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Senator Christopher Connors

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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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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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Senate Passes 9th District-Supported Bill to Appropriate Funding for Open Space Acquisition in Barnegat Bay Watershed

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The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation (S-2248) sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors that would appropriate $45 million from the “2009 Green Acres Fund” and $12 million from the “2009 Blue Acres Fund” for recreation and conservation purposes. Under the legislation, which is also supported by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, $3 million would be appropriated for the Barnegat Bay Watershed Greenway.

Following the Senate’s passage of S-2248, the 9th District Delegation issued the following statement:

“This legislation calls for Green Acres funding to be appropriated to the DEP for acquisition of lands, including in the Barnegat Bay Watershed Greenway, which are to be protected as open space. Lands in the Barnegat Bay watershed that would be purchased are specific to municipalities identified in the legislation, which include the 9th Legislative District constituent municipalities of Barnegat, Berkeley, Eagleswood, Lacey, Little Egg Harbor, Ocean and Stafford.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Submit Petitions Opposing United Water Toms River’s Proposed Rate Hike Into Official Public Record of Testimony

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Petitions containing the signatures of hundreds of senior community residents living in Berkeley Township were submitted into the official record of public testimony today by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove.

The petitions were provided to the 9th District Delegation by Berkeley Township Councilwoman Judy Noonan, who is actively engaged in the petition drive in opposition to the proposed utility rate increase. Upon receipt, the Delegation immediately forwarded copies of the petitions to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and the State Division of Rate Counsel.

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Full Interchange at Exit 40 – Rt. 30 Connector Discussed at Connors-Rumpf-Gove Meeting with Turnpike Authority

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove met with top officials of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) to discuss the establishment of a full interchange at Garden State Parkway Exit 40 – Route 30 connector. In attendance were Galloway Mayor Don Purdy, Galloway Deputy Mayor Anthony J. Coppola, Jr., and Atlantic County At-Large Freeholder Alex Marino.

“The intent of holding this meeting was to apprise the Turnpike Authority of the strong public support for a full interchange at Exit 40 as well as to have the opportunity for local officials to provide input on how best to move forward,” said Senator Connors. “The Turnpike Authority was attentive to the points raised and informed us that its engineers would take a fresh look at its original study of establishing a full interchange at the Exit, which is outdated given the significant changes to the area over the years. There was also discussion about examining the design of the current Parkway widening project, especially the bridge design over Route 30, with an eye toward preparing for a full interchange project at Exit 40.”

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