New Jersey's 9th Legislative District

Senator Christopher Connors

  • 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 at Stockton College. (Press Release)

  • Senator Chris Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove of the 9th District visited Tabernacle, NJ on September 17, 2013 to meet with local officials and emergency responders.

  • Asw. DiAnne Gove (l), Asm. Brian Rumpf (c) and Sen. Chris Connors (r) of the 9th Legislative District at Beach Haven School on September 4, 2013. They were joined by Gov. Chris Christie and Education Commissioner Chris Cerf to celebrate the reopening of the Superstorm Sandy damaged school.

  • Senator Christopher Connors (R-9) attended the Absecon-Galloway Rotary breakfast on August 8, 2013. Connors (center) spoke about topics including school accountability and Sandy restoration projects. (Galloway Patriot)

  • Senator Chris Connors (R-9) being interviewed prior to a town hall meeting held by Governor Chris Christie in Stafford Township on January 17, 2013.

  • Assemblyman Brian Rumpf (left), Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove (center) and Senator Chris Connors (right) of the 9th legislative district.

  • Senator Christopher Connors (R-9) reviewing legislation during a recent Senate session.

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Editorial: Granting Licenses to Illegal Aliens Will Encourage Others to Break the Law

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The following editorial by Senator Christopher Connors (R-9) in opposition to Governor Murphy’s efforts to provide driver’s licenses to illegal aliens and turn New Jersey into a sanctuary state was published by the Asbury Park Press on January 30, 2019:

America is a nation of laws, which include clear pathways for lawful immigration. We shouldn’t provide the various benefits of citizenship and legal residency, including a driver’s license, to those who have broken our laws with their very first, illegal step into this country.

Editorial from Sen. Christopher Connors on the 9th District delegation’s opposition to Governor Murphy’s efforts to provide driver’s licenses to illegal aliens and turn New Jersey into a sanctuary state. (SenateNJ.com)

Doing so would undermine our society by encouraging others to break the law as well. It also would send the wrong message to legal residents and citizens who play by the rules and fulfill their obligations every day, including paying taxes.

That’s why I started an online petition with Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove, my partners in the 9th Legislative District, to oppose legislation (S-3229/A-4743) that would allow illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses in New Jersey.

After news of the legislation to implement Gov. Murphy’s plan was first publicized several weeks ago, our office was contacted by a flood of people who found the proposal to be beyond the pale, even for Trenton.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Vote Against ‘Rain Tax’ & Creation Of New Public Utilities

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove (all R-9) vehemently opposed and voted against legislation, S-1073/A-2694, that would permit a county or municipality to establish and maintain a stormwater utility which would be authorized to charge fees, commonly referred to as a “rain tax.

District 9 lawmakers vehemently opposed and voted against the rain tax, legislation that would permit a county or municipality to establish and maintain a stormwater utility which would be authorized to charge fees. (Pixabay)

“The last thing struggling taxpayers and small businesses need is yet another government entity that imposes fees, making this state even more unaffordable and costly to do business,” said the members of the 9th District Delegation.

“New Jersey has already earned an unenviable reputation as a high-tax and overregulated state, which has effectively scared off job-creating business and capital investment. Enacting legislation that imposes a ‘rain tax’ would only serve to further solidify this reputation to the detriment of our state.

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Senate Passes Connors, Rumpf & Gove Bill To Assist First-Time Home-Buying Veterans

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would permit a portion of municipal development trust funds to be spent on housing affordability assistance to veterans was passed by the New Jersey State Senate.

Legislation sponsored by the 9th district delegation would permit a portion of municipal development trust funds to be spent on housing affordability assistance to veterans. (SenateNJ.com)

The 9th District Legislators made the following remarks upon the Senate’s passage of their veterans’ initiative, S-915:

“Even in a time of hyper-partisanship, it is important to recognize that the Senate still came together on a bipartisan basis to advance our legislation to assist first-time home-buying veterans. This issue takes on added importance, as housing affordability remains a significant issue for veterans, especially in high tax states such as New Jersey.”

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District 9 Lawmakers: Seniors & Small Businesses Will Be Hit Hardest by Minimum Wage Increase

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Speak Out Against Proposed State-Mandated Minimum Wage Increase

As part of their ongoing effort to represent the best interests of New Jersey’s senior consumers and small business owners, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove announced that they will be voting against a State-mandated minimum wage increase to $15 per hour.

District 9 lawmakers announce that they will be voting against a State-mandated minimum wage increase to $15 per hour. (Wikimedia)

Governor Murphy and the Democrat Majority Party Legislative leadership recently announced a deal to increase the state’s minimum wage, with the goal of advancing the legislation through both houses of the State legislature as swiftly as possible, potentially by the end of January. The Assembly version of the bill, A-15, passed the Assembly Labor Committee on Thursday, Jan. 24.

“Consumers will see increased costs in goods as a direct consequence of a state-mandated minimum wage increase. Seniors living with limited disposable incomes will be hit disparately hard when purchasing necessary goods and services, just as they have been by the gas tax increase.

