Sen. Christopher J. Connors, Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove and Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf of the 9th Legislative District have started an online petition in opposition to pending state legislation that would allow New Jersey to issue driver’s licenses to persons who are, the delegation noted, “unable to prove lawful presence in the United States.”
Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), a sponsor of the bill, pointed out that if noncitizens are driving without a license, insurance or registration, “it creates a hazard on the road. If you get in an accident with them, the damage may not be covered. This will improve roadway safety, be good for the economy and allow undocumented residents to support themselves and their families.”
The 9th District lawmakers, though, said in a joint statement that they are against what they see as an attempt “to firmly establish New Jersey as a sanctuary state.
“Our new online petition will give New Jersey residents a stronger voice on this issue while demonstrating to Trenton the level of intense opposition to rewarding persons who are in our country illegally at the expense of taxpaying citizens.”