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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: New Open Space Law Includes Areas Throughout 9th Legislative District

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove praised the signing of legislation (S-2997) that appropriates nearly $60 million for open space projects.

The 9th District delegation praised new funding for open space. (SenateNJ.com)

Funding for the projects will come from constitutionally dedicated corporation business tax (CBT) revenues for the State acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, including Blue Acres projects, and capital and park development projects.

The 9th District delegation, which supported and voted for the open space law, offered the following remarks:

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A Vet Is a Vet: Those Who Served Are Deserving of Benefits

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When meeting with community groups, our delegation is often asked about the issue of veterans’ benefits. Justifiably, frustration is expressed by veterans who honorably served their country but didn’t serve during wartime and, thus, aren’t eligible for certain state veterans’ benefits.

Ending the disparate treatment shown to veterans living in New Jersey who honorably served their nation and are deserving of our gratitude and respect is an issue that needs to be addressed. (©iStock)

Members of our legislative delegation serve on both the Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs committees to more effectively serve our constituency which is comprised of a considerable number of veterans. Thankfully, the work by these committees in conducted in a nonpartisan manner, as playing politics with veterans’ issues is beyond the pale, even for Trenton.

Ending the disparate treatment shown to veterans living in New Jersey who honorably served their nation and are deserving of our gratitude and respect is an issue that needs to be addressed. To that end, we sponsored companion legislation, S-258 and A-143, commonly referred to as the “vet is a vet” legislation.

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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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