New Jersey's 16th Legislative District

Senator Kip Bateman

  • Sen. Kip Bateman and Asw. Donna Simon (both R-16) joined Rolling Thunder to dedicate a POW/MIA Chair of Honor in the New Jersey State House on September 15, 2014.  Bateman said the chair will serve as a reminder that we must continue the effort to bring home all of our brave men and women from all of our conflicts and wars. (Photo Gallery)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman (left-center) took part in a ceremony designating Hillsborough as a Purple Heart Community on August 7, 2014. He is pictured with, from left to right, Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 27 Commander Ted Dima, Hillsborough Township Mayor Doug Tomson and Deputy Mayor Greg Burchette. (Facebook)

  • Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) spoke with the students participating in the YMCA Youth and Government Program, which is organized by the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties, at the New Jersey State House on June 16, 2014. (Photo Gallery)

  • Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) and Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano were honored by the Boy Scouts of America at the 2014 Distinguished Citizen Awards Dinner on May 28, 2014 at Fiddlers Elbow Country Club in Bedminster. (Boy Scouts of America)

  • Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) helped dedicate and cut the ribbon at the Howe Athletic Complex at Colonial Park in Somerset on May 22, 2014. (Somerset County Park Commission)

  • Senator Kip Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon (all R-16) toured Hunterdon County Polytech’s Central Campus on May 1, 2014. The legislators met with students, teachers and administrators to learn about the school’s career-oriented programs. (Facebook)

  • Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) was presented with the Environmental Leadership Award by the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association on April 28, 2014 for his efforts to protect clean water and the environment. (Facebook)

  • Senator Kip Bateman (left), Assemblywoman Donna Simon (2nd from right) and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (right) congratulate Principal Kristen Higgins of Three Bridges School in Readington for the school being named a 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School on April 22, 2014. (Press Release)

  • Senator Kip Bateman took the oath of office during the reorganization meeting of the 2014-2015 New Jersey Senate on January 14, 2014 to represent the people of the 16th Legislative District. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman, Asm. Jack Ciattarelli and Asw. Donna Simon (all R-16) sponsored the inaugural Peter J. Biondi Memorial Trail Run/Walk on October 5, 2013 in Hillsborough, with proceeds to benefit SHIP.

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Senate Passes Bateman Bill to Raise Awareness for Pediatric OCD Condition (PANDAS/PANS)

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The Senate unanimously adopted legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to designate October 9 of each year as “Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus (PANDAS)/Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome Awareness Day (PANS).”

PANDAS and PANS most commonly refer to a condition in children characterized by the abrupt, dramatic onset of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). SJR58 was passed unanimously.

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Bateman-Ciattarelli-Simon Urge Congressional Support to Reduce Dangers in Transporting Oil

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Today, 16th District legislators Sen. Kip Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon called on New Jersey’s Congressional delegation to support newly proposed federal regulations for rail tank cars carrying crude oil. It is estimated that seven million gallons of crude oil is shipped daily by rail from North Dakota through New Jersey.

It is estimated that seven million gallons of crude oil is shipped daily by rail from North Dakota through New Jersey in rail tankers like these. (Harvey Henkelmann/Wikimedia Commons)

“These trains transporting oil through communities across the 16th District and New Jersey are essentially pipelines on wheels,” said Bateman. “Great concern should be taken in making sure these transports operate with the highest of standards. As experts learn from past mistakes and mechanical and technological advancements are made it’s important that regulations be changed accordingly.”

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Bateman Statement on Passage of Amendment Providing Sustainable Open Space Preservation Funding

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, sponsor of a constitutional amendment to establish a long-term funding source for open space preservation, issued the following statement after the measure, SCR84/ACR130, was passed by the full Assembly today.

“This marks an important day for the future of New Jersey as voters now have the opportunity to make sure there is a stable funding source to protect lands that guard against flooding and water contamination and preserve open spaces important to the natural beauty of their communities,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “New Jersey has a long history of preservation and by dedicating just a small percentage of corporate business taxes we can guarantee those efforts will continue long into the future without adding any burden on taxpayers. With a sustainable funding source for Blue Acres programs the state will be better equipped to protect homeowners and businesses in areas prone to flooding like Manville. It took a lot of effort to get to this point but the overwhelming support in the Senate and Assembly show this was a solution well worth fighting for. I thank all of those who contributed to the discussion and helped push this measure forward.”

