On Tuesday, January 31st, we reached out to every New Jersey assemblyman and state senator to talk about the first 30 days of the state’s new bail reform system.
Here are the responses we have received.
This will be updated as more reach out to us.
Those for bail reform…
Senator Robert Singer (R), 30th District – Assemblyman Singer did not reach out to us directly, but last week did introduce a bill to increase funding outside of New Jersey’s 2% tax cap to pay for bail reform.
Senator Steve Sweeney (D), 3rd District – Senator Sweeney did not reach out to us directly, but last week did introduce a bill to increase funding outside of New Jersey’s 2% tax cap to pay for bail reform.
Those against bail reform…
Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R), 23rd District – “Many residents are uneasy – and in some cases outraged – by the dramatic changes to bail proceedings that allow potentially dangerous criminals out of jail for free. Meanwhile, everyday people are held for days with minor infractions, like missing a traffic court date. I opposed and continue to oppose these changes because of the substantial cost on counties and, more importantly, the release of dangerous people with the absence of judicial discretion. This system has already proven to be off to a rocky and questionable start in New Jersey. I look forward to working with my colleagues to make improvements.”
Assemblyman Robert Auth (R), 39th District- “I didn’t vote for it, I would repeal it if I could.”
Assemblyman Ron Dancer (R)
What the NJ governor candidates are saying…
Joseph Rullo – Is against bail reform. Has stated facts and figures supporting his opposition. No direct comment yet.
Kim Guadagno – Guadagno’s name was on the 2014 bail reform ballot referendum – no comment yet
Jack Ciattarelli – no comment yet
Steven Rogers – no comment yet
Legislators, candidates for office, local elected officials and law enforcement entities may contact us with their opinions, letters and statements on bail reform by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.