New Jersey's 9th Legislative District

Connors, Rumpf & Gove

  • 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 at Stockton College. (Press Release)

  • Asm. DiAnne Gove (center) was honored as the Legislator of the Year by the NJ VFW on January 24, 2015 in Somerset New Jersey. Pictured with Paula Pinto, State President of Ladies Auxiliary NJ VFW (left) and Jack Kane, State Commander of NJ VFW (right). (SenateNJ.com)

  • Senator Chris Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove of the 9th District visited Tabernacle, NJ on September 17, 2013 to meet with local officials and emergency responders.

  • Asw. DiAnne Gove (l), Asm. Brian Rumpf (c) and Sen. Chris Connors (r) of the 9th Legislative District at Beach Haven School on September 4, 2013. They were joined by Gov. Chris Christie and Education Commissioner Chris Cerf to celebrate the reopening of the Superstorm Sandy damaged school.

  • Senator Christopher Connors (R-9) attended the Absecon-Galloway Rotary breakfast on August 8, 2013. Connors (center) spoke about topics including school accountability and Sandy restoration projects. (Galloway Patriot)

  • Senator Chris Connors (R-9) being interviewed prior to a town hall meeting held by Governor Chris Christie in Stafford Township on January 17, 2013.

  • Assemblyman Brian Rumpf (left), Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove (center) and Senator Chris Connors (right) of the 9th legislative district.

  • Senator Christopher Connors (R-9) reviewing legislation during a recent Senate session.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Trenton Should Focus on Necessity, Not Politics, In Distribution of Federal CARES Act Funding

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are calling for an expedited release of federal CARES Act funding to businesses and residents most impacted by COVID-19.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove are calling for an expedited release of federal CARES Act funding to businesses and residents most impacted by COVID-19. (©iStock)

The 9th District delegation’s statement follows the release of a report by the State Auditor last week showing that New Jersey has spent barely 10% of the $2.4 billion in federal relief funds it received six months ago.

Since that report was issued, the governor has announced plans to release small amounts of funding to help local governments, restaurants, and small businesses that have been begging for aid since March.

“For months, Trenton has sat on billions of dollars in federal funding sent by Washington as a lifeline to New Jersey residents and businesses. Those emergency relief funds weren’t meant to collect dust in the State’s coffers.  Inexcusably, this funding has been too slow in getting to the people who need it most, including those who are essential in jumpstarting the state’s economy.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Provide Update on Senior Freeze and Homestead Benefit Payments

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As an update to constituents, 9th District legislators Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove provided the following information posted by the New Jersey Division of Taxation about payments for the Senior Freeze and Homestead Benefit programs:

The graphic above was posted on the NJ Division of Taxation website on Thursday, October 1, 2020 under “Property Tax Relief – Budget Information.” (NJ Division of Taxation)

According to the new guidance, Senior Freeze payments are expected to start being made to eligible taxpayers on October 15th, 2020.

Additionally, Homestead Benefit payments will be paid to eligible taxpayers beginning in May, 2021.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: State Budget Fails Taxpayers Miserably

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Delegation Cites Small Victories Such as Restoration of Senior Freeze and Homestead Rebate Among Host of Middle-Class Tax Increases Imposed by Democrats

Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove offered the following update to constituents following the passage of the FY2021 State Budget, which the 9th District delegation opposed and voted against:

Connors, Rumpf & Gove offered an update to constituents following the passage of the FY2021 State Budget, which the 9th District delegation opposed and voted against. (Pixabay)

“Taxpayers in this state are growing increasingly apprehensive about the economic uncertainty created by the response to COVID-19. Yet with so much on the line for families and retirees, Trenton failed to pass a State Budget that addresses taxpayers’ immediate concerns about tax relief and jumpstarting the state’s economy.

“Ramrodded through by the Majority Party Leadership and expected to be signed quickly by the Governor, the State Budget has more than $200 million in pork barrel spending that could, otherwise, be used for property tax relief. The budget relies on increasing taxes on employers and health insurance policies that, undoubtedly, will be passed down to consumers who will take yet another hit in terms of the already high cost of living in New Jersey.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Murphy’s Budget Plan Is a Disaster in the Making

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As part of their continuing constituent outreach efforts, Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove issued the following statement regarding the recent developments on the proposed FY2021 State Budget:

Connors, Rumpf & Gove issued the following statement regarding the recent developments on the proposed FY2021 State Budget. (Pixabay)

“The constant onslaught of tax and fee increases proposed under the Governor’s State Budget deal will cost taxpayers far more, in the long run, than they would make on any one-shot tax rebate that will be issued down the line on Trenton’s timetable.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Proposed Boat Tax Increase Targeting Shore Economy a Self-Inflicted Wound for Trenton

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are warning that increasing the sales tax on boats will have economic consequences for New Jersey, to the likely benefit of Delaware.

