Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Stockton College a Stabilizing Presence in a Region Shaken by Casino Closures
As plans for Atlantic City’s economic transition and recovery continue to be deliberated, it is important that we recognize Richard Stockton College of New Jersey for what has proudly become – a stabilizing institution for the area.
Recently, Stockton College of New Jersey is again in the top tier of Best Regional Colleges and Universities of the North, rated at 60 out of 139 public and private Northern schools in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” Added to this, the College has been ranked as one of the top 15 public schools in the North, at No. 14 by U.S. News. For six consecutive years now, Stockton has placed in the first tier.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove Start Online Petition in Support of Keeping Atlantic City as State’s Only Home to Casinos
9th District Delegation Opposes Establishment of Casinos Outside of Atlantic City
In a proactive, grassroots-geared initiative directed at protecting the Atlantic City regional economy and its workers, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have started an online petition to thwart any legislative effort that would allow casinos to operate at sites in the state other than Atlantic City.
The petition has been posted on the 9th District delegation’s official legislative website and is entitled: “Sign Connors, Rumpf & Gove’s Petition for the State to Honor it’s Commitment to Atlantic City.”
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have reintroduced legislation that would create the new offense of theft by financial exploitation of vulnerable person. Under the 9th District delegation’s legislation (S-925/A-738), a newly established offense of financial exploitation would be established for person who when, being in a position of trust, commit a theft against a senior citizen or a person with a disability.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove remarked on the key provisions of their legislation to protect some of the most vulnerable persons in our society:
Governor Signs Connors-Rumpf-Gove Supported Bill Enhancing Towns’ Ability to Regulate Vacant Foreclosed Upon Properties
Legislation sponsored by the 9th District delegation allowing municipalities to adopt ordinances to regulate the care, maintenance, security, and upkeep to the exterior of vacant and abandoned residential properties which have been foreclosed upon has been signed into law.
Under the provisions of the now enacted S-1229/A-1257, prime sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors and cosponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, an ordinance would also provide that the creditor of the residential property, if located out-of-State, would be responsible for appointing an in-State representative or agent to interact with the municipality.
Reaffirming their continuing commitment to government reform, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have reintroduced two legislative initiatives aimed at ensuring convicted corrupt politicians face enhanced monetary penalties for their criminal actions.
The first reform measure (S-206/A-777) introduced by the 9th District delegation would make public officers or employees convicted of crimes touching their office or found at fault in certain civil actions liable for the cost of prosecution and legal representation if received through the expense of public funds. Under the legislation, convicted persons would be subject to pension garnishment to satisfy the liability.
Per the invitation of College officials, 9th Legislative District Senator Christopher J. Connors addressed members of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Student Senate on how his experiences as a student at Stockton shaped his views and approach to public service as a member of the New Jersey State Legislature.
“Stockton will forever have a special place in my heart in light of my tremendous educational experience as not only a student but also as a father of two children who are proud Stockton graduates,” said Senator Connors, who serves as the State Senate representative for Galloway which is part of the 9th Legislative District. “Needless to say, I welcomed the opportunity to visit my Alma mater to speak with the Student Senate on issues of interest to them.”
Senior communities would be eligible to receive grants and low interest loans for the purchase and installation of solar panels to their clubhouses under legislation (S-986 and A-764) reintroduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove. The 9th District delegation’s energy cost reduction initiative would be offered under the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, which is administered by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU).
The delegation, whose district has among the highest concentration of senior communities in the state, issued the following statement regarding their renewed effort to assist senior communities with electric costs:
Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District joined with a broad coalition of fishing, sporting and environmental groups at a rally in Barnegat Light on July 2 to call on the Obama administration and Rutgers University to delay the planned seismic testing program off of New Jersey’s coast as a first step to address the harmful environmental and economic impacts that will likely result.
Some of the groups taking part in the event included the Recreational Fishing Alliance, Clean Ocean Action, Anglers Conservation Network, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Surfrider Foundation, Point Pleasant Fishermen’s Dock Cooperative, NJ Outdoor Alliance, and Save Barnegat Bay.
The State Senate voted to pass a veterans’ legislative initiative spearheaded by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that was drafted to expand housing assistance options for veterans living in the state.
The 9th District legislative delegation’s legislative initiative, S-197, would require the reservation of a portion of tenant vouchers for veterans under the State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP), which was established for low-income individuals or households.
The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would require at least two regular meetings each year of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to be held on a rotating basis in Ocean County, Atlantic County, and Cape May County. The legislation (S-234) would also require 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. The 9th District delegation issued the following statement subsequent to the Senate’s approval of the transportation-South Jersey geared initiative: