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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Selecting NJ State Reptile Moves Forward

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NJ Students Inspire Effort to Protect Endangered Bog Turtle With State Reptile Designation

The Senate State Government, Waging, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to designate the bog turtle as New Jersey’s Official State Reptile.

From left: Vita Moss-Wang, a Princeton fifth-grader at Riverside Elementary School, Avi Weiss, a Princeton sixth-grader at John Witherspoon Middle School, Senator Kip Bateman, and Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker before testifying in support of making the endangered bog turtle New Jersey’s Official State Reptile. (SenateNJ.com)

“You used to be able to find bog turtles almost anywhere in New Jersey, but habitat destruction has really taken its toll here,” Senator Bateman said. “We have to act fast before bog turtles are gone from the Garden State forever. I am very grateful to the students at Riverside Elementary and their teacher, Mark Eastburn, for inspiring me to become a fierce advocate for this unique and special creature. Together we will work hard to save New Jersey’s bog turtles from extinction.”

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Editorial: The Time to Fund Gateway Project Is Now

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The following editorial by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) on the need to advance funding for the Gateway Tunnel project was published by the Courier News on March 16, 2018:

New Jersey rail commuters have dealt with crippling delays and detrimental cancellations for far too long. Politicians cannot gamble using commuters as leverage for political gain. It is critical that partisan feuds are not entangled with sensible public policy. This not only inconveniences our commuting workforce but wreaks havoc on our thriving business economy throughout the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.

Editorial by Sen. Kip Bateman on the importance of advancing funding for the Gateway Tunnel project. (SenateNJ.com)

Almost a million people utilize the Northeast Corridor in eight states and Washington, D.C. every day. 200,000 daily commuters take the Hudson River tunnels in and out of New Jersey. If railroad service was to be disrupted, the Northeast Corridor Commission estimates an economic loss of $100 million per day. According to the director of Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative 825, a shutdown of a single Hudson tunnel could reduce commuter capacity by 75%.

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Bateman Law Raises Awareness of the Needs of the Homeless

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Says Donation of Socks Can Help Community Members in Need

A resolution sponsored by Senator Kip that designates February 14 of each year as “Socks for the Homeless Day” was signed into law. The measure is designed to raise awareness of homelessness and the ongoing need for socks by children, adults, and families without homes.

Senator Bateman’s “Sock for Homeless Day” signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“A pair of clean, dry socks can be a sign of hope for children and families suffering from homelessness,” said Bateman (R-16). “During the coldest winter month, a donation of socks can prevent hypothermia and injuries which untreated can lead to further health problems.”

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Corrado & Bateman Launch “Socks for Soldiers” Collection Drive

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Senators Encourage Schools, Businesses, and Local Governments to Participate

Senator Kristin M. Corrado and Senator Kip Bateman have launched a “Socks for Soldiers” drive to collect one of the most requested items by our troops serving around the world.

Sen. Kristin Corrado and Sen. Kip Bateman have launched a ‘Socks for Soldiers’ collection drive to support our troops and veterans at home and abroad. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our heroes at home and abroad need our help to stay warm and comfortable,” said Bateman (R-16). “That’s why I’m partnering with Senator Corrado on a new effort to collect clean, unworn socks that are in high demand by our troops and our veterans. It’s an easy, inexpensive way that we can support those who sacrifice so much on our behalf.”

Corrado and Bateman urged schools, businesses, and local governments to post collection boxes with a “Socks for Soldiers” sign (print one here).

Corrado first collected “Socks for Soldiers” while serving as Passaic County Clerk. Last year, her program provided more than 6,000 pairs of socks to soldiers and veterans.

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ADVANCED: Bateman Food Recycling Bill Would Reduce Waste and Costly Effects of Methane Gas

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) that’s focused on reducing the harmful effects of food waste through increased recycling has been approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Bateman legislation reduces harmful effects of methane gas by requiring companies to separate food waste from trash. (Flickr)

The legislation calls for large generators of food waste to separate it from other forms of trash, providing the opportunity to prevent methane released into the atmosphere and fuel electricity production from a renewable form of energy.

