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Senator Connors Named VFW’s Legislator of the Year

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Senator Christopher J. Connors has been named “Legislator of the Year” by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Department of New Jersey.

The award was presented to Senator Connors by the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary at the VFW’s Legislative and Voice of Democracy Awards Dinner on January 26 in Mount Laurel, NJ.

Senator Christopher J. Connors accepting the “Legislator of the Year” Award from Kathy Marshall, president of the state’s VFW Ladies Auxiliary on January 26, 2013. Also pictured is William F. Thompson, the VFW’s State Legislative Director.

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Gov. Christie Signs Connors/Rumpf/Gove Bill to Prohibit Permanent Changes in Custody Arrangements for Deployed Military Personnel

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Legislation introduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove to enact sweeping changes to State law concerning custody arrangements for military personnel was signed into law today by Governor Chris Christie.

“The parental rights of our servicemen and women will be more effectively safeguarded under the law by the provisions of our legislation which the Governor signed,” said Senator Connors. “It is simply unacceptable to allow a serviceperson’s deployment or their service-related treatment to be used against them in child custody arraignment disputes. Having been thoroughly vetted through the legislative process, the law carefully balances protecting servicepersons’ parental rights while also ensuring the best interests of the child are being served. When it is deemed necessary, a court is now permitted under the law to appoint a guardian ad litem, an attorney, or both to represent the child’s interests concerning custody or parenting time.”

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Chris Connors
Senator Jim Holzapfel

Ocean County Legislative Delegations Hold Meeting for Local Officials to Discuss Sandy-Related Issues

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Representatives of the 9th, 10th and 30th state legislative delegations hosted a meeting on Tuesday, January 15 at the Toms River Municipal Town Hall to provide local public officials the opportunity to discuss Superstorm Sandy-related issues.

Invited to the meeting to answer questions from the local officials were representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Governor’s Office, as well as other state officials with agencies actively engaged in storm-related matters.

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Connors/Rumpf/Gove Measure Targets Reduction in State Fleet Fuel Costs

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The Senate Transportation Committee has approved legislation introduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would direct three primary State agencies to calculate the miles per gallon (mpg) average for the State motor vehicle fleet and to formulate a plan to increase the mpg for the State fleet in each of the following four years.

“Reducing fuel costs for the State fleet is certainly an area worthy of closer examination as a necessary means of reducing government spending in these difficult budgetary times,” said Senator Connors. “To assess the potential for achieving long-term savings, our legislation first calls for a calculation of the miles per gallon average for the State motor vehicle fleet, for all diesel and gasoline vehicles other than those issued to or used for law enforcement or emergency purposes. With this information, we can move forward on developing practical and achievable benchmarks for reducing fuel costs. Law enforcement and emergency vehicles were exempted from the legislation so that no regulation would hinder the operation of specialized vehicles required for public safety.”

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Senator Chris Connors
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Senator Sam Thompson

Jersey Shore Republican Senators Urge House Approval of Remaining Sandy Aid

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With the U.S. House of Representatives poised to vote on $51 billion in disaster aid for Sandy recovery and relief, Senators Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth), Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth), Robert Singer (R- Ocean), Jim Holzapfel (R- Ocean), Chris Connors (R- Ocean), and Sam Thompson (R- Ocean) issued the following statement urging passage of funding package:

Prior to Sandy, the federal government has never hesitated in stepping up with financial assistance to communities and states devastated by natural disasters. Even in an era of intense partisanship, victims of Hurricane Sandy should be treated no differently. They are Americans like everyone else.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Support Veterans’ Hospital Task Force Recommendations to Expand Health Care Access for South Jersey Veterans

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9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are highlighting the final recommendations issued by the Veterans’ Hospital Task Force as a comprehensive plan for expanding health care access for military veterans living in the southern part of the state.

The 9th District Delegation sponsored the law that established the Task Force. Subsequently, Senator Connors and Assemblywoman Gove were named to the Task Force by the Governor to serve on as Legislative Representatives.

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Coastal Legislative Delegations Highlight Drawbacks of Beach Fee Bill in Letter to Senate President

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In representing the mutual interests of their respective constituent municipalities, representatives of the 9th and 1st legislative district delegations have written to State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney requesting that he reconsider supporting legislation (S-2368) which would require shore municipalities accepting government funds for storm-damaged beach replenishment to provide free beach access and public toilet facilities.

The following is the bipartisan letter jointly issued by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District and Senator Jeff Van Drew, Assemblyman Nelson T. Albano and Assemblyman Matthew W. Milam of the 1st Legislative District:

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Assembly Passes Connors/Rumpf/Gove Bill to Prohibit Permanent Changes in Custody Arrangements for Deployed Military Personnel

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Veterans’ Initiative Clears Final Legislative Hurdle, Heads to Governor’s Desk

Clearing the final legislative hurdle, a veterans’ initiative sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would bring sweeping changes to State law concerning custody arrangements for military personnel was passed by the Assembly.

The 9th District Delegation’s legislation (S-1051/A-634) would provide that the court, whenever making a determination concerning child custody or parenting time, would not consider the absence or potential absence of a service member parent by reason of deployment with the U.S. Military or treatment for sustained injuries as a factor in determining the best interest of the child.

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Connors Serves on Hurricane Sandy Special Senate Committee

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A special hearing of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee was held on November 26 in Toms River to assist in providing the State Legislature with a more complete understanding on the damage from Hurricane Sandy in preparation of infrastructure rebuilding efforts. Two additional committee hearings are scheduled to be held in other impacted areas of the state as part of a bipartisan Legislative effort.

Senator Christopher J. Connors was appointed to serve on the committee for the special hearing in light of Hurricane Sandy’s heavy impact on the 9th Legislative District. Senator Connors, along with Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, continue to work with constituents and local officials on Hurricane Sandy related issues.

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Action Taken on Connors/Rumpf/Gove Bill to Prohibit Permanent Changes in Custody Arrangements for Deployed Military Personnel

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The Assembly Judiciary Committee today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that concerns custody arrangements for military personnel.

The 9th District Legislators’ legislation (S-1051/A-634) would provide that the court, whenever making a determination concerning child custody or parenting time, would not consider the absence or potential absence of a servicemember parent by reason of deployment with the U.S. Military as a factor in determining the best interest of the child.

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