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Connors, Rumpf & Gove to Introduce Bill to Prevent State Highway from Charging Tolls to Emergency Vehicles From Ocean County

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove will introduce legislation to prohibit the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA), which operates the Atlantic City Expressway, from charging tolls to ambulances, first-aid or emergency-aid vehicles, or fire trucks from Ocean County.

District 9 lawmakers will introduce legislation to prohibit the SJTA, which operates the Atlantic City Expressway, from charging tolls to ambulances, first-aid or emergency-aid vehicles, or fire trucks from Ocean County. (Flickr)

Currently, the SJTA allows those types of emergency vehicles from Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties in South Jersey to use SJTA projects toll-free.

The 9th District delegation provided the following reasons for drafting the legislation:

“In yet another example of bureaucratic regulations working against the public good, our delegation recently learned that a volunteer emergency services organization from our legislative district was charged a toll while transporting a patient on the Atlantic City Expressway. After several appeals by the first aid squad, the SJTA reluctantly waived the administration fee for failure to pay the toll, as though that would somehow address the core issue of charging tolls to emergency vehicles.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Price Tag for Taxpayer-Funded Tuition Aid for Illegal Aliens Is a Slap in the Face to Legal Citizens

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove released the following statement in response to news that the State has already spent more than $1.5 million on taxpayer-funded student loans for persons living in the country illegally. The 9th District delegation has vehemently opposed legislation that authorized State tuition aid for illegal aliens.

District 9 lawmakers reiterate their opposition to legislation that authorized the State to spend millions on taxpayer-funded student loans for illegal aliens. (SenateNJ.com)

According to report by NJ.com, the state spent $1.6 million during the fall 2018 semester to provide aid to more than 500 illegal aliens. The program is expected to grow over the coming years, according to HESAA.

In light of the state’s current fiscal crisis, the delegation issued the following remarks regarding this irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars:

“State benefits are for taxpayers living in New Jersey legally. Period. That’s why we’ve voted against the law signed by Governor Christie that provided in-state tuition to illegal aliens, as well as the law recently signed by Governor Murphy to give tuition assistance to these same persons. What’s even more infuriating, is that this could become an even bigger burden as the program grows, taking more opportunities away from American students in the near future.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Will Vote NO on Marijuana Legalization

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove announced that their Delegation is unified in their opposition to any legislation that would legalize marijuana for recreational use, and will be voting accordingly when a bill is considered by their respective Houses.

The 9th District Delegation is unified in their opposition to any legislation that would legalize marijuana for recreational use, and will be voting accordingly when a bill is considered by their respective Houses. (Pixabay)

As a member of the Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee, Assemblyman Rumpf participated in hearings held this year across the state regarding the impact of marijuana legislation on the state, including the public’s health and safety. The Assemblyman’s extensive consideration of testimony provided by advocates on both sides of the issue allowed for the Delegation to make an informed decision.

The Delegation’s opposition to legalizing marijuana is also consistent with the views expressed by the majority of constituents with whom the Delegation has discussed the issue over the years.

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Editorial: Granting Licenses to Illegal Aliens Will Encourage Others to Break the Law

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The following editorial by Senator Christopher Connors (R-9) in opposition to Governor Murphy’s efforts to provide driver’s licenses to illegal aliens and turn New Jersey into a sanctuary state was published by the Asbury Park Press on January 30, 2019:

America is a nation of laws, which include clear pathways for lawful immigration. We shouldn’t provide the various benefits of citizenship and legal residency, including a driver’s license, to those who have broken our laws with their very first, illegal step into this country.

Editorial from Sen. Christopher Connors on the 9th District delegation’s opposition to Governor Murphy’s efforts to provide driver’s licenses to illegal aliens and turn New Jersey into a sanctuary state. (SenateNJ.com)

Doing so would undermine our society by encouraging others to break the law as well. It also would send the wrong message to legal residents and citizens who play by the rules and fulfill their obligations every day, including paying taxes.

That’s why I started an online petition with Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove, my partners in the 9th Legislative District, to oppose legislation (S-3229/A-4743) that would allow illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses in New Jersey.

After news of the legislation to implement Gov. Murphy’s plan was first publicized several weeks ago, our office was contacted by a flood of people who found the proposal to be beyond the pale, even for Trenton.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Vote Against ‘Rain Tax’ & Creation Of New Public Utilities

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove (all R-9) vehemently opposed and voted against legislation, S-1073/A-2694, that would permit a county or municipality to establish and maintain a stormwater utility which would be authorized to charge fees, commonly referred to as a “rain tax.

