Bipartisan-supported legislation introduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove to strengthen current State law in a comprehensive effort to combat the growing heroin epidemic was advanced today by the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The delegation’s initiative was developed as part of a collaborative effort with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
By targeting large scale drug dealers, the intent of the 9th District delegation’s anti-drug initiative would be to give prosecutors the option to grade the seriousness of a drug distribution offense by the number of dosage units involved rather than the actual weight of the drugs.
Senator Christopher J. Connors (R-9) was honored by the Business and Professional Women of New Jersey Foundation (BFWNJ) Southern Ocean County organization during its 16th Annual “Women Helping Women” Award Dinner. The event was held on Friday, October 25 at the Ocean Acres Country Club in Manahawkin.
Senator Connors was selected as an honoree for his support of women in Ocean County and in the state based on his legislative efforts that have contributed to the welfare of women, which include addressing workplace issues and domestic violence.
“It is truly a privilege to be recognized by the Business and Professional Women Foundation in light of its longstanding commitment to improve women’s standard of living in both their professional and private lives. Generations of women in our great nation have benefitted tremendously from the efforts of the BPW which is a widely respected organization whose roots date back nearly 100 years,” said Senator Connors.
Responding to the Christie Administration’s announcement of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ schedule for critical beach and dune construction projects, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove (all R-9) called the large-scale effort absolutely imperative to safeguard residents and property in coastal communities.
Projects that include 9th Legislative District constituent municipalities would proceed on the following schedule:
- Beach Haven, Long Beach Township and Ship Bottom on the Long Beach Island portion of the Little Egg Inlet project area: Project agreement: January 2014; Projected construction start: April 2014.
- Bay Head, Berkeley, Brick, Lavallette, Mantoloking, Point Pleasant Beach, Toms River, Seaside Heights and Seaside Park within the Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet project area: Project agreement: March 2014; Projected construction start: June 2014.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove Hail State’s Expansion of Domestic Violence Services Following Superstorm Sandy
As legislators whose district and constituency were among the hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are praising proactive efforts by New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) to utilize nearly $4.8 million in federal funds to augment some of the state’s domestic violence prevention and treatment programs.
According to the Department, the grants will provide alternative housing assistance for victims and children, such as victims who may have had to return to living arrangements where there was previous abuse, or a family that was newly exposed to abuse as a result of the impact of the storm.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove Praise State Marketing Grant Awarded to Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce
Lauding it a sound investment as part of the state’s rebuilding and recovery efforts, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove praised the awarding of a $141,000 State Marketing Grant to Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce.
The grant was recently approved by the State Division of Travel and Tourism. Grant monies will be utilized by the Chamber as part of its continuing efforts to promote tourism in Southern Ocean County which includes efforts to reach out to new markets, help to promote businesses and expand the area’s shoulder season.
Coastal legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have joined a legislative effort in support of federal and State entities taking appropriate action to prevent the construction of the proposed Port Ambrose deepwater liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal off the coast of New Jersey.
The 9th District Legislators have signed on to companion resolutions (SR-120 and AR-205) which were introduced in response to Liberty Natural Gas, LLC submitting an application to the federal government seeking approval for the construction and operation of a deepwater LNG terminal – identified as “Port Ambrose.”
Connors, Rumpf & Gove Support Effort by NJ Congressional Members to Extend Deadline for Sandy-Impacted Homeowners to File Insurance Claims
As part of their continuing efforts to assist constituents impacted by Super Storm Sandy, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have pledged their support to the bipartisan efforts undertaken by members of New Jersey’s and New York’s Congressional delegations in urging that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant a six-month extension for thousands of Super Storm Sandy-impacted homeowners to file flood insurance claims.
Under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) managed by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Sandy-impacted homeowners must file a Proof of Loss (POL) form, a statement on the amount that the homeowner is claiming under his or her flood insurance policy, by October 29th in order to be eligible for coverage for flood damage. However, there are a significant number of homeowners who are unable to meet the filing deadline as they do not have a total accounting of the costs associated with rebuilding as work is still being done on their homes.
9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove praised Governor Chris Christie for signing an Executive Order that will allow the state to move forward with dune construction projects to protect New Jersey’s coastal communities.
The Governor’s Executive Order directs the State Acting Attorney General to immediately coordinate legal action to acquire the necessary easements to build dunes. Additionally, the Executive Order creates the Office of Flood Hazard Risk Reduction Measures within the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to lead and coordinate the efforts to acquire the necessary property to build dunes.
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have announced a significant development on the proposed construction of a commuter lot in Little Egg Harbor off of Garden State Parkway Exit 58.
The 9th District delegation initially proposed construction of the commuter lot and, consistent with that effort, has met with representatives of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) on multiple occasions over the past several years to discuss moving the proposed project forward.
Senator Christopher J. Connors has been named to the Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission, which held its inaugural meeting on September 24 at the State Department of Human Services building in Trenton.
The Commission, which was proposed by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Chapter of New Jersey, was established through legislation sponsored by 9th District representatives Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove and Senator Connors.