TRENTON – State Sen. Robert Singer (R-Ocean) introduced legislation this week that would reinstate the death penalty for those who murder a child, kill a police officer in the line of duty or commit a terrorist attack that results in fatalities.
“I do not support the death penalty out of a need for revenge or due to malice in my heart. Neither do the many individuals I have met who have suffered from heinous crimes,” Singer said. “I support the death penalty because sometimes it is the only way to achieve justice for the victims and families affected by horrible crimes.”
Singer commented on the rise in police shootings this year, including the recent execution-style murder of on-duty Lakewood police officer Christopher Matlosz. Published reports indicate that ten police officers in the United States have been killed by gunfire in the line of duty this year.
“I am well aware that the death penalty will not bring back a slain police officer, a murdered child or a victim of terrorism,” Singer continued. “For certain crimes, however, life in prison is not justice.”
In 2007, Gov. Jon Corzine signed legislation repealing the death penalty, making New Jersey the first state to abolish it since the U.S. Supreme Court restored it in 1976.
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