Heroin dealers must face harsher sentencing in light of the devastating consequences of their criminality activity, says the 9th District Legislative Delegation. Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove want the New Jersey Legislature to follow through on enhancing penalties for heroin possession as a direct measure to curb New Jersey’s deadly heroin epidemic.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove have worked closely with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office on heroin-related policy matters, including the drafting of legislation. The 9th District legislators pointed to two recent major announcements regarding the deadly consequences and costs related to heroin use in their call for legislative action to go on the offensive with heroin dealers:
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that, nationwide, heroin-related deaths have nearly quadrupled from 2002 to 2013. Confirming what many already suspected, our own state statistics show that New Jersey’s death rates are higher than the national average which was 2.7 per 100,000 people for that time period whereas the death rate in our state for 2013 was 8.3 deaths per 100,000. The number of heroin deaths in New Jersey was 781 in 2014, including those in which morphine was found to be present according to the New Jersey Office of the State Medical Examiner.”
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are calling for action on a legislative initiative that would create the new offense of theft by financial exploitation of a vulnerable person.
Under the 9th District delegation’s legislation (S-925/A-738), a newly established offense of financial exploitation would be established for a person who, when being in a position of trust, commits a theft against a senior citizen or a person with a disability.
9th District legislators Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove voted against a common interest community (A-469) legislative measure that would modify State laws which regulate homeowners’ associations. Senator Christopher J. Connors, also representing the 9th Legislative District, has pledged to oppose the legislation should it be considered in the Senate.
The 9th District delegation issued the following statement on its opposition to the latest version of common interest community legislation considered by the Legislature:
“On the surface, this common interest community bill seems to have the best intentions by calling for homeowners’ rights to common property, establishing standards for elections and access to records as well as providing for a recall procedure for board members. However, our extensive past experience with common interest community legislation has taught us that, inevitably, the devil is in the details.
Seeking to close a legal loophole that currently benefits those who threaten public safety on our roadways, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are calling for action on this legislation that would prevent convicted drunk drivers from receiving workers’ compensation.
Specifically, the 9th District delegation’s legislation (A-779) would amend New Jersey’s workers’ compensation law to provide that if an employee was intoxicated when the injury or death occurred, it is presumed that the injury or death was caused by the intoxication and the employee will be barred from receiving workers’ compensation.
The legislation, which has been introduced in the past several legislative sessions is in response to the recent New Jersey Supreme Court case of Tlumac v. High Bridge Stone, 187 N.J. 567 (2006), in which the Court reaffirmed a long-standing rule that held intoxication must be the “sole cause” of an accident in order to deprive an employee of workers’ compensation benefits.
Amid intensifying concerns regarding the influx of illegal aliens violating our nation’s sovereign borders, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have formally requested the posting of several measures the delegation has sponsored to curtail illegal immigration into New Jersey.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove have sponsored the immigration reform measures for several consecutive legislative sessions.
Calling it the height of absurdity, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove slammed the reported intention of the Casino Reinvestment and Development Authority (CRDA) to earmark an unspecified amount of funding for summer poetry reading in Atlantic City.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following joint statement regarding the Press of Atlantic City report on the CRDA’s reported proposed expenditure:
“As the saying goes, Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Only in the case of Atlantic City, poetry will be read in midst of a different kind of crisis – a fiscal and economic crisis.
“A money-grab by the state,” is what Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are calling the newly established $3 walk-in fee accessed on those who enter Island Beach State Park through the Fisherman’s Walkway adjacent to Tices Shoal.
The 9th District delegation, whose legislative district includes Island Beach State Park, has written to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin calling for the state to rescind the fee which Connors, Rumpf and Gove all stated targets boaters. The delegation’s April 16, 2015 letter to Commissioner Martin reads as follows:
Dear Commissioner Martin:
This outreach concerns the newly established $3 walk-in fee assessed on those who enter Island Beach State Park through the Fisherman’s Walkway adjacent to Tices Shoal.
Governor Signs Connors-Rumpf-Gove-Supported “New Jersey Tuition Equality for America’s Military (NJTEAM) Act”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove has been signed into law which provides that a veteran, regardless of their state of residence, who is living in New Jersey and attending a public higher education institution in New Jersey, will be eligible to pay an in-State tuition rate.
The legislation (A-3967) was entitled the “New Jersey Tuition Equality for America’s Military (NJTEAM) Act.”
Following through on the 9th District delegation’s pledge to fight against bigger government, Senator Christopher J. Connors voted against legislation (S-579) brought to the Senate floor that would allow counties and municipalities to establish stormwater utilities that would be empowered to impose charges on ratepayers.
Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove also vehemently oppose the legislation which has advanced through committee in the Assembly.
Committee Advances Connors-Rumpf-Gove Bill to Protect Veteran Property Tax Exemption Status Following Natural Disasters
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would continue the tax exempt status of property owned by a 100 percent disabled veteran whose home has been destroyed by flood, storm event, natural cause, or other act of God was advanced by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.
Under current law, 100 percent disabled veterans of this State may claim a full local property tax exemption on their dwelling homes and the ground upon which the respective dwellings are located. In the event of a natural disaster, such as a storm or flood that destroys the dwelling, the property becomes taxable because it is no longer useable as the owner’s residence.