New Jersey's 12th Legislative District

Senator Samuel Thompson

  • 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.

  • Try the Sick Leave Reform Calculator for your town to find out how much property tax relief you could receive.

Senator Sam Thompson

Video: Thompson Breaks Down Need for Legislative Select Committee to Investigate Abuses in Newark

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

In the following video, Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) breaks down the need for the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation to look into serious abuses of government power in Newark that were uncovered by the State Comptroller.

Click here to view the video.

Thompson and Senator Ron Rice (D-28) have launched a petition at http://senatenj.com/newark to support their bipartisan call for the Select Committee perform this inquiry.

Continue Reading…

Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson Op-Ed: Activist Judges Need to Be Held Accountable

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

The following op-ed by Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) on the need to hold activist judges accountable was published in the Star-Ledger:

Members of the New Jersey Bar Association and the judiciary have expressed concern over what they see as a threat to judicial independence posed by Gov. Chris Christie and others who criticize “activist” jurists, and the governor’s break with tradition when he declined to nominate two sitting Supreme Court justices for lifetime tenure.

Ralph Lamparello, president of the bar association, was quoted in the April 6 Star-Ledger: “There is a concerted effort among the executive and legislative branches of government to politicize the judicial branch and to subordinate its co-equal status.”

To the contrary — it is the activist judges who long ago eliminated the co-equal status of the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Activist judges have decreed the judiciary is superior to the executive and legislative branches, and they have done so time after time by issuing rulings based not upon what the constitution or statutes clearly state, but rather upon what they believe they should have said.

Continue Reading…

Senator Sam Thompson

Video: Thompson Discusses Abuse of Taxpayer Funds in Newark & Need for ‘Select Committee’ Investigation

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) discussed the waste and abuse of state taxpayer dollars in the Newark watershed on Comcast Newsmakers with host Laura Jones.

Thompson explained why it is important for the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation to look into abuses uncovered by the State Comptroller.

Click here to view the video.

Continue Reading…

Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson, Rice Launch Petition to Prompt ‘Select Committee’ Investigation into Abuses in Newark

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

With the support of legislative Republicans and Democrats, Senators Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean) and Ron Rice (D-Essex) launched an online petition for the people to prompt a “New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation” inquiry into government abuses of power and cover-ups in The City of Newark, including those uncovered by the state Comptroller.

“We reject the notion that one legislator, or a handful of lawmakers, should determine how to use the taxpayer-funded ‘Select Committee’ over the next two years,” Thompson said. “The New Jersey legislature and all of its committees and powers are beholden to the people of this state. Taxpayers all across New Jersey — who give $100 million a year in state tax dollars as well as federal funds to the City of Newark — can now use this petition as an avenue to urge an investigation into abuses and cover-ups in the state’s largest city. Many Senate and Assembly Republicans support this initiative.”

Here is the petition url: http://www.senatenj.com/newark/.

Continue Reading…

Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson, Rice Announce Bipartisan Initiative for ‘Select Committee’ Investigation into Abuses by City of Newark, Booker

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

New Jersey Senators Sam Thompson (R-12) and Ron Rice (D-28) held a joint press conference this morning to announce a bipartisan initiative for the “New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation” to open a full inquiry into government abuses of power and cover-ups in The City of Newark, under its former mayor and now U.S. Senator Cory Booker.

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.

“Senator Rice and I are urging this committee to start this investigation on behalf of taxpayers all across New Jersey who give $100 million a year in state tax dollars as well as federal funds to the state’s largest city,” Thompson said. “The City of Newark has a storied history of government issues and state Comptroller reports from December and this month raise deeply troubling concerns for all New Jerseyans who are now represented in the U.S. Senate by the city’s former mayor. Such abuses have no place in any government and beg many questions as to what other abuses of power and tax dollars or cover-ups were done under Newark’s former mayor Booker and council.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson Urges ‘Select Committee’ Inquiry on Newark’s Abuse of Tax Dollars, in Light of Latest Comptroller Findings

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean) urged the chairman and chairwoman of the “New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation” to open a full inquiry into the City of Newark’s abuse of tax dollars, in light of state Comptroller investigative report released today.

“This Committee is empowered to investigate any matter ‘raising concerns about abuse of government power or an attempt to conceal an abuse of government power’ over the next two years,” said Thompson. “Democrats vowed that this would remain a bipartisan committee. Just as other legislative committees address many different matters during a legislative session, this committee can investigate how New Jersey’s largest city has been wasting billions of dollars from taxpayers all across this state — and potentially covering up such action.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson, Dancer & Clifton Announce Construction Funding for Schools in the 12th Legislative District

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

More than $9 Million in State Money for Regular Operating Districts

Sen. Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton, all R-Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington and Middlesex, announced more than $9 million in state funding for school construction projects in seven school districts in the 12th Legislative District.

“We are confident districts will well-utilize this funding to provide safer, more efficient schools, and the result will be students who are better prepared for future success,” said Thompson. “The grants allow our districts to provide a first-rate education to all students.”

The funding of will support $22,120,278 in construction projects.

Continue Reading…

Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson, Dancer & Clifton Named “Taxpayer Champions”

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senator Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton, all R-Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington and Middlesex, have been named “Taxpayer Champions” by the New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance (NJTA). All three legislators received perfect scores from NJTA which compiled legislators’ votes on seven bills that affect taxpayers and New Jersey’s economy.

The scorecard consisted of votes of support for reforms of business taxes and incentives to create jobs, fighting fraud in the Unemployment Insurance fund and bills to reduce bureaucratic red tape.

“The best interests of our taxpayers must always be our top priority,” said Thompson. “We have worked with the governor to provide property tax relief and to implement pro-business policies in an effort to make New Jersey more affordable. As a result, New Jersey’s economy is on the rebound and people are optimistic about the future.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson: Old Bridge School Among Recipients of $1 Million in Grants to Improve Achievement for Students with Disabilities

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) said that Jonas Salk Middle School in Old Bridge will be a recipient of a portion of $1 million in grants announced by Governor Christie to improve student achievement for students with disabilities in low performing schools.

Through the newly announced grant program, the Jonas Salk Middle School will receive $78,750 to help improve literacy and math skills for students with disabilities.

“Every student in New Jersey, including those with disabilities, deserves the opportunity to receive a good education that will provide them with the skills needed to succeed as adults,” said Thompson. “The grant announced for Jonas Salk Middle School will ensure that the school has the extra resources needed to help students with special needs to obtain those critical skills.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson Announces Bill to Cap Salaries at Local, County Authorities & End Waste

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senator Sam Thompson (R- Middlesex) announced today that he will introduce legislation at the next Senate quorum on Monday to cap the salaries of employees at local sewerage, utilities and county improvement authorities, as well as end other abusive employee perks funded by public dollars.

“This bill will put a muzzle and leash on piggish public employees who think they can fill their gaping maws with the people’s money, because no one knows who they are or what they do,” Thompson said. “Newsflash to them: more and more people are starting to realize that you make excessive incomes and are afforded outlandish perks.”

Continue Reading…

District 12 Guide

Samuel Thompson

Sam's Bio & Public Service

Constituent Services

Sam Can Help You!

Contact Sam

Sam Wants to Hear from You!

Directions

Getting to Sam's Office

District 12

About the Legislative District

Email Updates

Sign Up for Sam's Newsletter

Facebook

Follow Sam's Page

Internships

Students - Get Involved

Legislative Activity

Committees, Bills & Votes

Twitter

Tweet @samthompsonnj

- Proudly Serving Parts of Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean Counties -