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 Sam Thompson

Now Law: Thompson Bill to Require Lap & Shoulder Belts on School Buses

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Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation long-sponsored by Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) that will require New Jersey school buses to have lap and shoulder seat belts.

Governor Murphy has signed legislation long-sponsored by Senator Sam Thompson that will require New Jersey school buses to have three-point seat belts. (SenateNJ.com)

“Far too many students’ lives are endangered when a school bus does not have lap and shoulder belts,” Thompson added. “The facts are there: three-point seat belts provide the best protection for students when they are riding the bus to school or a field trip. This law complies with national standards and most importantly, provides our schoolchildren with the equipment to keep them safe.”

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Senate Approves Thompson’s Plan to Improve School Bus Safety

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Measure Requires 3-Point Seat Belts in New School Buses

Legislation sponsored by Senator Sam Thompson requiring three-point seat belts in new school buses has received final legislative approval from the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Sam Thompson’s legislation requiring three-point seat belts in new school buses has received final legislative approval from the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’ve worked for the past five years to address a glaring safety deficit in the school buses that our children ride every day,” said Thompson (R-12). “When this measure is signed into law, students riding a bus will finally have access to the same lap and shoulder seat belts that we trust to protect them in their family cars.”

Thompson first introduced the legislation, S-233, in 2013 following a pair of school bus accidents in Old Bridge.

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Thompson Says Multi-Day NJMVC Computer Failure Raises Concerns

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If Agency Can’t Handle Core Mission of Issuing Driver’s Licenses, How Can it Be Trusted to Register Voters?

Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) issued the following statement in response to a multi-day computer system outage that has prevented the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) from processing transactions, including driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals:

Sen. Sam Thompson issued the following statement in response to a multi-day computer system outage that has prevented the New Jersey MVC from processing transactions, including driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Last month, Governor Murphy opened the floodgates for voter fraud when he allowed illegal immigrants access to driver’s licenses while simultaneously mandating automatic voter registration at state agencies. That makes today’s news of a multi-day computer failure at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission especially disheartening.

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Thompson Says Murphy’s STEM Loan Forgiveness Program Unlikely to Help NJ Economy Despite Cost to Taxpayers

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New Proposal Comes as Governor Fails to Implement Already Funded Law Creating STEM Fellowship Program

Senator Sam Thompson said a student loan forgiveness program recently announced by Governor Phil Murphy is unlikely to boost New Jersey’s innovation economy despite the cost to taxpayers.

Sen. Sam Thompson said a student loan forgiveness program recently announced by Gov. Phil Murphy is unlikely to boost New Jersey’s innovation economy despite the cost to taxpayers. (Pixabay)

“There are major problems with Governor Murphy’s loan forgiveness plan that ensure it will fail to meet expectations despite significant cost,” said Thompson (R-12). “It’s structured in a way that provides little incentive for recent STEM field graduates who are in high demand nationwide to stay in New Jersey.”

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Thompson Says Action Likely on School Bus Seat Belt Legislation

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New NTSB Report Recommends New Jersey to Require Lap & Shoulder Belts on School Buses

Senator Sam Thompson said action may finally be taken on legislation he sponsors to require all new school buses to be equipped with three-point lap and shoulder seat belts.

Sen. Sam Thompson said action may finally be taken on his legislation requiring all new school buses to be equipped with three-point lap and shoulder seat belts. (SenateNJ.com)

I’ve been trying for four years to pass common-sense legislation to protect students on school buses with three-point seat belts,” said Thompson (R-12). “It appears likely that upcoming legislative hearings on school bus safety will consider my proposal to give kids the same protections on a school bus that they have in their parent’s car. That’s the indication I’ve received from Senate leadership. It’s a welcome development.”

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Thompson Says Democrats’ Plan to Give Driver’s Licenses to Illegals Puts Elections at Risk

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Sen. Sam Thompson (R-12) criticized a plan by Governor Phil Murphy and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, as this legislation coupled with the recently enacted “motor voter” law would put elections at risk. Thompson said this new plan when combined with a mandate for all state agencies to automatically register to vote anyone who makes contact with their offices is a recipe for disaster.

