Police Body Camera Directive Raises Concern

NEWARK – "The Attorney General directive released today on police use of body cameras falls short of what’s needed to create police accountability in New Jersey. While it contains some important safeguards, it fails to address those very concerns that have triggered the public’s desire for body cameras in the first place,” said Udi Ofer, Executive Director of the ACLU of New Jersey. More »

NJ Wrong to Defend Taxpayer Grants to Yeshiva, Seminary

NEWARK – The ACLU of New Jersey, the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State submitted written arguments challenging New Jersey’s rationale for awarding more than $11 million in taxpayer funds to two higher education institutions dedicated to religious training and instruction. NJ Attorney General John Hoffman defended the state grants to the Lakewood Yeshiva Beth Medrash Gohova and the Princeton Theological Seminary in a brief dated June 10, 2015, in the lawsuit ACLU-NJ v. Hendricks. More »

As Governor, Candidate Christie Earned Low Marks

As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie prepares to announce his candidacy for president of the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) reissued its report card on his first term in office. Christie earned a grade of D+ for his record on civil liberties and civil rights. “As Americans begin to consider candidates for the presidency, it is vitally important that they are informed about their candidates’ records on constitutional rights and freedoms,” said ACLU-NJ Executive Director Udi Ofer. “Governor Christie’s record on civil liberties and civil rights has been a poor one.” More »

Port Authority Now Covered by Open Records Law

Governor Chris Christie late Monday signed legislation that for the first time requires the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey be subject to the New York Freedom of Information Law and the New Jersey Open Public Records Act. Christie signed the Senate concurrence of conditional vetoes he made in the original legislation, S2183/A3350. Christie’s signature comes six months after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed companion legislation, and it was necessary for the law to take effect. More »

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