Praises Gov’s Accomplishments and Plans to Continue with Reforms
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) responded to the annual State of the State address that was delivered today by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:
“It’s clear to virtually everyone that the state of the State is much better today than it was just a year ago. New Jersey, once notorious for its poor business climate and annual tax increases, has now become a national model for restoring fiscal responsibility and reversing government growth.
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) made the following remarks during a Senate session today in response to the posting of Senate Bill 1 for a vote. Bateman was an original sponsor of S-1, which reforms New Jersey’s affordable housing laws, but removed his sponsorship after amendments were adopted that significantly altered the original intent of the bill. The Senator’s remarks follow:
“Republicans have said repeatedly that COAH rules are a burden that property taxpayers will find impossible to bear. Many Democrats agreed, and members of both parties in both houses sponsored bills, including S-1, to address the widely acknowledged problems with COAH.
Senators Gerald Cardinale, Kevin O’Toole, Kip Bateman, Jennifer Beck, and Joe Kyrillos, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding today’s confirmation hearing for Ron Gravino, nominated by Governor Christie to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority:
“Ron Gravino is an exceptionally qualified nominee for the Turnpike Authority who possesses both the experience in transportation policy and strong moral character the agency needs. He previously served for six years on the New Jersey Highway Authority, the Turnpike Authority’s predecessor. His nomination should pass the Senate overwhelmingly if our Democrat colleagues consider merit and merit alone.
Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) on S-2026 and S-2027:
“The historic arbitration reform enacted by the legislature earlier this month should not overshadow the fact that local governments still lack many of the tools necessary to reign in property taxes. We owe it to every taxpayer in this state to give local officials all of the cost-cutting tools the Senate President himself acknowledged were necessary just this past summer. Most importantly, we owe it to our children to improve affordability and access to post-secondary educational opportunities at our state colleges and universities.”
Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) on S-2039 and S-2172:
“Civil service reform without an opt-out provision for municipalities is no reform at all. SB 2039 provides real relief to taxpayers by allowing municipalities and counties to do away with an antiquated and inefficient civil service system that has far outlived its usefulness. Civil service is a relic of an era that did not offer workers the protections they now enjoy under state and federal labor laws. It is time to give local governments a choice as to whether or not they continue to participate in a system that in many cases drives up personnel costs and property taxes.
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) introduced a resolution today urging the State Supreme Court to use the “growth share methodology” as a way to determine how many affordable housing units a municipality needs. With growth share, the amount of housing a municipality must build is determined as a percentage of the amount of market-rate growth it experiences.
“The market should dictate how much affordable housing a town needs, ” stated Bateman. “As a town grows so should their affordable housing. The way it is done now, a town’s affordable housing obligation comes from mathematical calculations from Trenton that are unrealistic and unaffordable.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- Somerset) is pleased to announce his appointment by Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) to the New Jersey Senate’s Law and Public Safety Committee.
“Preserving our quality of life in New Jersey means, first and foremost, keeping our communities safe,” said Senator Bateman. “Lawmakers cannot and should not rest until every citizen is able to go to sleep at night knowing that their streets are safe and that in the midst of an emergency, government is able to respond swiftly and effectively. As the most densely populated state in America and one that faces unique security threats due to geography, New Jersey’s public safety needs are unique. I am eager to work with my colleagues on the committee to ensure that even in the midst of significant financial challenges, our public safety and law enforcement agencies are empowered by to protect the residents of this state.”
Legislation written by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) enhancing penalties for threatening animals used by law enforcement agencies has cleared the Senate.
“Dogs, horses, and other animals used by law enforcement serve critical functions not only in pursuing and apprehending criminals, but as goodwill ambassadors to the community,” said Senator Bateman. “Countless hours and dollars are invested in their training and maintenance, and have proven wildly effective in activities ranging from search and rescue to narcotics and explosives detection. These animals are treated as members of their respective departments while on duty, and those who threaten or seek to do them should face more severe punishment than the current law allows.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) announced today that the Branchburg school district has been awarded $441,527 in grants through the school construction; Regular Operating District Grant Program.
“I am pleased to announce that the Branchburg School District has been awarded state funds to update and modernize critical infrastructure throughout the district,” Bateman stated. “These state funds are necessary to ensure that our kids have a safe, comfortable environment to achieve their highest potential.”
Legislation, S-2003, sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman that would fund clean water projects throughout the state was signed into law by the governor today. Senator Bateman is the senior Republican member of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
“New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the union,” Bateman stated. “It is very important, because of this density, that the state take all possible measures to ensure that our drinking water is safe.”
Senators Diane Allen, Kip Bateman, Andrew Ciesla, Chris Connors, Sean Kean and Robert Singer issued the following statement:
“Protecting women’s health is a vital priority for all of us. Contained in this year’s budget are critical investments in early cancer detection programs including mammograms. Over $20 million is dedicated to serve low-income women and children with chronic diseases, birth defects and special health care needs such as Cystic Fibrosis; childhood lead poisoning screening and environmental inspections of homes with suspected lead hazards; prenatal care; fetal alcohol syndrome; and hemophilia treatments. These critical investments were a major part of our collective decision to support the budget.