New Jersey's 16th Legislative District

Senator Kip Bateman

  • 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.

  • Sen. Kip Bateman with Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Asm. Jack Ciattarelli and Asw. Donna Simon at the commissioning of Primus Green Energy’s demonstration plant in Hillsborough on October 2, 2013. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) speaking on a bill he introduced that would allow medical records to be accessed when investigating HIV/AIDS related crimes at the Somerset County Court House on Sept. 18, 2013. He was joined by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, Asm. Jack Ciattarelli (l) and Asw. Donna Simon (r).

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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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Bateman, Simon & Ciattarelli Laud Three Bridges School for Being Named a Green Ribbon School Recipient

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Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assembly Republican members Donna Simon and Jack Ciattarelli today commended the Three Bridges Elementary School in Readington Township, Hunterdon County, for being named a Green Ribbon School for its commitment to environmental education and sustainability.

The school is one of 48 schools in the U.S. and only one of two in New Jersey to be named a 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School.

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.

The lawmakers, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, honored the school with a joint legislative resolution. It states that the Three Bridges School “stands as a beacon of the heights to which education can aspire and is an exceptional example of the success possible through the selfless efforts of concerned and dedicated people.”

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Video: Bateman Talks About Bipartisan Effort to Create Stable Source of Open Space Funding

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Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to talk about the bipartisan effort to create a stable source of open space funding.

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Bateman Recognized by New Jersey Environmental Lobby

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) was recognized Wednesday evening by the New Jersey Environmental Lobby for his contributions to the protection and preservation of New Jersey’s environment.

Senator Bateman and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. were awarded the annual Frank J. Oliver Environmental Award at NJEL’s awards reception at Seton Hall University.

“I am extremely honored to receive this recognition from the tireless advocates at the NJEL,” said Bateman, a member of the Senate Environment and Energy committee. “I have always believed as a legislator that we have a responsibility to make our beautiful state a healthier and safer place to live for future generations.

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