New Jersey's 16th Legislative District

Senator Kip Bateman

  • Sen. Kip Bateman was joined by Richard Pompelio of the New Jersey Crime Victims’ Law Center for the Senate session on Nov. 14, 2016. Pompelio was honored for his decades of work to protect crime victims and joined Bateman to watch the Senate’s passage of new protections. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman and the Senate Environment Committee have taken official action to help protect the Princeton Battlegrounds and surrounding wetlands from proposed development following a State House hearing. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman at the Annual Fall Conference of Hunterdon Prevention Resources and the Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon/Somerset at Raritan Valley Community College on November 12, 2015.

  • Sen. Kip Bateman joined cyclists from Ride 2 Recovery to raise awareness and help thousands of injured veterans around the country on September 29, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman with families who celebrated the Senate’s passage of reform legislation to fix the state’s flawed “Return Home New Jersey” program on July 23, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kip Bateman at a State House press conference on July 20, 2015 to announce a bipartisan agreement to end the state’s ‘Return Home’ policy as it currently exists. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Bateman (speaking) joined with legislators from both parties and faith leaders at the New Jersey State House on June 11, 2015 to condemn antisemitism and hate crimes. He co-sponsors a bipartisan resolution addressing the need to to put an end to Jewish hatred and bias crimes. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman presented U.S. Soccer superstar and New Jersey native Tim Howard with a proclamation from Gov. Chris Christie designating May 15th to June 15th as Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman took part in a special New Jersey 101.5 broadcast aboard the Battleship New Jersey honoring veterans on May 22, 2015. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kip Bateman visited Terracycle in Trenton on May 14, 2015 and announced a resolution urging a statewide effort to keep hazardous and hard-to-recycle materials out of landfills. (Full Story)

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Bog Turtle Now One Step Closer to Becoming NJ’s Official State Reptile

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Bateman Legislation Inspired By Local Students Will Protect Endangered Turtle With NJ State Reptile Designation

The bog turtle crawled one step closer to become New Jersey’s official state reptile today, following the State Senate passage of legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman and inspired by students from Princeton.

Riverside Elementary School Students Kyle Grzmala and Hayah Mian, and their teacher Mark Eastburn, join Sen. Bateman for the April 12, 2018 vote on his bill to designate the endangered bog turtle as New Jersey’s Official State Reptile. (SenateNJ.com)

“I really have to hand it to the students who worked so hard to shed light on the dangers the bog turtle is facing in New Jersey. We are passing this bill today because of their efforts,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Encouraging the next generation to get involved in the legislative process and reach out to their elected officials is incredibly important. It’s something that every parent, teacher, and legislator should do. I know that these kids have a bright future ahead of them and I look forward to watching them continue to fight for the causes they believe in.”

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Bateman to Introduce “Bijou’s Law” to Protect Pets at Groomers

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Three Dogs Have Died at New Jersey Pet Salons in the Past Five Months

In light of recent, untimely, and recurring deaths of dogs while in the care of pet groomers, Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) will introduce legislation to increase protections for family pets by requiring pet groomers to be properly trained and licensed.

In light of recent, untimely, and recurring deaths of dogs while in the care of pet groomers, Sen. Kip Bateman will introduce legislation to increase protections for family pets by requiring pet groomers to be properly trained and licensed. (Photo courtesy of Rosemary Marchetto)

“It is sadly far too common for us to read of dog grooming deaths in the news,” said Bateman. “It’s clear that something needs to be done to improve training and oversight. That’s why I’m introducing ‘Bijou’s Law’ as a smart and sensible approach to protect our pets and save lives. People take their dog to the groomers with the reasonable expectation that their pets will be treated properly and returned to them clean and healthy, and not in a box.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

3,000+ ‘Socks for Soldiers’ Collected By Corrado & Bateman

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Thousands of socks were collected as part of  Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Kip Bateman’s “Sock for Soldiers” drive.

Sen. Kristin Corrado collected more than a thousand socks for her “Socks for Soldiers” drive. (SenateNJ.com)

“Socks are one of the most common items service members request,” Corrado (R-40) added. “I am grateful to everyone who participated in this year’s ‘Socks for Soldiers’ drive. The thousands of sock donated this year will keep our heroes warm.”

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Bateman Responds to Gov. Murphy’s Continued Underfunding of Schools

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Senator Kip Bateman (R- Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex and Hunterdon) responded to published comments by a local school official in his district regarding continued underfunding by Governor Murphy’s school funding plan for FY 2019:

Sen. Kip Bateman (R- Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex and Hunterdon) responded to published comments by a local school official in his district regarding continued underfunding by Gov. Murphy’s school funding plan for FY19. (©iStock)

“New Jersey’s formula for funding our schools continues to be unfair and inequitable,” Bateman said. “Manville and other underfunded school districts will once again fail to receive their fair share of funding under Governor Murphy’s proposed budget. A top-notch education is the key to success, expanding opportunities and enhancing outcomes for all students regardless of their economic status. Our students, teachers, and parents deserve better. I give Phil Murphy’s school funding plan an ‘F.’”

