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Senate Committee Advances 9th District Delegation Government Efficiency Measures

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The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee has passed three legislative initiatives introduced by 9th District Legislative Representatives Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove aimed at removing statutory impediments that will allow local governments to operate more efficiently.

The first measure, S-195, would expand the power of a municipality to cancel a delinquent charge or fee owed to the municipality, provided the amount of the fee is less than $10. The 9th District Legislators introduced the legislation to alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on municipalities, especially those with small workforces, when required to procure diminutive debts which, in most cases, are not worth the time and costs involved. The bill is permissive, meaning that it would allow municipalities the option not to pursue the diminutive charge or fee from a delinquent ratepayer.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Hail Action on Jessica Lunsford Act

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove today hailed the passage of the Jessica Lunsford Act (S-380/S-642) by the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee. Connors, Rumpf and Gove are co-sponsors of the legislation which is named for Jessica Lunsford, the Florida girl who was sexually assaulted and murdered by a sex offender, and is modeled on legislation which was enacted by the State of Florida.

In mid-March, the 9th District Delegation started an online petition drive through their legislative website calling for legislative action to be taken on the Jessica Lunsford Act and other sex offender legislation.

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Senate Passes Connors, Rumph & Gove Supported Bill to Protect Privacy Rights of Accident Victims & Their Families

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The State Senate has passed legislation sponsored by 9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would prevent first responders from photographing persons whom they are assisting or disclosing photographs of such persons without their consent.

Senator Connors is the prime sponsor of the legislation (S-199) in the Senate, while Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove have joined as cosponsors on the companion bill (A-789).

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Veterans’ Hospital Task Force Meeting Scheduled in Little Egg Harbor for May 29

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9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove want to advise interested residents that a hearing of New Jersey Veterans’ Hospital Task Force will be held at the Little Egg Harbor Municipal Building on Tuesday, May 29 at 10:00 am.

Senator Connors and Assemblywoman Gove, both of whom serve on the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committees of their respective House, will serve as legislative members on the Task Force.

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9th District Delegation Meets With Turnpike Authority on Proposed Little Egg Harbor Commuter Lot

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9th District legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove met with Executive Director Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim and other officials of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority as part of the ongoing discussions on the prospect of building a commuter lot off of Garden State Parkway Exit 58.

Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly, Little Egg Harbor Mayor John Kehm, Jr. and Deputy Mayor Ray Gormley, as well as a representative of the Governor’s Office also participated in the meeting.

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9th District Delegation Urges Turnpike Authority to Address Residents’ Concerns on Jimmie Leeds Rd. Access

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, representing the 9th Legislative District, issued a letter to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) on the tremendous concern among Galloway residents regarding access from Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway Township to the commuter service area located at Garden State Parkway Interchange 41.

The 9th District Legislators recently met with residents of the Four Seasons Community in Smithville during which several objections were raised about access from Jimmie Leeds Road. At their “meet your legislators” event held at the Galloway municipal building in late February of this year, the Delegation spoke with residents about the pressing need for South Jersey to have a stronger voice on the Turnpike Authority Board after similar complaints were raised on how this interchange project will negatively impact the access from Jimmie Leeds Road.

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DOT Updates 9th District Delegation and Local Mayors on Route 72-Manahawkin Bay Bridges Project

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Representatives from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) provided an update on the Route 72-Manahawkin Bay Bridges Project to Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove and local mayors at a meeting held in Stafford Township. The meeting was held at the request of the 9th District Legislative Delegation.

Local officials in attendance were Surf City Mayor Leonard T. Connors, Jr., Barnegat Light Mayor Kirk Larson, Harvey Cedars Mayor Jonathan Oldham, Ship Bottom Mayor William Huelsenbeck and Stafford Mayor John Spodofora.

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9th District Legislators, Mayor Purdy & Freeholder Marino Meet With Turnpike Officials on Galloway Service Area Access Issue

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Responding to concerns raised by local residents at a recent town hall meeting, the 9th District Legislative Office of Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove as well as Galloway Mayor Don Purdy, and Atlantic County Freeholder At-Large Alex C. Marino met with New Jersey Turnpike Authority officials to discuss plans to construct a State Police barracks that will limit access to the Garden State Parkway service area off Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway Township. A representative of the Governor’s Office also attended the meeting.

Issues discussed with Turnpike Authority representatives included concerns that continue to be raised by local residents about commuters’ access to the rest area from Jimmie Leeds Road, which is increasingly used as a park-n-ride for car pooling as gas prices are increasing at an alarming rate. Compounding this is what some residents perceive as a lack of interest from the state for public input from those who would be most affected by the change in traffic patterns.

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9th District Delegation-Supported “VETeach” Pilot Program Initiative Signed Into Law

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Legislation strongly supported by the 9th District Legislative Delegation to establish a pilot teacher preparation program at Richard Stockton College for veterans who served in the Armed Forces on or after September 11, 2001 was signed into law today by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno at a public signing ceremony in Atlantic City. Senator Christopher J. Connors was a prime sponsor of the legislation (S-1026/A-1294) along with Senator James Whelan and both Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove were cosponsors.

Under the law, the 36-month teacher program will lead to a baccalaureate degree and completion of the requirements necessary to apply to the State Board of Examiners for a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing, which would authorize the veteran to seek employment as a teacher in grades K through 8, and in certain secondary education fields. Educational expenses incurred by these eligible students will be covered under the “Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act,” also known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

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Assembly Passes 9th District Delegation-Supported “VETeach” Pilot Program Initiative

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Legislation that would establish a pilot teacher preparation program at Richard Stockton College for veterans who served in the Armed Forces on or after September 11, 2001 was passed today by the Assembly. Senator Christopher J. Connors is a prime sponsor of S-1026 along with Senator James Whelan. Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are cosponsors of the identical companion measure (A-1294), which has been referred to the Assembly Education Committee. Having passed both the Senate and Assembly, S-1026/A-1294 now heads to the Governor’s desk.

Under the legislation, the 36-month teacher program would lead to a baccalaureate degree and completion of the requirements necessary to apply to the State Board of Examiners for a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing, which would authorize the veteran to seek employment as a teacher in grades K through 8, and in certain secondary education fields. Educational expenses incurred by these eligible students will be covered under the “Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act,” also known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

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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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