New Jersey's 16th Legislative District

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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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.

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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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Bateman Warns of Potential Federal Tax Reform Impact on New Jersey

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) warned that the elimination of federal income tax deductions for state and local taxes as proposed under a recently announced tax reform effort in Washington could have dire consequences for many New Jerseyans.

Sen. Kip Bateman warned that the proposed elimination of federal income tax deductions for state and local taxes could have dire consequences for many New Jerseyans. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’m gravely concerned that tax reform efforts that are intended to ease the federal tax burden will instead have the opposite effect for many New Jerseyans,” said Bateman. “Losing the ability to deduct property taxes and state income taxes could lead to higher federal tax bills for many working, home-owning families in New Jersey.”

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Bateman: Permanently Ban Fracking in Delaware River Basin

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) is urging the Delaware River Basin Commission to approve a permanent ban on fracking in the basin, following reports that the commission could vote on the matter this week.

Sen. Kip Bateman is urging the Delaware River Basin Commission to permanently ban fracking in the basin. (SenateNJ.com)

“If we allow fracking in the Delaware River Basin, 17 million people could be exposed to contaminated water. There is too much uncertainty at the federal level right now to allow the temporary ban to expire without putting our own permanent protections in place immediately,” Senator Bateman said.

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Allen, Bateman Bills to Reduce Food Waste Now Law

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Two bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon) aimed at reducing waste are now law after they were signed by Governor Chris Christie.

New laws sponsored Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Kip Bateman help reduce food waste. (Flickr)

“Cutting back on waste at our schools and other institutions is a crucial part of getting more food to people who need it,” Senator Allen said. “Every day, so much food is just tossed out. That can’t be acceptable in a state where so many still struggle with food insecurity.”

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Governor Approves Shutdown Pay for State Workers

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Sweeney-Greenstein-Bateman Bill to Protect Public Employees from Losing Wages Signed By Governor

Gov. Christie has signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman to provide back pay to workers who were involuntarily furloughed during the three-day state government shutdown. (SenateNJ)

The Governor today enacted bipartisan legislation to protect state employees from losing pay during the government shutdown. The law, S-3422/A-18, sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Linda Greenstein and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, will ensure worker pay for the three days the state government was closed at the beginning of the new fiscal year starting July 1.

“Sending our legislation to the Governor’s desk was the only way to secure back pay for the thousands of public employees who were forced to stay home during the shutdown. I think that we can all agree that this was not their fault,” said Senator Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). “There is no justification for continuing to force hardworking New Jersey residents to pay the price for the government’s failure to pass the state budget in time.”

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Bateman Announces $25 Million for Clean Water Initiatives in the 16th District

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Following the signing of legislation to fund improvements through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) announced $25 million in funding for clean water projects in the 16th Legislative District.

Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman announced $25 million in funding to for clean water projects in the 16th District. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We have to ensure that the people of New Jersey have access to clean water,” Senator Bateman said. “In order to do that, our infrastructure has to be upgraded and modernized throughout the state.”

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