The following is a news release from 16th Legislative District Republicans:
Stressing their collective records of economic growth, fiscal reform and willingness to work across the aisle to move the state forward, Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon announced last week they will run for re-election in the 16th Legislative District covering parts of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset Counties.
The Republican trio said they look forward to running as part of Governor Chris Christie’s team this fall and pledged to run a campaign that actively reaches out to voters across the political spectrum.
“I was proud to work with Governor Christie to pass landmark pension and health benefit reforms that will save taxpayers $120 billion dollars over the next 30 years,” said Senator Bateman, a prominent local attorney and longtime Branchburg resident. “Under the Governor’s leadership, we are finally beginning to reduce the size and cost of government in order to stabilize property taxes. I look forward to working with the Governor and members of the legislature on both sides of the aisle over the next four years to lower taxes, streamline government and continue to grow our economy.”
“On behalf of the citizens of the district and our state, my goal as Assemblyman is to continue to work on various legislation that makes government less expensive and more effective,” said Assemblyman Ciattarelli, a successful small businessman and Hillsborough resident. “I’ve also committed myself to providing citizens with a brand of leadership that is principled, determined, independent of the special interests, and, unlike the gridlock we see in Washington, DC, committed to working in a bi-partisan manner to get things done.”
"During my short time in Trenton, I spearheaded legislation to prohibit government employees from receiving lucrative taxpayer-funded payouts for unused sick time, while leading the charge for additional reform, shared services and municipal consolidation to reduce property taxes,” said Assemblywoman Simon of Readington, who won a special election for the Assembly last November despite President Obama winning the 16th District by eight percentage points. “I am honored to run with both Kip and Jack this fall, and look forward to being a dynamic team for the residents of our represented municipalities in Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex and Mercer counties.”
Bateman, Ciattarelli and Simon have been unanimously endorsed by the Republican County Chairmen in the 16th Legislative District – Somerset County GOP Chairman Al Gaburo, Hunterdon County GOP Chairman Henry Kuhl, Middlesex County GOP Chairman and State Senator Sam Thompson, and Mercer County GOP Chairman Rich Levesque.