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 Oppose Common Interest Community Bill; Express Concerns About Impact on Age-Restricted Communities

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As legislators with a longstanding track record of supporting the rights of age-restricted community residents, Senator Chris Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove (all R-9) said that they will continue to oppose legislation (S-2425) that would consolidate laws concerning common interest communities, including the taxation of common property, applicability of local ordinances, the effects of eminent domain, and other statutes.

As legislators with a longstanding track record of supporting the rights of age-restricted communities, the 9th District delegation will oppose legislation that would consolidate laws concerning common interest communities. (©iStock)

Senator Connors voted against the legislation in committee and on the floor of the Senate when S-2425 was presented on the Senate floor for a full chamber vote on June 10 of this year.

The members of the 9th District delegation emphasized that this legislation is especially alarming, because it would allow Trenton to interfere in the operations of age-restricted communities in cases in which it deems that a community’s bylaws do not speak to a specific issue. This means that Trenton, in turn, would act as the community’s de facto governing body.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridge Project is the Remarkable Engineering Achievement that Ocean County Deserves

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Manahawkin: Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove today joined in a celebration of the successful completion of the reconstruction of the Old Causeway Bridge and the rehabilitation of Hilliards Thorofare Bridge – part of the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges project, by marking the historic occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti.

District 9 lawmakers celebrate the completion of the reconstruction of the Old Causeway Bridge and the rehabilitation of Hilliards Thorofare Bridge – part of the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges project, at a ribbon cutting ceremony led by NJDOT Commissioner Gutierrez-Scaccetti. (SenateNJ.com)

Connors, Rumpf and Gove made the following remarks regarding the significant announcement:

“This project is a long time coming for many Ocean County residents and tourists, especially those living on Long Beach Island for whom the Causeway is the only means of egress and ingress to and from the mainland.

“More than a decade ago, our Delegation introduced legislation, at the request of a former NJDOT Commissioner, to appropriate $150 million to get the Route 72 Causeway Bridges Project moving. The catastrophic damage caused by Superstorm Sandy underscored, in graphic detail, how the Causeway is a critical infrastructure lifeline, especially in the event that a coastal evacuation order is issued.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Launch Online Petition Calling on Gov. Murphy to End Devastating Cuts to Local School Funding

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Sign the petition at http://www.senatenj.com/saveourschools/

Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have launched a new online petition in opposition to massive school funding cuts proposed by Governor Phil Murphy in his FY 2020 State Budget proposal.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove launched an online petition to give their constituents the opportunity to oppose massive school funding cuts proposed by Gov. Phil Murphy in his State Budget proposal. (©iStock)

The 9th District legislators said the petition and included commenting tool are intended to give their constituents the opportunity to tell the Governor how they feel about the impact his school funding proposal would have on their local school districts.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Introduce Victims’ Rights Bill

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New Bill Inspired by Local Case Would Ensure Crime Victims Receive the Restitution They Deserve

District 9 lawmakers Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have introduced legislation, S-3352/A-5088, that aims to mandate wage garnishment and participation in enforced community service for certain criminal defendants who fail to make restitution to their victims.

District 9 lawmakers have introduced legislation to mandate wage garnishment and participation in enforced community service for certain criminal defendants who fail to make restitution to their victims. (©iStock)

“This legislation was drafted after we learned that one of our constituents was the victim of theft by an employee whole stole thousands of dollars to support his drug addiction. The thief was convicted in a court of law and ordered to pay restitution. However, he relapsed, failed to show up for work, failed to pay restitution and, subsequently was incarcerated. This incident offers a view of the silent victims of the opioid epidemic – those who are victimized by people struggling with addiction. These cases aren’t discussed enough. The victim in this case, and her family, experienced tremendous financial hardships,” the District 9 lawmakers said.

“New Jersey spends hundreds of millions of dollars to assist addicts with their recovery. It’s time for the State to also recognize those who are victimized by people who committed crimes to support their addiction. Justifiably, our constituent wants restitution so she can begin putting her family’s finances and life back together. We believe our legislative proposal gives greater weight to the rights of victims in cases involving wage garnishment.”

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Oppose Fast-Tracked Bill to Give Trenton $10 Million in Additional State Aid

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Speaking out against yet another attempt to rig the State Budget process, the 9th District legislative delegation announced that they will continue to oppose legislation (S-3587/A-5210) that would establish the Trenton Capital City Aid Program, which would provide at least $10 million in each State fiscal year to the City of Trenton.

