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Senator Christopher Connors

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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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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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