Lance Hosts 44th Town Hall Meeting May 30

May 25, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ - New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) will host his 44th in-person town hall meeting on Tuesday, May 30 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Roy Smith Theatre at Union County College, 1033 Springfield Ave. in Cranford.

During the town hall meeting, Lance will take questions and discuss the important issues facing Congress and the American people, including health care ...

Ciattarelli Will Debate School Funding Reform with NJ Assembly Speaker

SOMERVILLE, NJ – State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-16th has accepted a challenge from Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to debate school funding reform and suggested two debates immediately after Memorial Day.

Ciattarelli, a Republican candidate for the GOP Gubernatorial nomination, has made school funding reform a major component of his campaign.

He issued the following ...

Bateman Bill Establishes Police Safe Zones for Craigslist Purchases

TRENTON, NJ - The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee has passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon) to allow local police departments to designate safe zones where people can meet to complete sales transactions arranged on websites, such as Craigslist.

“Giving out your home address to a stranger on the internet can ...

‘It’s Complicated’: Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Meets for Update on One-Seat Ride to NYC

CRANFORD, NJ — The Raritan Valley Railroad Coalition met Monday evening at the Cranford Community Center to provide an update on the status of the Coalition’s one-seat ride efforts.

“I have good information, but the news in not particularly good,” said Peter Palmer, RVRC Chairman and Somerset County Freeholder.

Palmer later noted the heavy Westfield presence in ...

Opposition to Statehouse Renovation Project Continues to Build

TRENTON, NJ - Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) and Sen. Michael Doherty (R-23) joined with Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20) to file a lawsuit May 15 to stop a New Jersey State House renovation project that was initiated without legislative or voter approval.

The civil complaint filed in New Jersey Superior Court alleges that actions undertaken by the State Capitol Joint Management Commission, Treasury ...

Statewide First Responders Registry Proposed Listing People with Special Needs

TRENTON, NJ  - A bill establishing a central registry of people with special needs so that first responders can better serve them during an emergency has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

“Minutes can mean the difference between a life saved and a life lost. A central registry allows police officers, firefighters or EMS workers to plan ahead for how to provide ...

Lance Joins Democrats in House to Reject GOP Repeal of Obamacare

WASHINGTON, DC - The House narrowly passed a bill to repeal Obamacare Thursday by a vote of 217-213, with three New Jersey Republicans breaking ranks and voting against the controversial bill, including Rep. Leonard Lance, R-7th.

Also voting against the repeal were New Jersey Reps. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd and Chris Smith, R-4th.

A total of 20 Republicans joined all 193 House Democrats in ...

Hillsborough Cuts Spending, Maintains Stable Tax Rate for Third Year

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Township Committee has crafted a 2017 budget that cuts spending, and for the third year in a row, maintains the local property tax rate.

It also marks the 7th year in a row that the budget plan came in under the 2% levy cap imposed by the state on local governments.

The total reduction in spending is $423,771, savings derived from attrition in the Police ...

Bateman Urges School Funding Reform to Help Manville and other Underfunded School Districts


TRENTON, NJ  - State Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-16) said that Manville Mayor Richard Onderko’s testimony at a bipartisan school funding roundtable in Parsippany demonstrates the urgent need to reform the state’s broken school funding formula.

Manville, a borough within Bateman’s district, is the eighth most ...

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Education Officials Join Ciattarelli To Challenge Speaker’s Education Funding Plan

May 17, 2017

TRENTON, NJ – Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli responded to Speaker Vincent Prieto’s school funding proposal Wednesday, which calls for pumping an additional $125 million in state aid to the most underfunded school districts with no reductions to overfunded districts.

“Any policy maker who is talking about increasing K-12 school funding to underfunded districts with no mention of ...