Mandatory Seat Belts for Your Dog Coming to New Jersey?
Should Drivers Have to Buckle Up Their Pets? New Jersey Lawmakers Think So
Governor Christ Christie thinks it's "stupid," but that hasn't stopped New Jersey lawmakers from going through with their plan to make it mandatory to strap your pooch in when you take it for a drive.
Last spring, lawmakers said that they would be dusting off some old pet protection laws that were still on the books and begin issuing citations to anyone found driving around with an untethered pup.
The penalty for such an offense? A fine from between $250-$1000. That's a lot of kibble.
But, Governor Christie maintains that this law is idiotic and that lawmakers are "wasting their time" trying to resurrect the measure that Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer says is to "reduce driver distractions and protet the animals in the event of an accident."
"They're actually spending their time on this, the Governor said during a radio show." "Let's not cut taxes, let's not plug the holes in the property-tax cap. Let's not get shared services so we can reduce property taxes. Let's not pass ethics reform so these part-time legislators will have to tell you what money they're getting and where they're getting it from." Adding that if this bill makes it through to legislature he "wouldn't put his name near something that stupid."
No word on whether the Governor has any animals of his own.