TRENTON – Senator Ray Lesniak, sponsor of S-171/2471, the bill that would eliminate the death penalty in New Jersey and replace it with life in prison without parole, made the following statement today as Governor Jon Corzine signed the bill into law:
“In 1982, I voted to reinstate the death penalty in New Jersey. Today, I’d like to thank some folks who helped correct that mistake.
“First, I want to thank Senator Martin and his Republican colleagues, Senators Allen, Palaia and McCullough, for their support, along with Assemblymen Bateman, Blee and Rumpf. It’s not often we vote our conscience in the Legislature. We should do it more often.