Much to the surprise of its sponsor, Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have created a four-year pilot program in Ocean County to electronically track convicted domestic violence offenders using GPS devices that would alert victims on their cell phones if their attackers were nearby.
“This truly is sad and disappointing,” said Singleton (D-Mount Laurel) in an emailed statement after Christie vetoed the bill. “This was bipartisan legislation that received nearly unanimous support in both houses, but the governor has decided that being at the forefront in the fight against domestic violence is not worth a small investment from the state.”
The legislation was in honor after Letizia “Lisa” Zindell of Toms River who was murdered in August of 2009 by her former fiancée, Frank Frisco, who then killed himself. The murder-suicide attack happened the day after just Frisco was released from jail for violating a restraining order that Lisa had filed against him.
If the law was in place in 2009, Dancer said it is possible that Lisa’s life could have been saved because she would have been notified of Frisco’s location and could have taken precautionary measures. Implementing Lisa’s Law would cost money, but Dancer said the offenders would be forced to pay for the monitoring devices to the extent that they could. A judge would decide how much the offender would be assessed based on their assets.
“They will literally pay for their crime,” Dancer said.