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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Applauds Judiciary Committee’s Approval of Chiesa as Attorney General

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) praised the Senate Judiciary Committee for approving the nomination of Jeff Chiesa to be New Jersey’s Attorney General. Bateman, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said that Chiesa has the character and experience to serve in the state’s top law enforcement post.

“Governor Christie was known as a corruption buster in his service as U.S. Attorney, so it’s no surprise he would appoint someone like Jeff who shares his dedication and work ethic to take on that challenge as our state’s Attorney General,” said Bateman. “As Attorney General, I have no doubt in my mind that Jeff Chiesa will be persistent, effective and fair, and he’ll do much to make New Jersey a safer place to live.”

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Kyrillos, Bateman, O’Toole: “Given a Chance to Save Taxpayers Money, Majority Takes a Pass”

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Senators Joe Kyrillos, Kip Bateman, and Kevin O’Toole today attempted to provide tax relief to New Jersey residents by forcing votes on long-stalled legislation eliminating payments for unused sick leave for public employees, providing voters the opportunity to opt their community out of civil service rules, and implement accountability in the state’s numerous independent authorities and commissions.

Rebuffed by their colleagues, the Senators issued the following statements condemning the Majority’s reluctance to consider legislation that would save taxpayer dollars:

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Bateman: Chiesa Is Eminently Qualified to Be State Attorney General

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Jeffery Chiesa to be the next state Attorney General:

“Jeffery Chiesa is eminently qualified to be the next Attorney General of the state of New Jersey. He has proven himself both in private practice and the public sector, most notably as a federal prosecutor and Governor’s Counsel.

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Bateman to Introduce Bill Requiring Adults to Notify Authorities About Sexual Abuse

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, a member of both the Senate Judiciary and Law & Public Safety committees, announced he will introduce legislation tomorrow to require witnesses of child sexual abuse to notify law enforcement officials. The bill is a direct response to the Penn State and Syracuse University cases. A copy of the legislation is attached.

“In both cases, adults knew that the abuse was occurring yet they failed in their moral duty to take the appropriate steps to end the abuse,” Bateman stated. “When my bill passes witnesses will no longer have that decision. They will be required to notify law enforcement authorities of these obscene violations.”

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Bateman Bill Legalizes Sale of Home-Baked Goods

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New Jersey Would Join 26 Other States With Similar Laws

Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) that would allow individuals to sell home-baked goods directly to the consumer was passed by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens committee yesterday. Under current law, baking in a residential kitchen and selling those goods is illegal.

“As it stands now, people are allowed to sell their home-baked goods at charity events and religious bake sales, but cannot sell them at a farmer’s market or other for-profit venue, Bateman stated. “Changing the law allows entrepreneurial individuals to earn extra income during these difficult economic times while also benefiting consumers who can enjoy these goods and may not have the time or talent to bake themselves.”

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Senator Bateman Mourns the Passing of Asm. Peter Biondi

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- 16) today issued the following statement regarding the passing of Assemblyman Peter Biondi:

“It is hard to imagine serving the people of the 16th District without Peter Biondi by my side.  Pete was more than a great legislator, he was a good friend.  He always put service to our constituents ahead of politics and partisanship, and constantly reminded us that legislators could disagree in the State House while maintaining respect for one another.  His presence will be sorely missed in all of our lives, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Biondi family.”

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Bateman: JCP&L Will Have to Answer for Inadequate Storm Response

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Nearly a Week After Snow Storm, Many Residents Remain Without Power

Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) has called for hearings to investigate why thousands of JCP&L customers remain without power nearly a week after service was disrupted by the October 29 snow storm that hit New Jersey. According to information released by JCP&L on Friday, nearly 15,000 of its customers remain in the dark six days after the storm passed.

“Following the lengthy outages that plagued thousands of state residents as a result of Hurricane Irene in August, New Jersey utilities had pledged to develop better response plans for future storms,” said Bateman. “With thousands of JCP&L customers still in the dark nearly a week after the season’s first snow storm, it appears that at least one utility has failed to respond as customers were promised. I intend to make sure that we find out why.”

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Bateman Named “Taxpayer Champion”

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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.”

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Bateman Applauds Governor Christie’s Decision to Abolish COAH

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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.

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Bateman & Ciesla Bill Protects Water Supply From Improper Disposal of Medications

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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.”

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