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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Oppose Proposed Bureaucratic Expansion and New Taxing Authority Slated for Ocean County Only

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove today announced that they are opposed to and will vote against legislation (S-1815/A-2577) that would allow for the creation of new stormwater utilities in Ocean County that could charge fees for local residents.

“Protecting the Barnegat Bay is a shared responsibility. It is estimated that the Bay produces $3.3 billion in economic activity, meaning that the state as a whole, not just Ocean County, benefits when the Bay is prospering and the integrity of its water is protected. Therefore, Ocean County and its residents cannot be left shouldering the preponderance of the responsibility to protect what is considered to be one of the state’s most precious natural resources.

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9th District Delegation & Barnegat Bay Partnership Start Grass Roots Public Awareness Campaign to Protect Local Waterways

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are working with the Barnegat Bay Partnership (formally the Barnegat Bay National Estuary National Program) to inform local residents that the best management practices for fertilizing lawns is critical to reducing the pollutants washing into our local rivers, creeks, wetlands and Barnegat Bay.

In a letter to the mayors of their 23 constituent municipalities, the 9th District Lawmakers attached an informational pamphlet on how residents can maintain a beautiful green lawn, while at the same time, save the Barnegat Bay watershed and local water ways. The Delegation requested that the mayors consider enclosing the pamphlet, which was prepared by the Barnegat Bay Partnership, in any communications sent to residents as part of a local public awareness campaign.

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Chris Connors
Senator Diane Allen
Senator Kip Bateman

Senate Republicans’ Statement on S-2139

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Senators Diane Allen, Kip Bateman, Andrew Ciesla, Chris Connors, Sean Kean and Robert Singer issued the following statement:

“Protecting women’s health is a vital priority for all of us. Contained in this year’s budget are critical investments in early cancer detection programs including mammograms. Over $20 million is dedicated to serve low-income women and children with chronic diseases, birth defects and special health care needs such as Cystic Fibrosis; childhood lead poisoning screening and environmental inspections of homes with suspected lead hazards; prenatal care; fetal alcohol syndrome; and hemophilia treatments. These critical investments were a major part of our collective decision to support the budget.

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9th District Delegation & LBI Mayors Have Follow-Up Meeting with DEP

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Gulf Oil Spill & Coastal Zone Management Issues Topics of Discussion

Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, along with the mayors of the six Long Beach Island municipalities, met this week with representatives of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). It was a follow-up to a meeting held in late April which was attended by DEP Commissioner Bob Martin.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Post Budget Legislative Update

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In recent weeks, most of the attention has primarily focused on the State budget, which has now been signed into law. This is an update regarding action taken on several other legislative initiatives linked to reducing the size and cost of government that we believe our constituents will have an active interest in.

Major Changes in Motor Vehicle Inspections

Under legislation recently signed into law, motorists will only have to have their vehicles inspected for emission levels. Biannual mechanical inspections have been eliminated as studies have showed that motor vehicle crashes are related to driver error rather than mechanical defect. Additionally, there will be an extension of the waiver from vehicle inspections for newer vehicles from four years to five. These changes will achieve a cost savings to taxpayers in the amount of $17 million for this fiscal year. Equally important, this will release residents from a purposeless bureaucratic obligation involving their cars.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Statement on Passage of 2% Property Tax Cap

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Following the passage of legislation by both Houses of the Legislature to lower the state’s cap on property tax from 4 to 2 percent, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove issued the following statement:

“Significant progress toward controlling government spending and addressing the state’s “affordability crisis” was achieved by the passage of legislation to lower the existing statutory cap for all local governments from 4 percent to 2 percent while also eliminating most of the cap exemptions currently allowed. Our Delegation proudly voted in favor of this bipartisan legislation as a practical and efficient means of our achieving one of our top priorities: to reduce the size, cost and scope of government.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Measure Seeks to Protect Seniors and Disabled From Financial Exploitation

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have introduced legislation aimed at convicting criminals who financially exploit senior citizens or disabled persons.

The 9th District Delegation issued the following joint statement regarding their new legislative initiative (S-2166/A-3080) to protect society’s most vulnerable citizens:

“After consulting with various government agencies, our Delegation has proudly introduced a comprehensive measure that would provide law enforcement with additional tools to convict criminals who prey upon seniors and the disabled. This legislation is specifically aimed at bringing to justice individuals who use a position of trust to commit theft by financially exploiting the most vulnerable members of our society.

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Veterans Council Legislation Sponsored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove Passed by Senate

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The State Senate today passed legislation (S-1493/A-1944) sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would make various changes to membership requirements of the Veterans’ Services Council.

“The changes provided for under this legislation to the Veterans’ Services Council were recommended by members of the Council,” stated Senator Connors, a member of the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “After considering testimony and reviewing the provisions of the legislation over the course of two Legislative Sessions, I am fully confident the changes will allow for the Council to operate more effectively in carrying out its core mission, which includes formulating comprehensive policies for the coordination of all services for war veterans and their dependents.”

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Senate Approves Measures Sponsored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove Supporting Veterans and Emergency Service Volunteers

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The State Senate passed two legislative initiatives sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that, separately, are aimed at assisting veterans and emergency service volunteer personnel.

The first measure, S-1024/A-515, would expand “Operation Recognition,” a program which offered state-endorsed high school diplomas to veterans who left high school prior to graduation to serve in the military, to include veterans of the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Alert State to Objections Raised By Local EMS Squads on Pending Legislation

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have alerted the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHHS) about the deep concerns raised by the local Emergency Medical Service (EMS) volunteer personnel regarding pending legislation (S-818/A-2095) that is feared will force certain volunteer EMT squads to disband and lead to a spike in property taxes.

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The 9th District Team

Chris Connors

Senator - District 9

Brian Rumpf

Assemblyman - District 9

DiAnne Gove

Assemblywoman - District 9

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