The abortion debate is thornier than ever, Save Jerseyans, but almost everyone has an opinion. Certainly legislators are expected to analyze the proposals and weigh in. That’s why we elected them.
South Jersey’s most endangered Democrat took a hard pass on Wednesday.
State Senator Fred Madden (D-Washington Township) of LD4 simply didn’t vote on a bill which passed through the Democrat legislature with little trouble; it endeavors to shield New Jersey citizens from other state’s abortion law by prohibiting extradition. Didn’t even abstain. He declined to cast a vote of any kind!
Madden also skipped a vote on a second related bill that aims to prevent New Jersey law enforcement from assisting in out-of-state abortion prosecution investigations.
Electoral politics often trumps principle.
Madden survived a tight reelection contest last year and the new legislative map made his district even more competitive.