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In an effort to keep you apprised of the proposed NJ Turnpike Authoritys Interchange improvement projects at Garden State Parkway Interchanges 41 & 44, please see the press statement and related documents attached below.
It continues to be a privilege to serve as the State Representatives for the 9th Legislative District.
CHRISTOPHER J. CONNORS, Senator - 9th District
ASSEMBLYMAN BRIAN E. RUMPF, Assemblyman – 9th District
ASSEMBLYWOMAN DIANNE C. GOVE, Assemblywoman – 9th District
Connors, Rumpf & Gove Receive Confirmation From Turnpike Authority: No Toll At Galloway GSP Interchanges 41 & 44
9th District Delegation Also Receives Response On Service Area – Jimmie Leeds Road Access Concerns
9th District Legislative Office: Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove received a formal response from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority that no toll plazas will be established at Garden State Parkway Interchanges 41 or 44 as part of the interchange improvement plans.
The 9th District Legislators had written the Authority after heightened concerns were raised among local residents after Governor Christie was asked during his recent town hall meeting held in Galloway, if there would toll plazas at either interchange. Connors, Rumpf and Gove, who attended the town hall meeting, worked jointly with Atlantic County Freeholder Alex Marino and Galloway Mayor Don Purdy to obtain a formal response from the Turnpike Authority on the toll matter in order to address constituents concerns.
Additional information provided by the Authority in its response to the 9th District Delegation included:
- $30 million will be invested to build a full Interchange 41 at Jimmie Leeds Road and to complete the partial Interchange 44 at Pomona Road
- The Authority plans to hold a public hearing in Galloway Township this summer on the Interchanges 41 and 44 projects
The 9th District Delegation also received a response from the Authority regarding residents concerns about access from Jimmie Leeds Road to the commuter service area located at Interchange 41.
In its letter, the Authority provides an explanation of how the design of Interchange 41 will work, as it relates to access from Jimmie Leeds Road. According to the Authority, the planned Interchange will allow residents to enter and exit the Parkway directly from Jimmie Leeds Road and in both northbound and southbound directions. The Authority also explained that once the Exit 41 Interchange is completed, the Authority will have no choice but to close the service road that now provides motorists access to the service area from Jimmie Leeds Road. Residents will be able to access the service area by entering the northbound Parkway by way of the White Horse Pike.
The 9th District Delegation issued the following statement regarding the Authoritys responses:
We are providing the information from the Turnpike Authority in order to keep local residents and officials apprised of the key aspects related to the interchange improvement projects.
Certainly, we were elated to receive confirmation from the Authority that there would be no toll plazas at either Interchange 41 or 44. That said, we never believed there was any permanent plan in place for tolls, as we had discussed the Interchange improvement project with Authority officials on several occasions over the past several months.
Regarding access to the service area at the Interchange 41, our Delegation will continue to work with local officials and the Authority to see if any modification can be made to existing plans that would allow for local residents to access the service area from Jimmie Leeds Road.
Copies of both New Jersey Turnpike Authority responses are attached.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove Launch Online Petition to Support Legislation Strengthening Megan’s Law, Including Jessica Lunsford Act
In an effort to advance several legislative initiatives which would enhance the state’s existing sexual offender laws, 9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have launched an online petition drive for concerned constituents to sign and have a stronger voice in the legislative process.
Residents can sign the petition online at the 9th District Delegation’s legislative website: http://district9.senatenj.com/jessicas-law/
The petition centers on the Jessica Lunsford Act, also known as Jessica’s Law, which would increase penalties for those who commit sex crimes against minors and for those who harbor or conceal a sex offender. Connors, Rumpf and Gove are cosponsors of pending legislation that would enact the Jessica Lunsford Act in New Jersey.
Additional legislation addressed in the petition would prohibit convicted sexual offenders from living near schools, playgrounds and child care centers, as well as to properly “tier” sex offenders prior to their release from prison. Each of these measures were introduced and have been sponsored by the 9th District Delegation for several legislative sessions and, presently, are also awaiting committee action.
The 9th District Delegation offered the following remarks regarding the petition drive:
Residents are frustrated with what they see as a lack of action and direction by the Legislature on comprehensive initiatives to more effectively protect our children from potential acts of violence committed by sexual predators. We understand and share this frustration as, for years, our Delegation has worked closely with residents, local officials and law enforcement in a united effort to build upon the protections presently offered under Megan’s Law including community notification.
As an example, several years ago law enforcement officials advised our Delegation about the difficulty in tracking convicted sex offenders, given their transient nature, once they are released from incarceration. A contributing factor to this problem is that, under current law, sex offenders are tiered only after they have been released from prison. A sex offender’s residency situation factors into what tiering they receive. As a practical solution, our Delegation introduced legislation that would require sexual offenders to be tiered while still incarcerated.
A State Supreme Court decision handed down in 2009 that invalidated several local sexual offender residency ordinances seems to have brought any further action on major policy initiatives concerning sexual offenders to a standstill in the Legislature. Prior to this, several bipartisan bills were passed by the Legislature and enacted into law that included enhancing penalties for sex offenders who provided false addresses when registering as well as satellite monitoring for certain sex offenders.“Starting an online petition drive is an effective grass roots means of demonstrating the level of public support or opposition for a specific policy initiative. Moreover, it will allow residents to play a more active role in the legislative process on an issue that is important to so many parents.
Join fellow Republicans from around the County on Tuesday, March 13th for the Annual County Convention. Pasta reception featuring foods from Cousin Mario’s and Formica Brothers Bakery and wines from local Hammonton wineries starts at 6pm with the convention proceedings beginning at 7pm.
Vice-Chairwoman Maureen Gallagher-Bugdon will be honored as the 2012 Seashell Award recipient and we will be nominating candidates for United States Senate, House of Representatives, and County Freeholder.
You can get driving directions to the Scullville Vol. Fire House by clicking on the map below and entering your address.
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The Smithville Inn did a great job hosting the event and we had a wonderful turnout. It was great to see Assemblyman Brian Rumpf back on his feet!
Thank you to all who attended and especially to Senators Connors and Kyrillos, the guest speakers.
This year’s guest speakers are State Senators Joe Kyrillos and Chris Connors. Senator Connors represents Galloway in the legislature after our move to District 9, and Senator Kyrillos recently announced that he will seek the GOP nomination to challenge Bob Mendendez.
The 2012 Membership Dues are due! By clicking on the image on the left side of the main page of GTRL.org or on the Membership menu button above, you can complete and print (or save and e-mail) the completed form and send in your check for $20!
In a presidential election year there is going to be a lot of attention paid to the November Election. It’s the perfect time to invite your Republican friends to join the GTRL and get involved to help the GOP take back control of the White House & Senate!
Connors, Rumpf & Gove Request Posting of Bill to Protect Privacy Rights of Accident Victims & Their Families
9th District legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have requested legislation (S-199) that would make it a crime for any first responder who takes one or more photographs or electronic images, or makes a video recording of an accident victim without prior written consent to be posted for committee consideration. Click to read more.