“A single supermarket can generate tens of tons of food waste each year. Discarded food produces large amounts of methane gas when it decomposes in our landfills,” said Bateman. “Encouraging large companies to separate food and trash into different bins will reduce trash disposal costs, limit methane release, and provide an economic boost to cities with approved food waste facilities.”

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ADVANCED: Bateman Legislation to Expand Net Metering & Growth of Renewable Energy

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) to encourage homeowners and businesses to continue investing in renewable energy systems was approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Bateman legislation expands investment in renewable energy, such as Solar and Wind energy. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey needs clean, safe, and affordable energy,” said Bateman. “The expansion of programs that support our goal of increasing green energy production can help to lower electric bills and protect our environment. Allowing more customers to take advantage of net metering will encourage New Jerseyans to continue installing renewable energy, such as solar power, by expanding opportunities to lower their utility bills.”

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Senator Bateman Responds to Proposed EPA Budget Cuts

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset) penned the following statement in response to President Trump’s proposal to cut the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s annual budget by 23 percent in 2019:

Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) penned the following statement in response to the president’s proposal to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 23 percent. (©iStock)

“I am deeply concerned about the federal budget proposal to reduce Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding by $2.5 billion. From the air we breathe to the water we drink, the EPA has played a profound role in safeguarding public health and protecting our nation’s precious natural resources. As New Jersey Senator and proud protector of the environment, I am committed to ensuring that the public and environmental safety of the Garden State remains a priority.”

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Bateman Resolution Opposing Offshore Drilling for Oil & Gas Approved by Environment Committee

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Says Drilling Accidents & Oil Spills Would Put Jersey Shore at Risk

A resolution sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) opposing a federal plan to allow offshore drilling for oil and natural gas along the Atlantic Coast was approved by the Senate Environment & Energy Committee.

Bateman's Resolution Opposing Offshore Drilling Set for Vote

There's no reason to put the Jersey Shore, our state's $44 billion tourism economy, and hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk by drilling off our coast for more oil and gas that we don't need. #NoOffshoreDrilling

Posted by Kip Bateman on Monday, February 5, 2018

“The United States has a glut of oil and natural gas that continues to grow without drilling along the Atlantic Coast,” said Bateman, a member of the Environment Committee. “There’s no reason to put the Jersey Shore, our state’s $44 billion tourism economy, and hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk for more oil and gas that we don’t need.”

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Bateman’s “Socks for Homeless Day” Passes Senate

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman designating February 14 of each year as “Socks for the Homeless Day” has been approved by the State Senate.

“A new pair of socks can be a sign of hope to many homeless men and women in New Jersey,” said Bateman. “Almost 8,500 New Jerseyans face homelessness today, the gift of warmth provides health, well-being, and comfort.”

The joint resolution, SJR-17, has been championed by Tom Costello Jr., founder and Chief Sock Person at The Joy of Sox, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides socks for the homeless.

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Bateman Launches Online Petition to Stop the PennEast Pipeline

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Calls on Impacted Residents to Help Convince NJDEP to Block Proposal

Senator Kip Bateman launched an online petition to give residents who will be impacted by the proposed PennEast Pipeline the opportunity to influence the approval process.

Sen. Kip Bateman launched an online petition to stop the PennEast Pipeline. (SenateNJ.com)

“As a legislator who represents families that will be impacted by PennEast, I want to demonstrate to the NJDEP the massive opposition that exists to building the pipeline,” said Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). “I’m asking everyone who’s opposed to PennEast to sign my online petition. This is your chance to ensure that your voice is heard.”

Bateman’s petition to stop the PennEast Pipeline can be signed at https://www.senatenj.com/penneast/.

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