New Jersey Republicans Criticize Democrats For Inaction on Crime As Legislators Remain on Summer Vacation

New Jersey Senate Republican Leader Anthony Bucco and Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio are criticizing the state Legislature whom they say is dragging its feet on reforms while crime continues to rise across the state and be a major concern for residents.

“We’ve had years now to examine the pre-trial release policy to see what’s working and what’s not,” Bucco said in a statement.

“Whether it’s repeat offenders like car thieves or child predators walking the street, it’s obvious that we have loopholes in the system that must be closed. This is just another example of the numerous issues that need to be addressed,” he added.

The state Legislature has been on break since July 1st and is no expected to return anytime soon.

According to the pair, crime rates in the state remain higher than pre-pandemic levels.

The Murphy administration claims they are falling, but has not provided the usual uniform crime reports by the State Police.

he last detailed report was published in 2016 and only spreadsheets were provided through 2020.

“The Democrat-controlled Legislature is on break, but the issues that impact everyday New Jerseyans aren’t,” DiMaio added.

“I have called for a special voting session, as has Senator Bucco, to pass bills that will help and protect our residents. We have work to do. But those appeals have fallen on deaf, Democrat ears.”

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