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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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Consequences of NJ’s Illegal Alien Driver’s License Law Will Detrimentally Impact Legal Citizens

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Sanctuary State Policies Forcing the Hand of ICE and Homeland Security

Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove remarked on two major developments involving illegal immigration likely to impact New Jersey residents:

Connors, Rumpf & Gove remarked on two major developments involving illegal immigration likely to impact New Jersey residents. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Extremists committed to establishing New Jersey as a sanctuary state are setting up our state for large-scale problems that legal, law-abiding taxpayers will ultimately foot the bill for in the end.

“While New Jersey is rolling out the red carpet for illegal aliens with taxpayer-funded entitlements, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents recently arrested 115 persons caught in New Jersey in a five-day sweep. The sweep included a Brazilian national wanted in his home country for murder. According to a press release issued by ICE, “This targeted enforcement action focuses on the arrest of individuals convicted of serious crimes and are a threat to public safety.”

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Committee Advances Connors, Rumpf & Gove Bill to Enhance Megan’s Law

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The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee advanced a Megan’s Law legislative initiative (S-205) introduced by Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove to enhance the community notification process.

The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee advanced a Megan’s Law legislative initiative introduced by Connors, Rumpf & Gove to enhance the community notification process. (©iStock)

Under the 9th District delegation’s legislation, the State Attorney General would be required to establish a means for providing e-mail notifications when a sex offender listed on the Internet registry registers a new address in a different county or zip code from the offender’s previous address.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following statement regarding the committee’s advancement of their Megan’s Law initiative:

“Community notification is the core purpose of Megan’s Law in the overall effort to safeguard our communities against sexual predators.

“To be more effective, we’re proposing to upgrade Megan’s Law by instituting the use of e-mail notifications which would help in addressing complications encountered by law enforcement due to the transient nature of sexual offenders. Residents could stay better informed if they received e-mail notifications in instances when a registered sex offender moves to a new address.

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