New Jersey Governor looks at weapons, not the shooter of the early release from prison, as the problem

Tahaji Wells, 33, was dismissed from the fire on Sunday at an arts festival in Trenton, N. J., from the years spent in prison before serving his full sentence on two convictions, including one for manslaughter.

(Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office)

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy responded on Sunday to the fatal shooting at a Trenton arts festival by the new controls on weapons. But a suspect’s gang membership — and the early release from prison, according to Murphy’s office have been — may be larger factors in an incident that left injured one person dead and 22.

Meanwhile, Murphy — first-term Democrat support in his first office — shorter sentences for offenders and cuts in prisoner rehabilitation programs.

The suspect, identified as Tahaji Wells, 33, opened fire before 3 o’clock in the art All night festival in New Jersey’s capital, in what seems to have been a gang-related disputes. Wells was allegedly shot by the police, and 17 of the 22 people injured, according to reports, gunshot wounds suffered.

A second suspect, identified as Amir Armstrong, 23, remained in hospital in a stable condition and was loading on a weapon, while a third suspect was in critical condition.

Less than 24 hours after the shooting, Murphy — a former Goldman Sachs banker who served as President Barack Obama’s Ambassador in Germany, began to call for gun control, ignoring the other circumstances involved in the crime.

“It is yet another reminder of the senseless gun violence, under six strict gun laws signed last week,” Murphy said at a press conference on Sunday after a service in Trenton’s Galilee Baptist Church.

We woke up to news of a mass shooting here in Trenton.

Art All night is a time when we all come together. We must not allow weapons violence tear us apart.

They are not talking at inappropriate times, gun-policy. These are the most important times to gun policy.

— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) 17. June 2018

During the service, he said, “and many others, this government are committed to ending this scourge of gun violence” and urged the Congress to act on guns “as a national issue.”

On Twitter, the Governor also said that the immediate consequences of speaking the time, about possible gun control.

“The are no inappropriate times to talk about gun policy,” he wrote. “These are the most important times to gun policy.”

“The speeches are no inappropriate times to gun policy. These are the most important times to gun policy.”

– New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy

But it turns out that Wells had been released from prison in February, despite receiving an 18-year state prison in 2004 on a major manslaughter conviction in the shooting death of a 22-year-old man working reported .

June 13 , 2018: Gov. Phil Murphy, center, character, several gun safety exchange at the Richard J. Hughes justice Complex Atrium in Trenton, N. J.. The half-dozen new gun control laws the state already has strict laws to attract.

(Associated Press)

And in 2010, while still in prison, the fountain, was sentenced to six more years, after he pleaded guilty to a second-degree extortion charge. He helped allegedly a gang leader, lead the group from inside jail.

So, in spite of the two long sentences, would have Wells serving time behind bars in the 2020s, he was back on the streets and able to commit on Sunday, the crime.

Murphy, the defendant, the sentencing and detention of people during his campaign and time in office as part of its ” criminal justice reform agenda, a review of the conviction of the laws of the state.

The Governor ‘s efforts were not in promises only, as earlier this year, he is created risen of the Criminal conviction and the Assembly Commission in the year 2009, which actually never took to naming all of the sessions by former state Gov. Chris Christie’s reluctance, all of the members.

“We can and must do better,” Murphy said in a statement announcing the restart of the Commission. “A Criminal conviction and the order of the Commission may, laws the important assessment of our conviction and recommend reforms necessary for a stronger, fairer and more just state.”

Phil Murphy, the New Jersey Governor in January, speaks at a campaign event in Newark in the year 2017.


Another key promise to expand the Murphy was a “re-entry services so that the people from the prison the support they need to return to a productive life” – a measure that was supposed to prevent Wells’ rampage.

However, Murphy slashed, all the money of a prisoner reentry program that was created by his colleagues of the Democratic party-colleagues, reported. The program with training and helped to find former inmates a job and claimed it, the relapse rate reduced prices.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @Lukas mikelionis.

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