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State Lawmakers From Rockland Fight New Jersey Hiring Practices

State Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski
State Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski Photo Credit: assembly.state.ny.us/
State Sen. David Carlucci
State Sen. David Carlucci Photo Credit: File

NEW CITY, N.Y. -- Two local lawmakers are striking back against a New Jersey law which, they say, discriminates against New Yorkers.

The NJ First Act, which has been in effect for a few years, requires all public employees to live in the Garden State, say state Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, D-New City, and Sen. David Carlucci, D-Rockland/Westchester.

The two have both sponsored bills that would push back on the law and label New Jersey as “discriminatory.”

Zebrowski’s bill passed the Assembly on Tuesday; Carlucci’s is still being weighed in the Senate.

“I have had many constituents contact me about personal hardship. Some are finding themselves completely shut out of available jobs or are in danger of losing their current one,” Zebrowski said, adding: “At the end of the day, I need to protect my residents.”

Zebrowski said he has repeatedly asked Gov. Chris Christie and New Jersey lawmakers to repeal the law.

He said he also informed them of the pending retaliatory legislation.

Some New Jersey leaders seem “receptive” to New York’s concerns, Zebrowski said.

New Jersey legislators, which the assemblyman did not name, have drafted their own bills that would work toward rolling back residency requirements.

The NJ First Act threatens the concept of free economic markets and “completely disregards the ideals on which this nation was built,” he said.

According to Zebrowski, New Jersey sends more people to out-of-state jobs than any other state.

This means that the law “is not only seriously flawed, but also ironic,” he said.

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