New Jersey's 12th Legislative District

Senator Samuel Thompson

  • Sen. Sam Thompson (R-12) spoke in support of legislation that the New Jersey Senate approved to increase accountability and transparency at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey during a session on September 22, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Sam Thompson (R-12), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, speaking in opposition to the adoption of the Democrats’ proposed FY 2015 state budget proposal during a Senate session on June 26, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Sam Thompson (top-right) joined Gov. Chris Christie and a bipartisan group of several dozen state, county and local officials to call for the General Assembly to vote on the extension of the interest arbitration cap law during a press conference on the steps of the War Memorial in Trenton on April 14, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Senators Sam Thompson (R-12) and Ron Rice (D-28) held a joint press conference on Feb. 27, 2014 to urge a “Select Committee” investigation into the City of Newark. (Press Release)

  • Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) pictured with With Katharine Koehler of Room In Our Hearts at the grand reopening of Keansburg Amusement Park on May 18, 2013. The park reopened after being closed for six months due to devastation from Hurricane Sandy. (CNN)

  • St. Ambrose School, Old Bridge, sponsored a meet-and-greet for local business owners, alumni and parents to come together for a networking and community-building reception at the school on May 14, 2013. Pictured are Principal Theodore Kadela, Lauren Garda, Sen. Sam Thompson (R-12), Ciara Mullaney and Kaitlyn Ramsden. (gmnews.com)

  • Senator Sam Thompson (2nd from right) and Assemblymen Ron Dancer (left) and Rob Clifton (2nd from left) of the 12th District present awards to the local community members honored at the Manalapan Mayor’s Charity Ball at the Grand Marquis in Old Bridge on October 20, 2012. (Manalapan Patch)

  • Senator Sam Thompson (2nd from right) and Assemblymen Ron Dancer (left) and Rob Clifton (2nd from left) of the 12th District present awards to the local community members honored at the Manalapan Mayor’s Charity Ball at the Grand Marquis in Old Bridge on October 20, 2012. (Manalapan Patch)

  • Sam Thompson was sworn in as the Senator for New Jersey’s 12th Legislative District on Tuesday, January 10, 2012.

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Sam Thompson

Passed: Allen, Bateman, Thompson Bills to Secure $91 Million for Open Space Funding

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Three bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington), Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon, Middlesex) and Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean) to appropriate more than $91 million to go to various open space, recreation and conservation projects were all passed by the New Jersey Senate.

All three bills use money from dedicated corporation business tax revenues to provide grants or other funding to develop or acquire land for use as open space.

A trio of bills to appropriate $91 million in funding for open space projects were passed by the New Jersey Senate. (Morris County Preservation Trust)

“This money will go a long way in helping to develop land for recreation purposes in densely populated areas and counties,” Senator Bateman, sponsor of S-3352 said. “Because of this bill, more than $71 million in grants will go towards worthy projects throughout the state that will ensure our residents can enjoy the beautiful outdoors.”

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Sam Thompson

Allen, Bateman, Thompson Bills to Reduce Food Waste Passed by Senate

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A group of bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington), Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon) and Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Ocean, Monmouth) aimed at reducing waste were passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Bills sponsored Sen. Diane Allen, Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Sam Thompson would help reduce food waste. (Flickr)

“Cutting back on waste at our schools and other institutions is a crucial part of getting more food to people who need it,” Senator Allen said. “Every day, so much food is just tossed out. That can’t be acceptable in a state where so many still struggle with food insecurity.”

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Thompson Bill to Study Energy Storage Advanced by Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Ocean, Monmouth) explore opportunities to improve New Jersey’s electrical infrastructure through energy storage was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Sam Thompson to study energy storage was advanced by a Senate Panel. (Flickr)

“Finding new ways to store energy on the power grid has the potential to completely transform the way we generate and use electricity,” Senator Thompson said. “It could also be key to making renewable energy more efficient and practical. It’s important for us to study whatever new systems might be available to ensure we have stable and modern energy infrastructure going into the future.”

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Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republicans Propose School Funding Reforms to Improve Opportunities for Students, Provide Property Tax Relief for Families

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Proposals Eliminate Abuses, Establish More Equitable Funding for Overlooked Students in Underfunded Districts

In an effort to improve educational opportunities for New Jersey students and provide real property tax relief to overburdened families, New Jersey Senate Republicans released a series of school funding reform proposals as the starting point for discussions on the replacement of the state’s failed school funding system.

New Jersey Senate Republicans released a series of school funding reform proposals as the starting point for discussions on the replacement of the state’s failed school funding system. (©iStock)

“Senate Republicans want to fix the broken school funding formula that has failed too many students and devastated middle-class property taxpayers,” said Kean. “We’re ready to roll up our sleeves to negotiate a funding formula that works, and we’re prepared to come to the table with detailed solutions that we believe will improve educational opportunities statewide and make New Jersey more affordable.”

