New Jersey's 16th Legislative District

Senator Kip Bateman

  • 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)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman (left-center) took part in a ceremony designating Hillsborough as a Purple Heart Community on August 7, 2014. He is pictured with, from left to right, Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 27 Commander Ted Dima, Hillsborough Township Mayor Doug Tomson and Deputy Mayor Greg Burchette. (Facebook)

  • 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

Bateman, Ciattarelli & Simon Congratulate Hillsborough, Again Named One of Top Small Towns in United States

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Sen. Kip Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex commended the residents, businesses and elected officials of Hillsborough after Money magazine tabbed the township as one of the best places to live in the country. Hillsborough, ranked No. 30, is the only New Jersey town in Money’s newly released Top 50 list. This is the fourth time in recent years the town has been spotlighted by the publication.

Hillsborough, ranked No. 30, is the only New Jersey town listed in Money’s newly released Top 50 Best Places to Live 2015. (Money/screen capture)

“Being recognized again as one of the Best Small Towns in the country is an incredible achievement for Hillsborough and all those who work so hard to make it a wonderful place,” said Bateman. “From its first-rate schools to its parks to its thriving community life, Hillsborough is an example of the many unique qualities that make this state so great.”

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Kip Bateman

Allen, Bateman Bill Increasing Penalties for Assaults Against Certain Law Enforcement Officers Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Diane Allen and Christopher “Kip” Bateman to increase penalties for assaulting a corrections officer, sheriff’s officer and other law enforcement personnel because of their job status was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

The new law sponsored by Senators Diane Allen and Kip Bateman increases penalties for certain assaults against corrections, sheriff’s and law enforcement officers. (Flickr)

“These law enforcement officers have some of the most difficult and dangerous jobs that there are,” said Allen (R-Burlington). Unfortunately, the risk carries over into their personal lives when they are most vulnerable. These upgraded penalties now adequately reflect the seriousness of this type of crime and will hopefully help deter these types of violent attacks.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Passes Bill to Give Families Choice in “Return Home” Program

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Legislation sponsored by  Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. to modify the state’s ‘Return Home’ policy was approved by the Senate.

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. (SenateNJ.com)

Under the legislation (S3117), agreed upon by the Christie Administration, the state Division of Developmental Disabilities will be prohibited from transferring an individual with a developmental disability currently residing out-of-state to a placement in New Jersey if the individual or their guardian objects in writing. The legislation is also sponsored by Senator Bob Gordon and Senate President Steve Sweeney.

“Throughout this process I’ve heard heart-wrenching stories from many families concerned about the disruption and change in the level of care that will occur if their loved ones who had spent the majority of their life at one facility were suddenly uprooted and moved back to New Jersey,” said Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “This legislation recognizes those concerns by giving families and guardians the option to determine what’s best for the treatment of their loved one.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Bateman, Kean Announce Bipartisan Agreement on ‘Return Home’ Policy

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Senator Bob Gordon and Senate President Steve Sweeney announced they have reached an agreement with the Christie Administration to end the state’s ‘Return Home’ policy as it currently exists.

Sen. Tom Kean speaking at a State House press conference on July 20, 2015 to announce an agreement to end the state’s ‘Return Home’ policy as it currently exists. (SenateNJ.com)

Under new legislation sponsored by the senators and agreed upon by the administration, the state Division of Developmental Disabilities would be prohibited from transferring an individual with a developmental disability currently residing out-of-state to a placement in New Jersey if the individual or their guardian objects in writing.

“Throughout this process I’ve heard heart-wrenching stories from many families concerned about the disruption and change in the level of care that will occur if their loved ones who had spent the majority of their life at one facility were suddenly uprooted and moved back to New Jersey,” said Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “This legislation recognizes those concerns by giving families and guardians the option to determine what’s best for the treatment of their loved one.”

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Committee Passes Beck, Bateman Sandy Bill to Prevent Fuel Shortages During a State of Emergency

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The Senate Transportation Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senators Jennifer Beck and Christopher “Kip” Bateman to help prevent fuel shortages during a State of Emergency.

Legislation sponsored by Senators Jennifer Beck and Kip Bateman would help prevent fuel shortages during a State of Emergency. (Pixabay)

“This legislation will help assure that we never again experience such a devastating and crippling fuel shortage as we did during and in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy,” said Beck (R-Monmouth). “Fuel merchants in other states will be aware that they can immediately distribute fuel in our state when we are vulnerable and need it most.”

