Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) issued the following statement regarding Governor Chris Christie’s nomination of Kevin O’Dowd to serve as New Jersey’s next Attorney General:
“Kevin O’Dowd has an exemplary record of federal and state public service in both the United States Attorney’s Office and in the Governor’s Office. I have no doubt that he is the right person to serve as the next Attorney General of New Jersey.
“Personally, I have always found Kevin to be extremely knowledgeable, capable, and fair, a critique that I have heard repeated by legislators on both sides of the aisle.
Bateman Bill Affording Police at Private Colleges Immunity From Certain Civil Liabilities Passed by Senate
The Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman affording private colleges and their police officers immunity from civil liabilities for damages directly related to the lawful exercise of the officers’ authorized police powers.
The measure, S2344, would protect the officers from liability from incidents involving the general public if they happen to be on the campus. Current law only offers protection for incidents involving students and faculty and any other “beneficiary” covered under the Charitable Immunity Act.
“Officers at private colleges have a myriad of responsibilities like responding to emergencies, enforcing laws and protecting visitors and students,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex). “So long as they are obeying the law and not abusing their powers, officers performing these types of vital public safety functions on campus shouldn’t be held liable for lawsuits and damages that occur as result of their actions.
A bipartisan resolution sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to ease the financial hardship of homeowners who had to withdraw from their retirement plans to pay for damage caused by Superstorm Sandy was adopted by the full Senate today.
Senator Bateman’s resolution, SR125, urges Congress to not penalize residents who were forced to use their 401K funds to pay for damage the storm caused to their homes or property. Under current law, the amount of any 401K hardship distribution is considered taxable income, subjected to an additional 10 percent tax as an early withdrawal and the individual is prohibited from making further salary contributions to the plan for six months.
Two bipartisan measures sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to assist and protect homeowners and residents working to rebound from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy were advanced today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
Senator Bateman’s bipartisan S2976 would safeguard homeowners elevating their homes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy by establishing new consumer protection standards for home elevation contractors. The bill would require home elevation contractors to register with the state Division of Community Affairs, to have at least two years of field experience under the guidance of another experienced home elevation contractor, to have proper jacking equipment capable of safely lifting the home and to have sufficient insurance to cover the homeowner.
Senate Republican Judiciary Committee member Christopher “Kip” Bateman issued the following statement today after the Committee approved the nomination of Faustino Fernández-Vina to the State Supreme Court.
“Judge Fernández-Vina showed today that he is an extremely well qualified nominee with a breadth of experience and knowledge that will serve him well as a justice on the State Supreme Court,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex). “Fernández-Vina will bring diversity to the court, a high level of common sense and a needed commitment to protecting the constitution of this great state.”
Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assembly Republican members Jack Ciattarelli and Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, are urging residents to give the gift of life by donating blood at the bi-annual South Brunswick Blood Drive on Saturday, October 19.
Ciattarelli and Simon will be rolling up their sleeves to donate, but since Bateman donated two weeks ago, he is ineligible for Saturday’s blood drive. Donors must wait at least eight weeks between donations.
“We would like to encourage people of all ages to make blood donations a way of life,” said Bateman, who has donated more than 25 gallons of blood during his lifetime. “It is one of the most worthwhile things you can do for others. Donating an hour of your time and a pint of your blood can literally mean the difference between life and death for someone in need.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, announced today that Manville, Readington Twp., Rocky Hill and South Brunswick are receiving grants totaling $460,000 from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program that will support energy projects that will help them deal with the extended loss of power such as they experienced in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
“Disasters like Superstorm Sandy and the flooding of the Raritan-Millstone River Basin have made it clear that reliable energy sources are of the utmost importance in times of disaster,” said Bateman. “Power failures during emergencies hinder rescue operations and place already vulnerable residents at even greater risk. This funding will provide crucial assistance in strengthening critical energy infrastructures against future storms.”
In recognition of National Manufacturing Day, Sen. Kip Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, visited RockTenn Co.’s plant today, in Dayton, NJ.
“RockTenn’s impressive plant in Dayton is a great example of the innovation and job opportunities that manufacturers bring to New Jersey,” said Bateman. “I applaud all that RockTenn and New Jersey’s many manufacturers bring to their communities. We need to continue on the path of Republican reform to make this a state where businesses thrive.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, voiced their approval for Tuesday’s vote in Lambertville, Stockton and West Amwell that will consolidate four school districts. The public question received the support of 86 percent of those who cast a vote.
“The residents of these communities made a tough but commendable decision this week, setting aside feelings of tradition and Home Rule for a more efficient and sustainable school system that’s better prepared to serve their children for decades to come,” said Bateman. “By eliminating redundant services and pooling educational resources, this consolidated district will benefit taxpayers and enhance educational opportunities for their children. This consolidated district should serve as a model to other communities of the progress that can be achieved by working together.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, an original sponsor of bipartisan legislation that would have reformed the state’s affordable housing laws, stated the following about today’s state Supreme Court ruling to throw out the Corzine-era affordable housing obligations.
“New Jersey’s ‘third round’ housing mandates were a failed experiment that placed unmanageable burdens on municipalities while stifling economic development and adding to urban sprawl and congestion,” said Bateman (R-Somerset). “Today’s ruling reinforces the need for meaningful affordable housing reform that focuses on needs and results rather than ideology. Rather than simply now enforcing the state’s earlier, equally failed housing mandates, we need to take a sensible approach that works for all communities.”