Death penalty bill could be moved out of Greenstein’s jurisdiction

Proponents of abolishing the death penalty may push to avoid consideration of capital punishment legislation by Assembly Judiciary Committee, according to a source familair with the legislative strategy. Supporters of ending the death penalty are worried that Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein's tenuous hold on her own competitive legislative district — past polling has shown support for the death penalty, especially in blue-collar Hamilton Township — and her fear of tough stands, might make her less likely to support their cause.

Four years ago, legislation creating a Death Penalty Study Commission (which was vetoed by Governor James E. McGreevey) was moved from Greenstein's committee to Peter Barnes' Law and Public Safety panel. But in the last legislative session, a proposal to establish the same commission (signed into law by Governor Richard Codey) was advanced by Greenstein at Judiciary.

Death penalty bill could be moved out of Greenstein’s jurisdiction