The State General Assembly has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would strengthen State statutes for heroin offenses.
Penalties would be increased under the 9th District legislators’ initiative (A-783/A-2831), 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.
With overwhelming bipartisan support, the State Senate passed legislation introduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would allow municipalities to use a portion of certain affordable housing development fees collected for affordability assistance programs for veterans.
Specifically, the 9th District delegation’s legislation (S-915) would provide that up to 30 percent of the development fee amounts permitted to be spent on affordability assistance programs may be directed to a municipal program for first-time home buying veterans to provide grants for down payment assistance. The legislation is permissive, providing municipalities the option of establishing a program.
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would strengthen state statutes for heroin offenses was released by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Under the delegation’s legislation (A-783/A-2831), 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. Under the legislation the threshold for a first-degree offense would be lowered from five ounces to 2.5 ounces or more of heroin. For a second-degree offense the threshold quantity would be reduced to 0.17 ounces or more but less than 2.5 ounces of heroin. A third-degree offense would require a threshold quantity of less than 0.17 ounces of heroin.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Stockton’s National Rankings Even Better, Strengthening Its Role as Regional Leader
Senator Chris Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove of the 9th Legislative District spoke of the impressive rankings of Stockton College in a well-respected national survey:
“For years, our delegation has supported and emphasized the critically important role Stockton College plays in the area, beyond serving as an institution of higher education but also a driving economic force that reaches into several South Jersey counties. Stockton has taken a more prominent role in steadily filling a position once held by the gaming industry that isn’t the dominating economic force it once was due to the closing of several casinos in Atlantic City.
“Not long ago, our delegation issued a statement boasting about Stockton’s national rankings. As Stockton and Galloway Township are in our Legislative District, we take great pride in the College’s achievements in continuing to provide an outstanding education to its students. More recently, we were elated to learn that Stockton’s ranking had improved from our previous statement.
Senate Passes Connors-Rumpf-Gove Supported Measure Requiring South Jersey Representation on Turnpike Authority
Bipartisan legislation by sponsored by the 9th District Legislative delegation that would require under State law that at least one member of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority be from South Jersey achieved passage by the State Senate.
The measure, S-241, sponsored Senator Christopher J. Connors, would require at least one member of the Turnpike Authority to be a resident of Ocean, Atlantic County, or Cape May County. Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are prime sponsors of the identical companion measure, A-2787, which is awaiting action by the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Stockton College a Stabilizing Presence in a Region Shaken by Casino Closures
As plans for Atlantic City’s economic transition and recovery continue to be deliberated, it is important that we recognize Richard Stockton College of New Jersey for what has proudly become – a stabilizing institution for the area.
Recently, Stockton College of New Jersey is again in the top tier of Best Regional Colleges and Universities of the North, rated at 60 out of 139 public and private Northern schools in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” Added to this, the College has been ranked as one of the top 15 public schools in the North, at No. 14 by U.S. News. For six consecutive years now, Stockton has placed in the first tier.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove Start Online Petition in Support of Keeping Atlantic City as State’s Only Home to Casinos
9th District Delegation Opposes Establishment of Casinos Outside of Atlantic City
In a proactive, grassroots-geared initiative directed at protecting the Atlantic City regional economy and its workers, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have started an online petition to thwart any legislative effort that would allow casinos to operate at sites in the state other than Atlantic City.
The petition has been posted on the 9th District delegation’s official legislative website and is entitled: “Sign Connors, Rumpf & Gove’s Petition for the State to Honor it’s Commitment to Atlantic City.”
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have reintroduced legislation that would create the new offense of theft by financial exploitation of vulnerable person. Under the 9th District delegation’s legislation (S-925/A-738), a newly established offense of financial exploitation would be established for person who when, being in a position of trust, commit a theft against a senior citizen or a person with a disability.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove remarked on the key provisions of their legislation to protect some of the most vulnerable persons in our society:
Governor Signs Connors-Rumpf-Gove Supported Bill Enhancing Towns’ Ability to Regulate Vacant Foreclosed Upon Properties
Legislation sponsored by the 9th District delegation allowing 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 has been signed into law.
Under the provisions of the now enacted 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 of the residential property, if located out-of-State, would be responsible for appointing an in-State representative or agent to interact with the municipality.
Reaffirming their continuing commitment to government reform, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have reintroduced two legislative initiatives aimed at ensuring convicted corrupt politicians face enhanced monetary penalties for their criminal actions.
The first reform measure (S-206/A-777) introduced by the 9th District delegation would make public officers or employees convicted of crimes touching their office or found at fault in certain civil actions liable for the cost of prosecution and legal representation if received through the expense of public funds. Under the legislation, convicted persons would be subject to pension garnishment to satisfy the liability.