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Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Andy Kim backs extension of ERA ratification deadline

Freshman congressman is 9th New Jersey Democrat to co-sponsor extension resolution

By David Wildstein, August 07 2019 9:00 am

Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) has become the 9th New Jersey House member to support an extension to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Kim signed on yesterday to co-sponsor a House resolution that would provide another extension to allow one more state to ratify the ERA, which Congress approved in 1972.  The ERA fell three states short of ratification despite an extended deadline to 1982.  Two more states have since ratified the amendment, and with the Virginia lower house in play this year, there is a drive to grant another extension.

Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill), Donald Norcross (D-Camden), Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch), Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson),  Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), Albio Sires (D-West New York) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) as co-sponsors.

That leaves Reps. Donald Payne (D-Newark) and Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) as the only Democratic congressmen from New Jersey to not co-sponsor the ERA extension.

Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton), the lone Republican congressman from New Jersey, said in 1983 that he was a strong supporter of the ERA, but voted against an extension because the House would not agree to amendments that address abortion, women in combat, civil service preference to veterans, or the handling of private schools.

A 1983 bid to extend the ratification deadline fell six votes short in the House.

The new House resolution currently has 197 co-sponsors.

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