Last week New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a measure into law that requires police departments to mount video cameras on their new cars or provide their officers with wearable cameras.
The measure Christie signed Wednesday was advocated by Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, D-Gloucester, the Associated Press reports. Moriarty was charged in 2012 with drunken driving but was cleared with the help of evidence from a camera on the squad car of the Washington Township officer who pulled him over.
A New Jersey legislator has also said that he will soon introduce a bill that would require all officers on patrol to wear body cameras.
Stating he intends to introduce the body camera bill in the "next couple weeks," Sen. Donald Norcross made his case by referencing both the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the recent release of video capturing former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice striking his then-fiancé in an Atlantic City elevator, NJ.com reports.