Protecting the kids in New Jersey, that's the subject of this evening "Talking Points" memo.
The only way Jessica's Law (search) will be passed in all 50 states is for the folks to vote out governors who will not support it. The state of New Jersey, for example, has a tremendous problem with abused children. The child protection agency's chaotic. And predators often receive light sentences there.
Item, Raymond Ritter was sentenced to probation for molesting an 11-year-old boy. You guessed it, while on probation, he was charged with a sexual assault against another child. Item, Milton Moore served seven years in a Jersey facility after being convicted of assaulting a 14-year- old girl. He got out and was promptly charged with assaulting a 13-year- old girl. Item, Glenn Brock served four years, four years in a Jersey facility for sexual assault on a 13-year old girl. He got out, promptly raped a 12-year-old girl.
I could list many more cases, but you get the idea. New Jersey needs Jessica's Law. Child predators are getting out of prison far too early.
Now next Tuesday, voters in Jersey will elect the governor. The choice is between Senator Jon Corzine (search), a Democrat, and Doug Forrester (search), a Republican. Now "The Factor" doesn't endorse political candidates. We feel you know your local people far better than we do.
But in this case, Forrester will push for Jessica's Law. Corzine will not. So if you live in New Jersey, and you care about the kids, in my opinion, you got to go with Forrester.
Corzine's a classic liberal, a man who believes there is gray in pretty much every issue. We believe there is no gray in adults sexually assaulting children. You do it one time, you go to jail for 25 years. That's Jessica's Law.
That's what is needed in New Jersey and every other state in the union. And that's "The Memo."
The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day
As you know, I often criticize the print press, with good reason. But once in awhile, a newspaper person does treat me fairly. In that vein, a big thank you to Newsday (search) reporter Samuel Bruchey, who wrote an interesting piece about our pal Stuart Smalley. Now, I've posted the piece on BillOReilly.com, if you care to see it. I don't think you will find it ridiculous. I think you'll find it very interesting.