights Growing Concerns About Marijuana Legalization

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Urges Governor Murphy to Slow His Rush to Legalize It

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) urged Governor Phil Murphy to slow his rush to legalize marijuana in New Jersey citing growing concerns about the impact of such a drastic move on young people and already struggling communities.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio urged Gov. Phil Murphy to slow his rush to legalize marijuana in New Jersey citing growing concerns about potential negative impacts. (Pixabay)

“A few months ago it seemed inevitable that legalized marijuana would be approved in New Jersey,” said Pennacchio. “Today, however, a growing number of legislators and policymakers, including at least one member of Governor Murphy’s transition team, are expressing opposition to marijuana legalization. It’s no longer clear that legalization has the support needed to clear the Legislature.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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