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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Bateman Bill Empowering Small Businesses to Prepare for Storms Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to help small business owners secure financing to ensure their property is energy-efficient and prepared for severe weather events was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill help business owners ensure their property is prepared for storms. Pictured: flooded businesses in Bound Brook. (Wikimedia Commons)

“By allowing municipalities to engage in the private financing outlined in the PACE special assessment, we can empower more small business owners to make energy-efficiency improvements and recover from or prepare for future storms,” Senator Bateman said. “As we embark on hurricane season, this bill is essential to ensuring business owners can make vital improvements, such as raising the property to prevent flood damage.”

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Bateman/Ciattarelli Editorial: Court Ruling on N.J. Affordable Housing Would Cause Staggering Changes

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (both R-16) said affordable housing reform is needed to protect taxpayers from a court ruling that could have severe consequences for towns statewide in this editorial published in the Star-Ledger on June 6, 2016:

Sen. Kip Bateman and Asm. Jack Ciattarelli said that affordable housing reform is needed to protect taxpayers from a court ruling that could have severe consequences for towns statewide in this Star-Ledger editorial. (SenateNJ.com)

The New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division will soon hear arguments to determine if municipalities must build tens of thousands of affordable housing units that they were not required to construct during the Council On Affordable Housing’s “gap period” of 1999 to 2015.

If the court ignores current rules and law by mandating retroactive affordable housing obligations, municipalities statewide would be forced to build more than 100,000 new housing units by 2025.

This is truly a case that could forever change the character of many New Jersey communities.

Take rural Branchburg, for example, which could be forced to increase the number of residential units in the township by 60 percent. It should be clear that the consequences of such a ruling would be staggering.

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Bateman Bill to Test Electronic Poll Records, Prevent Voter Fraud in 2017 Elections Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) to permit counties to study replacing traditional paper poll books with electronic poll books during the 2017 election cycle.

Senator Bateman’s bill permits counties to study replacing traditional paper poll records with electronic poll books during 2017 elections, preventing voter fraud. (©iStock)

“With high-profile elections fast approaching, it is critical that we do everything we can to prevent voter fraud,” Senator Bateman said. “We have all seen news coverage of long lines wrapping around polling stations across the country. In 2017, locations using paper records could struggle to keep up with a higher voter turnout, increasing the risk of fraud. Dozens of states use electronic poll books, often leading to shorter wait times and a reduction in voter fraud. It’s time for New Jersey to join the fold. With today’s Senate passage, we are one step closer to giving voters a faster, more efficient way to do their civic duty.”

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Bateman/Gusciora Launch New Effort to Stop Destruction of Princeton Battlegrounds

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assemblyman Reed Gusciora announced a new effort to combat the Institute of Advanced Study’s plans to construct housing on top of Maxwell Field, a National Historic Landmark and the site of George Washington’s 1777 victory against the British.

Construction on Maxwell Field (April 2016), the site of George Washington’s famous counterattack against British regulars during the January 3, 1777 Battle of Princeton. (Princeton Battlefield Society)

On Thursday, Senator Bateman and Assemblyman Gusciora will transmit a letter to the Institute renewing their request to discuss solutions to preserve Princeton Battlegrounds and enable IAS to build housing elsewhere. IAS has repeatedly rejected the legislators’ request for a meeting, prompting Bateman and Gusciora to go public with this week’s submission.

“The refusal to even grant a meeting proves that the Institute is determined to bury their head in the sand and continue to deny the irreparable impact this construction will have on the Princeton Battlegrounds and its irreplaceable historic resources,” Senator Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) said. “Assemblyman Gusciora and I are ready and willing to discuss reasonable alternatives, but we will not stand in the shadows and allow the Institute to move blindly forward with these destructive plans. To do so would be a disservice to the residents, historians and activists who are fighting day and night to protect this hallowed ground.”

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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 2017 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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