TRENTON – The recent killings of law enforcement officials in Texas and Colorado has prompted New Jersey’s top Assembly Republican to call for the reinstatement of the death penalty in the Garden State.
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, (R-21), called Tuesday for the need to bring back the death penalty that was repealed in 2007.
Bramnick said the recent shooting deaths of a Colorado prison official and two Texan district attorneys spurred interest in bringing back capital punishment.
“The recent heinous killings of law enforcement officials make it clear that New Jersey must reconsider its position on the death penalty,” Bramnick said in a statement.
“The death penalty is the appropriate form of punishment for those who act with such a callous and blatant disregard for life,” he said.
“Those in law enforcement are protecting and serving the public, risking their lives each day. We must make every effort to ensure those who are responsible for taking their life face the appropriate and most severe penalty under the law.”
In 2011, fellow Republican lawmaker Sen. Robert Singer, (R-30), Lakewood introduced a bill to reinstate the death penalty following the slaying of a police officer in his district.
That effort did not succeed.
Similarly, A328 and A1032, also introduced by Republicans, would restore the death penalty for certain offenses.
The death penalty in New Jersey was abolished under Gov. Jon Corzine.