Kalafer Scolds NJ Lawmakers and Christie for Exacerbating State’s Fiscal Crisis

July 25, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Forty-one years ago, a young man recently graduated from Rider College purchased a one-car showroom in Frenchtown with a Mobil gas pump out front.

When he wasn’t selling Pintos, he pumped gas to help pay the bills.

Steve Kalafer’s toil and hard work paid off, laying the foundation for what is today’s highly-successful Flemington Car and Truck ...

Pet Traffickers Face Punishment Under Bateman Bill Signed into Law


TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Sen.Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) establishing pet trafficking as a third-degree crime.

“No one should be able to sell an innocent animal to a medical research facility or a puppy mill and walk away with a slap on the wrist,” Bateman said. “I am pleased to see that the law ...

Christie Signs Bateman Bill to Protect Consumers from Unsafe Water

TRENTON, NJ  - Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-16th to improve the safety of New Jersey’s drinking water by holding public water systems accountable for making infrastructure improvements and inspections.

Bateman’s “Water Quality Accountability Act” will protect people from unsafe drinking ...

Assembly Leader: Legislators Should be Fined $1,000 for State Shutdown

TRENTON, N. – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said Friday he supports legislation to retroactively pay state employees furloughed during the recent three-day state government shutdown, but adds that legislators’ salary should be reduced $1,000 this year.

“State workers were furloughed through no fault of their own. They were willing to work. They deserve to ...

Bateman Bill Gets Tough on Suspended Drivers


TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill authored by Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman R-16th) to hold drivers accountable for proving they can act responsibly following a license suspension.

“Right now, suspending someone’s license is the equivalent to putting a child in ‘time-out.’ All they have to do to get their ...

Lawmakers Vote Thursday on Back Pay for State Employees


TRENTON, NJ  - Lawmakers are expected to vote Thursday to restore wages lost by state workers during the July 4th holiday weekend when the state government was forced to shut down because of a budget impasse with Gov.Chris Christie.

State Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) issued the following response to Christie's remarks in support of ...

Bateman Bill Provides $125M for New Jersey Libraries


TRENTON, NJ  - The “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act,” sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, (R-16) has passed the State Senate and how heads to Governor Christie’s desk.

The legislation would give voters the ability to approve funds for the repair, construction or expansion of local libraries.

“Public libraries ...

NJ Government Shutdown: Local Lawmakers Critical of Christie

TRENTON, NJ - Day Two of the shutdown of New Jersey's government continued Sunday after legislators failed to find a compromise on the 2018 state budget during an emergency meeting at the Statehouse Saturday.

Members of the state Assembly and Senate are not expected to meet again until Monday afternoon, ensuring the shutdown of New Jersey's state beaches, parks and other ...

NJ Lawmakers Meet to Break Holiday Weekend Shutdown Impasse

TRENTON, NJ- Midnight Friday evening, Governor Chris Christie issued an executive order to shut down the New Jersey Government as budget negotiations could not come to common ground.

All state beaches and state parks are closed; other government services are also affected.

The Governor took to Twitter claiming :

"The Legislature’s inability to approve an FY18 State ...

Hillsborough Accorded National Recognition for Recreation Facilities, Opportunities for Kids



HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  - The township has been honored as a 2017 Playful City USA Community, just one of 258 nationwide recognized for putting the needs of kids and families first. 

It is the second time the national non-profit KaBOOM! has honored the township for its efforts and programs for kids.

The 2017 Playful City USA communities to receive the ...

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Zwicker Book Drive Donates Thousands of Children's Books

July 20, 2017

MONTGOMERY, NJ – A month-long summer book drive organized by the legislative district office of Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, D-16th  has donated 4,000 books for local students in kindergarten through grade 12.

“Research shows that daily reading is a critical way to keep kids engaged and learning year-round. I am so proud of the way our community came together to ...