New Jersey governor vetoes police cam bill

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie turned back a bill that sought to require all police cars in the state to eventually be equipped with dashboard cameras.

Currently, all New Jersey State Police vehicles come equipped with dash cams. However, municipal police vehicles do not.

The governor failed to act on a bill that required all new or used municipal police vehicles that are primarily used for traffic stops to be equipped with cameras. Christie’s decision not to sign or veto the bill effectively killed A4193 via a pocket veto.

Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, D-Gloucester/Camden, said he was “deeply disappointed” the governor failed to act on his bill.

“It’s even more upsetting that the governor chose not to explain his reasoning behind not signing this bill designed to protect New Jerseyans and police officers alike,” Moriarty said in a news release.

Moriarty introduced the bill following his 2012 arrest for drunken driving and other charges. All charges were later dropped after law enforcement reviewed dashboard camera video from the officer’s car.

According to published reports, officer Joseph DiBuonaventura faces 14 criminal charges related to falsifying information about the July 2012 traffic stop. He was suspended without pay from the Washington Township Police Department.

Moriarty said he’s grateful that a camera provided a visual record of his traffic stop.

“Gov. Christie’s inaction means New Jerseyans and police officers remain unnecessarily at risk of being falsely prosecuted. That’s just not acceptable in this day and age.”

Moriarty said he will reintroduce the bill and continue to push for it to become law.

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