TRENTON – Senate President Richard J. Codey (D-Essex) applauded the Assembly Judiciary Committee for approving bills S1979/A3905 and S1978/A4096, paving the way for final passage of legislation that will give New Jersey some of the toughest tools in the nation to crack down on the growing threat of Internet predators.
“I applaud the Assembly for going at this threat with the same tenacity that the Senate has employed,” said Sen. Codey. “Every day we see reports on television of sick people taking advantage of the Internet to prey on our children. The time has come to pull the plug on these criminals.
“The best way to protect our kids is to educate them, stay on top of their Internet activity, and turn these bills into law. We can either leave it to Dateline NBC to try and protect our kids or we can step up to the plate now and provide law enforcement with the tools they need to effectively address this threat.”
The Senate, in March, gave the green light to a package of bills sponsored by Sen. Codey and Sen. John Girgenti (D-Bergen, Passaic) that would provide the state with nearly unparalleled authority to monitor or restrict Internet access by convicted sex offenders and impose severe penalties for those convicted of using the Internet for luring, effectively making New Jersey a national leader in the fight to crack down on online sexual predators.