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Bateman Bill Selecting NJ State Reptile Moves Forward

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NJ Students Inspire Effort to Protect Endangered Bog Turtle With State Reptile Designation

The Senate State Government, Waging, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to designate the bog turtle as New Jersey’s Official State Reptile.

From left: Vita Moss-Wang, a Princeton fifth-grader at Riverside Elementary School, Avi Weiss, a Princeton sixth-grader at John Witherspoon Middle School, Senator Kip Bateman, and Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker before testifying in support of making the endangered bog turtle New Jersey’s Official State Reptile. (SenateNJ.com)

“You used to be able to find bog turtles almost anywhere in New Jersey, but habitat destruction has really taken its toll here,” Senator Bateman said. “We have to act fast before bog turtles are gone from the Garden State forever. I am very grateful to the students at Riverside Elementary and their teacher, Mark Eastburn, for inspiring me to become a fierce advocate for this unique and special creature. Together we will work hard to save New Jersey’s bog turtles from extinction.”

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Editorial: The Time to Fund Gateway Project Is Now

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The following editorial by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) on the need to advance funding for the Gateway Tunnel project was published by the Courier News on March 16, 2018:

New Jersey rail commuters have dealt with crippling delays and detrimental cancellations for far too long. Politicians cannot gamble using commuters as leverage for political gain. It is critical that partisan feuds are not entangled with sensible public policy. This not only inconveniences our commuting workforce but wreaks havoc on our thriving business economy throughout the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.

Editorial by Sen. Kip Bateman on the importance of advancing funding for the Gateway Tunnel project. (SenateNJ.com)

Almost a million people utilize the Northeast Corridor in eight states and Washington, D.C. every day. 200,000 daily commuters take the Hudson River tunnels in and out of New Jersey. If railroad service was to be disrupted, the Northeast Corridor Commission estimates an economic loss of $100 million per day. According to the director of Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative 825, a shutdown of a single Hudson tunnel could reduce commuter capacity by 75%.

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Bateman Law Raises Awareness of the Needs of the Homeless

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Says Donation of Socks Can Help Community Members in Need

A resolution sponsored by Senator Kip that designates February 14 of each year as “Socks for the Homeless Day” was signed into law. The measure is designed to raise awareness of homelessness and the ongoing need for socks by children, adults, and families without homes.

Senator Bateman’s “Sock for Homeless Day” signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“A pair of clean, dry socks can be a sign of hope for children and families suffering from homelessness,” said Bateman (R-16). “During the coldest winter month, a donation of socks can prevent hypothermia and injuries which untreated can lead to further health problems.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado & Bateman Launch “Socks for Soldiers” Collection Drive

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Senators Encourage Schools, Businesses, and Local Governments to Participate

Senator Kristin M. Corrado and Senator Kip Bateman have launched a “Socks for Soldiers” drive to collect one of the most requested items by our troops serving around the world.

Sen. Kristin Corrado and Sen. Kip Bateman have launched a ‘Socks for Soldiers’ collection drive to support our troops and veterans at home and abroad. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our heroes at home and abroad need our help to stay warm and comfortable,” said Bateman (R-16). “That’s why I’m partnering with Senator Corrado on a new effort to collect clean, unworn socks that are in high demand by our troops and our veterans. It’s an easy, inexpensive way that we can support those who sacrifice so much on our behalf.”

Corrado and Bateman urged schools, businesses, and local governments to post collection boxes with a “Socks for Soldiers” sign (print one here).

Corrado first collected “Socks for Soldiers” while serving as Passaic County Clerk. Last year, her program provided more than 6,000 pairs of socks to soldiers and veterans.

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ADVANCED: Bateman Food Recycling Bill Would Reduce Waste and Costly Effects of Methane Gas

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) that’s focused on reducing the harmful effects of food waste through increased recycling has been approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Bateman legislation reduces harmful effects of methane gas by requiring companies to separate food waste from trash. (Flickr)

The legislation calls for large generators of food waste to separate it from other forms of trash, providing the opportunity to prevent methane released into the atmosphere and fuel electricity production from a renewable form of energy.

“A single supermarket can generate tens of tons of food waste each year. Discarded food produces large amounts of methane gas when it decomposes in our landfills,” said Bateman. “Encouraging large companies to separate food and trash into different bins will reduce trash disposal costs, limit methane release, and provide an economic boost to cities with approved food waste facilities.”

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ADVANCED: Bateman Legislation to Expand Net Metering & Growth of Renewable Energy

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) to encourage homeowners and businesses to continue investing in renewable energy systems was approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Bateman legislation expands investment in renewable energy, such as Solar and Wind energy. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey needs clean, safe, and affordable energy,” said Bateman. “The expansion of programs that support our goal of increasing green energy production can help to lower electric bills and protect our environment. Allowing more customers to take advantage of net metering will encourage New Jerseyans to continue installing renewable energy, such as solar power, by expanding opportunities to lower their utility bills.”

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