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Senator Kip Bateman

  • Sen. Kip Bateman was joined by Richard Pompelio of the New Jersey Crime Victims’ Law Center for the Senate session on Nov. 14, 2016. Pompelio was honored for his decades of work to protect crime victims and joined Bateman to watch the Senate’s passage of new protections. (Full Story)

  • 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)

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SIGNED: Bateman Bill to Protect Bees From Pesticides

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) to protect the state’s apiaries from pesticides by establishing beehive registries and a notification protocol has been signed into law.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation to limit impact of pesticides on the bee population has been signed into law. (Flickr)

“New Jersey wouldn’t be the Garden State without the help it gets from its bee population,” Senator Bateman said. “We can’t risk losing these important pollinators to pesticides. The work they do for New Jersey’s farmers is too important.”

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Senate Approves Bateman Bill Expanding Basic Job Skills Training Program

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The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) that funds the expansion of a successful program that provides free basic skills training to thousands of workers each year.

Sen. Bateman legislation to expand Basic Job Skills Training and promotes new programs in technology and management skills training (iStock.)

“New Jersey should be aggressively working towards providing quality and concrete employment for its citizens,” said Bateman. “By increasing funding for job training, we are focused on enhancing New Jersey’s workforce and ensuring employers access to well-trained New Jerseyans.”

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Bateman Statement on Effort to Improve Financial Viability of Nuclear Power in NJ

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Says Better than Alternatives Like Dirty Coal or New Pipelines to Support More Gas Power Plants

Senator Kip Bateman, a member of the Senate Environment & Energy Committee, issued the following statement regarding his committee vote in support of legislation (S-3560) to improve the financial viability of New Jersey’s nuclear power plants:

Sen. Kip Bateman issued a statement of support for legislation to improve the financial viability of New Jersey’s nuclear power plants. (Flickr)

“I have serious concerns about the process of introducing and passing this legislation in a condensed timeframe during lame duck. It’s something that deserves a more careful review.

“However, given the information and limited time I’ve had to review the legislation prior to our committee hearing and vote today, I believe that supporting it is the right thing to do to protect New Jersey’s environment.

“I’m concerned with how New Jersey would compensate for the loss of our nuclear power plants, which supply nearly half of our state’s electricity and around 90 percent of our clean energy. They do so relatively inexpensively.

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Bateman Bill Requiring Municipal Master Plans to Address Environment & Energy Concerns Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) to require municipal master plans to include strategies concerning energy efficiency, storm resiliency, and environmental protection has received final legislative approval from the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation requires municipal master plans to include strategies concerning energy efficiency, storm resiliency, and environmental protection. (©iStock)

“Every municipality should be actively working to improve energy efficiency and shore up our environmental infrastructure,” said Bateman. “As the most densely populated state in the nation, we have to be aggressive in our efforts to protect the environment. Requiring every master plan to address sustainability issues will ensure each community is doing their part to safeguard natural resources for the next generation.”

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Bateman Bill Empowering Small Businesses to Prepare for Storms Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to help small business owners secure financing to ensure their property is energy-efficient and prepared for severe weather events has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill help business owners ensure their property is prepared for storms. Pictured: flooded businesses in Bound Brook. (Wikimedia Commons)

“By allowing municipalities to engage in the private financing outlined in the PACE special assessment, we can empower more small business owners to make energy-efficiency improvements and recover from or prepare for future storms,” Senator Bateman said. “This bill is essential to ensuring business owners can make vital improvements, such as raising the property to prevent flood damage.”

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Bateman to Consider Residential Notification Requirements Following Accidental Hunting Death of Family’s Dog

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Contrary to Reports, Bateman Will Not Co-Sponsor Legislation Increasing Buffer Zones

Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) said he would consider legislation to increase notification requirements by hunters when hunting near residences after a family’s dog, Tonka, was shot and killed with a crossbow after being mistaken for a coyote.

Sen. Kip Bateman said he would consider notification requirements for hunters near homes, and clarified that he has not agreed to co-sponsor legislation increasing buffer zones. (SenateNJ.com)

“As someone who loves animals, it’s hard to discount the anguish felt by Tonka’s family over his loss,” said Bateman. “I want to examine if requiring hunters to notify residents of hunting activities near their homes is a workable solution that can prevent accidents like these from happening in the future.”

Bateman also responded to stories that mistakenly reported that he had agreed to co-sponsor legislation with Sen. Ray Lesniak to increase buffer zones for hunters.

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Bateman Introduces Mandatory Prison Terms for Child Molesters Posing as Caregivers

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Bill Introduced Following Reports of Babysitter Who Allegedly Used Care.com to Find & Sexually Assault Child

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) has introduced legislation that would establish mandatory prison terms for child molesters who use their position as a child care provider to gain access to victims. This would include people posing as caregivers on websites such as Care.com, or at any other child care center or provider referral service.

