New Jersey's 16th Legislative District

Senator Kip Bateman

  • 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)

  • 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)

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Panel Passes Bateman Bill Celebrating 50 Years of National Historic Preservation Act

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The Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee passed a bill sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon) that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

Sen. Kip Bateman helped celebrate the addition of new open space to the Princeton Battlefield on September 16, 2015. (SenateNJ.com)

“Thanks to this act, we’ve had a chance to preserve countless structures, districts and other properties with historical significance so future generations can enjoy and learn from them,” Senator Bateman said. “The 50th anniversary of the act gives us a chance to celebrate its success, as well as refocus our efforts to continue our fight to protect more of our historically important places.”

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Advanced: Bateman Bill Upping Standards for School Nurse Certification

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman requiring school nurses to meet additional training, clinical experience and education requirements has cleared the Senate Education Committee.

Senator Kip Bateman’s bill requiring school nurses to meet additional training, clinical experience and education requirements cleared the Senate Education Committee.

“A school nurse’s responsibilities extend far beyond placing a Band-Aid on a scraped knee,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “For a child living below the poverty line, a school nurse may be the only health professional they see. They are truly on the front lines of protecting a child’s health and welfare. Increasing training and clinical experience requirements will ensure all school nurses are fully equipped to identify the early signs of serious health problems and provide the highest level of care for kids with diverse and complex needs.”

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Bateman Urges TSA to Reduce Security Delays at Newark Airport

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) is joining with U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th District) and the other members of New Jersey’s Congressional delegation to urge the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to take steps to reduce the outrageously long wait times at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

Sen. Kip Bateman is joining with Rep. Leonard Lance to urge the TSA to take steps to reduce the egregiously long wait times a Newark Liberty International Airport. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Newark Airport is a crucial hub for transportation not just for New Jersey but for our entire region. Long waits and delays are far too common at the airport and are completely unacceptable.

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Bateman/Ciattarelli Bill to Combat Affordable Housing Mandates in Violation of Current Law

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli have, along with a number of Democrats, introduced a bill clarifying municipalities cannot be forced to meet retroactive affordable housing requirements, specifically because the Fair Housing Act does not impose such requirements.

The bipartisan bill was drafted in the wake of a court ruling that could set a dangerous precedent requiring towns statewide to include tens of thousands of more affordable housing units than they are obligated to provide under the Fair Housing Act.

Sen. Kip Bateman & Asm. Jack Ciattarelli’s bill clarifies municipalities cannot be forced to meet retroactive affordable housing requirements, specifically because the Fair Housing Act does not impose such requirements. (©iStock)

“Municipalities need a clear set of guidelines for providing affordable housing,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Instead, one court has handed down a misguided mandate that clearly violates established law. Far too many New Jerseyans are still struggling to find adequate housing. Municipalities are scrambling to understand and meet their housing obligations. It’s time to stop playing games in the courts and focus on enacting real, comprehensive affordable housing reform.”

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Bucco/Bateman Bill Combats Corruption, Requires All Elected to Take Ethics Training

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The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to mandate ethics training for all elected officials. Government officials who fail to complete the training would face a $5,000 fine.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman mandates ethics training for all elected officials. (©iStock)

“Unfortunately, you don’t have to dig deep to find examples of political corruption in New Jersey,” Senator Bucco said. “Widely publicized investigations into kickback schemes and recent exploitation of state funds have exposed a critical need for the ethics training mandated under my bill,” Senator Bucco said. “New Jerseyans are already coping with a nation-high tax burden. We cannot allow elected leaders to squander a single public dollar for political gain.”

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Bateman Bill to Test Electronic Poll Books in 2017 Elections, Prevent Voter Fraud Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to permit counties to conduct a study replacing traditional paper polling records with electronic poll books during the 2017 election cycle has cleared the Senate State Government Committee.

Senator Bateman’s bill permits counties to study replacing traditional paper polling records with electronic poll books during 2016 elections, preventing voter fraud. (©iStock)

“This commonsense move to modernize New Jersey’s voting system will give voters a faster, more efficient way to do their civic duty,” Senator Bateman said. “Most importantly, electronic poll books limit voter fraud by signaling an electronic notification of a registered voter’s mail-in ballot and Election Day voting record. With a number of high-profile elections fast approaching, it is critical that we do everything we can to prevent this crime.”

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Bateman Budget Resolution to Fund Christie’s Proposal to Test School Drinking Water for Lead

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Sen. Bateman will introduce a budget resolution to add $10 million to the FY 2017 budget to support the statewide testing of school drinking water for lead contamination. (Pixabay)

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman today announced his plans to introduce a budget resolution to add Governor Christie’s proposed $10 million to the Fiscal Year 2017 budget to support the statewide testing of school drinking water for lead contamination.

“I applaud Governor Christie for joining our bipartisan effort to safeguard all New Jersey children from the devastating effects of lead poisoning,” Senator Bateman said. “Adding funds to the FY17 budget to support testing school drinking water for lead exposure is a no-brainer. As elected officials we have a responsibility to develop a swift and responsible solution to solve this critical public health and safety crisis. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to achieve this goal.”

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Bateman Introduces Tax Credits to Incentivize Telecommuting

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In honor of Earth Day, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) introduced a bill that will reduce carbon emissions while making New Jersey a more attractive place to work and do business.

Sen. Kip Bateman  introduced a bill to incentivize telecommuting by creating a tax credit for businesses that allow employees to work from home. (©iStock)

“In many professions, people today are able to do the same work from home that traditionally would have tied them to an office,” Senator Bateman said. “This combination pro-environment, pro-business legislation will give companies an incentive to allow more of their employees to skip their daily commutes and give the environment a break by telecommuting.”

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Bateman on New Jersey Supreme Court Nomination of Walter Timpone

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Senator Kip Bateman, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responded to Governor Christie’s withdrawal of David Bauman’s nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court and the new nomination of Walter Timpone:

Sen. Kip Bateman said he hopes the Supreme Court nomination of Walter Timpone represents an end to the judicial logjam that threatened state courts. (©iStock)

“Judge Bauman deserves a lot of credit for twice accepting a nomination in such a challenging political environment. Although I wish we had the opportunity to give him the confirmation hearing he deserved, I am glad that he now has closure on what has been a long process.

“I look forward to reviewing the nomination of Walter Timpone in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and hope that his nomination represents an end to the judicial logjam that threatened our state courts.”

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Editorial: All Judicial Nominees Deserve Hearings

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Senator Kip Bateman says that that all judicial nominees, including U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland and N.J. Supreme Court nominee Judge David Bauman, deserve confirmation hearings in this editorial published in the Asbury Park Press:

Sen. Kip Bateman says that all judicial nominees deserve the opportunity to be confirmed if they are qualified to serve. (©iStock)

Our state and our nation have arrived at a very dangerous place, where partisanship trumps all, including common sense and decency.

This incivility between the political parties now threatens the independence of our judiciary, and puts the very functioning of our courts at risk.

At both the state and federal levels, we have chief executives who have nominated justices to our supreme courts, and recalcitrant leaders in our senates who have refused to allow those legislative bodies to perform their constitutional duties of advice and consent.

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