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Senator Kip Bateman

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Senator Mike Doherty

Bateman & Doherty Join Lawsuit to Stop $300 Million State House Renovation Project

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Cost to New Jersey Taxpayers Could Reach $750 Million without Legislative or Voter Approval

Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) and Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) joined with Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) to file a lawsuit today to stop an expensive New Jersey State House renovation project that was initiated without legislative or voter approval.

Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Mike Doherty joined on the filing of a lawsuit today to stop an expensive New Jersey State House renovation project that could cost state taxpayers as much as $750 million without legislative or voter approval. (Wikimedia Commons)

The civil complaint filed in New Jersey Superior Court alleges that actions undertaken by the State Capitol Joint Management Commission, Treasury Department, and New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) related to the renovation plan violate the Debt Limitation, Appropriations and Separation of Powers clauses of the New Jersey Constitution.

“While the law is clear that the plan to borrow $300 million to fund the State House renovation must be approved by both voters and the Legislature, the governor’s convoluted and unconstitutional financing arrangement takes that choice away from both taxpayers and their elected representatives,” said Doherty. “Our lawsuit seeks to hold the governor accountable and halt this boondoggle of a project. We’re fighting to ensure that New Jersey taxpayers have both transparency and choice as to how their money is spent.”

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Advanced: Bateman Bill to Convert Street Lights to LEDs

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon) to replace outdated, conventional street lights with more efficient LED lights was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill to convert the state’s street lights to LEDs was advanced by a senate panel.(Wikimedia Commons)

“LED lights use less power and last a lot longer than conventional lights,” Senator Bateman said. “The state and our municipalities could save a lot of money in energy and maintenance costs once this change is made.”

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Bateman Proclaims First Ever ‘NJ Public Gardens & Arboretum Day’ at National Historic Landmark

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Elected Officials, Industry Leaders, Advocates Gather in Princeton to Celebrate Bateman Resolution Establishing “New Jersey Public Gardens & Arboretum Day”

On May 11, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon) proclaimed the first annual “New Jersey Public Gardens and Arboretum Day” before a large crowd at Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton, New Jersey.

On Monday, May 11, Sen. Kip Bateman proclaimed ‘New Jersey Public Gardens and Arboretum Day’ before a large crowd at Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton, New Jersey. Pictured: Bob Heitzman, President NJ Nursery & Landscape Association; Senator Bateman; and Jeannie Geremia, VP Garden Club of NJ. (SenateNJ.com)

“As a longtime advocate of environmental protection and historical preservation, I have dedicated much of my time in public service to ensuring our children and grandchildren can continue to call New Jersey the ‘Garden State,’” Senator Bateman said. “This would not be possible without the dedicated conservationists, researchers and educators at public gardens like Morven Museum and Garden. It is our hope that recognizing New Jersey Public Gardens and Arboretum Day will encourage our residents to visit these treasured institutions, and experience firsthand the lasting positive impact they have had on our state.”

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Gov. Signs Bateman Bill Adding School Nurse Certification Requirements

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Governor Christie has signed Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s bill requiring the State to institute tougher training and educational standards for securing a school nurse certification, including new clinical experience requirements.

Gov. Christie on May 11 signed Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill to institute tougher requirements for school nurse certification. The new clinical experience education and training requirements are designed to enable school nurses to better serve children Statewide. (Flickr)

“School nurses are often the first people to identify the early signs of a serious behavioral health or physical condition. For a child living below the poverty line, a school nurse may be the only health professional they see,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “The new hands-on training requirements mandated under this law will ensure all school nurses are fully prepared to provide the highest level of care for children with unique and complex needs.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY (5/11): Bateman to Proclaim First Ever NJ Public Gardens Day in Princeton

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On May 11, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman will proclaim the first ever “New Jersey Public Gardens and Arboretum Day” at a public ceremony at Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton. The event is open to the public and the media.

Sen. Kip Bateman will proclaim the first ever “NJ Public Gardens and Arboretum Day” at a public ceremony on May 11 at Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton, NJ. (Garden State Gardens)

Who: Senator Kip Bateman, State Officials, Members of the Garden State Gardens Consortium, and Industry Leaders

What: Ceremony Proclaiming the First-Ever NJ Public Gardens and Arboretum Day

When: Thursday, May 11th at 10 a.m.

