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:
Judiciary Committee Advances 9th District Delegation’s Initiative Increasing Penalties for Heroin Offenses
Consistent with their continuing efforts to combat the drug trade, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove praise the Assembly Judiciary Committee for approving the 9th District delegation’s legislation that would strengthen State statutes for heroin offenses.
Under the delegation’s legislation (A-783/A-2831) advanced by the Committee, penalties would be increased for offenses involving manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing or possessing or having under one’s control with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense heroin by lowering the threshold quantities for crimes of the first, second, and third degree.
Connors-Rumpf-Gove Bill Requiring Banks to Assign Agents for Maintenance of Vacant Properties Advances
The Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by the 9th District delegation which would allow 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.
Under the provisions of 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 responsible for the residential property, if located out-of-state, would be responsible for appointing an in-State representative or agent to interact with the municipality.
Turnpike Responds to Connors-Rumpf-Gove Inquiry on Galloway Exit 40 Interchange & Parkway Expansion Project
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has responded to the 9th District delegation’s inquiry if the Garden State Parkway expansion project would include widening the bridge over U.S. Route 30. In representing the interests of their Galloway constituency, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove contacted the Authority as part of their continuing efforts for the establishment of a full Interchange at the Exit 40-Route 30 Connector.
Foremost, the delegation wanted to ensure that the Parkway widening project would encompass the bridge which spans over Route 30 in order to accommodate a full interchange at Exit 40 if and when the improvement project is undertaken. Widening the bridge has been an issue that Galloway Mayor Don Purdy has consistently raised as a longtime advocate for a full interchange at Exit 40.
Remarking on it as a necessary and long overdue policy correction, 9th District legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove commended the federal government for finally expanding the number of veterans who can receive care at private hospitals in an effort to address the backlog at Veterans’ Affairs (VA) facilities. The decision was made in the wake of allegations of treatment delays and falsified records at VA centers nationwide.
The 9th District delegation were prime sponsors of a 2011 State law that established the Veterans’ Hospital Task Force which was charged with preparing recommendations for a comprehensive plan for expanding health care access for military veterans living in the southern part of the state. Among the Task Force’s key final recommendations was the creation of a pilot program to give area veterans greater access or portability of health care insurance and treatment to local medical centers, including Atlanticare, the Bacharach Institute of Rehabilitation, Cape May Regional Medical Center, the Virtua System, Shore Memorial Hospital, the Inspira Health Network, and the Meridian Health Care System, which represents just a portion of the health care facilities that expressed interest in participating in the pilot program.
Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove (R-9) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to talk about legislation the 9th District delegation has sponsored which would require the $750 annual compensation to surviving spouses of certain blind or disabled veterans to be payable from the date of the veteran’s death.
Under the 9th District delegation’s legislation (S-907), payments to a surviving spouse would be due from April 9, 1985, in the event the veteran’s death occurred prior to that date, or the date of the veteran’s death if the death occurred after April 9, 1985, regardless of the date of the surviving spouse’s application.
In complying with a key provision of the 2011 law authored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove entitled the “Veteran-Owned Business Assistance Act,” the New Jersey Department of the State Treasury has released its Veteran-Owned Business Assistance Act Report for Fiscal Year 2013.
The 9th District Delegation’s initiative was developed to provide assistance and encourage veteran-owned businesses to actively engage in the process of securing state contracts.