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Senator Christopher Connors

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: How Can You Even Consider Letting Felons and Prisoners Vote and Receive Tuition Aid?

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The 9th District legislative delegation is questioning how the State Legislature can even entertain the notion of letting convicted and imprisoned felons vote in elections and qualify to receive tuition assistance at taxpayer expense.

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove questioned how the NJ Legislature could consider bills that would allow prisoners and convicted felons to influence public policy and provide benefits at the expense of taxpayers who follow the rules. (Pixabay)

Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove issued a joint statement following the Democrats’ introduction of two legislative proposals which would direct more taxpayer dollars to convicted felons, at the expense of other needs and services.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Join Legislative Effort to Stop Offshore Drilling in State Waters

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Want NJ to Receive Same Exemption as Florida

Coastal legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have requested to join as cosponsors on companion legislation A-839 and S-258 which would prohibit offshore drilling for oil or natural gas in State waters. The measure would also prohibit the leasing of tidal or submerged lands in State waters for the purposes of oil or natural gas exploration, development, or production.

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove are joining as co-sponsors of legislation which would prohibit offshore drilling for oil or natural gas in New Jersey waters. (Flickr)

The companion measures were introduced by Senator Jeff Van Drew, Assemblyman Bruce Land, and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak of the 1st Legislative District.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove made the following remarks regarding their sponsorship action:

“As coastal legislators, our delegation has a longstanding record of vehemently opposing offshore drilling off our state’s coast.  Safeguarding our state’s environment and economic viability should be the priority – not lining the pockets of corporate executives.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Barnegat Bay Must Remain State Environmental Priority

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove want State policy under the new Administration to continue to reflect the critical need for protecting Barnegat Bay.

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove want New Jersey’s environmental policy under the new Administration to continue to reflect the critical need for protecting Barnegat Bay. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Protecting Barnegat Bay was elevated to a top state environmental priority several years ago, and rightfully so. Notwithstanding the tremendous progress already made, especially in terms of raising awareness of key factors impacting the Bay, a continual commitment is necessary to improve water quality, safeguard wildlife habitats and reduce pollution.

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Committee Advances Connors-Rumpf-Gove-Supported Bill Requiring Turnpike Meetings in South Jersey

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The Senate Transportation Committee passed legislation (S-246) prime-sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would require that at least two regular meetings each year of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority be held on a rotating basis in Ocean County, Atlantic County, and Cape May County.

A bill sponsored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove requires at least two meetings each year of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to be held on a rotating basis in Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May counties. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation also proposes that one regular meeting of the Authority be held in Bergen County and at least one meeting be held in Salem, Gloucester, and Camden counties on a rotating basis. Currently, regular meetings of the authority are held on a monthly basis in the Authority’s Administration Offices located in Woodbridge.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Outraged by Christie Veto of Superstorm Sandy Clawback Bill

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As representatives of a legislative district that’s among those hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove conveyed outrage and empathy for affected Sandy victims in response to Governor Christie’s refusal to sign the Superstorm Sandy clawback bill.

Aerial view during an Army search and rescue mission shows damage from Superstorm Sandy to the New Jersey coast, Oct. 30, 2012. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

The intent of the legislative policy initiative (A-4784/S-3149), which passed both houses of the Legislature, was to address circumstances in which Superstorm Sandy victims are required to refund overpayments, known as “clawbacks,” in Sandy assistance aid. Each member of the 9th District delegation joined as cosponsors on the bill that was introduced by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15).

The members of the 9th District delegation issued the following statement regarding Governor’s Christie’s pocket veto of the Sandy clawback bill:

“For those Sandy victims who’ve had too many sleepless nights contending with an endless bureaucratic nightmare, we worked together with the New Jersey Organizing Project to advance this legislation with the intent of providing the necessary assistance, including mediation, to help resolve clawback cases.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Committee Assignments Cover Veterans, Health, Federal Relations & Higher Education

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9th District legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have received their committee assignments for the 2018-2019 Legislative Session.

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove have received their committee assignments for the 2018-2019 legislative session. (Wikimedia Commons)

Senator Connors will once again serve on the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee and the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.  Assemblyman Rumpf will continue serving on the Regulatory Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee and will be joining the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee. Assemblywoman Gove will be returning to both the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee as well as the Assembly Higher Education Committee and will be taking on a new assignment by joining the Assembly Human Services Committee.

For the third consecutive legislative session, Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove were named as policy co-chairs to the Assembly Republican caucus.  The 9th District legislators issued the following statement subsequent to receiving their committee assignments.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Compelling Need Remains for Controlling Size, Cost & Scope of State Bureaucracy

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Following Governor Chris Christie’s final State of the State Address, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove cautioned on the pressing need in the coming years to continue controlling the cost, size, and scope of the state bureaucracy.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove cautioned on the pressing need in the coming years to continue controlling the cost, size, and scope of the state bureaucracy. (SenateNJ.com)

The 9th District Delegation’s remarks were offered in response to the Governor’s comments in the Address that the state workforce had been reduced by more than 10,000 employees during his Administration.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following statement following the Governor’s address:

“To bring about the fiscal reform demanded by beleaguered taxpayers, our delegation supported the sustained and very necessary effort to reduce a costly and overbearing state bureaucracy. Too many taxpayers felt the bureaucracy worked against their interests by fixating on imposing suffocating regulations as opposed to providing essential services to the public. Consequently, the costs of paying bureaucrats to write and enforce unwanted and unnecessary government regulations crowded other state budget priorities.

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Senate Committee Advances 9th District Delegation Veterans’ License Plate Initiative

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors which would authorize a special “Support Our Veterans” license plate with proceeds supporting New Jersey homeless veterans’ centers was advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Legislation by Sen. Chris Connors would create special ‘Support Our Veterans’ license plates in support of New Jersey homeless veterans’ centers. (©iStock)

Under Senator Connors’ bill, S-2322, there would be a $50 initial fee, in addition to the registration fees required by law, with a $10 annual fee, in addition to the renewal fees required by law. The Assembly companion bill, A-1540, was passed unanimously by the full Assembly on June 22 of this year.

Senator Connors, along with his 9th District legislative colleagues Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, issued the following statement about the recent legislative action:

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Heroin Dealers Chief Culprits in Elevating Opioid Addiction to Nation Public Health Emergency

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In response to President Trump’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a national public health emergency, the 9th District legislative delegation renewed its call for New Jersey to correct a defect in State law that allows heroin dealers to receive lesser sentences as compared to other drug charges.

A bill sponsored by Connors, Rumpf and Gove would increase penalties for heroin dealers. (©iStock)

Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have introduced companion legislation (S-272 and A-1175) which would empower prosecutors to charge drug dealers based on the dosage units rather than the weight of the drug.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Supporting Bill to Protect Seniors From Telemarketer Harassment

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are putting their full support behind a legislative initiative to better protect consumers, most especially seniors, from telemarketing harassment.

The 9th District delegation supports legislation to protect consumers from telemarketing harassment. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Connors is second prime and Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove have requested to be added on as cosponsors to companion legislation, S-2461 and A-4209, that would establish a task force to evaluate and make recommendations relating to the cost and feasibility of implementing appropriate technology and other methods to reduce incidents of telemarketing harassment and intimidation of consumers in New Jersey.

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