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Coughlin, Johnson & Wimberly Bill Allowing Judges to Award Community Service in Lieu of Fines for Certain Crimes Continues AdvancingAssembly approved legislation Assembly Democrats Craig J. Coughlin, Gordon M. Johnson and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to allow New Jersey courts to assign community service as penalties for certain crimes in lieu of monetary fines was advanced Monday by a Senate panel.
"Giving judges the extra flexibility to take into account an offender's financial standing before handing down a sentence that includes fines that realistically will never be repaid will save our local legal systems time and money in the long run," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "After all, time is a currency everyone values..."
Johnson on GWB Lane Closure Hearing: No Clear AnswersAssembly Democrat Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) issued the following statement on the testimony received by the Assembly transportation committee on Monday from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive director on the decision by the agency to close without public notice access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September:
"Shutting off access lanes to the George Washington Bridge without warning to the public or emergency services was irresponsible, and outright reckless. It is certain that more than one person was involved in making this decision. Mr. Baroni testified in a previous hearing on the cause of lane shut down. Armed with a large poster board-size graphic, Mr. Baroni sat before us and blamed an ongoing traffic study being conducted at the time as the reason for the closures. However, Mr. Foye today testified he was unaware of a study taking place…"