TRENTON - As the legislative delegation leading the fight to stop New Jersey from becoming a sanctuary state, Senator Chris Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove railed against Governor Murphy for signing legislation (A-5610) into law that appropriates $3.1 million to pay the legal costs for illegal aliens facing detention or deportation.
“Leave it to Trenton: New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation and school districts are seeing sharp funding cuts and yet, Trenton manages to find millions of dollars – taxpayer dollars – to pay the legal costs of illegal aliens facing detention or deportation.
“What is especially outrageous, is the fact that the $3.1 million Trenton wants to give illegal aliens for legal assistance is actually an increase. It’s $1 million more than the $2.1 million taxpayers paid last year.
“The rule of law is being replaced by a new political doctrine: reward people for breaking the law. Law-abiding, taxpaying citizens are being disenfranchised and sold out by politicians who, unabashedly, want New Jersey to be designated as a sanctuary state, no matter the cost.
“First it was in-state tuition and college tuition assistance for illegal aliens. Now it’s taxpayer-paid legal services. Next, it will be driver’s licenses for illegal aliens, to which our delegation is also unalterably opposed.
“These extreme sanctuary state policies are indefensible, and are going to have severe consequences for our state. It’s unconscionable to ask taxpayers to pay for irresponsible decisions made by policymakers who are racing to make New Jersey the California of the East Coast.”
To represent the interests of their constituency, the 9th District delegation launched an online petition to express opposition to establishing New Jersey as a sanctuary state. The petition can be found online at https://www.senatenj.com/sanctuarystate/.
To date, more than 21,000 people have signed the petition.