Scores 100% Second Year in a Row
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) was recently named a “Taxpayer Champion” by the New Jersey Taxpayer Alliance. The Alliance selected Senator Bateman after an analysis of voting records on bills deemed crucial to the taxpayer community.
“The New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance seeks to improve the quality of life in New Jersey by holding elected officials accountable for their actions when taxpayers’ money is at stake, ” Bateman stated. “I am grateful for the recognition of the Alliance for my work on behalf of all taxpayers and trying to make New Jersey more affordable and Trenton more accountable.”
Legislature also Suspends 2.5% COAH Tax
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) issued the following statement today following Governor Chris Christie’s announcement today that he abolished the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH):
“As the original sponsor of legislation to end the failed Council on Affordable Housing, I applaud the Governor’s decision today. By abolishing COAH, we are helping to protect municipalities from heavy handed state oversight, and duplicative government services.
Legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) and Andrew Ciesla (R-Ocean) that would prohibit health care institutions from discharging medications into sewer or septic systems was passed by the Senate today.
“The improper disposal of medications may cause pollution in wastewater, harming fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking supply, ” Bateman stated. “Precautionary measures must be put in place to limit unintentional exposure to these very powerful drugs.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) issued the following statement today following the Senate passage of the Democrat sponsored Fiscal Year 2012 State Budget:
“Governor Christie has been a welcome change for New Jersey residents who suffered through the past eight years under Democrat Governors who increased spending by $11 billion, pushed through 115 tax increases and doubled state debt making New Jersey more and more unaffordable for middle class families.
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (Somerset/Morris), a member of the Senate Environment Committee, issued the following statement today after Governor Chris Christie revealed the state’s 2011 draft Energy Master Plan:
“The Governor’s plan lays a strong foundation to expand on our state’s energy independence while protecting the environment and growing the economy. By putting a bigger emphasis on cleaner technologies and green jobs, the plan put forth will permit New Jersey to reduce its energy consumption, and at the same time lower our emissions of greenhouse gases.
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding today’s confirmation hearing for Anne Patterson, nominated by Governor Christie to the New Jersey Supreme Court:
“Anne Patterson is more than qualified to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court. She has a rock-solid reputation as one of the brightest legal minds in our state and is highly respected by her peers in the legal community.
The following editorial by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) appeared in the Courier News on May 31, 2011:
In New Jersey’s 31 poorest school districts, the so-called “Abbott” districts, New Jersey spends more per pupil than anywhere in the state and almost anywhere in America- $4 billion in total for less than 25% of the state’s student population.
It all started thirty years ago, when the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered that increased funding for poor districts be used as a remedy for poor graduation rates and student outcomes among disadvantaged kids.
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) issued the following statement today after the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that an additional $500 million must be spent on chronically failing urban school districts:
“We need to wrest control of education funding from the courts, which have continuously decided the only way to lift up our needy children is to pump vast sums of money into urban districts with little or no accountability for results. This process diverts resources from equally deserving students in other districts, as well as overburdens state taxpayers.
South Brunswick Borrowed $500K to Pay 18 Retiring Employees
With the Senate scheduled to consider an agenda on April 28th, 2011 that excludes the elimination of sick leave payouts to public employees, Senator Kip Bateman (R- Somerset) said Majority Democrats are defending waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars:
“By failing to schedule a vote on the elimination of jackpot sick leave payouts for public employees, the Majority continues to defend the indefensible,” said Senator Bateman. “It is totally incomprehensible why they would go to such great lengths to protect this sort of abuse of the taxpayers.”
Calls For An Immediate Senate Vote On Repeal Measure
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris), a member of both the Senate’s Judiciary and Law and Public Safety committees, has endorsed legislation ending New Jersey’s early release program which makes some prisoners who have passed their parole date and have less than six months on their sentences eligible to be released and called for a floor vote on legislation repealing the law at the next Senate Voting Session on April 28th.
Governor Corzine signed the law allowing early release in the final hours of his term as Governor.
“I voted against this law last year and I support its immediate repeal today. The program does crippling damage in the public’s faith that government is doing all it can to protect them from violent offenders,” Bateman stated.