Murphy vows to put the brakes on N.J. car thefts with these new proposals

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Likening it to a plague, Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday unveiled a set of measures he hopes will put the brakes on the surge of car thefts seen in New Jersey and elsewhere. The Democratic governor, flanked by New Jersey’s two most powerful state lawmakers, proposed new proposals he wants the Democratic-controlled state Legislature approve. Murphy said while there has been progress in recent months, more needs to be done — noting the brazenness of many of the thefts. There were 14,320 vehicles stolen in 2021, and thefts were up 37% compared to last year as of six months ago and 53% compared to 2020…

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