Governor Christie Won’t Pull Plug on Red Light Cameras [VIDEO/AUDIO]
Don't expect New Jersey's controversial red light camera program to scrapped any time soon.
Last night, on Townsquare Media's monthly 'Ask the Governor' program, Gov. Chris Christie said he hasn't seen enough evidence that the cameras are ripping off drivers or that they cause accidents.
"The easiest thing in the world for me would be to say, 'Yeah, pull the plug on it. Look at me. I'm a hero,'" said Christie. "For the minority of people who are complaining about this I would be, but you know what? Unless I'm given better proof than I've been given so far that there is something fundamentally at fault with this program then I'm not going to stick my nose into the middle of it."
One of the program's most vocal critics is Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon. Earlier this month he said HD videos taken at several red light camera intersections all over the Garden State show yellow light times are shorter than they should be, which is leading to more red light camera tickets being issued.
"I know Declan is all fired up about this and good for him, but I gotta tell you the evidence that's been put forward most recently to me and I've reviewed it is very unconvincing," said Christie last night.
"Be a responsible driver. Don't run a red light. Don't run a red light. I mean, this isn't hard. It just isn't."
According to O'Scanlon, the credibility of the program has been destroyed and the best thing to do now that would be to shut it down completely. He strongly believes that would be the fairest thing to do for the drivers of New Jersey.
"Nothing in my opinion has changed," explained Christie. "You're not going to get a ticket if you don't run the red light. Don't run the red light and you'll be okay."