During his Budget Message last month, Governor Christie challenged the legislative leaders of both parties to join with him to work on a new funding formula to replace the School Funding Reform Act of 2008 (SFRA).

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Sam Thompson

Allen, Bateman, Thompson Bills to Reduce Food Waste Advanced by Senate Panel

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A trio of bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington), Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon) and Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Ocean, Monmouth) aimed at reducing waste by encouraging more donation and recycling of food were advanced by the Senate Environment Committee.

Bills sponsored Sen. Diane Allen, Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Sam Thompson would help reduce food waste. (Flickr)

“Unfortunately, there are still many in New Jersey that struggle to find the next meal for their families,” Senator Allen said. “We hope that by cutting back on waste at our schools and other institutions we can get more food to people who need it.”

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Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho/Doherty/Thompson Statement on First School Funding Hearing

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Senate Republicans Steven Oroho, Mike Doherty and Sam Thompson issued the following statement on the first meeting of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness. As committee members, the senators are working on a bipartisan basis to examine the state’s broken school funding system – a major component of New Jersey’s property tax crisis.

As members of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness, Sens. Steven Oroho, Mike Doherty and Sam Thompson will work on a bipartisan basis to fix New Jersey’s broken school funding system. (©iStock)

“This committee to examine school funding reform was created on a bipartisan basis, and I am encouraged by the fact that we seem to share a common goal,” Senator Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset) said. I’ve had a constitutional amendment in since 2011 to make school funding as equitable as possible. I’ve been in this fight to restore fairness to school funding and provide property tax relief to residents for years. Our taxpayers and our children deserve no less.”

“Our flawed school funding formula creates inequities that hurt students and taxpayers alike,” Senator Steven Oroho (R–Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “I am hopeful that this committee will not limit itself to making slight adjustments to the current formula or just look to throw more money at the problem when we already spend near the top nationally in state aid per pupil. We simply cannot address high property taxes without enacting more comprehensive school funding reform.”

“Finding solutions to fix New Jersey’s inequitable school aid formula is critical to easing the property tax burden for our residents, especially those who reside in one of the many woefully underfunded school districts in suburban and rural communities throughout the state,” Senator Thompson (R-Middlesex, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington) said. “I am committed to working diligently with my fellow committee members to finally deliver long-awaited and much needed school funding reform.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson Supports Electronic Publication of Legal Notices

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Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) issued the following statement after voting in support of S-2855, the “Electronic Publication of Legal Notices Act,” in the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee:

Sen. Sam Thompson voted in committee to allow the free electronic publication of legal notices as an alternative to paid postings in newspapers. (SenateNJ.com)

“We can maintain government transparency and save property taxpayers’ money by allowing for free Internet postings of legal notices on town and county websites to replace paid newspaper publication requirements,” said Thompson. “I have never once read a published legal notice in a newspaper, and I’m willing to bet that most New Jerseyans haven’t either. It’s an archaic requirement that must be updated for the Internet age.”

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Advanced: Thompson Bill to Study Trends, Opportunity for New Jersey Business

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Sam Thompson (R-Middlesex, Burlington, Ocean Monmouth) to promote economic growth by expanding the study of trends and opportunities for business in the state was advanced by the Senate State Government Committee.

Sen. Sam Thompson’s bill to study trends and opportunities for businesses was passed by a Senate Panel. (©iStock)

“This will give us a central collection point for all of this data,” Senator Thompson said. “That will allow us to perform a better analysis of the business climate in the state and find out what we can do to help it.”

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Thompson Bill to Rename a Portion of I-195 After Trooper Killed in Crash Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean) to rename a stretch of I-195 in Upper Freehold Township after Anthony A. Raspa, a New Jersey State Police Trooper killed in the line of duty, was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Trooper Anthony Raspa was killed in the line of duty on May 30, 2015. (NJSP)

“Whether it’s through violence or accidents, police officers risk danger every single day they go to work,” Senator Thompson said. “Trooper Raspa was a dedicated law enforcement officer who was loved by his family and community alike. Sadly, his life was cut short in a tragic accident, but hopefully this recognition of his service will live on for much longer.”

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Thompson Editorial: NJ Voters Deserve Fully Operational Election Oversight Board

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The following editorial by Senator Samuel Thompson (R-12) on the urgent need to fill vacancies on the Election Law Enforcement Commission board and preserve the public’s trust in the political process was published in The Record on August 25, 2016. 

Sen. Thompson’s editorial covers the urgent need to fill ELEC board vacancies and preserve the public’s trust in government and the political process. (iStock)

In just over a year, New Jersey voters will decide who will become the next governor and weigh in on a number of other high-profile state and local elections. Unless swift action is taken, the political organizations and lobbyists who control millions of campaign dollars spent to secure those seats may go unregulated. In turn, those who squander or try to hide donations may never be held accountable for their crimes.

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