Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove remain unalterably opposed to two bills recently considered by the Legislature that would give tuition aid to prisoners and voting rights to persons on parole or probation.
Sen. Connors, Asm. Rumpf and Asw. Gove remain unalterably opposed to legislation that would provide tuition aid to prisoners and voting rights to persons on parole or probation. (SenateNJ.com)
“Too many law-abiding New Jerseyans can’t afford to pay their taxes and don’t qualify for state assistance programs. Despite this, Trenton’s latest stunt is to force those struggling taxpayers to pay for the expense of giving tuition aid and voting rights to convicted criminals.
“Shouldn’t law-abiding citizens be considered as more deserving of tuition aid to help pay for the increasing costs of college? Do we really want to give convicted criminals who are on parole or probation for breaking the law the opportunity to influence with their votes public policies that might make our communities less safe? These are very serious questions to consider.
“While completely misguided and an affront to all law-abiding taxpayers, these proposals are on par with the other extreme policies that have been advanced by this administration, including sanctuary state policies that provide illegal aliens with in-state tuition and taxpayer-funded legal assistance for illegal aliens who are facing deportation.
“Taxpayers can’t afford and shouldn’t be forced to pick up the costs of giving more government benefits to criminals who do not want to face the consequences of their actions. To do so only gives residents and businesses more incentive to flee New Jersey to another state with far less extreme policies and a lower cost of living.”
On November 25, the Assembly passed A-5823 which would remove the prohibition on voting by persons who are on parole or probation due to a conviction for an indictable offense under any federal or State laws. The Assembly also passed S-2055, which would eliminate the statutory provision prohibiting certain persons who are incarcerated from receiving State student grants and scholarships. Connors, Rumpf and Gove voted “no” when the measures were presented on the floors of their respective houses.
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