Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden issued a sharp criticism of Jersey City’s decision to unilaterally decriminalize marijuana possession last night via twitter:
Dangerous 4 Law Enforcement-At what point do cities/towns arbitrarily NOT enforce other state laws? Controlling what the PDs can/cannot enforce is a dangerous course action. If you disagree with the law-change it, Stop using LE to pursue agenda. @MichaelAronNJTV @NJSPBA @njfop https://t.co/Od0lW9s4z7
— Shaun Golden (@sheriffgolden) July 22, 2018
Jersey City’s new municipal prosecutor Jake Hudnut and Mayor Steve Fulop directed last week that assistant prosecutors in the city should dismiss or divert charges of marijuana possession, especially for defendants with criminal records and signs of addiction.
Hudnut argued in his memo that his action is a social justice issue and that it is consistent with the results of last year’s gubernatorial election when Governnor Phil Murphy campaigned on legalizing recreational marijuana.
NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued a letter to Hudnut informing him that he does not have the authority to decriminalize marijuana and criticizing him for not consulting with the AG’s office or the Hudson County prosecutor prior to issuing the memo to the Jersey City assistant municipal prosecutors.
Hudnut and Fulop responded defiantly, claiming their unilateral policy is within their prosecutorial discretion.
Jersey City undoubtedly has prosecution discretion + the ability to implement that. We aren’t changing law but we’ll continue a support our Chief Prosecutor’s judgment which we outlined in decrim policy we’ll follow. We respect the letter but don’t agree. JC = right side here https://t.co/wF4oe6I4Or
— Steven Fulop (@StevenFulop) July 20, 2018
Sherriff Golden says Jersey City’s actions are dangerous and political. “If you disagree with the law-change it, Stop using LE to pursue agenda. “