Lisa’s Law idled by Christie administration inaction

Gov. Chris Christie’s administration blew a deadline to complete a study on electronic monitoring of domestic violence offenders as part of the state’s proposed Lisa’s Law sponsored by Assemblyman Ronald Dancer, R-Ocean.

A Lisa’s Law bill, also sponsored by Assemblyman Troy Singleton, D-Burlington, passed both houses on Dec. 19, 2013, but Christie waited 24 days until taking action with a conditional veto. When the bill was finally signed into law Jan. 17, the key change inserted by Christie delayed implementation and gave the state Attorney General’s Office 120 days to submit a report on available technology to monitor domestic violence offenders.

That deadline passed two weeks ago.

The legislation is named after Letizia “Lisa” Zindell, a 30-year old Toms River resident who was murdered in August of 2009 by her ex-fiance, Frank Frisco. Frisco subsequently hung himself in what authorities deemed a murder-suicide. The murder occurred a day after he was released from jail for violating a restraining order that Zindell had filed against him.

Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts on Wednesday said the Attorney General’s Office has not submitted the report.

“They requested additional time to complete the review,’’ Roberts said.

A spokesman for Attorney General John Hoffman, Paul Loriquet, said the department requested the extra time “to make sure all the t’s were crossed.’’

Loriquet said he expected the report “to be delivered in a matter of days.’’

Singleton said he wants to know what happened.

“I was disappointed by the governor’s conditional veto, but at least hopeful that we would finally be making progress toward providing the safety offered by electronic monitoring of domestic violence offenders,” Singleton said.

Singleton this week wrote a letter to Christie asking for the report from the Attorney General’s Office, a membership roster of the study group, and the group’s meeting minutes.

Loriquet said a study group was formed. The roster of members wasn’t immediately available.

The original bill would have established a four-year pilot program in Ocean County for electronic monitoring of domestic violence offenders and notification to victims.

“Letizia Zindell’s tragic death shows more must be done to protect victims of domestic abuse from a similar fate,” Singleton said.

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  • Francesca Larson
    published this page in In The News 2014-05-29 09:43:58 -0400