Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, the lead sponsor of a comprehensive package of bills to boost transgender rights, including two new laws signed last week, issued the following statement Wednesday on President Trump’s decision to reinstate the military’s ban on transgender individuals:
“This move is completely unjustifiable and likely just meant to be a distraction from all the scandals and failures plaguing the Trump administration, which makes it all the more mean-spirited.
“Only days ago we were celebrating the passage of two key pieces of legislation to create a more inclusive and non-discriminatory environment for transgender residents in New Jersey – legislation that was even signed and backed by Gov. Christie.
“Just when we thought we were one step ahead, Donald Trump just put us two steps back,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen).