New Jersey's 16th Legislative District

Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Judge Made the Wrong Call. South Brunswick Deserved an Affordable Housing Retrial

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Following a Mercer County judge’s decision to deny South Brunswick’s demand for an affordable housing retrial, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman called for action to prevent future violations of the public’s trust in the judiciary.

Sen. Kip Bateman is calling for action to stop unethical judges and burdensome affordable housing mandates that put taxpayers and communities like South Brunswick at risk. (Pixabay)

“I am very disappointed in today’s ruling,” Senator Bateman said. “This should have been an easy call. Judge Wolfson ruled to mandate a drastic increase in affordable housing and then went on to work for a real estate developer shortly after. That seems like a pretty clear conflict of interest to me.”

“Judges should not be able to benefit financially from their own rulings. Even the appearance of impropriety has a devastating impact on the public’s trust in the bench. I hope that the New Jersey Supreme Court will take a hard look at what happened in South Brunswick and consider how we can hold judges to a higher ethical standard.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill to Hold Drivers Accountable After License Suspension Passes Senate

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

The New Jersey Senate has passed Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s bill to hold drivers accountable for proving they can act responsibly following a license suspension.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill hold drivers accountable after a license suspension, by amending current law so that they can still be charged with the crime of driving with a suspended license after the suspension, if they have not take the steps to restore their driving privileges. (Flickr)

“Right now, suspending someone’s license is the equivalent to putting a child in ‘time-out.’ All they have to do to get their privileges back is sit around and wait for it to be over,” Senator Bateman, a municipal prosecutor and longtime member of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, said. “This bill will reduce the number of repeat offenders, by holding drivers legally accountable for taking the steps necessary to reinstate a suspended license.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman on Gov. Support of Bill to Give Back Pay to Public Workers Furloughed During Shutdown

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) issued the following response to Governor Christie’s remarks in support of legislation he sponsors to provide retroactive pay to public employees who were furloughed during the government shutdown.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s said he is relieved to see that Governor Christie is open to signing bipartisan legislation he sponsors to protect state workers that were furloughed during the government shutdown. (SenateNJ)

“I am relieved to see that Governor Christie is open to signing our bipartisan legislation to protect state workers,” Senator Bateman said. “Not one of the tens of thousands of public employees who were furloughed during the shutdown deserves to have their paychecks cut. They were ready and willing to go to work, even when the government was not. Hopefully, we will be able to take immediate action to ensure they do not suffer any more financial repercussions as a result of this unnecessary shutdown.” Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Sends NJ Library Construction Bond Act to Governor’s Desk

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

The “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act,” sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, has passed the State Senate and how heads to Governor Christie’s desk.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s NJ Library Construction Bond Act would give voters the ability to approve funds for the repair, construction or expansion of local libraries. (Abhi Sharma/Flickr)

“Public libraries bridge the digital divide, by providing internet access, computer classes and job training for people of all ages and economic backgrounds,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “They can’t continue to offer these services without funding for upgrades. It’s been 15 years since the last bond act. We can jump-start the economy and quickly create hundreds of construction jobs if we give voters the OK to join the fight to keep libraries alive.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Votes NO on Horizon Bill, Standing Up for Ratepayers

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) voted against S-4, stating that it could pave the way for the government to raid Horizon’s reserve funds at the expense of the millions who rely on the insurer. His statement is as follows:

Sen. Kip Bateman voted no on the Horizon bill, stating that if a policy holder has overpaid in premiums, that money should go back into their pocket – not a slush fund for the government. (©iStock.com)

“Correct me if I’m wrong, but health insurance is expensive enough as it is already. If a policy holder has overpaid in premiums, that money should go back into their pocket – not into a slush fund for the government.

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman

Scutari/Bateman Bill to End Pet Trafficking Goes to Governor

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Bipartisan Bill Establishes Trafficking Stolen Pets as a New Third-Degree Crime

The New Jersey Senate has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) and Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-22) that names pet trafficking a third-degree crime.

