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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Today’s Hypocrisy by Senate Democrats Proves Knapp is Right for the Job

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Judiciary Committee member Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) stated the following about the Senate Democrats’ attempt today to unseat Frederic Knapp as Morris County Prosecutor:

“Senate Democrats took hypocrisy to an unprecedented level with today’s attempt to unseat Acting Prosecutor Knapp by suspending Senate rules and treating elected legislators like children. They should be embarrassed by such childish conduct, which stems from their denial that New Jerseyans elected Christopher J. Christie as governor.

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Bateman, Ciattarelli & Simon Join Three “Somervilles” to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

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“Somerville” Sister Cities in NJ, MA & SC Launch Three-State Collection of Items for Hurricane Victims

The 16th District delegation – Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assembly members Jack Ciattarelli and Donna Simon – today joined with Somerville, New Jersey, and its sister cities, Summerville, South Carolina and Somerville Massachusetts to collect food and supplies for Hurricane Sandy victims at the Jersey Shore.

“As we approach the holidays, many families along the Jersey Shore are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy,” said Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex. “In the spirit of the season, please support our friends and neighbors with donations of needed goods. You can help bring some cheer to families that are in desperate need.”

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Bateman Welcomes Gusciora’s Support for Referendum Legalizing Marriage Equality in NJ

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- Somerset), the original prime sponsor of referendum seeking voter approval to amend the state constitution to legalize same sex marriage in New Jersey, today welcomed Assemblyman Reed Gusciora’s support of putting the question to the voters.

“When I introduced the resolution seeking to put a constitutional amendment before voters, Assemblyman Gusciora and others attacked the idea,” said Bateman. “I’m glad that he now understands what I was saying in February: that this is the most pragmatic course of action. A straight up or down vote on legalizing same sex marriage in the constitution, NOT a ‘defense of marriage’ law, gives finality to a matter that if handled by simple legislation could be repealed in the future or mired in litigation for years.”

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Senate Passes Bateman Bill to Revise Driving Penalty, Point System; Let’s Go, Assembly

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The full Senate has again cleared Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s measure to revise and clarify New Jersey’s unsafe driving point system and penalties.

“It is beyond time for the Assembly to adopt this balanced measure to provide a defined mechanism of penalty points relief to certain motorists in exchange for increased fines,” said Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). “There has been a lack of uniformity in understanding among practitioners, courts and the Motor Vehicle Commission as to when drivers are to be assessed driving points for multiple unsafe driving convictions. This inconsistency can be costly, as penalty points often cause auto insurance rates to increase at a much higher cost than fines.”

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Gov. Christie Signs Bateman Bill For Safe Prescription Drug Disposal

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) to prohibit health care facilities from discharging prescription medications into public sewer or septic systems was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie.

“The improper disposal of unused medications is a direct threat to human health and the environment,” Bateman said. “It poses long-term health consequences and the potential for rampant abuse of drugs, especially among teenagers. This law establishes, and makes health care workers accountable to, the safest disposal of unused drugs.”

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Bateman Receives Environmental Achievement Award

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) is honored to be awarded with an Outstanding Achievement Award from the New Jersey Sierra Club.

“This is a particularly humbling honor to receive as a Republican, given the unjust stereotype that our party doesn’t care about the environment,” Bateman said. “I thank the Sierra Club for seeing through that falsity to recognize my protection efforts. I refuse to lead or legislate under a premise that environmental problems and solutions are strictly Democratic and will continue to work with and listen to environmental advocates.”

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Senate Clears Bateman Bill Criminalizing Synthetic Marijuana

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A bill sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to criminalize the manufacture, sale and possession of synthetic marijuana was advanced today by the full Senate.

“Designer pot imposters have a vast reach and dangerous side effects,” said Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). “These popular synthetics mimic marijuana and have caused violent seizures, elevated heart rates and death. They should be considered dangerous, illegal drugs.”

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Media Advisory: Bateman to Keynote Somerset/Hunterdon Drug Court Graduation

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) will be the keynote speaker at the 5th Annual Somerset and Hunterdon County Drug Court Graduation Ceremony.

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Panel Passes Bateman Bill to Revise Driving Penalty, Point System

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The Senate Transportation Committee today advanced Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s measure to revise and clarify New Jersey’s unsafe driving penalties.

“This balanced measure clarifies unsafe driving statute to finally assure a consistent interpretation by practitioners, courts and the state Motor Vehicle Commission,” said Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). “It provides motorists with a limited opportunity to pay enhanced fees to avoid the imposition of penalty points on their driver’s licenses. These points often cause auto insurance rates to rise at a much higher cost than fines.”

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Senate Approves Bateman Bill to Upgrade False Incrimination, Reporting Charges

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The full Senate approved today bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) to upgrade penalties for falsely incriminating another person and for filing a fictitious report.

“This is a public protection measure on many fronts,” Bateman said. “It is a crime deterrent by fitting the offense with comparable jail time and fines. It saves public resources, which are needlessly squandered when law enforcement officers investigate what are actually fake cases and reports. Public safety officials are concerned with more than enough legitimate crime, duties and services.”

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