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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Gerald Cardinale
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Senator Kip Bateman

Cardinale, O’Toole, Bateman & Beck Speak Out on Harris Rejection

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Senators Gerald Cardinale, Kevin O’Toole, Christopher “Kip” Bateman, and Jennifer Beck, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued this joint statement following the committee’s rejection of Bruce Harris to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

Once again, the committee’s majority has applied unsound arguments and unreasonable standards to the confirmation process to mask partisan, ideological motives for rejecting a well-qualified nominee.

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Bateman Responds to Criticism of Harris on Same Sex Marriage Recusal

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- Somerset), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following response to statements made by various individuals criticizing Supreme Court nominee Bruce Harris for his stated intent to recuse himself on cases regarding the establishment of same sex marriage in New Jersey:

Any judge in this state is required to follow the New Jersey Court Rules, which read as follows:

“The judge of any court shall be disqualified on the courts own motion and shall not sit in any matter if the judge: (d) has given an opinion upon a matter in question in the action.” (N.J. Court Rules 1:12-1 (2012))

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Bateman Submits Bill to Deter Child Sex Trafficking

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Sussex, has submitted legislation to criminalize the act of making and publishing commercial sex advertisements that depict minors.

“It is utterly incomprehensible to abuse children in sex advertisements and to publish those ads for a buck,” Bateman said. “What is just as deplorable is that this abuse-for-profit also directly promotes the crimes of human sex trafficking and prostitution involving minors.”

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Bateman Submits Bill Preventing Public Moneys From Being Wasted on Union Business

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Legislation submitted Thursday by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, would end the practice of union officials being paid tens of millions of tax dollars for non-public work.

Senator Bateman’s bill implements recommendations urged by this month’s State Commission of Investigation report that detailed $30 million in tax dollars in a five-year period were wasted on salaries, medical benefits, transportation and equipment for public-sector labor representatives on paid release to conduct union business.

“This SCI report exposed a sickening and abusive practice that needs to end immediately,” Bateman said. “Government must ensure taxpayers are receiving public services and benefits in return for their tax dollars.”

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Bateman to Submit Legislation Curtailing the Gross Practice of Tax Dollars Funding Union Business

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, will submit legislation adopt the State Commission of Investigation’s recommendations released today regarding the practice of union officials being paid tens of millions of tax dollars for doing no public work.

“This shamefully abusive practice needs to stop immediately,” Bateman said. “Taxpayers in many communities already suffer the greatest property tax burdens that stem, in part, from rich union benefits. We absolutely should not have to pay for salaries, pensions and benefits for estranged public servants to conduct union business.”

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Bateman Credits Cap 2.0, School Districts for Record Passing of Budgets

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, said this week’s all-time high of 90 percent voter approved local school budgets is a testament to slowed property tax growth due, in large part, to school administrators complying with Cap 2.0.

“New Jersey voters passed budgets in a record 90 percent of school districts including Princeton, Montgomery and Hillsborough, thanks to our bipartisan accomplishment of a 2-percent levy cap and the hard work of school district leaders to create responsible budgets,” Bateman said. “This is a sign that voters must be happy with how property tax growth has slowed with landmark reforms under Governor Christie.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale
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Senator Joe Kyrillos
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kevin O'Toole
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Senator Tom Kean

Kean, O’Toole, Beck, Bateman, Bucco, Pennacchio, Cardinale and Kyrillos Send Letter to NYC Mayor Opposing Commuter Tax

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Republican Senators representing districts with large numbers of New York City commuters have sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressing their strong opposition to any effort to restore a .45% income tax on New Jersey commuters working in New York City.

The proposal to bring back the “commuter tax”, which was abolished in 2000, has been floated by Manhattan Borough President and 2013 Mayoral candidate Scott Stringer. Proceeds from the levy would be used to bail out the long-dysfunctional Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

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Rumor, Lie Blocked Kwon’s Nomination to NJ Supreme Court

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The following editorial by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-16, and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was published in the April 2, 2012 edition of the Courier-Post:

On Thursday, March 23rd, 2012, an exceptionally well qualified nominee to the Supreme Court was rejected by the petty partisan whims of the Democrats in the New Jersey State Senate. Phillip Kwon, a decorated prosecutor who has put corrupt public officials in jail and led the fight against street gangs in our state, was denied a job for which he was clearly qualified — Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court — for no good reason at all.

It was a tragedy for the judicial system in our state because Mr. Kwon’s nomination was blocked not based on his qualifications, but on rumor, innuendo, and an outright lie.

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Senator Joe Kyrillos
Senator Kevin O'Toole
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Senator Mike Doherty

Republican Judiciary Committee Members: “Democrats’ Rejection of Kwon is Indefensible Character Assassination”

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Senate Republican Judiciary Committee Members Gerald Cardinale, Kevin O’Toole, Joe Kyrillos, Christopher Bateman, and Michael J. Doherty issued the following statement regarding the Committee’s rejection of Supreme Court nominee Phil Kwon:

Today, Democratic Senators on the Judiciary Committee rejected an exceptionally well-qualified Supreme Court nominee for no good reason whatsoever. From the moment Mr. Kwon was nominated, the Majority engaged in a campaign of intensely personal character assassination centering around issues that were completely immaterial to his fitness to serve on the court.

The Majority’s entire line of questioning and basis for rejecting his nomination centered on events that had absolutely nothing to do with Phil Kwon.

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Bateman, Ciattarelli, Simon Moving to Dedicate Bypass to Late Assemblyman Biondi

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The 16th District delegation — Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Assemblyman Jack M. Ciattarelli, and Assemblywoman Donna Simon — is moving to dedicate the U.S. Route 206 bypass in Hillsborough Township to Peter J. Biondi, the late and sorely missed Assemblyman and U.S. Army veteran who recently lost his battle with cancer.

“Assemblyman Biondi dedicated his life to public service for the persisting benefit of our state, as he supported and mentored many young political candidates,” said Senator Bateman (R-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). “We should commemorate this gregarious, loving family man, who also dedicated his life to improving State, Somerset County and Hillsborough, as well as volunteering on youth service committees and serving as a firefighter.”

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