Bipartisan legislation by Sens. Nicholas Scutari and Kip Bateman would establish pet trafficking as a third-degree crime. (©iStock)

“Anyone who is cruel enough to traffic an innocent animal should be locked up, but the law doesn’t recognize pet trafficking as a crime. Stolen pets are seen as stolen property, and those offenders are punished in the same way,” Senator Bateman explained. “That’s just wrong. Our pets are family; not property. Selling an animal to a medical researcher or a puppy mill is as heartless as it gets. A slap on the wrist isn’t enough. We need a new law, so that pet traffickers get the punishment they deserve.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Sam Thompson

Passed: Allen, Bateman, Thompson Bills to Secure $91 Million for Open Space Funding

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Three bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington), Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon, Middlesex) and Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean) to appropriate more than $91 million to go to various open space, recreation and conservation projects were all passed by the New Jersey Senate.

All three bills use money from dedicated corporation business tax revenues to provide grants or other funding to develop or acquire land for use as open space.

A trio of bills to appropriate $91 million in funding for open space projects were passed by the New Jersey Senate. (Morris County Preservation Trust)

“This money will go a long way in helping to develop land for recreation purposes in densely populated areas and counties,” Senator Bateman, sponsor of S-3352 said. “Because of this bill, more than $71 million in grants will go towards worthy projects throughout the state that will ensure our residents can enjoy the beautiful outdoors.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Requiring Smart Thermostats in All New Homes Passes Senate

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman requiring the installation of a smart thermostat in all new residential construction.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill would require the installation of a smart thermostat in every new home. (SenateNJ)

“It is very expensive to purchase a house in New Jersey, especially for first-time homeowners who are just starting out. Factor in the high cost of utilities, and that dream becomes nearly impossible to achieve,” Senator Bateman, (R-16) said. “Requiring smart thermostats in every new home will significantly decrease New Jersey’s energy usage and make living here that much more affordable for those who can help secure a strong economic future for our state.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Mike Doherty

Bateman & Doherty on Judge’s Decision to Block Statehouse Renovations Lawsuit

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senate Republicans Kip Bateman and Mike Doherty released the following statements on a State Superior Court judge’s ruling against their lawsuit to halt Governor Christie’s multi-million dollar Statehouse renovations.

Sens. Kip Bateman and Mike Doherty are speaking out following State Superior Court Judge Jacobson’s June 14, 2017 decision to rule against their lawsuit to stop Gov. Christie’s multi-million dollar Statehouse renovations. (Wikimedia Commons)

“I am very disappointed in the judge’s decision. New Jersey taxpayers deserve better,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “The Christie administration was clearly intent on denying the public the opportunity to speak out against this costly boondoggle. It is a shame that, once again, taxpayers statewide will bear the brunt of a poor decision made without their approval in Trenton.”

“Judge Jacobson got it wrong,”  Senator Doherty (R-23) said. “The Whitman case she cited was addressed when we passed the Lance amendment, so that voters would always, without exception, have the right to approve extremely expensive projects like the Statehouse renovations.  We still can’t get a straight answer on how much this is going to cost. The Governor’s insistence on pushing forward with this project regardless of public opinion, and the judge’s decision to allow it, flies in the face of our constitutional obligation to be transparent with New Jersey taxpayers. The Legislature and the people we represent have a right to know how we are spending their money. This ruling is a setback, but our fight is far from over.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill to Curb Pet Theft Passes Senate Budget Committee

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Bill Creates Third Degree Criminal Offense for Trafficking Stolen Pets

Legislation sponsored Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman establishing strong criminal penalties for trafficking stolen pets has passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill creates a third degree criminal offense for trafficking stolen pets. There is no current law addressing dealing in stolen animals. (©iStock.com)

“Losing your pet is traumatic enough, but fearing that they might be suffering at a puppy mill, dog fighting, or subjected to medical research is more than any loving caregiver can bare,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “We have to do something to deter people from committing this heartless crime and the penalties established under current law are not nearly strong enough to do so. Anyone who is cruel enough to steal and deal an innocent animal must be subjected to the harshest punishment possible.”

Continue Reading…

District 16 Guide

Kip Bateman

Kip's Bio & Public Service

Constituent Services

Kip Can Help You!

Contact Kip

Kip Wants to Hear from You!

District 16

About the Legislative District

Email Updates

Sign Up for Kip's Newsletter

Facebook

Follow Kip's Page

Internships

Students - Get Involved

Legislative Activity

Committees, Bills & Votes

Twitter

Tweet @kipbateman

- Proudly Serving Parts of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset Counties -