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Bateman Bill to Establish Standards for Home Elevation Contractors Passed by Senate

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The Senate today passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to protect homeowners elevating their homes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The bill, S942, establishes new consumer protection standards for home elevation contractors.

“Many homeowners have already begun the process of elevating their homes to safeguard against future storms and many more will do so in the coming months and years,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex). “This type of work has never been done here at this scale before and we have to take steps to make sure there’s proper oversight and that the work is done safety and correctly.”

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Bateman Bills to Encourage, Standardize Green Roof Designs Advance to Governor

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman providing incentives and standards for the use of environmentally friendly roof designs will head to the Governor’s desk for approval after passing the full Senate today.

“With proper planning and installation environmentally friendly roof designs can greatly improve storm water management and help control local flooding,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “It’s important the state take advantage of and encourage this type of smart planning and building to lessen environmental impacts as much as possible.”

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Senate Adopts Bateman, Doherty Bill Establishing Hunterdon-Somerset Flood Advisory Task Force

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The Senate today voted to pass legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Michael Doherty establishing a task force to address flooding in Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

“Raritan River flooding has plagued homeowners and businesses in Somerset County for as long as I can remember,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “It’s time there be an in depth review to determine what can be done to mitigate this continuing problem that’s caused havoc for so many families decade after decade. By establishing a regional task force we can hopefully find comprehensive solutions to address the problems in this unique area.”

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Senate Passes Bateman Legislation to Study Use, Infrastructure Needed for Low, Zero Emission Vehicles

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The full Senate today adopted legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to create a task force to study the use of low, or zero emission vehicles in the state.

“Technologies surrounding low emission vehicles are rapidly evolving and we need to make sure the state has the infrastructures and policies in place to support and encourage this important innovation,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “As the most densely populated and one of the most heavily traveled states in the country it is imperative we pursue every opportunity to expand the availability and use of affordable, low and zero emission vehicles.”

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Beck, Bateman Veterans Property Tax Relief Measure Advanced by Committee

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A proposal by Senators Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth) and Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) to extend tax benefits to eligible veterans residing in continuing care retirement communities was advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

The Senators’ S880 extends the state’s current veterans property tax deduction and disabled veterans property tax exemption to eligible veterans living at continuing care retirement communities. Under current law, honorably discharged veterans who own a home and served in a qualifying combat zone receive a $250 property tax deduction, while those that are deemed “totally and permanently disabled” are exempt from property taxes altogether.

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Committee Advances Bateman, Doherty Bill Establishing Hunterdon-Somerset Flood Advisory Task Force

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Michael Doherty establishing a task force to address flooding in Somerset and Hunterdon counties was advanced today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

“Raritan River flooding has plagued homeowners and businesses in Somerset County for as long as I can remember,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “It’s time there be an in depth review to determine what can be done to mitigate this continuing problem that’s caused havoc for so many families decade after decade. By establishing a regional task force we can hopefully find comprehensive solutions to address the problems in this unique area.”

“Flooding along much of the Delaware and Raritan rivers has become a regular occurrence when heavy rains hit the region,” said Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset). “We need to bring experts and stakeholders from throughout the area together to take a careful look at what can be done to provide long-term relief. Homeowners and businesses have been dealing with the same flooding problems for far too long.”

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Bateman Bills to Encourage, Standardize Green Roof Designs and Protect NJ Beaches Advanced

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The Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Monday advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman providing incentives and standards for the use of environmentally friendly roof designs along with legislation prohibiting development related to drilling for oil or natural gas off the state’s coast.

The committee advanced two bipartisan measures related to the use of green or blue roofs, which use vegetation or mechanical devices to control water drainage and improve storm water management. Under S1415, projects eligible for funding from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program that are designed with a green or blue roof would be given extra weight in the application process. Companion legislation, S1416, requires the adoption of building standards for the installation of blue and green roofs.

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