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.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Seismic Blasting Project in Atlantic Ocean Puts Environment, NJ Fishing Industry at Risk
Consistent with their long-standing commitments to protect the environment and support New Jersey’s economically successful fishing industry, the 9th District legislative delegation is backing a legislative effort to stop planned seismic testing authorized by the federal government in the Atlantic Ocean near Barnegat Bay.
Senator Christopher J. Connors has joined on to SR-72 and Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have introduced the companion resolution AR-220 which urges the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to cancel all plans relating to the performance of seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean near Barnegat Bay.
Senator Christopher J. Connors of the 9th Legislative District was awarded the “Distinctive Alumni Leadership Award” by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy as part of the 2015 Hughes Center Honors which recognized the achievements of five outstanding New Jerseyans.
Senator Connors received the award during a ceremony held at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway on February 6, 2015.
During the Governor’s recent State of the State address, he touched upon an issue that has been at the heart of our delegation’s continuing efforts to reduce the state’s tax burden: reducing the size of the state bureaucracy.
In 2005, years before the Great Recession hit, the 9th District delegation introduced legislation that would institute a plan in which the number of state employees would be reduced through attrition and efficiencies. At the time, this plan was responding to a dramatic explosion in the size of the executive branch’s workforce – nearly 14,000 employees were added to the payrolls in a span of just four years.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Galloway & Port Republic Taxpayers Are Our Primary Consideration on Atlantic City Bill Package
With alarming frequency, taxpayers are being forced to pay dearly for the irresponsible acts others, from massively wealthy banks that are too big to poorly managed municipalities. Bailout has become the new term for already overburdened taxpayers to dread, and rightfully so.
Before the State Legislature is a package of bills designed to aid Atlantic City following the closures of several casinos and subsequent layoffs of thousands of employees.
In short, the bills cover a range of issues including but not limited to the taxation of casinos, school aid, health and retirement insurance for casino employees, the elimination of the Atlantic City Alliance and the re-allocation of the casino investment alternative tax.
In response to the proposed construction of the Port Ambrose deepwater liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal off of New Jersey’s coastline, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have called upon federal regulative authorities to reject the proposal in light of public safety as well as environmental and economic concerns that have been consistently raised.
For entry into the official public record of testimony, the 9th District legislators recently wrote the following letter to ranking officials of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission:
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have introduced legislation (S-2505 and A-3794) that would repeal the Transfer Inheritance Tax. Currently, New Jersey imposes a Transfer Inheritance Tax on beneficiaries for the receipt of assets from a New Jersey resident decedent and certain New Jersey assets of nonresident decedents, as determined by the value of the assets transferred and the beneficiary’s relationship to the decedent.
Correspondingly, the 9th District delegation has also cosponsored companion legislation (S-353 and A-329) that would phase out New Jersey’s estate tax over a five-year period. The legislation states its purpose is to simplify New Jersey’s taxation of decedent estates, while allowing for an orderly adjustment to the associated revenue loss through the bill’s five-year phase out.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove Request Status Update on Soil Restoration Standards Required Under Barnegat Bay Initiative
As part of their continuing efforts to protect the Barnegat Bay, the 9th District legislative delegation has requested of the State Secretary of Agriculture a status update on the development of new soil restoration standards that are required under a state law enacted in 2010. Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove voted for the soil restoration law, along with the fertilizer restriction law, which stands as the strictest in the nation.
The pressing need for legislative action on soil restoration and fertilizer restriction laws were conceptualized during the first joint legislative environmental meeting on the Barnegat Bay in 2009 that was held in Ocean County at the request of the 9th District delegation which was working in a unified effort with the Barnegat Bay Partnership. In all, 19 of the 9th Legislative District’s 24 constituent municipalities are located within the Watershed.