Current law already prohibits texting or talking without a hands-free device. The new legislation is broader and would bar "any activity unrelated to the actual operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle."
He introduced the measure seven months ago, but he has yet to bring it up for a vote in a committee he leads. It also never came up for a vote in the two previous legislative sessions in which he introduced similar bills.
Wisniewski said he was surprised by the reaction to the legislation. He said the outcry against the bill has been so strong that his inbox has filled up even more than when he proposed a 25-cent-per-gallon increase in the gas tax.
Wisniewski said when he introduced the bill before, people worried he was trying to stop them from eating sandwiches while driving.
"It was the 'ham sandwich bill' last time," he said. "Now it's coffee."
Governor Chris Christie on WFAN this morning in New York: "Go ahead and pass that, I'll veto it. Because my job is to protect NJ from stupid."
Great Gov - then get the texting epidemic we have in New Jersey under control...
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