A bill that would make New Jersey’s child pornography laws as tough as federal regulations is awaiting Gov. Chris Christie’s signature.
The bill, which unanimously passed both New Jersey’s state Assembly and Senate, sets mandatory five- and 10-year minimum prison terms for individuals found guilty of distributing 25 or more images of children being sexually abused and require that anyone convicted of engaging a child in pornography serve at least 85 percent of their prison term. The bill also includes language that makes it clear that anyone using a peer-to-peer computer file-sharing program for images of child sexual abuse is distribution rather than possession.
The Senator who originally proposed the bill said he believes it could serve as a national model or anti-child pornography legislation.