The New Jersey contingent of the national organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns has sent a letter, signed by 33 New Jersey mayors, to Governor Christie today, asking him and the NJ SAFE Task Force to recommend passage of key gun bills pending in the U.S. Congress and advocate for stronger national gun laws. A sharp-eyed Baristanet reader wondered why Montclair Township Mayor Robert Jackson’s name was not on the letter next to the names of the mayors of West Orange and Maplewood.
We contacted Jackson, who explained that his office has been flooded with requests for his signature on dozens of petitions, letters and other support documents in the last few months. “It’s becoming hard to keep track of them or even tell them apart. My support is there. It’s more important what we do than that I sign everything. My commitment is clear. Our governing body’s actions speak for themselves.”
He confirmed that he’s a member of the mayoral organization, and pointed to his strong support of initiating the County’s gun buy back program (which takes place tomorrow and Saturday in Montclair), as well as his active participation in a number of coalitions in support of protecting citizens from illegal guns.
There are 565 municipalities in New Jersey.