Where: Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 03540 

Availability: Open

Event Contact: Emily Everson, Senate Republican Office, 609-847-3600; Morven Museum & Garden, (609) 924-8144

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Media Advisory: Bateman to Host Blood Drive in Somerville on Thursday

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) is hosting a blood drive on Thursday to collect much needed donations for the Robert Wood Johnson Steeplechase Cancer Center. Donating is quick and easy, and open to anyone older than 17, or 16 with parental consent.

Sen. Kip Bateman to host blood drive at RWJ Steeplechase Cancer Center on Thursday, May 11. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’ve had many successful drives in the past, with every available appointment filled. I hope we can do that again, but we need your help,” Senator Bateman said. “This blood is desperately needed. By giving just a little blood and a little time you can help save lives.”

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Bateman Speaks Out Against Raiding Horizon’s Reserves

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon, Middlesex) released the following statement in opposition to Governor Christie’s proposed legislation to use Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield’s reserve funds.

Sen. Kip Bateman said Gov. Christie’s proposal to raid Horizon’s reserve funds is completely irresponsible and could put the health and safety of millions of New Jersey residents at risk. (iStock)

“Governor Christie’s proposal to raid Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield’s reserves is completely irresponsible,” Senator Bateman said. “Nearly half of all New Jerseyans are Horizon customers, including some of our most vulnerable residents. I will not support legislation that could put their health and welfare at risk.

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Now Law: Bateman Bill Appropriating $59.5 Million for Open Space

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More than $59 million of constitutionally-dedicated funds will be appropriated to preserve open space, build parks, and expand Blue and Green Acres now that legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman has become law.

Signed into Law by Gov. Christie, Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill appropriates $59.5 million of constitutionally dedicated funds to preserve open space, build parks and expand Blue and Green Acres. (Garden State Preservation Trust)

“From the Highlands to the Pinelands, all 21 New Jersey counties have an open space or waterway that will benefit from this appropriation,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Green and Blue Acres programs need a constant source of funding. A one-time payment isn’t enough when there are parks to maintain and natural resources to protect in every corner of our state.

“That’s why I fought three years ago to create a permanent way to fund open space preservation. New Jersey voters came out in full force to support that effort. Today, we are keeping our promise to use those constitutionally dedicated funds as intended.”

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Now Law: Varsity Letter Bill Sponsored by Allen & Bateman

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High school students in New Jersey who compete in activities other than athletics will also have the opportunity to earn varsity letters, now that a bill sponsored by Senate Republicans Diane Allen and Kip Bateman has become law.

Legislation by Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Diane Allen expands the opportunity for students to earn varsity letters. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The amount of school spirit, team work and dedication it takes to earn a varsity letter cannot be understated or undervalued,” Senator Allen (R-Burlington) said. “There are champions deserving of varsity letters in classrooms throughout New Jersey – and they aren’t all athletes. Now that our bill has become law, I hope more schools will take advantage of this opportunity encourage our students to excel in every aspect of their lives.”

“We see it happen every season. Athletes and musicians work together to win competitions and build school spirit – but more often than not, only one of these groups gets to wear a Letterman’s jacket after the game,” Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon, Middlesex) said. “All of these students put in the same time and energy. Honoring artistic and academic competitors in the same meaningful way we honor athletes is the right thing to do.”

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Bateman Bill Creating Registry of People With Special Needs for Emergency Responders Advances

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s bill establishing a central registry of people with special needs so that first responders can better serve them during an emergency has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill creates a central registry of people with special needs that emergency responders would use to help during an emergency or natural disaster. (SenateNJ.com)

“Minutes can mean the difference between a life saved and a life lost. A central registry allows police officers, firefighters or EMS workers to plan ahead for how to provide the best and most expedient care possible to a person with special needs,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Some towns have already set up local registries that are used during natural disasters, medical emergencies, or when a person with special needs goes missing. We need to make sure every emergency unit Statewide has access to this lifesaving information.”

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