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

Thompson Resolution Honoring 30th Anniversary of NJ-Taiwan “Sister State” Relationship Passes Senate

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Bill Also Commemorates 40th Anniversary of the Federal “Taiwan Relations Act”

Senator Sam Thompson’s resolution to commemorate the robust and enduring relationship between New Jersey and Taiwan has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Sam Thompson’s resolution to commemorate the robust and enduring relationship between New Jersey and Taiwan has passed the State Senate. Pictured: Sen. Thompson at the Taiwanese Yuan Parliament on December 5, 2018. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am proud that the United States, and especially our great state of New Jersey, have maintained a strong and special relationship with Taiwan for decades,” said Thompson (R-12). “Just in 2017, the Garden State exported hundreds of millions of dollars of products to Taiwan, making the island the sixth largest export market for New Jersey in Asia. We must continue to make every effort to sustain this mutually beneficial friendship.”

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Bucco/Thompson Fireplace Safety Measure Now Law

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Senators Anthony Bucco and Sam Thompson sponsor legislation signed into law today creating a statewide license for master hearth professionals.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco and Sen. Sam Thompson to improve fireplace safety was signed into law. (Pixabay)

“This new law is helpful to residents in my legislative district and across the state,” said Bucco (R-25). “It’s an opportunity for skilled hearth professionals to concentrate on their trade and running a business. This legislation grew from strong bipartisan support, and I am pleased it is now law.”

The bill (A3118/S1303) creates statewide licensing for the installation, replacement, connection, and repair of fireplaces and hearth appliances, eliminating licenses issued by individual municipalities and local agencies.

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Thompson Statement on Cash Bribery Voter Fraud Scheme

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Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) released the following statement in response to news of a fifth person implicated in a vote-by-mail bribery scheme in Hoboken:

Senator Sam Thompson released the following statement in response to news of a fifth person implicated in a vote-by-mail bribery scheme in Hoboken. (SenateNJ.com)

“This most recent conviction represents yet another example of the intentional abuse of our vote-by-mail system.

“Our elections and our very democracy will continue to be undermined until we implement better safeguards and deterrents, including stronger penalties like those I have proposed, to combat this type of voter fraud.”

Thompson is a sponsor of S-3184, which would increase penalties for extreme cases of voter fraud to a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The legislation was formally introduced on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.

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Thompson: Elmwood Park Case Proves We Need a Stronger Voter Fraud Deterrent

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Mayor’s Arrest Sheds Light on Urgent Need for Senator’s Bill to Up Penalties for Extreme Voter Fraud

Following news that Elmwood Park Mayor Frank Caramagna has been arrested and charged with election tampering, Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) said that this case serves as yet another example why New Jersey must immediately enact his bill to increase penalties for voter fraud. Caramagna resigned from his position on Sunday and was subsequently arrested on Monday. He won the 2017 election by a narrow margin, with vote-by-mail ballots giving him the edge to win.

Following news that the Mayor of Elmwood Park has been arrested and charged with election tampering, Sen. Sam Thompson said that this case serves as yet another example why New Jersey must immediately enact his bill to increase penalties for voter fraud. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Mayor of Elmwood Park has been charged with fraudulently filling in numerous vote-by-mail ballots to secure a narrow margin of victory on Election Day. It’s as if he walked right into the ballot box and pulled the lever as many times as it took for him win,” Senator Thompson said.

“Anyone who makes such a brazen attempt to undermine the will of the people of New Jersey deserves a punishment that fits the crime. How many more examples do Democrats need to pass my bill to increase penalties and safeguard our elections from voter fraud? Let’s get it done now.”

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Senate Republican Budget Committee Members on State Treasurer & OLS Testimony

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee released the following statement highlighting their concerns after hearing testimony today from OLS and State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio:

Senate Republican members of the Budget Committee react to testimony delivered on April 2, 2019 by OLS and the State Treasurer. (SenateNJ.com)

“When the Governor delivered his budget address, we had serious concerns that he was relying on savings that have yet to be determined, overly-optimistic revenue projections, and accounting gimmicks to disguise New Jersey’s financial problems,” Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24) said. “OLS can’t back up the administration’s revenue projections. Outmigration of income continues to be a major problem, equaling a loss of $3.5 billion, according to the most recent yearly data. A new income tax will only make it worse. This is insanity. There would be no need for any tax increases at all if the governor would come to the table and enact our bipartisan Path to Progress reforms.”

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Thompson Says Voters Who Did Not Receive Requested Mail-in Ballots Should Go to Polls and Vote Provisionally

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Senator Sam Thompson addressed concerns raised by constituents in recent days that they will be unable to cast a vote in the upcoming general election due to mail-in ballots they requested never arriving.

Sen. Sam Thompson says voters who have not received requested mail-in ballots for the upcoming general election should go to their local polling station on Election Day and vote by provisional ballot. (SenateNJ.com)

“My legislative office has been contacted by a number of constituents from Middlesex County who are concerned that their mail-in ballots have not arrived yet for the general election that’s just days away,” said Thompson (R-12). “The Middlesex County Clerk is advising anyone who does not receive their mail-in ballot to go to their local polling station on Election Day and vote by provisional ballot. That’s the best way to ensure that your vote will be counted.”

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As Hoboken Voter Fraud Indictments Pile Up, Thompson Intros Bill to Increase Penalties

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New Bill Would Up Penalties for Extreme Voter Fraud to 2nd-Degree Felony, Punishable by Up to 10 Years in Prison

Just two days after Senator Sam Thompson introduced legislation to increase penalties for voter fraud, the U.S. Attorney General has announced that two more Hudson County residents, including a former Hoboken City Council candidate, were charged on Oct. 31, 2018 with conspiracy to promote a voter bribery scheme by mail.

Just 2 days after Sen. Sam Thompson introduced legislation to increase penalties for voter fraud, two more Hudson County residents were charged with conspiracy to promote a voter bribery scheme by mail. (©iStock)

“To all the naysayers who continue to claim that voter fraud isn’t happening in New Jersey, I implore you: open your eyes,” Senator Thompson (R-12) said. “I hate to say I told you so, but clearly, the current penalties are not strong enough to stop slimy political operatives from stealing votes. Just look at what’s happening in Hudson County. This is an affront to our democracy and it must be stopped.”

Senator Thompson’s bill, S-3184, would increase penalties for extreme cases of voter fraud to a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The legislation was formally introduced on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.

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Thompson to Intro Anti-Voter Fraud Bill in Wake of Hudson County Mail-In Ballot Scandal

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New Bill Would Up Penalties for Extreme Voter Fraud to Second-Degree Felony, Punishable by Up to 10 Years in Prison

Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) today announced plans to introduce legislation to increase penalties for extreme cases of voter fraud, in light of reports that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged a Hoboken woman with paying voters to submit vote by mail applications. 

Sen. Sam Thompson will introduce legislation to up penalties for extreme voter fraud, in light of reports that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged a Hoboken woman with paying voters to submit vote by mail applications. (©iStock)

“Voter fraud is real, it is happening in New Jersey, and we have a duty to do everything in our power to protect the integrity of our electoral process. We will not stand by and allow slick political operatives to disenfranchise voters. Clearly, a stronger deterrent is necessary,” Senator Thompson said. “We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to this threat to our democracy. We must ensure people who commit voter fraud receive a punishment that fits the crime.”

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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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