Newark lawmakers pursue violent crime commission, say state leadership isn't enough

Three Newark area lawmakers say state leaders aren't doing enough to find out what's behind the recent spike in crime in places like Newark, Trenton and Camden. (1/27/14)

NEWARK - Three Newark area lawmakers say state leaders aren't doing enough to find out what's behind the recent spike in crime in places like Newark, Trenton and Camden.

State Sen. Ron Rice says violence in New Jersey's urban areas could get worse if something drastic isn't done. He wants to establish a commission to look into sources of violent crime, similar to how the federal government curbed unrest in Newark in the late 1960s.

"They're about ready to blow," Rice says. "Newark is going to go back to where we started back in 1967."

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If approved, the commission would have 18 months to return with a final report.

 

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