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State Sen. Michael L. Testa, Jr. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Testa hopes for bipartisan action after Wildwood crash

South Jersey senator advocates for Singer-Pennacchio bill expanding riot laws

By Joey Fox, September 30 2022 10:04 am

State Sen. Mike Testa (R-Vineland), whose South Jersey district was home to a fatal crash at a pop-up party last weekend, said yesterday that he hopes the legislature will work across party lines to prevent future accidents.

“This was a tragedy, my heart goes out to the families who lost their loved ones,” Testa said. “These were two unnecessary deaths that occurred as a result of an unsanctioned car show, and I’m certainly hoping that we can all come to some common-sense solutions to prevent this from happening in the future.”

He added that he thinks law enforcement are too constrained under current law, and that a proposal from State Sens. Bob Singer (R-Lakewood) and Joe Pennacchio (R-Montville) updating the state’s laws on riots would be a helpful step.

“I do think we need to take a long and hard look at how we’ve been handcuffing law enforcement from doing their jobs,” Testa said. “In the future, they should be able to do their jobs through legislation like Senator Singer’s and Senator Pennacchio’s expanding the definition of ‘riot.’”

Pop-up parties, the common name for unsanctioned parties usually hosted on the Jersey Shore, have become a frequent target of political ire in recent summers. Before last weekend’s crash in Wildwood, the most prominent pop-up party of 2022 was a mass May gathering in Long Branch that prompted several Shore senators to propose significant new penalties on party organizers, proposals which so far have yet to go anywhere in the legislature.

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