Cape May Court House - State Senate Candidate Mike Testa, Jr. (LD-1) issued the following statement after Interim Senator Bob Andrzejczak voted to table an amendment which would increase penalties for voter fraud in New Jersey's elections:
"Once again, Democrat Bob Andrzejczak put the agenda of his liberal party bosses ahead of what is best for his constituents and all citizens of the State of New Jersey by voting to block an amendment that would have increased penalties for those who commit voter fraud," Testa said. "South Jersey can no longer afford a State Senator who pretends to be a Republican at home, but votes 93 percent with Governor Murphy and liberal Trenton Democrats.
Testa said that while Democrats put their heads in the sand, voter fraud is increasingly becoming a threat to our democracy right here in New Jersey.
“We must do everything in our power to protect the integrity of the election process. Clearly, this is not a concern of the Democrats, who continue to believe voter fraud is a myth, despite mounting evidence to the contrary," said Testa, Jr., referring to incidences in the last several years in Elmwood Park, Hoboken, and Middlesex County, to name a few. "If Democrats cared more about honest elections than they do about winning elections, we could confront this issue in a bipartisan way."
Under current New Jersey law, voting violations is a third-degree crime. During yesterday's Senate voting session, Senator Joe Pennacchio introduced an amendment which would increase penalties to a second-degree crime.
Sen. Pennacchio's effort to protect the integrity of our election process was immediately blocked by Senate Democrats, including by Senator Andrzejczak.