The 9th District legislative delegation is questioning how the State Legislature can even entertain the notion of letting convicted and imprisoned felons vote in elections and qualify to receive tuition assistance at taxpayer expense.
Connors, Rumpf, and Gove questioned how the NJ Legislature could consider bills that would allow prisoners and convicted felons to influence public policy and provide benefits at the expense of taxpayers who follow the rules. (Pixabay)
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove issued a joint statement following the Democrats’ introduction of two legislative proposals which would direct more taxpayer dollars to convicted felons, at the expense of other needs and services.
One bill (S-2100/A-3456) would remove the existing prohibition on voting by persons who are on parole, probation, or serving a sentence due to a conviction for an indictable offense under any federal or State laws. Another bill (S-2055) would eliminate the statutory provision prohibiting persons who are incarcerated from receiving State student grants and scholarships.
“Too many hardworking, law-abiding people can’t afford to pay their property taxes or college loans, but members of the Legislature want to spend taxpayer dollars so convicted felons can vote and get tuition assistance? Absurd even by Trenton’s standards, these bills give taxpayers even more reason to be irate with their government’s misplaced priorities.
“Do we really want convicts who knowingly broke the law and victimized others in the process to determine public policy, including gun laws, resources for law enforcement, and school security? Felons forfeited these rights reserved for law-abiding citizens by virtue of the crimes they’ve committed.
“Veterans, seniors, teachers, and crime victims are consistently told there isn’t enough funding to increase services they need. Yet, these same people may have to endure watching as the interests of convicted felons, and illegal aliens for that matter, are placed before their own for no other reason than they haven’t broken the law?
“Count on each member of our delegation voting ‘NO’ if and when these proposals are posted for a vote. Hopefully, the situation won’t reach that point as there are far more pressing issues that the people want the Legislature to direct its time and energy on, such as tax relief.”
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