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Senator Christopher Connors

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Bill Would Tier Sexual Predators Before Their Release From Prison

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Amid growing public safety concerns among communities, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are calling for action on their legislation (S-253 and A-1142) to require that county prosecutors determine a sexual offender’s risk of re-offense, or tier, prior to the inmate’s release from incarceration. Prosecutors classify sex offenders in one of three tiers based on the degree of risk they pose to the public: low risk (Tier 1), moderate risk (Tier 2), or high risk (Tier 3).

Legislation sponsored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove would require sexual offenders to be tiered prior to release from incarceration. (Pixabay)

The 9th District delegation’s request comes in response to an incident in Little Egg Harbor in which an already convicted sex offender had been released on bail, despite the objections of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, following new accusations of attempting solicit sexual favors from a minor. The delegation issued the following statement on the need for a public hearing on their sexual offender legislative initiative:

“For Megan’s Law to be as effective as possible, the state needs to correct an inherent system flaw preventing sex offenders from being tiered until they’ve been released into our communities.

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9th District Delegation: Outdated State Drug Laws Let Heroin Dealers Off With Lighter Sentences

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As policy discussions currently focus on addiction treatment, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove say it’s time to bring the fight directly to heroin dealers through longer prison sentences.

A bill by Connors, Rumpf and Gove would increase penalties for heroin dealers. (©iStock)

In direct response to the heroin epidemic sweeping across the state, the 9th District delegation has, for several legislative sessions, been the prime sponsors of companion legislation (S-272 and A-1175) which would empower prosecutors to charge drug dealers based on the dosage units rather than the weight of the drug.

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Assembly Passes Connors-Rumpf-Gove Veterans’ Housing Initiative

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The State Assembly overwhelmingly passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would expand housing opportunities for veterans.

Legislation by Connors, Rumpf and Gove would expand housing opportunities for veterans. (Flickr)

The 9th District delegation’s veterans’ initiative, S-260/A-452/A-984, would reserve a portion of the tenant-based rental assistance vouchers under the State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) for grants to veterans. The legislation passed the Senate unanimously in May of last year.

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9th District Delegation Bill Upgrading Crime of Trespassing in Nuclear Facility Advances

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The Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee today advanced legislation (A-3186) introduced by 9th District Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove which would increase from a 4th degree crime to 3rd degree crime the penalty for trespassing offenses committed in a nuclear generating plant.

A bill sponsored by Asm. Rumpf and Asw. Gove in the Assembly, and to be introduced by Sen. Connors in the Senate, increases the penalty for trespassing in a nuclear power plant. (Flickr)

9th District Senator Christopher J. Connors will introduce the Senate companion measure. Following the Committee’s action, the 9th District delegation issued a joint statement following the advancement of its legislative initiative:

“Security at our nuclear generating facilities has taken on a greater level of importance since 9/11. Obviously, this is an issue that hits close to home for us and our constituents, as the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station is located in our legislative district.

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Committee Advances Connors-Rumpf-Gove Veterans’ Housing Initiative

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would expand housing opportunities for veterans was approved by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.

Legislation by Connors, Rumpf and Gove would expand housing opportunities for veterans. (Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton)

The 9th District delegation’s legislation, S-260, would reserve a portion of the tenant-based rental assistance vouchers under the State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) for grants to veterans. The legislation passed the Senate unanimously in May of last year.

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Aquaculture Bills Sponsored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove Signed Into Law

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Legislation prime-sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that will streamline the permitting approval process for aquaculture projects were recently signed into law.

Shellfish harvested from New Jersey waters. (Wikimedia Commons)

The first legislative measure, A-793, requires New Jersey’s Secretary of Agriculture and the Commissioner of Environmental Protection (DEP) to seek to establish with the United States Army Corps of Engineers a joint application process for aquaculture projects that require both State and federal permits, licenses, or approvals for aquaculture projects in the State.

The second measure, A-794, requires the Department of Agriculture and DEP to adopt coordinated permit application and review program for aquaculture projects.

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Committee Advances Connors, Rumpf & Gove Veterans’ Housing Assistance Bill

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A Senate committee advanced legislation introduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would permit municipalities to set aside certain portion of municipal development trust funds to provide housing affordability assistance to veterans.

A senate panel advanced legislation sponsored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove to provide housing opportunities for veterans. (©iStock)

The 9th District delegation made the followed remarks regarding the advancement of their bipartisan veterans’ legislative initiative (S-938) by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee:

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9th District Delegation Expresses Profound Sorrow at the Passing of Former Senator Leonard T. Connors, Jr.

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“We’ve lost a great man.”

Former 9th District Senator and Surf City Mayor Leonard T. Connors Jr. passed away on December 4th at the age of 87, surrounded by family.

Former Senator and Surf City Mayor Leonard T. Connors, Jr. passed away on Dec. 4th at the age of 87. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Leonard Connors served as Mayor of Surf City from 1966 to 2015 and began serving the first of his two terms as a member of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1977. He was a former director of the National Association of Coastal Mayors and served as a director for the United Way campaign.

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Newly Enacted Laws to Help Finance Clean Drinking Water Projects in 9th Legislative District

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Legislation now signed into law will direct more than $39 million to finance clean water and drinking water projects in the 9th Legislative District announced Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove announced that a new law will direct more than $39 million to finance clean water and drinking water projects in the 9th Legislative District. (Pixabay)

One enacted initiative appropriates certain federal and State monies to implement the 2016 New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program. The second initiative authorizes the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust to expend up to $411.35 million and any unexpended balances from previous authorizations to make loans for environmental infrastructure projects for FY2017.

“Protecting drinking water supplies is a core responsibility of government that affects every resident living in the state. Further, clean water projects are essential to protect wildlife habitats as well as the health of our waterways.

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Senate Passes 9th District-Supported Bill Requiring Pledge Of Allegiance & U.S. Flag At All Public Meetings

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The Senate passed legislation (S-308) sponsored Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would require all public bodies to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and to display the Unites States flag under the Open Public Meetings Act at the beginning of meetings.

All public bodies would be required to display the United States flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of meetings under legislation sponsored by Sen. Christopher J. Connors. (Wikimedia Commons)

The 9th District delegation made the following remarks in response to the Senate’s action:

“The Pledge of Allegiance and the U.S. Flag hold great meaning for many of our constituents, especially those who served and are serving in the Armed Forces as well as their families.

“Concerns were raised that, despite all the laws we have on the books, current law doesn’t require public bodies to recite the Pledge of Allegiance or to display the U.S. flag, although the overwhelming majority of public bodies do both voluntarily.

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