9th District Delegation Calls Legislation an Affront to Law Enforcement
Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove stand opposed to controversial legislation that would prohibit law enforcement from standing within 100 feet of a polling place or drop box during an election—even if off-duty.
Sen. Christopher Connors, Asm. Brian Rumpf, and Asw. DiAnne Gove oppose controversial legislation that would prohibit law enforcement from standing within 100 feet of a polling place or drop box during an election. (©iStock)
Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove voted against the Assembly version, A-4655, when the legislation was voted on and passed by the Assembly on March 25. Senator Connors intended to vote against the Senate version, S-2923, which was amended on the Senate floor on the same day and remains on Second Reading.
The 9th District Delegation legislators offered the following remarks:
“This bill is a cheap shot at police officers and if enacted would serve to further erode confidence in the state’s election process. It falsely implies that police officers intimidate voters or participate in voter suppression when there is no evidence to suggest anything of the kind.
“If anything, barring police officers from being in proximity to polling places and drop boxes is likely to lead to activities that compromise the integrity of the election process. Bad actors may be more inclined to take advantage of the situation knowing that police officers’ hands are tied by the very laws they’ve sworn an oath to uphold.
“We’ve already seen it in the state with the marijuana legalization law, which essentially prevented police officers from doing their jobs in certain respects by prohibiting them from notifying parents when their kids are caught with pot or alcohol. We recently enacted corrective legislation to fix that, but it never should have reached that point.”
“Making it harder for police officers to carry out their responsibilities will not improve the lives of citizens or improve the state’s election process. Let’s not forget, Governor Murphy prohibited most voters from going to polls this past General Election.
“While his Administration cited COVID concerns as the reason for a primarily all Vote-By-Mail general election, thousands of state residents were forced to stand in long lines for hours that did not allow for social distancing at Motor Vehicle Commission facilities. Somehow, the Administration determined that residents were more likely to contract COVID at a polling site as opposed to standing in line for hours to get a driver’s license renewed.”
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