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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Applauds NJ DEP’s Rejection of PennEast Pipeline

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Senator Kip Bateman commended the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s decision to deny permits for the proposed PennEast pipeline.

Sen. Bateman commended the NJ DEP’s decision to deny permits for the proposed PennEast pipeline. (PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC)

“I am pleased that the state Department of Environmental Protection rejected PennEast’s pipeline permits,” said Bateman (R-16). We do not want and do not need this environmentally damaging, properly-value dropping nuisance in our backyards. Hey PennEast – stay off our land!”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Resolution Promoting Clean, Efficient Fuel Cells Signed

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Senator Kip Bateman’s resolution designating October 8 as Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in New Jersey was signed Tuesday. The date is significant, chosen for hydrogen’s atomic weight, 1.008.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s resolution designating October 8 as Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in New Jersey was signed into law Tuesday. (©iStock)

“The annual observance will help promote these clean, safe and virtually limitless sources of energy,” said Bateman, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Environment and Energy committee. “It’s an opportunity for stakeholders from science, industry, government and academia to espouse the benefits of clean hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. These advances are ready and available now for applications ranging from powering vehicles to delivering electricity to residences and businesses.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Support Establishment of Oyster Creek Safety Advisory Panel

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9th District Delegation Requested in July that Governor Establish Safety Panel

9th District legislators Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove expressed support for the Oyster Creek Safety Advisory Panel that the Murphy Administration recently announced has been established through an Administrative Order.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove expressed support for the Oyster Creek Safety Advisory Panel that the Murphy Administration recently announced. (SenateNJ.com)

The 9th District delegation made the following remarks:

“In July, we wrote to the Governor requesting that the Oyster Creek Safety Advisory Panel be reconstituted. This request was made following a meeting with the Concerned Citizens of Lacey Coalition that our delegation has been working closely with on the Oyster Creek decommissioning issue.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: Murphy Shows Disdain for Taxpayers with Flip Comment About High Tax Rates

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon said the governor showed his true colors when he suggested to business leaders at Rowan College that New Jersey may not be their state if they are concerned about tax rates.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said the governor showed his true colors when he told business leaders that New Jersey may not be their state if they are concerned about tax rates. (©iStock)

“It’s outrageous that Gov. Murphy is telling families and employers they can ‘take it or leave it’ if they have a problem with New Jersey’s high taxes,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “He should be working with the Republican caucus to make New Jersey more affordable. He should be listening to everyone who is telling him they can’t pay more and the many analysts and independent ratings agencies sounding the alarm that New Jersey is headed for disaster if we don’t get our fiscal house in order.  Suggesting our highest earning – and the top-taxpaying – residents might be better off leaving is exactly the wrong message.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Commends Senate President’s Commitment to Reducing Unnecessary Regulations

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Senator Steven Oroho commended Senate President Stephen Sweeney today for his comments in support of efforts to reduce unnecessary government regulations that are burdensome to both residents and businesses in New Jersey.

Sen. Steven Oroho commended the Senate President for his support of efforts to reduce unnecessary government regulations that are burdensome to both residents and businesses in New Jersey. (©iStock)

“Over years and decades, regulation after regulation has been piled on top of each other by various state government agencies,” said Oroho (R-24), the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “We now have an incomprehensible web of often conflicting rules that can be nearly impossible to follow. Addressing these inefficiencies will help make New Jersey a more friendly place to live and a competitive place to do business. I’m glad the Senate President is fully engaged in supporting this important effort.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Says Court Ruling Against Murphy Confirms NJ Must Lower Property Taxes

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Federal Judge Appointed by Obama Throws Out Frivolous SALT Lawsuit

Senator Joe Pennacchio reiterated his criticism of Governor Phil Murphy’s lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service after it was tossed by a federal judge on Monday, saying it’s time for the Governor to focus on lowering property taxes.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio reiterated his criticism of Gov. Murphy’s lawsuit against the IRS after it was tossed by a federal judge, saying it’s time for the Gov. to focus on lowering property taxes. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy can join the Legislature in working to lower New Jersey property taxes, but instead he continues to waste his time, State government resources, and our tax dollars to play politics,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Hopefully now he’ll finally realize that the solution to our state’s fiscal woes and sky high taxes isn’t suing the federal government. I urge the Governor to come to the table and have a difficult but necessary conversation on bipartisan legislative solutions that will truly make the Garden State more affordable for everyone.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Tom Kean

Kean, Bateman & Corrado to Serve on Senate Select Committee on NJ Transit

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21), Senator Kip Bateman (R-16), and Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) will serve on the newly formed Senate Select Committee on New Jersey Transit to investigate the continuing failures of the troubled commuter rail agency and develop an action plan to improve service.

Sens. Tom Kean, Kip Bateman, and Kristin Corrado will serve on the newly formed Senate Select Committee on New Jersey Transit to investigate the continuing failures of the troubled commuter rail agency and develop an action plan to improve service. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey Transit’s continuing struggles during the Murphy Administration have left commuters with unacceptably poor service,” said Kean. “Senate Republicans are committed to working to develop solutions to give rail-riding New Jerseyans the reliability they need and deserve every single day.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio to Governor: Slow Down on Film Tax Credits

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Says Film Tax Credits Unproven, Calls Governor’s Position Inconsistent With His Effort to Limit Other Tax Incentives

Senator Joe Pennacchio said Governor Phil Murphy shouldn’t rush to expand and extend the state’s $425 million film tax credit program until it’s clear that the incentive program actually works.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said Gov. Phil Murphy shouldn’t rush to expand and extend the state’s $425 million film tax credit program until it’s clear that the incentive program actually works. (Pixabay)

“Outside of the Hollywood lobbyists who are pushing for the film tax incentives, we have no evidence that they have helped to boost the New Jersey economy,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Before he considers raising the $425 million cap on this relatively new program, Governor Murphy should slow down and determine if it’s working as intended.”

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District 10

10th District Legislators Cite Cumberland County Case as Latest Reason to Oppose Murphy’s Sanctuary State Policies

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Federal immigration authorities are searching for a Mexican national, Luciano Trejo-Dominquez from Bridgeton, who is accused of sexually assaulting a teenager under the age of 16. He was released from the Cumberland County jail on August 23rd despite a request by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) that he remain in prison until federal authorities could take him into custody.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Asm. Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe say a sanctuary state directive enacted by the Murphy Administration is a threat to public safety after the release from custody of a Mexican national accused of sexually assaulting a teenager. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe of the 10th Legislative District sounded off on the threat to public safety due to the new directive enacted by Governor Murphy’s administration. This is yet another attempt to turn New Jersey into a sanctuary for illegal criminals.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Release of Illegal Alien & Suspected Child Rapist More Reason to Fight Sanctuary State Policies

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove all highlighted the absurdity of sanctuary state policies that resulted in the release from custody of Luciano Trejo-Dominguez, who is in the country illegally and has been charged with raping a teen under the age of 16.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove highlight the absurdity of Gov. Murphy’s sanctuary state policies that resulted in the release of an illegal alien and suspected child rapist. (Wikimedia Commons)

Recent media reports have covered how Trejo-Dominguez and two other illegal aliens suspected of violent crimes are currently being sought by federal immigration authorities following their release by jails in New Jersey.
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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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