"Illegal ivory threatens the very existence of elephants on the face of this earth," said Senator Lesniak. "We know [this law] will be an inspiration to other states, Congress and indeed other countries in the world to follow our lead."
In addition, first-time Assemblyman Raj Mukherji took the lead on the bill in the State Assembly, stressing the crucial role of New Jersey's ports in the wildlife trafficking industry. "By signing this bill into law, Governor Christie is closing loopholes in ivory commerce prohibitions that allowed New Jersey to foster the blood ivory trade," Assemblyman Mukjherji said. "These measures will directly contribute to protecting these magnificent species while chopping away at a major funding source for terrorists."
The ban also benefited from some awesome, outspoken celebrity support from New Jersey superstars Meryl Streep and Billy Joel, who used their celebrity status for a good cause by urging the Governor to sign the law.
Here at Elephants DC, we couldn't be prouder of New Jersey for taking this historic stand for elephants and rhinos. "As a born and bred Jersey boy and elephant-lover, I am elated at Governor Christie's historic decision to ban ivory and rhino horn sales," said Elephants DC Vice President Mike Paredes.