District 9 lawmakers vehemently opposed and voted against the rain tax, legislation that would permit a county or municipality to establish and maintain a stormwater utility which would be authorized to charge fees. (Pixabay)

“The last thing struggling taxpayers and small businesses need is yet another government entity that imposes fees, making this state even more unaffordable and costly to do business,” said the members of the 9th District Delegation.

“New Jersey has already earned an unenviable reputation as a high-tax and overregulated state, which has effectively scared off job-creating business and capital investment. Enacting legislation that imposes a ‘rain tax’ would only serve to further solidify this reputation to the detriment of our state.

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Senate Passes Connors, Rumpf & Gove Bill To Assist First-Time Home-Buying Veterans

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would permit a portion of municipal development trust funds to be spent on housing affordability assistance to veterans was passed by the New Jersey State Senate.

Legislation sponsored by the 9th district delegation would permit a portion of municipal development trust funds to be spent on housing affordability assistance to veterans. (SenateNJ.com)

The 9th District Legislators made the following remarks upon the Senate’s passage of their veterans’ initiative, S-915:

“Even in a time of hyper-partisanship, it is important to recognize that the Senate still came together on a bipartisan basis to advance our legislation to assist first-time home-buying veterans. This issue takes on added importance, as housing affordability remains a significant issue for veterans, especially in high tax states such as New Jersey.”

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District 9 Lawmakers: Seniors & Small Businesses Will Be Hit Hardest by Minimum Wage Increase

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Speak Out Against Proposed State-Mandated Minimum Wage Increase

As part of their ongoing effort to represent the best interests of New Jersey’s senior consumers and small business owners, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove announced that they will be voting against a State-mandated minimum wage increase to $15 per hour.

District 9 lawmakers announce that they will be voting against a State-mandated minimum wage increase to $15 per hour. (Wikimedia)

Governor Murphy and the Democrat Majority Party Legislative leadership recently announced a deal to increase the state’s minimum wage, with the goal of advancing the legislation through both houses of the State legislature as swiftly as possible, potentially by the end of January. The Assembly version of the bill, A-15, passed the Assembly Labor Committee on Thursday, Jan. 24.

“Consumers will see increased costs in goods as a direct consequence of a state-mandated minimum wage increase. Seniors living with limited disposable incomes will be hit disparately hard when purchasing necessary goods and services, just as they have been by the gas tax increase.

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Committee Advances Connors, Rumpf & Gove Bill to Assist First-Time Home-Buying Veterans

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The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced legislation (S-915) sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would permit a portion of municipal development trust funds to be spent on housing affordability assistance to veterans.

The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Connors, Rumpf, and Gove that permits a portion of municipal development trust funds to be spent on housing affordability assistance to veterans. (WikiMedia)

The 9th District legislators made the following remark upon the advancement of their veterans’ initiative:
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District 9 Lawmakers React to Gov’s 2019 State of the State

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: More Misguided Priorities, Spending & Taxes from Trenton

Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove conveyed disappointment and concern upon listening to Governor Phil Murphy’s 2019 State of the State Address.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove of the 9th Legislative District conveyed disappointment and concern with Gov. Phil Murphy’s 2019 State of the State Address. (SenateNJ.com)

“After a year of tax increases, excessive government spending, and a crushing imbalance in school funding cuts that disparately hit our area of the state hard, it would seem that, without greater public backlash, 2019 is going to mean more of the same in Trenton.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Start Online Petition Opposing Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Aliens

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have started an online petition in opposition to providing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens in New Jersey.

Concerned citizens can sign the petition online by visiting: www.senatenj.com/sanctuarystate/.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove have started an online petition opposing Gov. Phil Murphy’s efforts to turn New Jersey into a sanctuary state and provide driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. (Wikimedia Commons)

The petition was launched to counter the passage of pending legislation (S-3229/A-4743) that would allow the State to issue driver’s licenses to persons who are “unable to prove lawful presence in the United States.” The legislation is part of Governor Phil Murphy’s effort to turn New Jersey into a sanctuary state.

The 9th District legislators issued the following statement:

“Along with the benefits that New Jersey already has in place for illegal aliens, including free in-state college tuition, allowing them to obtain driver’s licenses will firmly establish New Jersey as a sanctuary state. It’s not surprising in the least that this proposal has drawn outrage from across our legislative district.

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Chris Connors

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Brian Rumpf

Assemblyman - District 9

DiAnne Gove

Assemblywoman - District 9

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