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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Senate Passes Bateman Bill to Protect Pollinating Bees From Pesticides

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Bill establishes a training course for pesticide applicators to help them avoid the impact of pesticides have New Jersey’s bee population

Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to protect New Jersey’s pollinating bee population was advanced by the New Jersey Senate.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman to limit impact of pesticides on the bee population has been advanced by the New Jersey Senate. (Flickr)

“New Jersey couldn’t be the Garden State without the hard work our farmers put in each year to produce a plethora of fruits and vegetables to bring to markets throughout the country,” Senator Bateman said. “But all that hard work would be for nothing if they didn’t have the help of our pollinating bee population. If we aren’t careful with how we spray our pesticides, our agriculture industry could be in big trouble.”

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Senate Advances Bateman Bill for $20 Million in Lead Remediation Funding

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) to fund the remediation of lead contamination in public buildings has been advanced by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation by Sen. Kip Bateman would appropriate $20 million for lead remediation in the water systems of public buildings. (Pixabay)

“We saw earlier this year in Newark and other towns across the state just how pressing our lead problem is,” Senator Bateman said. “We have to come up with a way to test the water systems in our public buildings, and if they have lead contamination, we have to find a way remediate it.”
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Senator Tom Kean

Governor Signs Kean/Bateman Bill to Allow Wagering at Far Hills Race Meeting

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Kip Bateman to allow pari-mutuel betting at the Far Hills Race Meeting was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation by Sen. Tom Kean and Senator Kip Bateman allowing pari-mutuel betting at the Far Hills Race Meeting. (Facebook/Far Hills Race Meeting)

The bill, A-1697/S-2394, authorizes the New Jersey Racing Commission to grant a special two-day permit annually to conduct a steeplechase race, and to allow wagering on the event.

“The signing of this legislation represents recognition of the Far Hills Race Meeting’s long history of supporting charitable causes and its positive impact on the region,” said Kean. “Wagering will expand the ability of the event to support local healthcare services and help maintain the viability of New Jersey’s horse farms.”

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Bateman & Ciattarelli Help Somerset County to Negotiate Funding Agreement with NJDOT to Restart Route 518 Bridge Project

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Senator Kip Bateman and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (both R-16) applauded the funding agreement reached by Somerset County and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) that will allow work to resume on the Route 518 bridge project in Franklin and Rocky Hill that has been stalled since July.

Sen. Kip Bateman and Asm. Jack Ciattarelli helped negotiate the agreement between Somerset County and the NJDOT allowing work on the Route 518 bridge project to resume. (Google Maps)

Bateman and Ciattarelli worked with the Christie Administration to bring the county’s Board of Chosen Freeholders and the NJDOT together to negotiate the agreement that will allow construction to recommence on the crossing over the Delaware and Raritan Canal.

“Jack and I know how important this project is to the safety and welfare of the region,” said Bateman. “It’s a critical crossing for emergency services, school buses and residents who can’t afford to detour miles out of the way. I’m glad that we were able to bring state and county officials together to hammer out the details that will help us to get this important bridge reopened.”

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Weinberg, Bateman Bills To Improve Crime Victim Protections Advance

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A three-bill package sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to strengthen crime victims’ rights laws in New Jersey was approved by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

A three-bill package by Sen. Loretta Weinberg and Sen. Kip Bateman would strengthen crime victims’ rights laws in New Jersey. (©iStock)

The bills address protections for victims of sex crimes, permitting survivors – regardless of age – to testify in court proceedings via video. They allow victims of sexual assault and the survivors of homicide victims to be present at certain post adjudication hearings to provide information to the court before a decision is made on matters such as relieving an offender from Megan’s Law registration requirements. In addition, they permit those who are close to a violent crime victim to make an in-person statement to the court at sentencing, in addition to crime victims, and they establish housing and employment protections, among other provisions.

“Too many people are unable to find or keep employment or housing due to the stigma attached with being the victim of a crime, especially those that are high profile,” said Bateman. “We need to end this discrimination and do more to ensure that our courts are able to meet the special needs of those who have suffered to prevent further victimization.”

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Environment and Energy Committee Advances Bateman Bill for Lead Remediation Funding

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Legislation appropriates up to $20 million from the Clean Energy Fund to remediate lead contamination in public buildings

Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) to fund the remediation of lead contamination in public buildings was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Bateman to appropriate $20 million for lead remediation passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. (Pixabay)

“Continued exposure to lead-tainted water can lead to damage in the nervous system, brain and kidneys, particularly in young children,” Senator Bateman said. “We have a responsibility to keep people safe, especially students in our schools. We can find a solution to this pressing health issue through an already existing fund that’s underutilized.”

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Bateman Bill to Protect Bees from Pesticide Passes Senate Environment Committee

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Bill establishes a training course for pesticide applicators to help them avoid the impact of pesticides have New Jersey’s bee population

Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to protect New Jersey’s pollinating bee population passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman to limit impact of pesticides on bee population passes Senate Environment Committee. (Flickr)

“Spraying pesticides is an important tool in our mission to control our mosquito population and protecting the public health, particularly now when we’re working to stop the spread of mosquito-borne viruses, like Zika,” Senator Bateman said. “But we can’t sacrifice our pollinating bee population in the process.”

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Now Law: Bateman Bill to Allow Use of Backup Camera During Driving Test

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to allow drivers taking their road test to use a backup camera has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation allowing drivers taking their road test to use a backup camera has been signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (Flickr)

“In a few years, every new car will be required to have a rear-view camera,” Senator Bateman said. “If every car is going to have them, new drivers should know how to use them.”

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Bateman & Ciattarelli Call for Christie to Recognize Rt. 518 Bridge Project as “Essential”

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Senator Kip Bateman and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (both R-16) have called on Governor Chris Christie and the Department of Transportation to declare the replacement of the Route 518 bridge over the Delaware and Raritan Canal in Franklin an essential project to allow work to resume immediately.

The Rt. 518 bridge over the Delaware & Raritan Canal as seen via Google Maps Street View. (Google Maps)

The Department of Transportation was ordered to halt work in early July on the $2.75 million project and other transportation projects across New Jersey that were deemed non-essential, pending an agreement to refund the state’s Transportation Trust Fund.

“The Rt. 518 bridge over the Delaware and Raritan Canal is a critical transportation link that residents and emergency and shared services depend upon,” said Bateman. “It’s imperative for the safety and well-being of our community that work be resumed on this project immediately. Governor Christie should use his authority to declare this an ‘essential’ project allowing the bridge replacement to move forward.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Gov. Christie Signs Bateman/Doherty Bill Creating Hunterdon-Somerset Flood Advisory Task Force

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Governor Chris Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Michael Doherty establishing a task force to address Raritan and Delaware River flooding in Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

Flooding in downtown Bound Brook on April 16, 2007. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We took great strides last month in Bound Brook by moving forward Green Brook Flood Risk Management Project,” Senator Doherty said. “However, we still need a comprehensive plan to ensure all communities along the Raritan and Delaware Rivers have the tools and information needed to prepare for severe flooding. I look forward to reviewing the task force’s findings and finally implementing longterm solutions for our residents.”

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