Connors hopes Lunsford passes, becomes law

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State Sen. Christopher J. Connors State Sen. Christopher J. Connors

GALLOWAY – A Jessica Lunsford Act passed by the state Senate is scheduled for a General Assembly vote today, Thursday, Feb. 21 – with one omission: there would be no penalty for harboring or providing save haven for a sex offender.

Sen. Christopher J. Connors, N.J.-9, told The Current Wednesday, Feb. 20 that the bills are almost identical.

“The only difference is that anyone who knowingly harbors would not be subject to a penalty or fine,” Connors said.

He said he expects the bill to pass almost unanimously, as it did in the Senate.

“We’ll obviously support it,” he said – meaning that 9th District Assembly members DiAnne C. Gove and Brian E. Rumpf would vote for it.

“The trouble is, then it goes back to a Senate committee,” Connors said. “It adds time. I’ve seen bills go back and forth and never reach the governor’s desk. I hope this doesn’t get ping-ponged. “

The 9th District legislative team has become more involved since the district became host to Galloway, where the council has strongly advocated for the enactment of more forceful state sex offender laws.

“As cosponsors and strong supporters of the Jessica Lunsford Act, our delegation has a long standing track record of working with proactive constituents, to strengthen New Jersey’s sex offender laws to more effectively safeguard our children and communities,” the district legislators said in a statement to residents.

“Moving forward, our delegation will continue to advocate for the enactment of the strongest possible version of the Jessica Lunsford Act,” the statement goes on. “Given your active interest in this issue, you will want to know that important information regarding New Jersey’s sex offender laws has been prepared by the State’s Attorney General’s Office and made available online at the following link:”

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