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Committee Advances Connors, Rumpf & Gove Bill to Assist First-Time Home-Buying Veterans

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The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced legislation (S-915) sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would permit a portion of municipal development trust funds to be spent on housing affordability assistance to veterans.

The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Connors, Rumpf, and Gove that permits a portion of municipal development trust funds to be spent on housing affordability assistance to veterans. (WikiMedia)

The 9th District legislators made the following remark upon the advancement of their veterans’ initiative:
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District 9 Lawmakers React to Gov’s 2019 State of the State

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: More Misguided Priorities, Spending & Taxes from Trenton

Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove conveyed disappointment and concern upon listening to Governor Phil Murphy’s 2019 State of the State Address.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove of the 9th Legislative District conveyed disappointment and concern with Gov. Phil Murphy’s 2019 State of the State Address. (SenateNJ.com)

“After a year of tax increases, excessive government spending, and a crushing imbalance in school funding cuts that disparately hit our area of the state hard, it would seem that, without greater public backlash, 2019 is going to mean more of the same in Trenton.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Start Online Petition Opposing Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Aliens

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have started an online petition in opposition to providing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens in New Jersey.

Concerned citizens can sign the petition online by visiting: www.senatenj.com/sanctuarystate/.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove have started an online petition opposing Gov. Phil Murphy’s efforts to turn New Jersey into a sanctuary state and provide driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. (Wikimedia Commons)

The petition was launched to counter the passage of pending legislation (S-3229/A-4743) that would allow the State to issue driver’s licenses to persons who are “unable to prove lawful presence in the United States.” The legislation is part of Governor Phil Murphy’s effort to turn New Jersey into a sanctuary state.

The 9th District legislators issued the following statement:

“Along with the benefits that New Jersey already has in place for illegal aliens, including free in-state college tuition, allowing them to obtain driver’s licenses will firmly establish New Jersey as a sanctuary state. It’s not surprising in the least that this proposal has drawn outrage from across our legislative district.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Oppose Gerrymandering Constitutional Amendment Designed to Rig Redistricting

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Calling it one of the most blatant political power grabs on record, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove oppose and will vote against a legislative effort to rig the State’s Legislative redistricting process.

Calling it one of the most blatant political power grabs on record, District 9 lawmakers said they oppose and will vote against a legislative effort to rig the State’s Legislative redistricting process. (©iStock)

As proposed, the companion Resolutions, SCR-152 and ACR-205, would have amended the State Constitution, setting new standards for how legislative districts are redrawn. The calculations that would be used to establish legislative districts would have been based on federal and gubernatorial elections results, as opposed to legislative election results, in order to give the State Democrat party a massive advantage, according to a number of nonpartisan groups and election experts.

“As intended, the proposed state constitutional amendment was a deceptive, overt partisan power grab being pushed by establishment players under the false pretense that this about reform, when in reality – it was anything but.

“Bottom line: the gerrymandering that would be authorized under the proposed amendment would have deprived New Jersey voters of fair representation in government, regardless of their political affiliation, further eroding trust in government.
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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: No Excuse for Delaying Protection of Property Tax Exemptions for Vets Coping with Natural Disasters

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are calling for action on their bill to protect 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.

9th district lawmakers are calling for action on their bill to protect 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. (©iStock)

The 9th District Delegation’s bipartisan-supported bill, S-900, passed the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee in late March of this year but has yet to be considered by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The Assembly version of the bill, A-714, is still awaiting action by the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

“Under current law, 100 percent disabled veterans claim a full local property tax exemption on their primary home. Regretfully, it became apparent after Superstorm Sandy that the law does not protect the veteran’s exemption in the event of a natural disaster if the property is no longer useable as the owner’s residence.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Booker Bill Shows Politics Takes Priority in Trenton

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District 9 Lawmakers Urge U.S. Sen. Cory Booker to Pick ONE Office & Stop Wasting Taxpayers’ Time & Money

Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove released the following statement in light of today’s signing of A-4674/S-3106, legislation known as the “Cory Booker Bill.”

District 9 lawmakers comment on the Nov. 1, 2018 signing of legislation known as the Booker Bill, stating that US Sen. Cory Booker should pick one office to run for and stop wasting taxpayers’ time and money. (SenateNJ.com)

“Dismissive of more severe issues that taxpayers want addressed, the State Legislature and the Governor saw fit to prioritize a bill that would allow a candidate to run for both Congress and for Vice President or President simultaneously. Obviously, the bill was written for New Jersey’s sitting US Senator, Cory Booker.

“The bill’s introduction and the uncharacteristic-for-Trenton speed with which it was enacted speaks volumes about the Trenton establishment’s priorities these days. Usually, only tax increases move that quickly though the Legislature to be signed into, as evidenced by the recent State Budget process. Now you can add rigging the system of the people, by the people, for the people — for one person, to the type of bills that meet the criteria of being important – at least as far as the Legislative Leadership is concerned.

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