Officially referred to as the “lame-duck session,” the eight-week period following legislative elections, is usually a chaotic time in Trenton, as lawmakers, especially those leaving office pass a flurry of bills with little oversight and almost no electoral consequences.
On Monday, among the 129 bills introduced on the Assembly side of the aisle, was a resolution sponsored by Assemblyman Sean Kean (R-Wall), which condemns the October 7th terror attacks by Hamas against Israel and reaffirms the state’s “commitment and support of Israel and Jewish people.”
Another resolution, sponsored by Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips (R-Wyckoff), likewise condemns Hamas and also explicitly supports Israel’s right to exist.
In addition to those two pro-Israel resolutions, a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank was introduced by Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer (D-Montgomery).
Jaffer, who is one of the most progressive members of the New Jersey Legislature, was the first Muslim woman to serve a mayor in the United States when she was elected mayor of Montgomery Township in 2019. She will be leaving the Legislature after the current session ends, after declining to run for re-election this year.
Jaffer also spoke at a rally on Monday outside the Statehouse, where dozens of people demanded a cease-fire.
It is not yet clear if, or when, any of the resolutions will receive a vote on the floor of the Assembly.