Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Seismic Blasting Project in Atlantic Ocean Puts Environment, NJ Fishing Industry at Risk
Consistent with their long-standing commitments to protect the environment and support New Jersey’s economically successful fishing industry, the 9th District legislative delegation is backing a legislative effort to stop planned seismic testing authorized by the federal government in the Atlantic Ocean near Barnegat Bay.
Senator Christopher J. Connors has joined on to SR-72 and Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have introduced the companion resolution AR-220 which urges the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to cancel all plans relating to the performance of seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean near Barnegat Bay.
Senator Christopher J. Connors of the 9th Legislative District was awarded the “Distinctive Alumni Leadership Award” by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy as part of the 2015 Hughes Center Honors which recognized the achievements of five outstanding New Jerseyans.
Senator Connors received the award during a ceremony held at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway on February 6, 2015.
Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf of the 9th Legislative District will be returning to serve as a member of the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee. The assemblyman previously served on the committee from 2008 until 2013.
“Transportation-related issues remain a significant concern in the 9th Legislative District due to a wide range of factors that include managing infrastructure improvements needed to accommodate the area’s population growth over the past two decades,” said Assemblyman Rumpf. “Serving on the committee will place me in a more effective position to continue representing the interest of my constituents in these matters.”
9th District Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove was honored by the Department of New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) as Legislator of the Year during the Voice of Democracy/Legislative Dinner .
Upon being elected to serve in the Assembly in 2010, Assemblywoman Gove has served on the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. The Assemblywoman also served on the New Jersey Veterans’ Hospital Task Force. Prior to serving in the State Legislature, Assemblywoman Gove taught American history and government at Southern Regional High School for 32 years.
During the Governor’s recent State of the State address, he touched upon an issue that has been at the heart of our delegation’s continuing efforts to reduce the state’s tax burden: reducing the size of the state bureaucracy.
In 2005, years before the Great Recession hit, the 9th District delegation introduced legislation that would institute a plan in which the number of state employees would be reduced through attrition and efficiencies. At the time, this plan was responding to a dramatic explosion in the size of the executive branch’s workforce – nearly 14,000 employees were added to the payrolls in a span of just four years.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Galloway & Port Republic Taxpayers Are Our Primary Consideration on Atlantic City Bill Package
With alarming frequency, taxpayers are being forced to pay dearly for the irresponsible acts others, from massively wealthy banks that are too big to poorly managed municipalities. Bailout has become the new term for already overburdened taxpayers to dread, and rightfully so.
Before the State Legislature is a package of bills designed to aid Atlantic City following the closures of several casinos and subsequent layoffs of thousands of employees.
In short, the bills cover a range of issues including but not limited to the taxation of casinos, school aid, health and retirement insurance for casino employees, the elimination of the Atlantic City Alliance and the re-allocation of the casino investment alternative tax.
In response to the proposed construction of the Port Ambrose deepwater liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal off of New Jersey’s coastline, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have called upon federal regulative authorities to reject the proposal in light of public safety as well as environmental and economic concerns that have been consistently raised.
For entry into the official public record of testimony, the 9th District legislators recently wrote the following letter to ranking officials of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission:
Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove (R-9) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to talk about housing programs for veterans.
Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove (R-9) discussed the growing heroin epidemic in Ocean County with host Jill Horner on Comcast Newsmakers.
Gove served as the emcee at an October 22 a Drug Addiction Forum hosted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at the Pinelands Regional High School.
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have introduced legislation (S-2505 and A-3794) that would repeal the Transfer Inheritance Tax. Currently, New Jersey imposes a Transfer Inheritance Tax on beneficiaries for the receipt of assets from a New Jersey resident decedent and certain New Jersey assets of nonresident decedents, as determined by the value of the assets transferred and the beneficiary’s relationship to the decedent.
Correspondingly, the 9th District delegation has also cosponsored companion legislation (S-353 and A-329) that would phase out New Jersey’s estate tax over a five-year period. The legislation states its purpose is to simplify New Jersey’s taxation of decedent estates, while allowing for an orderly adjustment to the associated revenue loss through the bill’s five-year phase out.