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Greenwald on Tesla: Christie Needs to Get His Facts Straight & Take Responsibility

March 19, 2014

(TRENTON)-New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) released the following statement Wednesday:

"When it comes to Tesla, Governor Christie needs to get his facts straight. Rather than take responsibility for his own administration's decision to shut down Tesla, he chose to point fingers and evade accountability. These town hall antics reek of hypocrisy.

"The governor's comments are a classic example of passing the buck in the face of an unpopular decision instead of accepting responsibility.

"Here are the facts: the Motor Vehicle Commission previously issued Tesla a license to sell cars in New Jersey. Now, MVC is changing their rules so that Tesla will no longer be allowed to operate in New Jersey. This was not an act of the legislature, but rather Governor Christie's administration changing its mind about Tesla.

"Instead of taking responsibility for his administration, Governor Christie instead chose to manufacture a crisis and blame the legislature. Nevertheless, given the importance of this issue, I will work with my colleagues in the legislature to clean up the governor's mess.

"The policy priorities of encouraging innovation, promoting environmental protection, and accommodating consumer concerns are of paramount importance. I have met with both sides of this issue, and I look forward to working collaboratively to find a solution, rather than finger-pointing in an effort to score political points."

Greenwald: Christie Must Denounce Billionaire Backer's 'Outrageous' Nazi Reference

March 18, 2014

(TRENTON) - New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) released the following statement Tuesday after Politico reported that Home Depot co-founder and top Gov. Chris Christie backer, billionaire Ken Langone, compared efforts to promote economic fairness to "what Hitler was saying in Germany" in 1933:

"Mr. Langone's incredibly offensive and clueless remarks minimize the human tragedy of the Holocaust in an attempt to serve his own political agenda. Such remarks are outrageous and disgusting. I call on Gov. Christie to join me in unequivocally condemning these remarks, which have no place in responsible public discourse.

"It's no secret that growing income inequality and an eroding middle-class are serious problems facing our country. These serious issues demand serious conversations toward solutions that promote social mobility and economic growth for all Americans.

"But while America has had fierce debates on how to solve these problems, there is no comparison to the systematic, government-run persecution and genocide perpetrated by Hitler and the Nazi regime. Such a comparison is beyond offensive. Gov. Christie should join me in condemning these remarks immediately."

Greenwald: National Law Enforcement Leaders Have Supported High-Capacity Magazine Ban to Reduce Gun Violence

March 13, 2014

Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) pushed for passage of his bill, A-2006, Thursday, which promotes public safety and reduces gun violence by limiting ammunition magazines to ten rounds. Greenwald noted that cracking down on high-capacity magazines is critical to reducing gun violence and noted that national law enforcement leaders have supported banning high-capacity magazines.

"A ten-round magazine limit is a reasonable measure that will save lives, reduce gun violence, and protect our communities from senseless tragedy," said Greenwald. "A ten-round limit has drawn wide support from national law enforcement leaders because they know it is a balanced, common-sense approach that will save lives while respecting lawful gun owners' Second Amendment rights."

Numerous national law enforcement leaders have long expressed support for banning high-capacity magazines, including:

Jim Johnson, Baltimore Police Chief & Chair of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence

High-capacity magazines are the deadliest of gun cartridges. They come in cases of 30, 40, 60 and even 120 rounds...[Baltimore County Police Chief Jim] Johnson, the Chair of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, wants to limit them to a capacity of 10 rounds.

The fewer the bullets, the more often the shooter has to stop firing, eject the empty cartridge and load another one.

A lot can happen in the window of time it takes to reload, Johnson said.

Greenwald, Quijano, Eustace, Johnson & Jasey Bill Banning High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines in NJ Clears Assembly Panel

March 13, 2014

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Lou Greenwald, Annette Quijano, Albert Coutinho, Tim Eustace, Gordon Johnson and Mila Jasey to ban the sale of high-capacity magazines capable of carrying more than 10 rounds in New Jersey was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.

"High-capacity magazines have only one purpose - to inflict the most damage possible in the shortest amount of time," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington), who has long pushed for the bill. "We've made a commitment to these parents make public safety a priority and ban these magazines that have fueled horrible shootings throughout this country. We owe it to the children lost in Newtown and the countless other victims to ensure we do everything we can to prevent another tragedy. With this bill, we continue to respect law-abiding gun owners, but make it more difficult for those who are intent on hurting others. That's common sense."

Under current law, magazines capable of holding a maximum of 15 rounds of ammunition are legal in New Jersey. The bill (A-2006) would reduce the lawful maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds. The limit proposed by the bill would bring New Jersey's laws in line with the magazine limits contained in the original 1994 assault weapons ban.
The bill has been part of the Assembly Democratic gun violence prevention effort.

McKeon, Prieto & Greenwald Bill to Create Statewide Gun Buyback Program Clears Assembly Panel

March 10, 2014

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris), Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) and Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) to create a statewide gun buyback program to cut back on the number of firearms out in communities throughout the state was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

"Gun violence claims lives everyday. In some communities, it is an-all too common reality," said McKeon. "We realize a gun buyback program alone will not eliminate gun violence, but it can help enhance public safety by reducing the number of firearms in circulation."

The bill (A-2895) would require the Attorney General to establish a statewide gun buyback program that would allow New Jersey citizens to voluntarily and anonymously surrender firearms and weapons in their possession in exchange for a monetary reward. The form of the reward, such as cash or debit card, would be determined by the Attorney General.

"A gun in the hands of a violent or disturbed individual is a bad combination," said Prieto. "This can help keep guns from falling into the wrong hands by creating a controlled environment where individuals looking to get rid of their weapons can do so safely and anonymously."

"A gun buyback program is not the be-all and end-all solution to gun violence, but it can help make a dent by giving people the option to safely discard their weapons," said Greenwald. "Anything we can do to reduce the number of guns in our communities is a worthwhile pursuit."