Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano (D-Union), Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson), Gary Schaer (D-Bergen, Passaic), Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen), Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) and Joe Danielsen (D-Middlesex, Somerset) issued the following joint statement after their bill (A-4743) to expand access to driver’s licenses for New Jersey residents was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy:
“This issue from the very beginning has been a complicated work in progress with many moving parts. Ensuring all eligible New Jersey residents have access to greater independence with a driver’s license or identification card in the wake of Real IDs also posing affordability and access concerns required a keen attention to detail. The main purposes of the law are to ensure safer roads and more insured drivers in New Jersey.
“This law creates a pathway for a New Jersey resident to acquire a driver’s license, register their vehicle and insure their vehicle thus making for safer roads for all. This law does not impact any U.S Citizenship requirements.
“We know this law will change thousands of lives in the Garden State, a state with both urban, suburban and rural communities that require residents to drive a car to get from point A to point B.
“This law has always been, first and foremost, about safety. We’re proud to sponsor it.”