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 Measures to Streamline & Fund Environmental Infrastructure Projects Signed Into Law

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Includes $19 Million for Clean Water Projects in Somerville & Hillsborough

A trio of bills sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) to streamline the financing of projects through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust and fund more than $411 million of improvements statewide was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation by Sen. Kip Bateman to streamline the financing of environmental infrastructure projects and fund more than $411 million of improvements statewide. (Wikimedia Commons)

The measures include $19 million to finance clean water projects in Somerville and Hillsborough.

“This legislation streamlines the process of approving and financing important environmental infrastructure projects that protect our state’s drinking water and waterways,” said Bateman, a member of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. “It improves our ability to keep New Jersey’s water free of pollution and contaminants.”

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Kean/Bateman Bill to Allow Wagering at Far Hills Race Meeting Passes Senate

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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 approved by the New Jersey Senate in a 38-0 vote.

Legislation by Sen. Tom Kean and Senator Kip Bateman would allow pari-mutual betting at the Far Hills Race Meeting. (Facebook/Far Hills Race Meeting)

The bill, 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 Far Hills Race Meeting has a long history of supporting charitable causes in the region,” said Kean. “Allowing wagering will boost interest in the event, support New Jersey horse farms and ensure continued support for local healthcare facilities.”

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Bateman: 23 Cent/Gallon Gas Tax Increase Not Reasonable

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) said that he will not be able to support a 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase if the proposal is posted for a full Senate vote.

Sen. Kip Bateman said that he will not be able to support a 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase. (Flickr)

“Most reasonable people accept that there is a cost associated with the upkeep, maintenance and expansion of our critical transportation infrastructure,” said Bateman. “What doesn’t seem reasonable, however, is to say that traffic across the state will suddenly grind to a halt if we don’t raise the gas tax by more than 150 percent. There’s a lot of rhetoric and hyperbole, but little real discussion about why the proposed tax increase is necessary.”

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Bateman Bill Aiding Veterans Pursuing Higher Education Clears Committee

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State colleges and universities would be required to waive certain fees for veterans, under legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon.) The bill has cleared the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill requires public institutions of higher education to waive or reimburse certain fees for veterans and service members.

“There are more than 16,000 veterans and service members pursuing four-year college degrees in New Jersey and every single one of these brave heroes deserves our support,” Senator Bateman said. “Members of the military often face significant economic hardships following a term of duty. Waiving costly application fees will encourage more veterans to complete their college degrees and develop the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market.”

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Advanced: Bateman Bill Urging State & Local Partnerships with Recycling Companies

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon) urging state and local government entities to utilize programs that collect and upcycle difficult-to-recycle waste has cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. The resolution will be reported from the Senate on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s resolution urges state and local government entities to utilize programs that collect and upcycle difficult-to-recycle waste.

“Nearly 60 percent of municipal waste generated each year in New Jersey goes unrecycled, simply because many state and local facilities do not have the infrastructure to expand recycling efforts beyond collecting paper and plastic,” Senator Bateman said. “Raising awareness of cost-efficient, local opportunities to upcycle is essential to keeping tens of millions of tons of commonly-unrecycled items out of landfills and incinerators.”

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Now Law: Bateman Bill to Provide Equal Protections to Domestic & Civil Union Partners of Homicide Victims

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Legislation signed into law by Governor Christie expands eligibility to the benefits established under the “Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights”

Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) 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 bill, now law, includes domestic or civil union partners among those eligible to receive benefits and protections established under the Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights .

“A person who has lost their beloved partner to homicide should have access to the same benefits and protections afforded to spouses and relatives,” Senator Bateman said. “A victim’s domestic or civil union partner is no less deserving than any other loved one coping with such an unthinkable loss. New Jersey’s criminal justice laws must evolve to meet the needs of all families of homicide victims. I am pleased that the Governor has signed my bill to correct this major oversight in state law.”

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Senator Bateman: Superior Court Made the Right Call with Affordable Housing Ruling in Favor of Municipalities

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) stated that today’s court decision not to mandate retroactive affordable housing obligations is a victory for taxpayers and municipalities statewide.

Sen. Kip Bateman said that a court ruling not to mandate retroactive affordable housing obligations is a victory for taxpayers. Bateman is a sponsor of comprehensive affordable housing reforms. (©iStock)

“Today the Superior Court answered our call to protect taxpayers from a catastrophic Ocean County court decision that would have caused a ripple effect, decimating municipalities statewide,” Senator Bateman said. “I have long fought for affordable housing reforms that would place the responsibility of determining obligations in the hands of the legislature, where we can develop real solutions that best serve the individual needs of our communities. Now the courts agree. This ruling brings us one step closer to passing affordable housing reforms that will preserve open space, access to high quality education and emergency services; and the integrity of unique communities statewide.”

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Sen. Kip Bateman Announces Memorial Service for his Father, Senator Raymond H. Bateman at Raritan Valley Community College

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman announced that all are invited to attend a memorial service for his father, Raymond H. Bateman, at Raritan Valley Community College. The service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 9.

A memorial service will be held for Raymond H. Bateman on Saturday, July 9 at Raritan Valley Community College.

“It is my honor to invite the public to a memorial service for my father, Raymond Bateman, at his beloved Raritan Valley Community College,” Senator Bateman said. “My father’s passion for expanding access to affordable, quality higher education touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Jersey students. It is fitting that we honor his legacy of dedicated public service at the institution he was proud to support for more than 40 years. On behalf of our family, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the RVCC community for helping us celebrate his life in such a special way.”

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Bateman Measure Honoring 50 Years of the National Historic Preservation Act Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate passed a bill sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon) that commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the National History 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)

“I’ve always been inspired by the many historic places that can be found in New Jersey,” Senator Bateman said. “I’m so thankful that efforts like the National Historic Preservation Act have protected these treasures and allowed people like me, as well as our future generations, to learn from them.”

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Bateman Statement on Passage of Compromise Open Space Legislation

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) issued the following statement on the Legislature’s passage of compromise legislation, S-2456, that would implement the constitutional dedication of revenues for open space, farmland and historic preservation approved by voters in a 2014 referendum.

Sen. Kip Bateman statement on compromise legislation for open space, farmland and historic preservation. (Garden State Preservation Trust)

“This bipartisan compromise carries out the will of the voters to preserve New Jersey’s open spaces,” said Bateman. “We ensure that the funding voters chose to dedicate to preserving farms, creating parks and saving our state’s historic sites is used as intended.”

Under Ballot Question No. 2, which appeared before votes on November 4, 2014, the New Jersey Constitution was amended to dedicate four percent of Corporation Business Tax (CBT) revenues collected by the state for preservation programs.

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