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 on Dec. 21, 2015. (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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Bateman Bill Expanding Eligibility for Benefits Under “Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights” Passes Senate

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The Senate passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to include the domestic or civil union partner of a homicide victim among those eligible to receive compensation, as well as certain protections and rights from the criminal justice system.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation expands eligibility for loved ones of crime victims to receive benefits and rights from the criminal justice system. (©iStock)

The legislation, S-180, revises the definition of “victim” under the “Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights” to be more consistent with the definition of “victim” in the New Jersey Constitution. Under the legislation, “victim” will now include the spouse, parent, legal guardian, grandparent, child or sibling of the decedent in the case of a criminal homicide or act of juvenile delinquency that would constitute criminal homicide if committed by an adult.

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Advanced: Trio of Bateman Bills Advocating for Solar Power, E-Waste Recycling, Clean Vehicles

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Three bills sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to enhance solar power, improve e-waste recycling management and study low or zero emission vehicles have cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sen. Bateman’s legislation would enhance solar power, improve e-waste recycling management and study low or zero emission vehicles. (©iStock)

Senator Bateman’s bill, S-984, encourages New Jersey business owners to invest in solar technology by establishing the “Solar Roof Installation Warranty Program.”

“Business owners across New Jersey are eager to help cement our state’s legacy as a trailblazer in solar power,” Senator Bateman said. “We can do more to encourage a new crop of entrepreneurs to join us in this effort. This new and innovative warranty program targets a core, environmentally-friendly audience that is ready and willing to go above and beyond, by investing in energy-efficient technology that will save our environment and enrich our economy.”

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Bipartisan Bill to End “Return Home” Now Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. to end the state’s ‘Return Home’ policy has been signed into law. Under the law (S3117), stemming from an agreement reached in July between legislators and the Christie Administration, the state Division of Developmental Disabilities is prohibited from transferring an individual with a developmental disability currently residing out of state to a placement in New Jersey if the individual or his or her guardian objects in writing.

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. (SenateNJ.com)

“Throughout this process I’ve heard heart-wrenching stories from many families concerned about the disruption and change in the level of care that will occur if their loved ones who had spent the majority of their life at one facility were suddenly uprooted and moved back to New Jersey,” said Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “This law now permanently recognizes those concerns by giving families and guardians the option to determine what’s best for the treatment of their loved one. I applaud the family members and guardians for their diligence in making their concerns known and bringing us to this point today.”

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Editorial: Redistricting Amendment Proposed By NJ Democrats Kneecaps Democracy

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The following editorial by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman on a state constitutional amendment that would give Democrat legislators lifelong tenure in elected office, even when they fail constituents or when voters want a change in representation, was published in the Asbury Park Press on January 8, 2015: 

Sen. Kip Bateman’s editorial opposing an attempt by State Democrats to pass a constitutional amendment that would result in fewer competitive legislative elections. (SenateNJ.com)

I introduce, vote and debate policies in Trenton, conscious of every constituency I represent in the diverse 16th legislative district. Being a public servant for such a competitive voting district is a healthy challenge, reflecting the strong will for democracy that created America.

As our country grew, so too did the quest for equal voting rights. Legendary leaders, such as Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King Jr., dedicated their lives to the cause of securing equal voting rights for minority citizen populations.

Unconscionably, New Jersey Democrats are fast-tracking a constitutional amendment that would severely undermine those historic democratic and civil rights successes.

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Senate Passes Bateman Legislation to Increase Standards for School Nurse Certification

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to ensure school nurses meet certain training and education requirements was passed by the full Senate and now heads to the governor’s desk for final approval.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation would ensure that school nurses meet certain training and education requirements. (©iStock)

“School nurses have a difficult and demanding job and must be able to address a wide spectrum of student health issues largely on their own,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “To ensure students receive the highest level of care it’s important to make certain school nurses have the requisite education, training and experience to handle the complexity of the job.”

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Senate Passes Bateman Bill Expanding Electronic Waste Recycling Efforts

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The New Jersey Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, to significantly expand recycling efforts by requiring electronic manufactures to provide convenient collection of covered electronics in municipalities and at statewide entities across New Jersey.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation updates New Jersey’s electronics recycling law. (Pixabay)

Senator Bateman’s bill, S-2973, updates existing electronic recycling law that currently requires manufacturers to provide a free and convenient electronic waste recycling program for covered electronics. The bill would extend the recycling program to statewide entities, such as school districts, with electronic manufacturers covering the cost of collecting and recycling their market share of covered products.

