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‘Dead Cops Make Bad Laws’: Radio station host makes controversial comment

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New Jersey radio station 101.5 is responding after one of its hosts made a controversial comment about law enforcement in a piece called "Dead Cops Make Bad Laws."

Radio host Judi Franco wrote a piece questioning New Jersey's Move over Law.

The piece, "Dead Cops Make Bad Laws," included a quote, reading, “A dead cop is sad, but a horrible tragedy doesn't warrant a law that puts other drivers at risk."

The legislation was put forward following the death of State Trooper Marc Castellano, who was killed during a traffic stop 10 years ago.

Franco says sometimes it's not practical to move over.

The radio station responded, saying, "Our talk hosts at New Jersey 101.5 are chosen because they offer strong opinions and viewpoints. We understand not everyone will agree with them -- they frequently disagree with one another -- and that's why we encourage our listeners to reach out on-air and online. Our goal isn't to tell anyone what to think, but to give out hosts the space to start conversations.

“We've always enjoyed a productive relationship with New Jersey law enforcement, including the New Jersey State Police's participation in our past and upcoming Town Hall events on online safety, through the New Jersey State PBA's participation in our Feel Better Bears project to distribute teddy bears to children going through difficult times, and through our participation alongside law enforcement in the annual Polar Plunge in Seaside Heights. Additionally, we celebrate law enforcement efforts through our weekly #BlueFriday feature on the Bill Spadea Show.”

“We appreciate the feedback from the State Troopers Fraternal Association, even the criticism, and as with any feedback, take it under advisement."

State Sen. Vin Gopal, who cosponsored the law, responded to Franco's article, saying, “The lack of common sense and common decency displayed by New Jersey 101.5 host Judi Franco has surpassed even my lowest of expectations. To use the loss of a brave state police officer as click bait in order to prove her misguided opinions trivializes the tragic death of Marc Castellano."

Earlier this year, Franco and her co-host were suspended for making offensive comments about New Jersey Attorney General Gubir Grewal.

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