New Jersey's 9th Legislative District

Senator Christopher Connors

District 9

Connors-Rumpf-Gove Bill Would Assist Senior Communities in Getting Solar Panels for Clubhouses

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Senior Communities would be eligible to receive grants and low interest loans for the purchase and installation of solar panels to their clubhouse under legislation (S-986 and A-764) reintroduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove. The 9th District Delegation’s energy cost reduction initiative would be offered under the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, which is administered by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU).

The Delegation, which District has among the highest concentration of senior communities in the state, issued the following statement regarding their renewed effort to assist senior communities with electric costs:

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Stop Seismic Testing Program to Protect NJ’s Environment & Fishing Industry

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District joined with a broad coalition of fishing, sporting and environmental groups at a rally in Barnegat Light on July 2 to call on the Obama administration and Rutgers University to delay the planned seismic testing program off of New Jersey’s coast as a first step to address the harmful environmental and economic impacts that will likely result.

Some of the groups taking part in the event included the Recreational Fishing Alliance, Clean Ocean Action, Anglers Conservation Network, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Surfrider Foundation, Point Pleasant Fishermen’s Dock Cooperative, NJ Outdoor Alliance, and Save Barnegat Bay.

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Senate Passes Connors-Rumpf-Gove Veterans’ Rental Assistance Initiative

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The State Senate voted to pass a veterans’ legislative initiative spearheaded by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that was drafted to expand housing assistance options for veterans living in the state.

The 9th District legislative delegation’s legislative initiative, S-197, would require the reservation of a portion of tenant vouchers for veterans under the State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP), which was established for low-income individuals or households.

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Senate Approves Connors, Rumpf & Gove Bill Requiring Turnpike Meetings in South Jersey

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The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would require at least two regular meetings each year of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to be held on a rotating basis in Ocean County, Atlantic County, and Cape May County. The legislation (S-234) would also require one regular meeting of the Authority be held in Bergen County and at least one meeting be held in Salem, Gloucester, and Camden counties on a rotating basis.

Currently, regular meetings of the Authority are held on a monthly basis in the Authority’s Administration Offices located in Woodbridge. The 9th District delegation issued the following statement subsequent to the Senate’s approval of the transportation-South Jersey geared initiative:

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Judiciary Committee Advances 9th District Delegation’s Initiative Increasing Penalties for Heroin Offenses

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Consistent with their continuing efforts to combat the drug trade, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove praise the Assembly Judiciary Committee for approving the 9th District delegation’s legislation that would strengthen State statutes for heroin offenses.

Under the delegation’s legislation (A-783/A-2831) advanced by the Committee, penalties would be increased for offenses involving manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing or possessing or having under one’s control with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense heroin by lowering the threshold quantities for crimes of the first, second, and third degree.

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Connors-Rumpf-Gove Bill Requiring Banks to Assign Agents for Maintenance of Vacant Properties Advances

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The Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by the 9th District delegation which would allow municipalities to adopt ordinances to regulate the care, maintenance, security, and upkeep to the exterior of vacant and abandoned residential properties which have been foreclosed upon.

Under the provisions of S-1229/A-1257, prime sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors and cosponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, an ordinance would also provide that the creditor responsible for the residential property, if located out-of-state, would be responsible for appointing an in-State representative or agent to interact with the municipality.

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Turnpike Responds to Connors-Rumpf-Gove Inquiry on Galloway Exit 40 Interchange & Parkway Expansion Project

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The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has responded to the 9th District delegation’s inquiry if the Garden State Parkway expansion project would include widening the bridge over U.S. Route 30. In representing the interests of their Galloway constituency, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove contacted the Authority as part of their continuing efforts for the establishment of a full Interchange at the Exit 40-Route 30 Connector.

Foremost, the delegation wanted to ensure that the Parkway widening project would encompass the bridge which spans over Route 30 in order to accommodate a full interchange at Exit 40 if and when the improvement project is undertaken. Widening the bridge has been an issue that Galloway Mayor Don Purdy has consistently raised as a longtime advocate for a full interchange at Exit 40.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: VA Private Hospital Decision Serves Best Interest of Veterans

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Remarking on it as a necessary and long overdue policy correction, 9th District legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove commended the federal government for finally expanding the number of veterans who can receive care at private hospitals in an effort to address the backlog at Veterans’ Affairs (VA) facilities. The decision was made in the wake of allegations of treatment delays and falsified records at VA centers nationwide.

The 9th District delegation were prime sponsors of a 2011 State law that established the Veterans’ Hospital Task Force which was charged with preparing recommendations for a comprehensive plan for expanding health care access for military veterans living in the southern part of the state. Among the Task Force’s key final recommendations was the creation of a pilot program to give area veterans greater access or portability of health care insurance and treatment to local medical centers, including Atlanticare, the Bacharach Institute of Rehabilitation, Cape May Regional Medical Center, the Virtua System, Shore Memorial Hospital, the Inspira Health Network, and the Meridian Health Care System, which represents just a portion of the health care facilities that expressed interest in participating in the pilot program.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Remark on Recently Released Veteran-Owned Businesses Assistance Act Report

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In complying with a key provision of the 2011 law authored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove entitled the “Veteran-Owned Business Assistance Act,” the New Jersey Department of the State Treasury has released its Veteran-Owned Business Assistance Act Report for Fiscal Year 2013.

The 9th District Delegation’s initiative was developed to provide assistance and encourage veteran-owned businesses to actively engage in the process of securing state contracts.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Elated Jessica Lunsford Act Finally Signed Into Law

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The Jessica Lunsford Act (A-892/S-215), which is cosponsored by 9th District Representatives Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, was signed into law today by the Governor. The Act, which is named after the Florida girl who was sexually assaulted and murdered by a convicted sex offender, requires mandatory terms of imprisonment for persons convicted of aggravated sexual assault against a child under the age of 13, for a specific term of years fixed by the sentencing court, between 25 years and life imprisonment, of which 25 years or more must be served before parole eligibility.

“The enactment of the Jessica Lunsford Act marks a monumental achievement for New Jersey in establishing appropriate and fitting sentences for child sex offenders who commit the most heinous of crimes,” said Senator Connors. “New Jersey, which is usually recognized as a national leader in the area of sex offender law, now joins most of the other states in the country that have already enacted the Jessica Lunsford Act. Enactment of this bipartisan initiative reinforces the zero-tolerance policy stance that must be maintained for child predators.”

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