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove are speaking out against yet another attempt to rig the State Budget process, saying they will oppose legislation providing an extra $10 million of aid annually to the City of Trenton. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove questioned how Democrats could even consider approving this massive budget expenditure, when school districts are being forced to endure massive funding cuts.

“This is yet another example of Trenton prioritizing the needs of urban areas over suburban and rural areas of the state. Fast-tracking a $10 million appropriation bill for the City of Trenton is a glaring example of politicized spending in a rigged system.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Online Petition Opposing Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Aliens Hits 20,000 Signatures

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9th District Delegation Apprises Governor & Majority Party Legislative Leadership of Public Opposition

More than 20,000 people have signed the online petition started by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove as a grassroots effort stop in its tracks legislation that would allow illegal aliens to obtain New Jersey driver’s licenses.

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove sent a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leadership to let them know that their online petition opposing driver’s licenses for illegal aliens has reached 20,000 signatures. (Wikimedia Commons)

The 9th District legislators apprised Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin in a recent letter of the intense level of discontentment to allowing New Jersey to become a sanctuary state in a recent letter, which reads as follows:

Dear Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney and Speaker Coughlin:

“Please be advised that an online petition established by our delegation opposing the enactment of legislation that would permit illegal aliens to receive New Jersey driver’s licenses has been signed more than 20,000 times.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove to Introduce Bill to Prevent State Highway from Charging Tolls to Emergency Vehicles From Ocean County

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove will introduce legislation to prohibit the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA), which operates the Atlantic City Expressway, from charging tolls to ambulances, first-aid or emergency-aid vehicles, or fire trucks from Ocean County.

District 9 lawmakers will introduce legislation to prohibit the SJTA, which operates the Atlantic City Expressway, from charging tolls to ambulances, first-aid or emergency-aid vehicles, or fire trucks from Ocean County. (Flickr)

Currently, the SJTA allows those types of emergency vehicles from Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties in South Jersey to use SJTA projects toll-free.

The 9th District delegation provided the following reasons for drafting the legislation:

“In yet another example of bureaucratic regulations working against the public good, our delegation recently learned that a volunteer emergency services organization from our legislative district was charged a toll while transporting a patient on the Atlantic City Expressway. After several appeals by the first aid squad, the SJTA reluctantly waived the administration fee for failure to pay the toll, as though that would somehow address the core issue of charging tolls to emergency vehicles.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Price Tag for Taxpayer-Funded Tuition Aid for Illegal Aliens Is a Slap in the Face to Legal Citizens

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove released the following statement in response to news that the State has already spent more than $1.5 million on taxpayer-funded student loans for persons living in the country illegally. The 9th District delegation has vehemently opposed legislation that authorized State tuition aid for illegal aliens.

District 9 lawmakers reiterate their opposition to legislation that authorized the State to spend millions on taxpayer-funded student loans for illegal aliens. (SenateNJ.com)

According to report by NJ.com, the state spent $1.6 million during the fall 2018 semester to provide aid to more than 500 illegal aliens. The program is expected to grow over the coming years, according to HESAA.

In light of the state’s current fiscal crisis, the delegation issued the following remarks regarding this irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars:

“State benefits are for taxpayers living in New Jersey legally. Period. That’s why we’ve voted against the law signed by Governor Christie that provided in-state tuition to illegal aliens, as well as the law recently signed by Governor Murphy to give tuition assistance to these same persons. What’s even more infuriating, is that this could become an even bigger burden as the program grows, taking more opportunities away from American students in the near future.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Will Vote NO on Marijuana Legalization

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove announced that their Delegation is unified in their opposition to any legislation that would legalize marijuana for recreational use, and will be voting accordingly when a bill is considered by their respective Houses.

The 9th District Delegation is unified in their opposition to any legislation that would legalize marijuana for recreational use, and will be voting accordingly when a bill is considered by their respective Houses. (Pixabay)

As a member of the Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee, Assemblyman Rumpf participated in hearings held this year across the state regarding the impact of marijuana legislation on the state, including the public’s health and safety. The Assemblyman’s extensive consideration of testimony provided by advocates on both sides of the issue allowed for the Delegation to make an informed decision.

The Delegation’s opposition to legalizing marijuana is also consistent with the views expressed by the majority of constituents with whom the Delegation has discussed the issue over the years.

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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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