New Jersey's 16th Legislative District

Senator Kip Bateman

  • Sen. Kip Bateman was joined by Richard Pompelio of the New Jersey Crime Victims’ Law Center for the Senate session on Nov. 14, 2016. Pompelio was honored for his decades of work to protect crime victims and joined Bateman to watch the Senate’s passage of new protections. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman and the Senate Environment Committee have taken official action to help protect the Princeton Battlegrounds and surrounding wetlands from proposed development following a State House hearing. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman at the Annual Fall Conference of Hunterdon Prevention Resources and the Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon/Somerset at Raritan Valley Community College on November 12, 2015.

  • Sen. Kip Bateman joined cyclists from Ride 2 Recovery to raise awareness and help thousands of injured veterans around the country on September 29, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman with families who celebrated the Senate’s passage of reform legislation to fix the state’s flawed “Return Home New Jersey” program on July 23, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kip Bateman at a State House press conference on July 20, 2015 to announce a bipartisan agreement to end the state’s ‘Return Home’ policy as it currently exists. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Bateman (speaking) joined with legislators from both parties and faith leaders at the New Jersey State House on June 11, 2015 to condemn antisemitism and hate crimes. He co-sponsors a bipartisan resolution addressing the need to to put an end to Jewish hatred and bias crimes. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman presented U.S. Soccer superstar and New Jersey native Tim Howard with a proclamation from Gov. Chris Christie designating May 15th to June 15th as Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman took part in a special New Jersey 101.5 broadcast aboard the Battleship New Jersey honoring veterans on May 22, 2015. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kip Bateman visited Terracycle in Trenton on May 14, 2015 and announced a resolution urging a statewide effort to keep hazardous and hard-to-recycle materials out of landfills. (Full Story)

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Bateman Bill Advancing Clean Water Projects Signed

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Authorizes New Jersey Infrastructure Bank to Finance Vital Improvements

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman ensuring crucial clean water environmental infrastructure projects move forward became law today.

More than 170 important clean water infrastructure projects will be eligible for funding with the signing of Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill authorizing the NJIB to issue loans for Fiscal Year 2021 work. (Pixabay)

With the governor’s signature, A-5054/S-3211 authorizes the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (NJIB) to expend additional sums to make loans for environmental infrastructure projects for Fiscal Year 2021.

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Senate Clears Bateman Measure Expanding Influence of NJ Infrastructure Bank

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman and approved by the Senate today would authorize the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (NJIB) to finance aviation and marine infrastructure projects.

Sen. Kip Bateman sponsors legislation that would authorize the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank to finance aviation and marine infrastructure projects. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, A-5057/S-3190, was passed by the Assembly in December and now moves to the Governor’s desk for consideration.

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Bateman Measure to Designate April 22 as ‘Personal Carbon Footprint Awareness Day’ Clears Senate

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Senator Kip Bateman’s resolution to designate “Earth Day,” April 22 of each year, as “Personal Carbon Footprint Awareness Day” was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Bateman’s resolution to designate April 22 of each year as “Personal Carbon Footprint Awareness Day” was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (©iStock)

“Although each person’s individual contribution to greenhouse gas production may be small, the overall effect of minor changes by millions of New Jerseyans would be significant,” said Bateman (R-16). “‘Personal Carbon Footprint Awareness Day’ will encourage all of us to make small changes in our daily routines to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions.”

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Sen. Bateman Announces Decision Not to Seek Reelection

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After more than 38 years of dedicated public service, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) today announced that he will not seek reelection to the State Senate. Bateman will serve out the remainder of his term in Legislative District 16, which will conclude in January 2022.

After more than 38 years of dedicated public service, Sen. Christopher ‘Kip’ Bateman announced that he will not seek reelection to the State Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“After careful consideration and with the support of my family, I have made the difficult decision not to seek reelection to the State Senate. As a lifelong resident of Somerset County, it has been an honor to spend nearly 40 years serving the community I am proud to call home,” said Senator Bateman. “I can’t begin to express how much I will miss serving our constituents. However, our state is still coping with a pandemic and I am committed to using my remaining time in office to help the countless residents who are in desperate need of our support.”

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Bateman Bill Enhancing the NJ Infrastructure Bank’s Influence Advances

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Bipartisan Legislation that would expand the authority of the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (NJIB) to issue loans or grants for infrastructure projects cleared the Senate Transportation Committee today.

The New Jersey Infrastructure Bank would be able to issue grants and loans for projects related to the COVID emergency under legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman and advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) sponsors the bill, S-3190, along with Senator Bob Smith, the Democrat chair of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

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Bateman Bill Creating ‘Jersey Native Plants Program’ Clears Committee

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation to establish the “Jersey Native Plants Program” to promote the sale of native vegetation at local garden centers was advanced by the Senate Environment Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation to establish the “Jersey Native Plants Program” has passed the Senate Environment Committee. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Shopping local is a great way to support the farms that make New Jersey the Garden State, but we can do much more. We also need to encourage people to plant local,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Planting ‘Jersey native’ vegetation goes hand-in-hand with our successful ‘Jersey Fresh’ program. This legislation will strengthen local farm families, promote healthy eating, and help the environment.”

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Bateman Bill Bolstering Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Advances

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation to help the state meet its goal of 330,000 zero-emission vehicles by 2025 was approved by the Senate today.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill that would enhance the state’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure and help the state meet its goal of 330,000 zero-emission vehicles by 2025 was approved by the Senate. (Pixabay)

The bill, S-3223, would help expand the New Jersey’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

“If we’re going to get more electric cars on the road, we’re going to need easier and more convenient access to charging stations. It’s as simple as that,” said Bateman (R-16). “The popularity of electric cars is growing, and sales are increasing significantly as they have become more reliable and more affordable. This measure will help the critical charging infrastructure keep pace.”

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Senate Endorses Bateman Bill Helping Public Libraries Save Money and Improve Services

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Public libraries would be able to operate more efficiently under Senator Kip Bateman’s bill approved today by the Senate.

Public libraries will be able to reduce expenses under Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation allowing them to to dispose of outdated books, newspapers and magazines without going out to bid. (Abhi Sharma/Flickr)

Under the bill, S-2644, libraries would be able to dispose of outdated books, newspapers and magazines without going out to bid. It would eliminate the expense and delay of advertising for bids.

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Governor Signs Bateman and Oroho Bills Preserving NJ Farmland

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Today’s signing of bills sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman and Senator Steven Oroho will protect more of the state’s dwindling agricultural land from development.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Steven Oroho that will help preserve farms and land across the state were signed into law today by the Governor. (Garden State Preservation Trust)

“New Jersey residents have endorsed efforts to save farms from bulldozers and preserve them for the future,” said Bateman (R-16). “Securing farmland is a priority here in the most densely populated state in the nation. Signing these laws ensures new generations will have the opportunity to appreciate the many contributions of farmers and the impact of farms and open space on the quality of life in our state.”

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Bateman Farmland Preservation Bills Advance to Governor’s Desk

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Additional Acreage Will Be Protected from Urban Sprawl

More of the state’s dwindling agricultural land would be protected from development under a pair of bills sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman and by both houses of the Legislature today.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation preserving farmland and protecting the acreage from development was approved by the Senate and Assembly. (SenateNJ.com)

“In the nation’s most densely populated state, the preservation of farmland is vital,” said Bateman (R-16). “New Jerseyans have overwhelmingly supported efforts to save farms from development, recognizing the importance of agriculture to our state legacy. This legislation will allow future generations to appreciate the many contributions of farmers and the impact of farms and open space on the quality of life in our communities.”

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