Connors, Rumpf & Gove Call on Turnpike Authority to Purchase Little Egg Harbor Property for Park-N-Ride
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove (all R-Ocean/Burl./Atl.) have formally requested that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority purchase property in Little Egg Harbor to build a park-n-ride for commuting motorists.
The property the 9th District Delegation is calling on the Turnpike Authority to acquire is located in proximity to Garden State Parkway Exit 58 off of Route 539. This same property was recently sought as a site for a solid waste transfer station, but it was announced this week that the application to build the proposed facility has been withdrawn.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove New Committee Assignments Will Allow Delegation to Effectively Represent District
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have been officially notified by the Legislative Leadership of their committee assignments for the 2010-2011 Legislative Session.
Senator Connors will be retaining his seat on the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee, which will have a new Chairman for the Legislative Session. Senator Connors will also be serving on the newly created Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
Legislation (S-2182) introduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors and Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf (both R-Ocean/Burl./Atl.) that would require a portion of tenant-based assistance vouchers under the State Rental Assistance Program be reserved for grants to veterans was passed by the State Senate.
“The changes to the State Rental Assistance Program provided for under our legislation would expand the state’s efforts to veterans who are struggling financially by helping them obtain housing that is affordable,” said Senator Connors who currently serves on the Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee. “By establishing this requirement solely for veterans, we can ensure that a greater number of those who have served our country in the Armed Forces will receive the housing assistance offered under this existing program. With its bipartisan sponsorship and today’s overwhelming support shown in the Senate, our Delegation sincerely hopes this measure will remain a priority in the Lame Duck Session and ultimately be signed into law.”
Connors/Rumpf/Gove Legislation Would Clarify Intent of Emergency Volunteer Personnel Tuition Credit Program
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have introduced legislation (S-3131/A-4354) to clarify the original intent of the Legislature by closing a loophole used by certain county colleges to deny volunteer emergency personnel tuition assistance under the state’s volunteer tuition credit program.
The volunteer tuition credit program provides a tuition credit benefit of up to $2,400 over four years to active members of a volunteer fire company or volunteer first aid or rescue squad or association and the dependent children and spouse of such members.
During the first Session day held since the Legislature recessed for the summer, Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove was sworn in today filling a vacancy seat in the 9th District Assembly for the remainder of the current Session. In January, Gove will be sworn in to serve her first full term following her victory on Election Day.
Assemblywoman Gove made the following remarks:
“First and foremost, I would like to thank the good people of the 9th Legislative District for their confidence and support. As a member of the State Assembly, I will not forget my roots in public service as a small town mayor and commissioner. I fully recognize that there is a lot to be done – and undone – in Trenton to begin the very difficult process of returning our state to economic prosperity.
Committee Advances Connors/Rumpf Measure to Establish Stable Funding Source for Island Beach State Program
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors and Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf to establish a dedicated funding source for the interpretive program at Island Beach State Park advanced through the Senate Environment Committee today. The Park’s interpretive program is an educational resource that describes the Island’s natural history through tours and activities.