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Senator Christopher Connors

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Statement on Signing of Barnegat Bay Bills

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove today hailed Governor Christie’s signing of three bills aimed at protecting the Barnegat Bay as a comprehensive effort to address one of the state’s leading environmental issues. The bills are as follows:

  • A-2290: will establish standards for the application of fertilizer to limit the amount of nitrogen entering the Bay through stormwater runoff.
  • A-2501: will require that soil which has been disturbed be restored to optimal conditions following any type of construction.
  • A-3606: will require the Department of Transportation & the Department of the Treasury to conduct a study of all stormwater basins owned by the state in the Barnegat Bay watershed to identify which are malfunctioning, and to submit to the Governor and the Legislature a list of the malfunctioning basins prioritized to indicate the order in which they should be repaired and the estimated cost for each repair.

Each member of the 9th District Delegation was co-sponsor of the fertilizer legislation (A-2290) and compaction legislation (A-2501) and voted in favor of all three measures.

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Senate Passes Connors, Rumpf & Gove Measure Creating Tax Credit For Psychiatric Treatment of Veterans

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The State Senate approved legislation (S-1026) sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would allow for a tax credit to be available for unreimbursed psychiatric treatment provided to a veteran who has been honorably discharged from active military service and is a resident of the state.

The 9th District Legislators issued the following statement following the passage of their legislation:

“This initiative, which has bipartisan support, was developed with the mental welfare of our troops in mind by augmenting the critical psychiatric services that are already set by the VA.

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Budget Panel Advances Measure to Create State Contract Set-Aside Program for Veteran-Owned Businesses

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District that would establish a set-aside program whereby three percent of all State contracts would be set aside for veteran-owned businesses was approved today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

The 9th District Delegation issued the following statement regarding their veterans initiative (S-2314/A-3308):

“The action taken today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee marks a significant step forward in moving this bi-partisan veteran initiative through the legislative process.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove on Oyster Creek Announcement: Time to Develop Decommissioning Process

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In light of the announcement by Exelon, the operator of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Facility, that the company will cease operations at the facility in 2019, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are calling for immediate action on their legislation (S-866/A-296) that would establish a New Jersey Coordinating Council on the Decommissioning of Nuclear Power Generating Facilities.

In response to today’s announcement, the 9th District delegation immediately wrote to Governor Chris Christie asking for the Administration’s support for their legislation that was initially introduced in January of 2004. In its letter to the Governor, the delegation emphasized their concerns regarding the potential economic and environmental impact that facility’s closure would have on the local area.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Push for Park-N-Ride for Exit 58 at Meeting with Transportation Officials

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9th District Delegation Strongly Conveys Its Opposition to Any Consideration of Exit Toll

9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove met with Executive Director Veronique Hakim and other officials of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to discuss the prospect of building a park-n-ride off of Garden State Parkway Exit 58 for commuters as well as plans for infrastructure improvements at the Exit to address existing traffic problems.

Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly and Little Egg Harbor Mayor Ray Gormley also attended the meeting which was held at the 9th District Legislators’ Office.  Senator Connors, Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove issued the following statement regarding their meeting with the Turnpike.

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Action Taken on Connors, Rumpf & Gove Measure to Create State Contract Set-Aside Program for Veteran-Owned Businesses

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The Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee today approved legislation (S-2314) sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District that would establish a set-aside program whereby three percent of all State contracts would be set aside for veteran-owned businesses.

The 9th District Delegation’s measure was amended in Committee to incorporate recommendations brought forth by the New Jersey American Legion.

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Committee Advances Connors, Rumpf & Gove Measure to Create State Contract Set-Aside Program for Veteran-Owned Businesses

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The Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee today released legislation (A-3308) sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District that would establish a set-aside program whereby three percent of all State contracts would be set aside for veteran-owned businesses.

The 9th District Legislators released the following statement regarding the Committee’s advancement of their veteran initiative:

“With all that they have given to our country, it would be appropriate for our state to ensure that veteran-owned businesses are offered the first opportunity to secure a certain percentage of State government contracts.

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Severity of State’s Fiscal Condition and Solutions for Reform Highlighted in Governor’s Visit to Ocean County

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, representing the 9th Legislative District, offered the following remarks regarding Governor Christie’s recent town hall meeting in Berkeley Township:

“In what proved to be a sobering and informative assessment of the current situation, Governor Christie explained in no uncertain terms the consequences for taxpayers if the State does not move forward with reform to reign in the cost of government. Any attempt by other interests to downplay the severity of our state’s fiscal crisis both in the short and long term should be met with skepticism and ire.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Weigh in on Planned Action to Downsize State Bureaucracy

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, representing the 9th legislative district, issued the following statement in reaction to recent media reports that Governor Christie plans to reduce the size of the state workforce by 1,200 come January 2011 as a means of balancing the state budget:

“Given the severity of our state’s fiscal problems, which are a direct consequence of years of reckless spending by Trenton and the ongoing economic recession, it should be a surprise to no one that the Administration is looking to downsize a government bureaucracy that the majority of state residents neither want nor can afford any longer.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Call for Action on Domestic Violence Legislation

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9th District legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are urging for consideration of their legislation to combat domestic violence and enhance protections for victims.

In a letter to the chairs of the Senate and Assembly Judiciary Committees, the 9th District legislators formally requested their legislation, S-115/A-299, which would require courts to consider the results of a domestic violence assessment before dissolving certain domestic violence restraining orders when the defendant has two or more restraining orders against him, be placed on the Committees’ next agendas.

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