UNION – District 20 legislative candidates Charles Donnelly and Christopher Hackett are calling on their opponents, incumbent Assemblyman Joe Cryan and incumbent Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, to sign Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon’s online petition to eliminate the Red Light Camera program in New Jersey.
Hackett recently accused Cryan of putting the lives of New Jersey drivers on the line in exchange for campaign donations from the red light camera companies.
“If Joe Cryan sincerely cares about the drivers in New Jersey instead of lining his pockets from one of the camera companies,” Hackett pressed, “he will sign this petition and help push for the elimination of these cameras in the near future. When you allow companies to either take a share of the profits from tickets, or get greater revenue the more tickets given, it opens the door for massive abuses that put people’s lives at risk.”
“Assemblyman Cryan’s job, as our representative, is to make sure that corporations taking advantage like this don’t happen, not help to propel them forward,” Hackett added.
Donnelly and Hackett are both from Union Township, which itself contains four red light cameras. Union County as a whole contains 12. Cryan is the Democratic chairman in the Democrat-controlled Union Township, which Hackett has said is more than simply a coincidence.
“All of the cameras [in Union] were installed in 2011, about a year after Assemblyman Cryan took a nice contribution from Redflex Traffic Systems,” Hackett mentioned in a letter to The Star Ledger and NJTODAY.NET.
Donnelly and Hackett thanked O’Scanlon for his hard work in fighting the cameras and abuse to the yellow light timings that has ensued since their installation.
“Without Assemblyman O’Scanlon’s hard work and putting this petition together, there is a chance nobody would be talking about these cameras today, and they would have gotten away with this,” said Donnelly.
“I applaud candidates’ Hackett and Donnelly calling for their opponents to sign the petition and pledge to join the fight against these ATMs (automatic taxing machines)”, said O’Scanlon. “We have proven that this entire program is about taking our money and giving it to the governments and companies running this scam – and has nothing to do with safety.”
“If you simply use proper engineering standards to lengthen yellow lights you would eliminate the huge majority of infractions – and make our intersections safer at the same time”, said O’Scanlon. “But the goal of these systems isn’t safety, the goal is to take as much of our money as they can get away with. I would welcome Assemblyman Cryan and Assemblywoman Quijano’s joining the fight against this government sanctioned theft from their constituents.”
Legislative District 20 includes Elizabeth, Union, Roselle and Hillside.
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