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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

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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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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Bateman Urges Enactment of Drug Court Expansion to Create Second Chances

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, a member of the Senate Judiciary and Law and Public Safety committees, urges the enactment of Gov. Christie’s drug court expansion program released today to mandate drug treatment for many drug crime convicts and criminals with histories of drug use.

“This initiative will change lives and improve our society by helping nonviolent offenders get the treatment and support they need but might not otherwise pursue,” said Bateman (R-16). “We can also cut costs by not wasting money to house them in prison cells while they could instead get help to turn their lives around.”

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Bateman: More Than Ever, Voters Deserve to Decide on Same Sex Marriage

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) said today’s Quinnipiac University poll provides undeniable evidence that more than ever it is the Legislature’s obligation to let New Jerseyans decide on same sex marriage.

“We do the best service to our residents by eliminating politics from this decision and allowing the people of this state to define their society and culture,” Bateman said. “We wouldn’t be the first state to provide such justice.”

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Committee Advances Once-Stolen Bateman Bill to Ease Merger Burdens

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s bill to facilitate municipal mergers was moved today by the Community and Urban Affairs Committee, as Senator Bateman (R-16) was inked as a sponsor after the majority party copied his legislation and posted it as S-1114.

“Democrats, the Senate President and this Committee did the right thing today, number one, for taxpayers,” Bateman said. “As residents, the governor and Senate President know, we have to emphasize more shared services.”

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Bateman Bill Gets Stolen, Thankfully Posted for Vote

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) is flattered that Democrats favor his legislation to remove financial impediments hindering municipalities from merging enough to steal it as their own and post it for a committee vote on Monday.

“If it takes slimy politics for the majority party to allow my legislation to be heard, then so be it, it’ll be a win for taxpayers,” Bateman said. “It’s OK if the Democrats need help coming up with good government ideas of their own, but next time, they can just ask.”

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16th District Legislators Introduce Bill to Make It Easier for Towns to Merge & Reduce Property Taxes

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Legislation Would Remove Financial Impediment Hindering Towns from Merging

Legislation that would make it easier to facilitate approved mergers and save money for local property taxpayers has been recently introduced by the 16th District delegation – Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Assemblyman Jack M. Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon.

“While consolidation often makes long-term sense, there are short-term financial obstacles that must be overcome,” Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, said. “This legislation helps reduce the upfront sticker shock of any one time costs arising from consolidation by spreading them out over several years.”

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Bateman Submits Constitutional Amendment Giving Voters the Opportunity to Approve Same Sex Marriage

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Amendment Is Similar to Efforts by Marriage Equality Advocates in Maine

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- Somerset/Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex) has submitted a Senate resolution (SCR-88) that would, if passed by the legislature and approved by voters, amend the State Constitution to permit same sex marriage in New Jersey.

“Let’s stop the political games and let the people of New Jersey decide,” said Bateman. “Marriage equality advocates and opponents would both have the ability to register their opinion at the ballot box. Nobody would be disenfranchised on either side of the issue.”

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Bateman Bill Reducing Motor Vehicle Fines Approved by Committee

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Legislation Lowers Fines for Failing to Produce License or Registration from $150 to $25

The Senate Transportation Committee has approved legislation (S-73) sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) that would greatly reduce the fine for failing to produce a driver’s license or vehicle registration during a traffic stop. Under the legislation, the fine for failing to produce those documents would be reduced from $150 to $25 if the police officer conducting the stop can verify by electronic means that those documents have been issued to the person and are valid on the date of the charge.

“Everyone who drives has at some point left their wallet or purse with their driver’s license at home, or forgotten to put the new registration card they received in the mail into their glove compartment,” said Bateman. “Charging a busy mother a $150 fine because she forgot her purse while rushing to pick up her kids from soccer practice doesn’t make sense. Considering that virtually all patrol cars used by police now have computers that are linked to MVC databases, it’s easy enough to verify if a stopped driver is licensed and if their car is registered.”

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