New bill: Barring candidates from election-year public service announcements

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie would be free to appear in public service announcements, just not ones during an election year.

That’s the crux of a bill introduced by Assemblyman Joe Cryan, (D-20), Union.

A3971 would prohibit the governor and lieutenant governor from appearing in certain announcements and federal- or state-funded advertisements during a gubernatorial election year. The rule would only apply to top executive officials seeking election or re-election.

“The bill’s purpose is to prevent the governor or the lieutenant governor from using certain broadcasts to promote his or her political career, or the election of those with whom he or she is affiliated, during any year in which there is a gubernatorial election,” reads the legislation’s statement.

“The bill would not affect bona fide news stories, emergency announcements or paid political announcements,” it continues.

Violating the proposed rule would result in a fine of up to $10,000.

Other bills of interest introduced this week:

A3983: This bill affects child performers.

A school district would be barred from listing such a child as absent if they are engaged in professional employment in a theatrical production.

The bill requires that a child performer and his parents or guardians work with the teacher provided by the child’s employer and with the child’s school of enrollment to fulfill all applicable educational requirements.

The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, R-12, Cream Ridge.

A3995: This bill involves a high-tech crimefighting innovation that involves placement of so-called gunfire locators on utility poles.

In high-crime neighborhoods, such locator systems use acoustical sensors and global positioning systems to locate gunfire immediately after it is fired and report the incident location to police.

The bill says these systems can pinpoint gunfire within 40 feet and aid police in apprehending criminals.

But sponsors are concerned utility workers will be mistaken for police and be at risk, so the bill would prohibit the installation of these gunfire locators on utility poles.

Sponsors include Assembly members Charles Mainor, D-31, Jersey City; and Angelica Jimenez, D-32, West New York.


New bill: Barring candidates from election-year public service announcements