MT. HOLLY, N.J. – They refused to act on it before the election. They knew they could lose even more legislative seats over it.
With a rough Election 2019 now behind them, it’s being reported that New Jersey Democrats plan to push legislation (S3229/A4743) through the State House which would legalize New Jersey driver’s licenses for illegal aliens. Democrats want to get it done before the holiday break.
Republican Assemblyman Ryan Peters and GOP Assemblywoman-elect Jean Stanfield – fresh off of an LD8 battleground victory – slammed their Democrat colleagues for lame duck scheme.
“When it comes to securing a valid New Jersey driver’s license, we require residents to provide 6-points of identification to qualify. Given that, how can we turn around and allow someone who isn’t even in this country legally – and may not have any reliable form of identification – to get a license?” asked Assemblywoman-elect Stanfield, who recently retired as Burlington County Sheriff. “This is another case of Governor Murphy’s warped view of ‘fairness’ potentially creating a public safety issue that makes our communities less safe. It’s terrible public policy. Serving as a check on reckless ideas like this coming from Trenton Democrats is one of the reasons I ran and, frankly, one of the reasons Ryan and I won despite being massively outspent.”
Stanfield zeroed in on a particularly horrifying case out Pennsylvania where a fugitive child sex offender was finally captured after two decades on the run from the authorities.
“He was able to get a driver’s license – and consequently a whole new identity – because he went into a DMV at the time and said he didn’t have a birth certificate because he was born on an Indian reservation,” Stanfield added. “We now have a six-point identification program to protect against cases such as that.”
“Governor Murphy said giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants was a ‘no-brainer’ earlier this year,” said Peters, a Navy SEAL. “If that’s true, then why did Democrat legislative leaders try to bury this during the election and now want to sneak it through when fewer people are paying attention? If this is such a ‘no-brainer’ then let’s have this debate in an open, transparent and public way when the new legislature is seated. In fact, I want to call on Senator Addiego to join with Jean and me to publicly oppose the bill and call on the Senate President to hold off until next year. People are sick of cynical, backroom politics, and I’m going to shine a light on it at every turn.”
Addiego and Peters used to be district mates before she betrayed her constituents and switched to the Democrat Party in early 2019.