Another reason I’m glad I left the Garden State. There were actually curfews for kids in plenty of towns when I was growing up, which actually makes good sense (why’s your 15-year-old need to be out unsupervised at midnight?) but to apply it to adults seems like nanny statism at its most basic. And since Jersey is the kind of place where every small town has at least one strip club and 14 dive bars I’ll assume the fiscal impact will also be tremendous.
AP) Ć¢ā¬ā PATERSON, N.J. – Curfews might not be just for kids anymore in one city in northern New Jersey.
Officials in Paterson are considering one for people of all ages in a bid to curb violence after a spate of deadly shootings.
Several experts say they believe it would be the nation’s first curfew of its type to include adults. The state ACLU says it would open Paterson to legal action.
The curfew would last for two months and would bar people from loitering outside from midnight to 7 a.m. Violators would face up to a $2,000 fine and 90 days in jail.
Officials are still working to make sure the plan can withstand legal challenges.
If the City Council passes it Sept. 1, a second vote and a public hearing are needed for it to take effect.
Gee. I wonder what party the pro-curfew politicians are with? Of course, they’re Democrats.