“In our most densely populated state, it is imperative that we fearlessly face the mounting challenge to reduce the tens of millions of tons of solid waste discarded in New Jersey each year,” Senator Bateman said. “This updated legislation will generate significant cost savings at a local level, by ensuring that electronic manufacturers stay committed to providing free and convenient opportunities for recycling in communities across the state.”

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Bateman: Senate Environment Committee Acts to Save Historic Princeton Battlegrounds, Wetlands

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Environment Committee, announced that the committee has taken official action to help protect the Princeton Battlegrounds and surrounding wetlands from irreparable harm. Sen. Bateman first urged the convening of the hearing, providing environmental experts, residents, and historians with the opportunity to deliver testimony on the dire need to halt the Institute for Advanced Study’s plans to build housing on top of wetlands and hallowed ground at the Princeton Battlegrounds.

Sen. Kip Bateman, Sen. Bob Smith, Bruce Afran and Amy Greene examine a map showing proposed development that would harm the Princeton Battlegrounds and surrounding wetlands at a hearing of the Senate Environment Committee on Dec. 21, 2015. (SenateNJ.com)

“Today my fellow Senate committee members and I had the opportunity to hear eye-opening testimony, providing clear and indisputable evidence supporting our fight to protect this hallowed ground,” Senator Bateman said. “We simply cannot allow construction crews to bulldoze 238 years of history and irreversibly decimate the surrounding wetlands.

“I am pleased to report that my Senate colleagues and I have signed an official letter to the DEP stating that based on the research presented by those who testified today, we support the Princeton Battlefield Society’s efforts to secure a legal stay to halt construction, as we believe that this action is necessary to protect the historic battlegrounds and surrounding wetlands from irreparable harm,” Senator Bateman added.

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Smith-Bateman Bill Replenishing Open Space Funds Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Bob Smith and Kip Bateman that supports last year’s voter-approved Public Question 2 amendment dedicating money to replenish the now-depleted Green Acres, Blue Acres, farmland and historic preservation programs from an existing business tax was approved by the Senate.

Legislation by Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Bob Smith supports last year’s voter-approved amendment dedicating money to replenish the now-depleted Green Acres, Blue Acres, farmland and historic preservation programs. (Garden State Preservation Trust)

The bill, S-2769, sets guidelines for implementing the constitutional amendment that created a permanent funding source to ensure the preservation of New Jersey’s recreation spaces, productive farmland and historic sites. All funds from the statewide bond that voters approved in 2009 are fully allocated, leaving no new money for preservation programs in New Jersey.

“Securing a responsible and sustainable means of providing long-term funding for preserving open space and flood-prone properties is the key to ensuring a safer, cleaner and greener future for us all,” said Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer). “Today we solidified our commitment to New Jersey voters to preserve our state’s beautiful open spaces, farmland, historical landmarks, and vital natural resources for generations to come.”

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Smith-Bateman Bill Establishing Renewable Energy Standards Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Bob Smith and Kip Bateman that would make significant changes to existing law concerning Class 1 renewable energy portfolio standards to provide a statutory framework for greenhouse gas emission reduction was approved by the Senate.

Legislation by Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Bob Smith would make significant changes to existing law concerning Class 1 renewable energy portfolio standards to provide a statutory framework for greenhouse gas emission reduction. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, S-2444, sets ambitious targets aimed at achieving the goals of the Global Warming Response Act, enacted in July 2007 to adopt statewide limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically, the law mandated the statewide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, approximately a 20 percent reduction, followed by a further reduction of emissions to 80 percent below 2006 levels by 2050. The bill aims to gradually increase the use of renewable energy resources to 80 percent by 2050 as one means to effectively reduce carbon emissions to meet the goals of the Global Warming Response Act.

“New Jersey adopted one of the nation’s most aggressive renewable energy portfolio standards in 2011, making us a leader in clean energy nationwide and helping foster a significant solar energy industry in the state,” said Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer). “Our legislation will help accelerate the implementation of Class I energy sources, which we should all embrace as a vital effort to make New Jersey a cleaner and greener place to be.”

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Bateman, Kyrillos Bill Establishing School District Regionalization Task Force Passes Senate

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The Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Joe Kyrillos establishing a school district regionalization task force that will study and make recommendations regarding the issues and benefits of consolidating school districts.

The legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Joe Kyrillos establishes a school district regionalization task force. (©iStock)

“If we are ever going to address New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes and provide relief to homeowners we have to take a close look at consolidating school districts to create a more efficient and sustainable school system,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “This task force will provide valuable insight and jumpstart the conversation on what is a complex issue, but one that carries great potential to enhance educational opportunities, streamline services and reduce costs.”

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