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Senator Samuel Thompson

Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson to Introduce Legislation Requiring Lap/Shoulder Seat Belts in New School Buses

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Citing Recent Old Bridge School Bus Crashes, Thompson Says Measure Would Offer Increased Child Safety

Senator Sam Thompson said that recent school bus accidents in Old Bridge, including a crash in which several children were injured, has prompted his introduction of legislation to make school buses safer. The bill, which is being drafted, would require all new school buses to include three-point lap and shoulder seat belts.

Tow trucks hoist a flipped school bus following an accident on Rt. 9 on January 10, 2013. (NJ.com)

“Parents put their children in infant seats and booster seats to make sure they’re protected in their own cars, but when they send a child onto a school bus, all the child has is a lap belt to keep them safe from harm,” said Thompson. “Parents shouldn’t have to give up the expectation of safety when their children board a bus for a daily ride to school.”

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Thompson, Dancer, Clifton Announce $2.15M in Local Transportation Grants

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Sen. Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton (all R-Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex) have announced the towns in Legislative District 12 that are receiving Municipal Aid Grants and Transportation Enhancement Program Awards for Fiscal Year 2013.

The programs are administered by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and include improvement projects such as resurfacing roads or improving signalization. Transportation Enhancement (TE) projects are designed to protect environmental resources and to promote alternative modes of transportation. Funds are available for the design, right of way acquisition and construction of identified roadways.

“Assessing and upgrading the condition of a town’s local roads can be just as important as making improvements to major highways,” said Thompson. “Keeping vigilant about what areas need repair is a vital part of the services provided by a municipality. Driver safety and protecting our environmental resources are key responsibilities for a town and the funds awarded under these programs go a long way in achieving these purposes.”

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Jersey Shore Republican Senators Urge House Approval of Remaining Sandy Aid

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With the U.S. House of Representatives poised to vote on $51 billion in disaster aid for Sandy recovery and relief, Senators Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth), Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth), Robert Singer (R- Ocean), Jim Holzapfel (R- Ocean), Chris Connors (R- Ocean), and Sam Thompson (R- Ocean) issued the following statement urging passage of funding package:

Prior to Sandy, the federal government has never hesitated in stepping up with financial assistance to communities and states devastated by natural disasters. Even in an era of intense partisanship, victims of Hurricane Sandy should be treated no differently. They are Americans like everyone else.

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Monmouth County Legislators Express Outrage at Lack of Action on Federal Sandy Aid Bill

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Senate and Assembly Republican legislators representing Monmouth County municipalities devastated by Superstorm Sandy issued the statement below in response to the House of Representative’ failure to take action on a $60.4B Sandy aid package. They include Senators Joseph Kyrillos, Jennifer Beck, Sam Thompson and Robert Singer; Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini, Caroline Casagrande and Amy Handlin, and Assemblymen Declan O’Scanlon, David Rible, Sean Kean, Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton:

“We are appalled at the House of Representatives’ decision to not take action on the Sandy aid package that is so vital to our recovery efforts. Residents and businesses at the Jersey Shore are in dire need of assistance as they try to recover from this historic and unprecedented storm which has adversely affected so many lives.

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Thompson, Dancer & Clifton Announce DEP Grants for Recycling

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The Legislative District 12 Republican team of Sen. Sam Thompson, and Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton, who represent parts of Middlesex, Ocean, Burlington and Monmouth counties, are pleased to announce the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is issuing grants totaling over $200,000 to the 14 municipalities in their district for recycling projects.

“In New Jersey, recycling pays for residents and taxpayers,” said Thompson. “These grant dollars are welcome revenue to municipalities and encourage local officials to step up their efforts to promote recycling and enforce compliance.”

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Thompson Troubled by Atlantic City Councilman’s Sad Attempt to Deflect From Car Buys

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Senator Sam Thompson, R-12, responded to disconcerting comments by an Atlantic City councilman attempting to deflect from the city’s brazen vehicle purchases for part-time elected officials.

In a Saturday article by The Press of Atlantic City, Councilman Marty Small had the following to say about Senator Thompson and the Senator’s stance against those car buys:

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Thompson Slams Atlantic City’s Car Buy, Will Introduce Bill Banning City-Issued Vehicles for Part-Timers

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Senator Sam Thompson, R-12, issued the following response to media reports of Atlantic City spending more than $65,000 to buy cars for three council members against the advice of the city’s state fiscal monitors:

“Atlantic City Council’s brazen abuse of tax dollars to buy cars for part-time elected officials — in these economic times and as the city faces rising obligatory expenses — reflects why it is one of the few municipalities in New Jersey where each financial move must be monitored by state supervisors. After all, these are locally elected officials whose public duties, I would assume, rarely take them out of town.

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Statement from Sen. Thompson on Anti-Semitic Graffiti in Manalapan

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Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) issued the following statement condemning those who posted anti-Semitic graffiti in a neighborhood in Manalapan several days ago:

“This demonstration of hate, meant to harass, threaten and intimidate some of our neighbors for their religious beliefs, has absolutely no place in our community,” said Thompson. “I sincerely hope that the misguided individuals who posted this graffiti are identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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Thompson, Dancer & Clifton Applaud Preservation of 1,900-Acre Princeton Nurseries Property

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1,900 Acres in Monmouth, Mercer & Burlington Counties Will Be Preserved for Farming, Wildlife Habitat, Parks & Greenways

The 12th District Delegation, Sen. Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Ronald S. Dancer and Rob Clifton, hailed the deal announced today by the Christie Administration to preserve the 1,900-acre Princeton Nurseries tract in Monmouth, Mercer and Burlington Counties.

“I applaud the Governor for his commitment to preserving the Princeton Nurseries property and his effort to coordinate the purchase among so many stakeholders,” Sen. Sam Thompson, R-Middlesex, Burlington, Monmouth, and Ocean said. “It should be clear to all that the preservation of important lands for future generations remains a top priority at all levels of government in New Jersey.”

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Thompson, Dancer & Clifton Welcome DCF Grant for Chesterfield Homeless Facility

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Sen. Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton, who represent parts of Middlesex, Ocean, Burlington and Monmouth counties, today said a nearly $25,000 Department of Children and Families (DCF) grant for a facility that provides housing for homeless young men in Chesterfield reaffirms the administration’s commitment to assisting the state’s most vulnerable populations.

“No excuses: our children and family centers must be able to serve their primary function of sheltering residents,” Thompson said. “We’re happy to announce an improved heating and cooling system for this home in Chesterfield, as the well-being and safety of women, children and families remain a top priority for me and this administration.”

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