Sen. Kip Bateman has introduced a bill to establish mandatory prison terms for perpetrators who target and sexually assault children, by posing as caregivers on websites like Care.com or at any other child care center or referral service. (Flickr)

“The booming popularity of babysitter-for-hire websites poses a new threat to families everywhere, especially for working parents who are coping with the high cost of daycare in New Jersey,” Senator Bateman said. “Anyone who uses a referral service to try and prove their legitimacy as a caregiver is operating on another level than average ‘opportunity’ molesters. That motivation and the equally monstrous crime that follows should absolutely land you in jail.”

Bateman authored the bill (S-3500) following reports that an Elizabeth man posing as a caregiver on Care.com had been charged with sexually assaulting the young girl he had been hired through the website to babysit. Last week, a Burlington County man was charged with sexually assaulting two children at a daycare facility he owned. Perpetrators in these types of cases would face harsher justice if Senator Bateman’s new bill is signed into law.

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MEDIA ADVISORY (10/12): Bateman to Host Blood Drive at Steeplechase Cancer Center in Somerville

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) will host a community blood drive TOMORROW, October 12, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville. The drive is open to the public and members of the media are encouraged to attend to spread the word about the need to combat New Jersey’s severe blood shortage.

Click here to sign up online and schedule your blood donation.

Sen. Kip Bateman will host a blood drive on Oct. 12 from 2-7 p.m. at RWJUH Somerset’s Steeplechase Cancer Center in Somerville. Donors can register online and walk-ins are also welcome. (SenateNJ.com)

Who: Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerest, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon), local blood donors, and RWJUH Somerset and Steeplechase Cancer Center Hospital Officials

What: Community Blood Drive to combat a statewide blood shortage. All donations will remain on site to treat patients at the hospital. The blood drive will also feature free pizza and a raffle to win a $25 gift card.

When: Tomorrow, Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 2 to 7 p.m. Senator Bateman will arrive at 2 p.m. to donate blood. The drive is open to the public and the press. Register online or walk in any time between 2 and 7 p.m to donate.

Where: Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, located at 30 Rehill Ave, Somerville, NJ 08876.

Availability: Open. Senator Bateman will be available for interviews with the press.

Contact: For media inquiries, contact Emily Everson, Senate Republican Office, 609-847-3600. For questions on donating blood, contact Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Blood Services, 908-685-2926.

“We have already seen an outpouring of support for tomorrow’s blood drive and I am so grateful to everyone who has answered our call for action, but there are still spots available,” Senator Bateman said. “Local hospitals are in dire need of donations – both to treat current patients and to make sure they are prepared for emergencies in our community. The solution to this crisis is simple. Just one blood donation can save three lives. Hope to see you there.”

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Bateman Statement on Conclusion of Fight to Save Princeton Battlefield

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) released the following statement, in light of reports that the Institute of Advanced Study received final permission to build eight townhouses in the vicinity of Princeton Battlefield.

Sen. Kip Bateman said that the battle to save the battlefield has been won, and applauded The Civil War Trust and the Institute of Advanced Study for reaching a historic compromise to preserve Maxwell’s Field. He has been actively involved in the fight to save the Revolutionary War landmark from destruction. (SenateNJ.com)

The housing project approval follows a compromise reached by IAS and the Civil War Trust to allow the housing project to move forward while still preserving the landmark, and symbolizes the final chapter in Senator Bateman’s longtime, successful effort to protect the battlefield.

“I applaud The Civil War Trust and the Institute of Advanced Study for coming together to reach this historic compromise,” Senator Bateman said. “Maxwell’s Field is an irreplaceable Revolutionary War landmark and a cornerstone of our nation’s history. We fought long and hard to protect it from being bulldozed or forgotten, and I am proud to say that we succeeded.”

“I am confident that this project will not cause the catastrophic damage that we would have seen with the original plan. Although I will continue to keep a watchful eye on the construction, make no mistake – I believe our battle to save the battlefield has been won.”

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Bateman to Host 10/12 Community Blood Drive at Steeplechase Cancer Center in Somerville

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In the face of a statewide blood shortage, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) will host a community blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m., on October 12, at the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville.

Click here to sign up online and schedule your blood donation.

Sen. Kip Bateman will host a community blood drive on Oct. 12 at RWJUH Somerset’s Steeplechase Cancer Center in Somerville. Online registration is already open. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey’s blood supply was already dangerously low before the hurricanes hit. Now, local hospitals like Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset are in dire need of donations,” Senator Bateman said. “I’ve been a blood donor for over 35 years. It’s one of the quickest, easiest ways to save a life. I hope that my neighbors in Central Jersey will join me on October 12th. We need their help now, more than ever.”

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