Hunterdon County Board of Commissioners Director John E. Lanza pointed to Sen. Kip Bateman’s leadership in gaining enactment of the anti-hazing law, named for the late Timothy Piazza of Readington Township, as one of his major legislative achievements, when the commissioners recognized and lauded the retiring senator’s long public service career.
The recognition came during the board’s reorganization meeting on Jan. 4.
Lanza, in presenting a proclamation honoring the senator, stated, “Kip Bateman has been a great friend of Hunterdon County. He has been a fighter to preserve the environment and, over the course of his long service, has earned the respect of both his Republican and Democratic colleagues in the legislature.”
The proclamation said that in addition to the Timothy Piazza law, Bateman had sponsored laws that supported the environment and clean water, provided funding for the preservation of open space and farmland throughout the state, and reduced auto insurance premium costs.
Bateman has represented the people of Raritan Township, Readington, Flemington, Delaware Township and Stockton, as senator in District 16, since 2012. Bateman said he was humbled by the recognition from the Board of Commissioners and stated, “One of our proudest achievements for Hunterdon County was stopping the PennEast pipeline and protecting farms and property owners rights.”