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Senator Christopher Connors

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Committee Advances Connors, Rumpf & Gove Senior Property Tax Relief Initiative

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Legislation sponsored by the 9th District Delegation to provide financial support in the form of a senior property tax program to certain individuals who have lost a loved one was released today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

The measure, S-1111/S-593/S-880, combines the provisions of three separate legislative proposals to revise certain criteria under the homestead property tax reimbursement program.

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Health Committee Advances Connors, Rumpf & Gove Alzheimer’s Measure

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove to establish a 15-member Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission was released today by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

The Commission’s duties would include, but not be limited to, studying the current impact and incidence of Alzheimer’s disease among residents and make projections on the future impact on the state’s population, study the state’s role in long-term care for persons with early stage and early onset of Alzheimer’s disease and consider the capacity of public safety and law enforcement to persons with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Veteran Rental Assistance Initiative Advances

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The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee today voted to release legislation (S-122) introduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove (all R-Ocean/Burl./Atl.) that would require a portion of tenant-based assistance vouchers under the State Rental Assistance Program be reserved for grants to veterans.

“Tenant vouchers provide desperately needed housing assistance to more veterans who have fallen on hard times,” said Senator Connors, who serves as the ranking Republican member on the Committee. “Our legislation would modify an existing State program that already provides housing assistance. Therefore, no new bureaucracy needs to be created, meaning assistance would be able to reach veterans in a more expedited fashion than starting a new program from the ground up.”

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Bill Authorizing Towns to Offer Free Beach Badges to Military Personnel Advances in Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would allow municipalities to provide free or reduced fee beach badges to active military and New Jersey National Guard personnel, as well as their spouses and children over the age of 12, was released today by the newly formed Senate Military and Veterans Affairs’ Committee.

The 9th District Lawmaker’s legislation (S-114) seeks to amend current law, which only authorized municipalities to provide free or reduced-price¬†beach badges to persons 65 or older and certain disabled individuals. Existing law also provides that children under the age of 12 cannot be charged for beach badges.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Call on Turnpike Authority to Purchase Little Egg Harbor Property for Park-N-Ride

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove (all R-Ocean/Burl./Atl.) have formally requested that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority purchase property in Little Egg Harbor to build a park-n-ride for commuting motorists.

The property the 9th District Delegation is calling on the Turnpike Authority to acquire is located in proximity to Garden State Parkway Exit 58 off of Route 539. This same property was recently sought as a site for a solid waste transfer station, but it was announced this week that the application to build the proposed facility has been withdrawn.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove New Committee Assignments Will Allow Delegation to Effectively Represent District

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have been officially notified by the Legislative Leadership of their committee assignments for the 2010-2011 Legislative Session.

Senator Connors will be retaining his seat on the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee, which will have a new Chairman for the Legislative Session. Senator Connors will also be serving on the newly created Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

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Connors & Rumpf Veteran Rental Assistance Initiative Passes Senate

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Legislation (S-2182) introduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors and Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf (both R-Ocean/Burl./Atl.) that would require a portion of tenant-based assistance vouchers under the State Rental Assistance Program be reserved for grants to veterans was passed by the State Senate.

“The changes to the State Rental Assistance Program provided for under our legislation would expand the state’s efforts to veterans who are struggling financially by helping them obtain housing that is affordable,” said Senator Connors who currently serves on the Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee. “By establishing this requirement solely for veterans, we can ensure that a greater number of those who have served our country in the Armed Forces will receive the housing assistance offered under this existing program.¬† With its bipartisan sponsorship and today’s overwhelming support shown in the Senate, our Delegation sincerely hopes this measure will remain a priority in the Lame Duck Session and ultimately be signed into law.”

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Connors/Rumpf/Gove Legislation Would Clarify Intent of Emergency Volunteer Personnel Tuition Credit Program

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have introduced legislation (S-3131/A-4354) to clarify the original intent of the Legislature by closing a loophole used by certain county colleges to deny volunteer emergency personnel tuition assistance under the state’s volunteer tuition credit program.

The volunteer tuition credit program provides a tuition credit benefit of up to $2,400 over four years to active members of a volunteer fire company or volunteer first aid or rescue squad or association and the dependent children and spouse of such members.

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Committee Advances Connors/Rumpf Measure to Establish Stable Funding Source for Island Beach State Program

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors and Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf to establish a dedicated funding source for the interpretive program at Island Beach State Park advanced through the Senate Environment Committee today. The Park’s interpretive program is an educational resource that describes the Island’s natural history through tours and activities.

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