By Michael Hayne
Lisa’s Law, a bill aimed to protect victims of domestic abuse, just got ‘traffic studied.’ After a week-long media blitz over possible involvement in the shutdown of the George Washington Bridge, Governor Chris Christie may just want to take shelter.
Governor Christie Veto’s Lisa’s Law.
Bill (A-321) or “Lisa’s Law,” was designed to aid victims of domestic violence. It did so by giving courts the power to order electronic monitoring for certain offenders. Lisa’s Law takes it name from Letizia “Lisa” Zindell of Toms River, NJ. Sadly, Zindell was murdered in 2009 by her former fiancé. Since the murder occurred a day after her fiance’, Frank Frisco Jr., was released from jail for violating a restraining order, the bill was created to prevent that from happening to future victims. Lisa’s Law actually had bi-partisan support, so this appears to be an ‘Angry Chris Christie’ taking his woes out on the State Legislature.
“I’m disappointed and a bit surprised at the Governor’s delay in this bill given that roughly 15-18 other states have instituted similar laws,” said Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington), one of the bill’s sponsors.“However, I’m committed to working together to build consensus so that we can see this law implemented as swiftly as possible. Letizia Zindell’s tragic death shows more must be done to protect victims of domestic abuse from a similar fate.” (PolitickerNJ)
Lisa’s Law has solid bipartisan support.
Lisa’s Law garnered vast support from members of both parties during the vote in the State Legislature. Christie’s conditional veto now means extra work for Attorney General John Hoffman. He will have to conduct an evaluation of the availability of the technology needed to create and implement the monitoring system. Further, he must report back in no more than 120 days. Meanwhile, any potential victim of domestic violence will simply have to wait while Christie screams at bridges.