Donny DiFrancesco on Civil Rights

Former Republican NJ Governor

Intolerance for racial profiling

Investing in diversity means erasing the intolerance and insecurity that undermine our ability to thrive as a community. New Jersey has always been a leader in pursuing and advancing the rights of all individuals.

We must call on that tradition as we face the ugly truth of racial profiling. This unjustified and unjustifiable practice has divided this state and has hurt the reputation of New Jersey’s upstanding law enforcement officers. I look forward to receiving recommendations from Senator Gormley’s committee that will signal not just an intolerance for profiling, but will finally result in a termination of this practice.

Our commitment to end racial profiling is unwavering. Just as strong is our commitment to stand behind the members of law enforcement who deserve our support because they’ve earned it. Let’s not allow the sins of a few to undermine the courageous achievements of the many.

Source: Address To The People of New Jersey as Acting Governor Feb 5, 2001

Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment.

DiFrancesco adopted the National Governors Association policy:

In 1976 the National Governors Association expressed support for ratification and implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment, which would constitutionally guarantee full citizenship rights and opportunities for women. In 1982 the drive for ratification fell short, and efforts to initiate the amendatory process were taken.

The National Governors Association reaffirms its support for the principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment, i.e., that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on the basis of gender.

Source: NGA Executive Committee Policy EC-14: Equal Rights Policy 01-NGA1 on Feb 15, 2001

Other governors on Civil Rights: Donny DiFrancesco on other issues:
AK Frank Murkowski
AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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