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Senator Chris Connors

Video: Connors Appears on WOBM’s “Ask the Senator”

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Senator Connors recently was interviewed by Tom Mongelli from 92.7 WOBM on the station’s “Ask the Senator” show. They covered a number of important issues, including combating the drug epidemic, veterans’ services, and improving treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission Report Now Available

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We sponsored the legislation signed by Governor Christie in 2011 that created the New Jersey Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission. Senator Connors and Assemblywoman Gove were honored with appointments to serve on the 15-member Commission.

Staggering statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association demonstrate how New Jersey is experiencing a rapid increase in the number of individuals that have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

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April 9th – 15th Is New Jersey POW-MIA Week of Rememberance

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In support of veterans across of the state, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove want to raise awareness that April 9th through 15th of each year is New Jersey POW-MIA Week of Remembrance.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove to recognize beginning of New Jersey P.O.W.-M.I.A. Week of Remembrance. (Flickr)

The State Week of Remembrance was established through bipartisan legislation authored by the 9th District Legislative Delegation signed into law in June of 2005.  The Delegation’s intent was to pay public tribute to the thousands of men and women who have suffered as prisoners of war or who remain missing in action.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Call for Hearing on Their Domestic Violence Assessment Bill

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have formally requested committee consideration of their legislation that would require the court to consider the results of a domestic violence assessment before dissolving a final restraining order when the defendant has two or more restraining orders against him.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove sponsor legislation requiring courts to consider the results of a domestic violence assessment before dissolving a final restraining order when the defendant has two or more restraining orders. (©iStock)

The 9th District delegation’s legislation, S-257/A-1149, would establish a “domestic violence assessment” as an assessment performed by a psychiatrist, licensed psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, or licensed professional counselor with the goal of determining the likelihood that the offender will commit future acts of violence, abuse, or other unacceptable behavior that could pose a threat to the victim, the victim’s family, the victim’s property, or other person identified as being at risk. The defendant would be responsible for the cost of the assessment, which would be considered confidential.

The delegation made the follow remarks on having their legislation posted for a public hearing:

“Despite the considerable efforts of law enforcement and social programs staffed by dedicated personnel, the sad reality is, as statistics clearly show, domestic violence is still pervasive in our society.

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Connors-Rumpf-Gove Veterans’ Housing Initiative Signed Into Law

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Veterans’ legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that will expand housing opportunities for veterans has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

The 9th District Delegation’s veterans’ initiative, S-260/A-452/A-984, will require that a portion of the tenant-based rental assistance vouchers under the State rental assistance program (SRAP) for grants be reserved for veterans.  The provisions of the new law will take effect immediately.

Legislation sponsored by the 9th District delegation to expand housing opportunities for veterans was signed into law. (©iStock)

Following the signing of their legislation, Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following joint statement:

“For those veterans falling on hard times and in need of housing that they can afford, we are elated that the State’s rental assistance program will now prioritize their needs.  From the outset, we sought to build upon the state’s existing veterans’ housing programs, such as ‘Veterans Haven,’ to provide additional housing opportunities for those who have served our nation.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Oppose Sanctuary Cities Receiving State Funding

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Following through on their constitutional obligations to uphold the law, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove announced that they will oppose legislation that would provide state taxpayer dollars to sanctuary cities that lose federal funding in connection with White House executive orders.

Members of the 9th District delegation announced their opposition to legislation that would provide state taxpayer dollars to sanctuary cities that lose federal funding.. (SenateNJ.com)

Legislation (S-3007), which has been introduced and was scheduled to be voted on by the full Senate, would require the Department of Community Affairs Commissioner to establish a program to provide grant funding to a county or municipality that has had its federal grant funding denied or reduced based upon its status as a sanctuary jurisdiction.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: It’s About Time Ocean County Was Represented at Turnpike Authority

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Saying it’s better late than never, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove all praised the nomination of Louis Goetting, a resident of Point Pleasant, Ocean County, to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority Board.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove praised the nomination of Louis Goetting, a resident of Point Pleasant, Ocean County, to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority Board. (Wikimedia Commons)

For several legislative sessions, the 9th District legislative delegation has sponsored bipartisan legislation (S-1674/A-3817) along with the 1st Legislative District to require that at least one member of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority be from South Jersey. On February 13 of this year, S-1674 was passed by the full Senate and referred to the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authority Committee.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: We Don’t Need a Study Commission to Tell Us What’s Wrong With the State’s School Funding Formula

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Dueling Senate and Assembly committees have convened to study the issue of school funding. But for taxpayers in underfunded school districts, including those in our legislative district, there is no need to study how the school funding formula is broken.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove call for a fair school funding formula that serves all school districts, not just a select few. (©iStock)

All you have to do is look at your property tax bill to know that you’re not only paying for the students in your local school district, but the students in other districts as well.

Special needs districts, more commonly known as Abbott districts, which are mostly located in urban areas receive the lion’s share of school funding. Essentially, the school funding formula is a cash cow that is milked for every drop by Abbott districts. Why not? Most of their funding is your tax dollars.

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Connors-Rumpf-Gove Veterans’ Surviving Spouse Benefit Bill Advances

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The Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee voted to approve legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove which would  require the $750 annual compensation to surviving spouses of certain blind or disabled veterans to be payable from the date of the veteran’s death.

Legislation sponsored by the 9th District Delegation to support surviving spouses of veterans was advanced by a senate panel. (©iStock)

Under the 9th District Delegation’s legislation, S-1542, payments to a surviving spouse would be due from April 9, 1985, in the event the veteran’s death occurred prior to that date, or the date of the veteran’s death if the death occurred after April 9, 1985, regardless of the date of the surviving spouse’s application

Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following statement on the Committee’s release of their veterans’ initiative:

“Presently, surviving spouses of blind or disabled veterans are eligible to receive the $750 annual compensation benefit from the date of their application under current regulations.  This lifetime benefit is statutorily available to a veteran who was blinded or severely disabled as a result of service during any war, including specifically World War II, Korean, or Vietnam.

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Assembly Passes Connors-Rumpf-Gove Bill Upgrading Crime of Trespassing in a Nuclear Facility

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Legislation introduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove to increase the penalty for trespassing offenses committed in a nuclear generating plant from a 4th degree crime to 3rd degree crime was passed by the Assembly.

The New Jersey Assembly passed legislation by Connors, Rumpf and Gove to upgrade the crime of trespassing at a nuclear facility. (Flickr)

The 9th District Delegation issued a joint statement following the Assembly’s passage of its legislative initiative (A-3186): “In this age of terrorism, any unauthorized presence in a nuclear generating plant constitutes a serious risk to public safety. Those who would threaten public safety by trespassing at this type of site should face a harsher penalty to reflect the seriousness of the crime.

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