Sen. Sam Thompson criticized Gov. Murphy’s plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, saying it would put elections at risk. (©iStock.com)

“How can we ensure that illegal immigrants will not be automatically registered to vote when they go to the MVC to get the new driver’s licenses?” Thompson asked. “What legitimate safeguards are in place to prevent this from happening? This legislation may make it easier for non-citizens to illegally participate in local, state, and national elections, jeopardizing our free and fair voting process.”

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Thompson Condemns Murphy’s “Motor Voter” Law

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Says New Law Is a Waste of Taxpayer Money and Resources, Will Lead to Voter Fraud

Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) released the following statement in response to Gov. Phil Murphy’s signing of “Motor Voter” legislation that sanctions State agencies to automatically register to vote anyone they come into contact with:

Sen. Sam Thompson released the following statement in response to Gov. Phil Murphy’s signing of “Motor Voter” legislation that sanctions State agencies to automatically register to vote anyone they come into contact with. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy is trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist on the New Jersey taxpayers’ dime. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the New Jersey Division of Elections, 92 percent of eligible voters in the state are already registered and able to vote in elections should they choose to do so.

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Editorial: With NJ’s High Percent of Registered Voters, Access is Not a Problem

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The following editorial by Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) expressing opposition to the automatic voter registration bill, S-481, was published by The Record on April 10, 2018:  

Voting is one of the greatest privileges we have as Americans. The trends in election turnout are disheartening and prove that we need to do more to increase participation. However, there is some good news: data from the U.S. Census and the state Division of Elections shows that up to 92 percent of eligible voters in New Jersey were registered and eligible to vote in recent elections.

In this editorial in The Record, Sen. Sam Thompson says an automatic voter registration bill being pushed by Democrats is a waste of money with 92% of eligible voters already registered. (iStock)

My fellow Republicans in the New Jersey State Senate and I want every law-abiding citizen to vote. Every American should seize the opportunity to have a say in who gets to be their voice in the halls of government.

What we are opposed to, is wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on unnecessary legislation. In a state with the highest property taxes in the country, we simply can’t afford to play political games with the state’s money. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what New Jersey Democrats are trying to do this week. And we need help from New Jersey residents to stop them.

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Thompson, Dancer & Clifton: School Districts Like Chesterfield Shortchanged by Murphy’s Misguided School Funding Plan

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Call for School Funding Reform to Fix Broken Formula

Senator Sam Thompson, Assemblyman Ronald Dancer, and Assemblyman Robert Clifton (R-12) responded to Gov. Phil Murphy’s release of proposed state school aid for 2019, which failed to provide necessary school funding increases for underfunded districts like Chesterfield and Kingsway:

Thompson, Dancer & Clifton responded to Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed state school aid for 2019, which fails to provide necessary funding increases for underfunded districts like Chesterfield. (©iStock)

“Governor Murphy’s budget proposal fails to meet the needs of Chesterfield’s students and teachers,” said Thompson. “This is unacceptable and provides further proof that New Jersey’s school funding formula is critically flawed and in need of reform. While the formula is flawed, the application is even worse, with many school districts such as Jersey City being utterly overfunded.”

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Democrats Block Thompson Amendment to Prevent Voter Fraud

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An effort by Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) to increase penalties for voter fraud was blocked by Senate Democrats today.

An effort by Sen. Sam Thompson to increase penalties for voter fraud was blocked by Senate Democrats. (SenateNJ.com)

“We know that most voter fraud is now related to mail-in ballots,” said Thompson. “If we’re going to increase the number of mail-in ballots as Democrats have proposed, we need stronger penalties to deter people from using these ballots as a vehicle to rig elections. I’m disappointed Senate Democrats blocked my proposed amendment to offer those protections.”

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