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)

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Introduces Tax Credits to Incentivize Telecommuting

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In honor of Earth Day, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) introduced a bill that will reduce carbon emissions while making New Jersey a more attractive place to work and do business.

Sen. Bateman  introduced a bill to incentivize telecommuting by creating a tax credit for businesses that allow employees to work from home. (©iStock)

“In many professions, people today are able to do the same work from home that traditionally would have tied them to an office,” Senator Bateman said. “This combination pro-environment, pro-business legislation will give companies an incentive to allow more of their employees to skip their daily commutes and give the environment a break by telecommuting.”

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Bateman on New Jersey Supreme Court Nomination of Walter Timpone

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Senator Kip Bateman, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responded to Governor Christie’s withdrawal of David Bauman’s nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court and the new nomination of Walter Timpone:

Sen. Kip Bateman said he hopes the Supreme Court nomination of Walter Timpone represents an end to the judicial logjam that threatened state courts. (©iStock)

“Judge Bauman deserves a lot of credit for twice accepting a nomination in such a challenging political environment. Although I wish we had the opportunity to give him the confirmation hearing he deserved, I am glad that he now has closure on what has been a long process.

“I look forward to reviewing the nomination of Walter Timpone in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and hope that his nomination represents an end to the judicial logjam that threatened our state courts.”

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Editorial: All Judicial Nominees Deserve Hearings

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Senator Kip Bateman says that that all judicial nominees, including U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland and N.J. Supreme Court nominee Judge David Bauman, deserve confirmation hearings in this editorial published in the Asbury Park Press:

Sen. Kip Bateman says that all judicial nominees deserve the opportunity to be confirmed if they are qualified to serve. (©iStock)

Our state and our nation have arrived at a very dangerous place, where partisanship trumps all, including common sense and decency.

This incivility between the political parties now threatens the independence of our judiciary, and puts the very functioning of our courts at risk.

At both the state and federal levels, we have chief executives who have nominated justices to our supreme courts, and recalcitrant leaders in our senates who have refused to allow those legislative bodies to perform their constitutional duties of advice and consent.

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Bateman Applauds Democrats for Joining Effort to Ensure Lead-Free Water in Schools

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) commended Senate Democrats for joining his effort to protect school children from lead-tainted drinking water:

Sen. Kip Bateman commended Senate Democrats for joining his effort to protect school children from lead-tainted drinking water. (Pixabay)

Earlier this month I announced a plan to fund up to $20 million in lead abatement programs to protect children from harm.

“I am pleased that Senate Democrats have incorporated the funding mechanism I proposed into their plan to test and remediate drinking water in schools.”

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Senate Passes Bateman Bills to Improve E-Waste Recycling Law, Bolster Renewable Energy Use

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Two bills sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Environment and Energy committee, to reduce carbon emissions and improve statewide e-waste recycling laws have passed the New Jersey Senate.

Bills sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman would improve e-waste recycling management and reduce carbon emissions. (©iStock)

The first bill, S-981, significantly expands recycling efforts by requiring electronic manufactures to provide convenient collection of covered electronics in municipalities and at statewide entities across New Jersey.

“Tens of millions of tons of solid waste go unrecycled each year, posing a serious threat to public health and safety,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Ensuring electronic manufacturers stay committed to providing free and convenient opportunities for recycling will generate significant cost savings for local communities and safeguard natural resources from future damage.”

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Senate Passes Bateman, Kyrillos Bill Creating School District Regionalization Task Force

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The New Jersey Senate unanimously voted to approve legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Senator Joe Kyrillos to establish a task force to identify the issues and benefits of school district regionalization.

Legislation by Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Joe Kyrillos would establish a task force to identify the issues and benefits of school district regionalization. (Flickr)

“In a state where there are more school districts than municipalities, regionalization has enormous potential to bolster educational programs and reduce New Jersey’s nation-high property tax burden,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Exploring solutions to create efficient, sustainable school systems will help us understand how we can best serve the growing needs of our students and communities.”

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Bateman Announces Lead Abatement Funding Solution for Water in Newark & Beyond

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Senate Republican Christopher “Kip” Bateman announced a state budget resolution to fund up to $20 million in lead abatement for the water supply Newark and other statewide locations that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection deems necessary.

Sen. Kip Bateman announced a state budget resolution to fund up to $20 million in lead abatement for the water supply of Newark and other statewide locations. (Pixabay)

Senator Bateman voted last legislative session to pass Senate Democrat Ron Rice’s lead-hazard-control bill — this session’s S-996, which advanced Monday to the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee.

“I know New Jersey Republicans have had past concerns with lead abatement legislation that would spend the people’s money outside of the state budget — a maneuver that has forced past governor’s to raise taxes,” Bateman said. “But the need to solve this public health and safety issue should not be in question. State government must execute its primary responsibility to keep people safe by finding solutions to reduce lead poisonings. I’ve supported Senator Rice’s legislation and now have found a solution to fund greater lead abatement within the state budget, using existing resources and no new taxes.”

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Advanced: Bucco/Bateman Bill Mandating Ethics Training for Local Government Officials

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The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee adopted legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Christopher “Kip” Bateman to combat and prevent egregious violations of public trust and the illegal spending of taxpayer dollars by requiring all local officials to complete a training program on the Local Government Ethics Law.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco and Sen. Kip Bateman mandates ethics training for local government officials. (©iStock)

“The people of New Jersey are fed up with corrupt officials who squander their hard-earned taxpayer dollars for political wheeling-and-dealing, greed, or personal gain,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “Each year, we entrust municipal and county officers with $15 billion taxpayer dollars. Requiring these public servants to complete uniform, comprehensive ethics training will protect this investment and improve the integrity of all levels of local government.”

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Bateman, Kyrillos Bill Establishing School District Regionalization Task Force Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) establishing a school district regionalization task force to evaluate the issues and benefits of consolidating school districts was advanced by the Senate Education Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Joe Kyrillos establishes a school district regionalization task force. (©iStock)

“Developing and implementing solutions to create an efficient, sustainable school system is an essential pathway to lowering New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes,” Senator Bateman said. “We have a responsibility to explore every possible avenue for reducing this immense financial burden. This task force will provide invaluable insight on a complex issue that carries great potential to reduce duplicative costs while still enhancing educational opportunities and programs for all students.”

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Committee Approves Bateman Bill to Increase Use of Renewable Energy, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman that would make significant changes to existing law concerning Class I renewable energy portfolio standards to provide a statutory framework for greenhouse gas emission reduction was approved by the Senate Environment & Energy Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation would lead to the increased use of renewable energy resources and reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the state. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, S-1707, sets ambitious targets aimed at achieving the goals of the Global Warming Response Act, enacted in July 2007 to adopt statewide limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

“New Jersey adopted one of the nation’s most aggressive renewable energy portfolio standards in 2011, making us a leader in clean energy nationwide and helping foster a significant solar energy industry in the state,” said Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “Our legislation will help accelerate the implementation of Class I energy sources, which we should all embrace as a vital effort to make New Jersey a cleaner and greener place to be.”

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