Ask the cops to protect the schools for the election, not to walk away
TRENTON — After some New Jersey schools switched to remote learning on Tuesday as a primary daytime safety measure, two lawmakers said they drafted legislation that would change current law to allow police in those buildings s ‘they are used as polling places.
A state law enacted earlier this year prohibits police from voting, to ensure residents — especially members of minorities who might feel more nervous about interactions with police — aren’t discouraged from voting. vote.
MP Gerry Scharfenberger and MP Vicky Flynn, both R-Monmouth, said police should be allowed to protect schools used for elections, as part of a focus on school safety after the massacre in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
“Having law enforcement at the polls is simply a common sense idea that will give voters a level of comfort in uncertain times,” Scharfenberger said. “It becomes even more imperative when we talk about voting booths located in our schools and to suggest otherwise or prevent the police from doing their job is outrageous.”
“There’s no one reason why we shouldn’t make protecting children and our schools the top priority every day,” Flynn said. “We have an obligation to do everything in our power to protect the children of this state. Their safety is paramount, and this legislation is a step in the right direction to ensure that is our primary focus.
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In January, the Legislative Assembly narrowly passed a bill signed by Gov. Phil Murphy that limits police presence within 100 feet of polling places unless they are called there to respond to a incident. The votes were 21–16 in the Senate and 44–29 with one vote to abstain in the Assembly.
Sen. Kristin Corrado, R-Passaic, said the folly of this law is demonstrated with today’s move to remote learning in some schools serving as polling places.
“It’s beyond ridiculous that schools have to decide to stay open with no security present to comply with Governor Murphy’s ill-conceived law,” Corrado said.
“At a time when children have already fallen so far behind due to the pandemic, today has become a wasted day for education in many districts,” she said. “Our school districts should not be forced to choose between more learning loss or putting students and teachers at risk, which is exactly what is happening today. It’s not just stupid, it’s dangerous.
The law aims to prevent harassment and intimidation of voters. In 1981, the Republican National Committee established a National Ballot Security Task Force in New Jersey, in which armed and off-duty police patrolled minority neighborhoods and blocked voters in Newark and Trenton.
Democrats sued in 1982 and a consent decree prevented such activity in the future. It expired in 2017.
Michael Symons is the Statehouse Bureau Chief for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.
If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.
You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.
If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.
Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions on the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:
2022 primary for US House elections in New Jersey
The deadline for submitting applications to appear in the June 7, 2022 primary was Monday, April 4.
Sixty-three candidates met the filing deadline, including 41 Republicans and 22 Democrats, but some petitions were ultimately disqualified because they lacked the required 200 signatures from eligible voters of their political party who reside in the district.
In total, there are 56 candidates: 36 Republicans and 20 Democrats. A few have recently suspended their campaigns but will remain on the ballot.