Senate president's town adopts protest ordinance

Protests near Senate president's home spur ordinance (File

Protests near Senate president's home spur ordinance (File Photo)

WEST DEPTFORD - Officials have adopted an ordinance that restricts protests in the hometown of New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney.

The West Deptford committee on Wednesday prohibited picketing within 100 feet of a home and limited protests to 10 people for one hour every two weeks. Violators face fines of up to $2,000 and 90 days in jail.

The vote was along party lines with three Democrats in favor and two Republicans opposed. Sweeney is a Democrat.

A gun rights group staged two protests last month outside Sweeney's home. Sweeney turned on his lawn sprinklers to disperse protesters.

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