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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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Say “NO” to Unconstitutional Trenton Scheme to Borrowing Billions

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove have made clear to their colleagues and the Murphy Administration that they outright reject a legislative proposal to authorize the state to borrow $5 billion, without voter approval. The Assemblypersons have already voted against the legislation, A-4175, which was passed along party lines by the Assembly on June 4 of this year.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove have made clear to their colleagues and the Murphy Administration that they outright reject a legislative proposal to authorize the state to borrow $5 billion, without voter approval. (Pixabay)

“Two years of big government spending and high taxation has had a devastating effect on New Jersey’s ability to respond to COVID-19 from a fiscal standpoint.

“Despite the financial hardships many still face, Trenton now wants the taxpayers to bailout the state by borrowing billions of dollars, without voter approval, in violation of the State Constitution. As part of the scheme to pay for the borrowing, Trenton plans to increase, of all things, property taxes. For many taxpayers in our legislative district, this would force them to send even more of their tax dollars to a school district in some other part of the state.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Trenton is At It Again – Vetoed Common Interest Community Bill Reintroduced and Back on the Agenda

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are alerting constituents that the controversial Common Interest Community Legislation from last year, S-2425, has been reintroduced and advanced in committee.  The new bill number for the current Legislative Session is S-2261.

More than 9,000 residents signed a petition opposing legislation, later vetoed by the Governor, to change common community laws. The bill is back again, and Senator Connors, Asm. Rumpf and Asw. Gove are leading the opposition. (@iStock)

On May 27 of this year, Senator Connors voted against S-2261 as a member of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.  Following the bill’s release from Committee, the 9th District Delegation provided an update to constituents:

“A large and actively engaged majority of our constituents living in age-restricted communities do not want or need Trenton interfering with the operations of their communities.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove to Murphy: Veto Proposed Toll Increases

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove have called on Governor Phil Murphy to veto the minutes of any meetings held by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) and the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) which approve toll increases on the Garden State Parkway, the New Jersey Turnpike, and/or the Atlantic City Expressway.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove have called on Gov. Murphy to veto the minutes of meetings held by the NJ Turnpike Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Authority which approve toll increases. (Wikimedia Commons)

In their letter to Governor Murphy on May 27, the 9th District delegation made the following statements:

“In view of the unprecedented economic uncertainty for commuters and businesses, our Delegation is urging you in the strongest terms possible to veto the minutes of any meeting held by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) and/or South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) which approve toll increases on the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike as well as the Atlantic City Expressway.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Time Is Right for State Reopening Process to Be Expedited

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove issued the following statement regarding New Jersey’s economic future in meeting the challenges created by COVID-19:

Connors, Rumpf & Gove issued the following statement regarding New Jersey’s economic future in meeting the challenges created by COVID-19. (©iStock)

“New Jersey needs to expedite the process of reopening the state.

“The responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is in all of our hands. Americans understand the threat posed by this disease after having COVID-19 dominate their lives for nearly two months. They can be and must be trusted to conduct themselves accordingly.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove to Murphy: Expedite Processing of Unemployment Claims

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Governor Planning to Hire an ‘Army’ of COVID-19 Contact Tracers While Labor Department Does Not Have Enough Manpower, Causing Financial Distress for Families

Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are calling on the Murphy Administration to provide the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development with the necessary resources to process unemployment claims.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove are calling on the Murphy Administration to provide the Labor Department with the necessary resources to process unemployment claims. (SenateNJ.com)

“Recently, Governor Murphy stated his intentions to recruit and deploy an ‘army’ of contact tracers for COVID-19 cases even as the curve is flattening. While the Governor may see this as being ahead of the curve, what desperate residents want to hear is that an ‘army’ of employees are going to be hired or assigned to the Department of Labor so their unemployment claims will finally be processed.

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

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By a unanimous vote, the full State Senate passed legislation (S-957) 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 State Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove that would permit a portion of municipal development trust funds to be spent on housing affordability assistance to veterans. (WikiMedia Commons)

“As members of our Delegation serve, respectively, on Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committees, we continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to improve the lives of our men and women in uniform,” remarked the 9th District Delegation in a jointly issued statement.

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Who Is Going to Pay for Governor Murphy’s “Free” College Plan?

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Nothing is free, especially in a state known for being unaffordable. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Governor Murphy’s proposal to provide “free” college tuition for two years to certain students attending in-state four-year colleges actually comes at great cost to taxpayers.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove ask how much middle-class taxpayers are going to pay for Gov. Phil Murphy’s “free” college plan when nothing is really free. (Pixabay)

This program would be in addition to the “free” community college plan already in place for some students and to the law enacted in 2018, which our delegation vehemently opposed, making illegal aliens eligible to receive tuition assistance.

There’s a catch, of course, with the Governor’s latest higher education proposal. There always is when it involves government policy which functions on taxpayer dollars.

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Connors-Rumpf-Gove Veterans’ Surviving Spouse Benefit Bill Advances in Committee

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The Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee voted to approve legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove which would require the $750 annual compensation to surviving spouses of certain blind or disabled veterans to be payable from the date of the veteran’s death.

The Senate Military & Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved legislation by Connors, Rumpf & Gove requiring the $750 annual compensation to surviving spouses of certain blind or disabled veterans to be payable from the date of the veteran’s death. (©iStock)

Under the 9th District delegation’s legislation (S-913), payments to a surviving spouse would be due from April 9, 1985, in the event the veteran’s death occurred prior to that date, or the date of the veteran’s death if the death occurred after April 9, 1985, regardless of the date of the surviving spouse’s application.

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Governor’s Budget Address: More Spending, Taxes & Rigged School Funding Formula

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove offered the following remarks regarding Governor Murphy’s State Budget Address:

“Oblivious to the fact that taxpayers are already at their breaking point, Governor Murphy is rallying special interests around policies that will sidestep the needs and priorities of our constituents, namely tax relief and fairness in school funding.

Sen. Connors, Asm. Rumpf and Asw. Gove said Gov. Murphy’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget proves that he is oblivious to the fact New Jersey taxpayers are at their breaking point. (Pixabay)

“Based on this Administration’s track record to date, we have good reason to be skeptical about tax relief that will assist our constituents in any meaningful way. More likely, our constituents will be forced to subsidize the education of students living in other parts of the state or continue paying higher gas taxes to cover the costs of mass transit projects in North Jersey.

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Committee Advances 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 released by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Sen. Christopher J. Connors, Asm. Brian E. Rumpf and Asw. DiAnne C. Gove sponsor a measure that would help veterans purchase their first homes with down payment assistance grants from municipal development trust funds. (©iStock)

The 9th District Legislators made the following remarks upon the Senate’s passage of their veterans’ initiative, S-957:

“Simply, the intent of our bipartisan legislation is to help first-time home-buying veterans realize the dream of owning their own homes, which as we all know can be financially challenging in this state.

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