Christie Signs Bateman Bill to Protect Consumers from Unsafe Water

July 22, 2017

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 ...

Somerville Residents Compile Ambitious “To Do” List for Southside Park Reclamation

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Three things became clear during Tuesday’s community forum on the future of Southside Park.

1, Residents have no shortage of ideas as to what improvements they would like to see – more parking, more basketball courts, improvements to the adjacent greenway and pathway on the perimeter of the park, a splash park, an updated pool, a soccer field, tennis courts, ...

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 ...

Somerville Offers Additional Residential, Long-Term Permit Parking

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The borough has begun to enforce new regulations that affect parking in Lot 1A, located on West High Street between Maple and Davenport streets.      

Effective July 1, parking in Lot 1A will be restricted to those with:

- A short term residential parking pass, limited to three hours maximum;

- A merchant-employee monthly parking ...

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 ...

Senate Passes Bateman Bill Requiring Smart Thermostats in All New Homes


TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer) requiring the installation of a smart thermostat in all new residential construction.

“It is very expensive to purchase a house in New Jersey, especially for first-time homeowners who are just ...

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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 ...