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Bateman, Ciattarelli & Simon Pleased Manville Benefits from Blue Acres Buyout Program

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Sen. Kip Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Morris, Mercer and Middlesex, lauded Wednesday’s announcement by Gov. Christie that Manville is now a beneficiary of the Blue Acres Buyout Program. The program, which is overseen by the Department of Environmental Protection, allows willing homeowners to sell their houses at pre-Sandy market value. The home purchased in Manville is the 300th property acquisition since the program’s inception two years ago.

Manville will benefit from the Blue Acres Buyout Program, through which frequently flooded homes are purchased, razed and converted to open space. (Google Maps)

“This marks a fresh start for Manville residents, who now have the opportunity to live and raise families without the fear, stress and anxiety of bracing for the next natural disaster to destroy their homes,” Bateman said. “The Blue Acres Buyout Program gives homeowners here who have suffered through flood after flood a chance to sell their homes at a fair price. Converting some of these properties into open space will also go a long way to creating a natural buffer to protect against future flooding.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Editorial: A Senate Commitment to Widespread Recycling in NJ

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The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, ranking Republican member of the Senate Energy and Environment Committee, on their legislation to urge expanded recycling efforts by government entities was published by the Star-Ledger on May 22, 2015:

Sen. Bateman (left) and Sen. Kean (right) visited TerraCycle’s Trenton facility on May 14, 2015, inspiring SR-130 which urges the implementation of recycling programs to keep commonly un-recycled and difficult-to-recycle items out of landfills and incinerators. (SenateNJ.com)

Every year in New Jersey, tens of millions of tons of solid waste are incinerated or deposited into landfills, posing a serious threat to the environment, public health and safety.

New Jersey’s growing landfills release toxic chemicals into the soil and groundwater. Incinerated waste emits dangerous toxins and air pollutants.

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Senator Diane Allen
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Senate Passes Allen, Bateman Bill Increasing Penalties for Assaults Against Certain Law Enforcement Officers

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The Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Diane Allen and Christopher “Kip” Bateman to increase penalties for assaulting a corrections officer, sheriff’s officer and other law enforcement personnel because of their job status.

Legislation sponsored by Senators Diane Allen and Kip Bateman would increase penalties for certain assaults against corrections, sheriff’s and law enforcement officers. (Flickr)

“These law enforcement officers have some of the most difficult and dangerous jobs that there are,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “Unfortunately, the risk carries over into their personal lives as we were made aware of an instance where a corrections officer was assaulted by a former inmate out in public.”

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Senator Tom Kean

After TerraCycle Visit, Senate Republicans Introduce Resolution to Spark Statewide Recycling Initiative

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After visiting TerraCycle, a Trenton-based recycling operation, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and ranking Republican Environment Committeeman Christopher “Kip” Bateman introduced a resolution urging a statewide effort to keep out of landfills hazardous and hard-to-recycle materials.

In a courtyard of TerraCycle’s Trenton offices, Tom Kean and Kip Bateman learn how just about everything people use can be recycled, like the car to their right and juice box pouches that were converted into outdoor furniture.

“We thank TerraCycle for hosting us today and for being a wonderfully innovative asset for New Jersey’s environment,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “It shows there are local recycling programs that state facilities, parks, libraries, museums, beaches, destinations and rest stops, as well as county governments, local governments, schools and businesses can implement to greatly reduce environmental impacts. Many of them are cost-free and will take just about any nonperishable piece of waste.”

“Before such programs, e-waste and items like used snack bags, cigarette butts, coffee pods and shoes were never considered to be recyclable,” said Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon). “We are encouraging all New Jersey entities to use programs like this, because just about everything we use can and should be recycled. There is no more excuse to continue amassing these hazardous materials in landfills.”

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Bateman Measure Establishing “Horticultural Therapy Week” Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman raising awareness of the value of horticultural therapy has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

The third full week in March of each year will now be designated as “Horticultural Therapy Week” in New Jersey under a recently enacted law sponsored by Sen. Bateman. (Flickr)

Under Senator Bateman’s legislation, SJR-12, the third full week in March of each year will now be designated as “Horticultural Therapy Week” in New Jersey.

“Designating a week each year to raise awareness of Horticultural Therapy will hopefully expand opportunities for more people to take advantage of the many benefits it offers,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex).

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