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(TRENTON) - Noting the escalating gun violence in the capital city, Assembly Democrats Bonnie Watson Coleman and Reed Gusciora (both D-Mercer/Hunterdon) today called on Gov. Christie to take action on pending gun violence prevention legislation to help alleviate the rampant gun violence in Trenton which has been exasperated by a lack of resources and a decimated police force.
"The impunity with which these criminals operate is astounding. They are exchanging gun fire in broad daylight with no regard for the law, their neighbors or themselves," said Watson Coleman, who spoke along with gun violence prevention advocates during a news conference at the State House on Wednesday. "Sadly, the city police department doesn't have the manpower to properly counter these attacks. The lack of leadership at City Hall has not helped, but it also does not absolve the state from providing the city with resources to help combat this problem. We have a responsibility to our state capital and to these residents who for all intents and purposes are in this fight alone. I'm certain Gov. Christie is aware of what's happening, so why not sign legislation that could help? The residents of Trenton and other communities plagued by gun violence deserve better than the governor's silence."
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