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Senator Christopher Connors

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Slam CRDA’s Funding of Poetry Readings

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Calling it the height of absurdity, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove slammed the reported intention of the Casino Reinvestment and Development Authority (CRDA) to earmark an unspecified amount of funding for summer poetry reading in Atlantic City.

The CRDA’s intentions to fund poetry readings were reported by the Press of Atlantic City in an April 28, 2015 article.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following joint statement regarding the Press of Atlantic City report on the CRDA’s reported proposed expenditure:

“As the saying goes, Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Only in the case of Atlantic City, poetry will be read in midst of a different kind of crisis – a fiscal and economic crisis.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Call on State to Rescind $3 Tices Shoal Walk-In Fee

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“A money-grab by the state,” is what Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are calling the newly established $3 walk-in fee accessed on those who enter Island Beach State Park through the Fisherman’s Walkway adjacent to Tices Shoal.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove oppose the new $3 walk-in fee assessed on those who enter Island Beach State Park through the Fisherman’s Walkway adjacent to Tices Shoal. (NJDEP)

The 9th District delegation, whose legislative district includes Island Beach State Park, has written to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin calling for the state to rescind the fee which Connors, Rumpf and Gove all stated targets boaters. The delegation’s April 16, 2015 letter to Commissioner Martin reads as follows:

Dear Commissioner Martin:

This outreach concerns the newly established $3 walk-in fee assessed on those who enter Island Beach State Park through the Fisherman’s Walkway adjacent to Tices Shoal.

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Governor Signs Connors-Rumpf-Gove-Supported “New Jersey Tuition Equality for America’s Military (NJTEAM) Act”

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove has been signed into law which provides that a veteran, regardless of their state of residence, who is living in New Jersey and attending a public higher education institution in New Jersey, will be eligible to pay an in-State tuition rate.

Legislation sponsored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove that would provide veterans living in New Jersey with in-state tuition at public colleges in the state has been signed into law. (U.S. Navy)

The legislation (A-3967) was entitled the “New Jersey Tuition Equality for America’s Military (NJTEAM) Act.”

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Oppose Creation of New Government Utilities Empowered to Impose Fees

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Following through on the 9th District delegation’s pledge to fight against bigger government, Senator Christopher J. Connors voted against legislation (S-579) brought to the Senate floor that would allow counties and municipalities to establish stormwater utilities that would be empowered to impose charges on ratepayers.

Sen. Connors voted against legislation allowing the creation of county and municipal stormwater utilities with the power to impose charges on ratepayers. (Wikimedia Commons/Robert Lawton)

Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove also vehemently oppose the legislation which has advanced through committee in the Assembly.

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Committee Advances Connors-Rumpf-Gove Bill to Protect Veteran Property Tax Exemption Status Following Natural Disasters

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would continue the tax exempt status of property owned by a 100 percent disabled veteran whose home has been destroyed by flood, storm event, natural cause, or other act of God was advanced by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Aerial photo of homes damaged and destroyed along the Jersey Shore following Superstorm Sandy. (Greg Thompson/USFWS)

Under current law, 100 percent disabled veterans of this State may claim a full local property tax exemption on their dwelling homes and the ground upon which the respective dwellings are located. In the event of a natural disaster, such as a storm or flood that destroys the dwelling, the property becomes taxable because it is no longer useable as the owner’s residence.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Seismic Blasting Project in Atlantic Ocean Puts Environment, NJ Fishing Industry at Risk

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Consistent with their long-standing commitments to protect the environment and support New Jersey’s economically successful fishing industry, the 9th District legislative delegation is backing a legislative effort to stop planned seismic testing authorized by the federal government in the Atlantic Ocean near Barnegat Bay.

A graphical depiction of a marine seismic testing array. (Hannes Grobe/Wikimedia Commons)

Senator Christopher J. Connors has joined on to SR-72 and Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have introduced the companion resolution AR-220 which urges the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to cancel all plans relating to the performance of seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean near Barnegat Bay.

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Connors Receives “Distinctive Alumni Leadership Award” from Stockton College

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Senator Christopher J. Connors of the 9th Legislative District was awarded the “Distinctive Alumni Leadership Award” by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy as part of the 2015 Hughes Center Honors which recognized the achievements of five outstanding New Jerseyans.

Senator Connors (center) displaying the “Distinctive Alumni Leadership Award” he was presented by Dr. Edward H. Salmon, Chairman, Hughes Center Steering Committee and Chairman of Salmon Ventures (left) and Jennifer P. Young, Member, Hughes Center Steering Committee and Verizon External Affairs (right). (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Connors received the award during a ceremony held at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway on February 6, 2015.

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Reining in the State Bureaucracy: A Solid First Step in Reform

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During the Governor’s recent State of the State address, he touched upon an issue that has been at the heart of our delegation’s continuing efforts to reduce the state’s tax burden: reducing the size of the state bureaucracy.

In 2005, years before the Great Recession hit, the 9th District delegation introduced legislation that would institute a plan in which the number of state employees would be reduced through attrition and efficiencies. At the time, this plan was responding to a dramatic explosion in the size of the executive branch’s workforce – nearly 14,000 employees were added to the payrolls in a span of just four years.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Galloway & Port Republic Taxpayers Are Our Primary Consideration on Atlantic City Bill Package

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With alarming frequency, taxpayers are being forced to pay dearly for the irresponsible acts others, from massively wealthy banks that are too big to poorly managed municipalities. Bailout has become the new term for already overburdened taxpayers to dread, and rightfully so.

Before the State Legislature is a package of bills designed to aid Atlantic City following the closures of several casinos and subsequent layoffs of thousands of employees.

In short, the bills cover a range of issues including but not limited to the taxation of casinos, school aid, health and retirement insurance for casino employees, the elimination of the Atlantic City Alliance and the re-allocation of the casino investment alternative tax.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Oppose Construction of Offshore LNG Terminal

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In response to the proposed construction of the Port Ambrose deepwater liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal off of New Jersey’s coastline, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have called upon federal regulative authorities to reject the proposal in light of public safety as well as environmental and economic concerns that have been consistently raised.

A map showing the location of the proposed Port Ambrose LNG terminal off the coast of New Jersey. (Liberty Natural Gas)

For entry into the official public record of testimony, the 9th District legislators recently wrote the following letter to ranking officials of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission:

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