Senator Connors, Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove warn that Governor Murphy’s plan to increase the sales tax on boats will have severe economic consequences for New Jersey, cost middle-class jobs, and encourage boat-buyers to go to Delaware. (SenateNJ.com)

The Delegation’s warning is in response to Governor Murphy’s FY2021 proposed State Budget announcement that touted increasing the sales tax on boats as yet another means of raising revenue for cash-starved Trenton.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Murphy Shouldn’t Even Have the Ability to Raise the Gas Tax in the First Place

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are calling for the Governor to rescind his Administration’s decision to increase the state’s gas tax by 9.3 cents which would rank New Jersey as having the fourth highest gas tax of any state in the country beginning October 1.

Senator Connors, Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove are calling for the Governor to rescind his Administration’s decision to increase the state’s gas tax by 9.3 cents on Oct. 1, giving NJ the fourth highest gas tax in the nation. (©iStock)

“Like many of our constituents, we completely object to the Murphy Administration’s increase in the state’s gas tax, on top of increasing tolls on the Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway and New Jersey Turnpike.  Unquestionably, the Governor needs to reconsider this decision in view of the significant financial hardships it will cause for motorist and businesses who cannot afford to pay more.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Call for In-Person Voting for General Election

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are calling for in-person voting for the 2020 General Election.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove sent a letter to Gov. Murphy calling for in-person voting for the 2020 General Election. (©iStock)

In a letter recently sent to Governor Phil Murphy, the 9th District delegation voiced the objections conveyed by many of their constituents to the unilateral decision that the General Election be primarily conducted as a Vote-By-Mail (VBM) process.

The letter (click here for PDF) issued jointly by Connors, Rumpf and Gove to the Governor reads as follows:

August 17, 2020

RE: General Election, Demands for In-Person Voting

Dear Governor Murphy:

This correspondence concerns recently signed Executive Order 177 which sets out to create a modified vote-by-mail (VBM) election for the November 3rd General Election..

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove’s Disabled Veteran Property Tax Relief Measure Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove which would extend the current disabled veteran’s property tax exemption to disabled veteran shareholders and their surviving spouses residing in a cooperative or mutual housing corporation was passed by the State Senate on July 30 of this year.

Legislation sponsored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove to help more veterans qualify for the disabled veteran’s property tax exemption was passed by the New Jersey Senate. (©iStock)

The 9th District legislators issued the following statement regarding the advancement of their veterans’ initiative (S-956):

“This legislative proposal was introduced to correct a discrepancy in State whereby disabled veterans could not receive the veteran’s property tax exemption as cooperative or mutual housing corporations. To receive the exemption under current State law, a disabled veteran’s permanent residence must be a condominium, one-family, or multifamily home.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: State’s $10 Billion Borrowing Scheme Deliberate Attempt to Disenfranchise Voters and Circumvent Constitutional Safeguards

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Calling it a clear violation of the State Constitution, Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove all voted against legislation to allow the Murphy Administration to borrow $9.9 billion without voter approval.

Both the Senate and Assembly approved the legislation during voting sessions on July 16th. The legislation, A-4175, was quickly signed into law by Governor Murphy.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove all voted against legislation to allow the Murphy Administration to borrow $9.9 billion without voter approval. (Wikimedia Commons)

“State spending was out of control before COVID-19 hit. New Jersey’s fiscal condition was already under duress due to Trenton’s reckless spending of money that it didn’t have and that taxpayers could not afford.

“Rather than face reality and listen to the pleas by desperate taxpayers and institute fiscal reforms, Trenton concocted a scheme to bypass the State Constitution to borrow nearly $10 billion without voter approval. While the borrowed money will be used up in one year, taxpayers will be picking up the costs for the next 35 years.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Oppose Legislative Redistricting Scheme

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove will be voting NO on a legislative redistricting proposal that is being fast-tracked to avoid public scrutiny and deliberation.  The legislation (ACR-188) proposes to amend the State Constitution to allow for the legislative redistricting process to be delayed.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove announced they will be voting against a legislative proposal to delay the redistricting process that is being fast-tracked to avoid public scrutiny and deliberation. (SenateNJ.com)

The 9th District Delegation offered the following remarks:

“This is a Trenton-power play meant to keep control in the hands of the few and protect the status quo. They are going all-in to ensure that the majority of the Legislature remains composed of tax increasers and big-government advocates who want and willingly allow the bureaucracy to micro-manage too many aspects of our lives.

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