News Lawmaker proposes lowering New Jersey's drinking age to 18

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  1. XuXu

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    Wanna play guess the party?

    http://www.startribune.com/lawmaker-proposes-lowering-new-jersey-s-drinking-age-to-18/370001551/


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    The current drinking age in states across the U.S. is 21. (Saed Hindash | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
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    [​IMG]By Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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    on February 24, 2016 at 7:15 AM, updated February 24, 2016 at 4:59 PM


    TRENTON — A veteran member of the state Assembly has introduced legislation that would lower New Jersey's drinking age from 21 to 18 — going against one of the most enduring laws passed by the state's late U.S. senator, Frank Lautenberg.

    Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris) is touting his bill with a familiar argument: It's wrong that an 18-year-old in America can serve his or her country in the military but not be allowed to buy alcohol.

    "If you're old enough to hoist an M4 and shoot a terrorist, you're old enough to hoist a beer," Carroll told NJ Advance Media.

    Carroll's measure was first reported by Politico New Jersey.

    But it appears unlikely the bill will make much headway in the New Jersey Legislature. Under federal law, any state that reduces its drinking age below 21 would lose millions of dollars in federal highway funds.

    [​IMG]State Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris) is pictured in 2014.Tony Kurdzuk | The Star-Ledger
    That law was sponsored by Lautenberg, then a freshman member of the U.S. Senate from New Jersey. Congress passed it in June of 1984 and President Ronald Reagan signed it a month later.

    Carroll said similar efforts to lower the drinking age in New Jersey have bounced around Trenton since then but haven't gone anywhere because of the fear of losing federal money.

    The lawmaker likened it to "extortion."

    "It's something Lautenberg was good at," Carroll said.

    "I understand the motivation," he added. "But you have to have a line drawn somewhere. The line should be drawn at when you're mature enough to drink."

    Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon (R-Monmouth) agrees with Carroll.

    "My biggest problem is the federal government uses our money to extort us into passing laws," O'Scanlon said Tuesday.

    But state Senate President Stephen Sweeney had a different view: "I really don't think it's a good idea."

    "I grew up when the drinking age was 18," Sweeney said. "People would be sneaking into bars at a much younger age. I lived through that generation."

    Brent Johnson may be reached at bjohnson@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @johnsb01. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.
     
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    This idiot knows it will cost NJ millions in Federal dollars and it has no chance of going anywhere. I suspect he just wanted to get his name in the papers.
     
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    When I was young the legal drinking age in Iowa was 18. Everything was fine.
     
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    it should be 18
     
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    I was a freshman in college when the age went from 21 to 18. We didn't have to pay an upperclassman to buy our booze! I don't see why it still isn't 18.
     
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    Screw the Feds, spring break in Atlantic City would be huge.:D
     
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    I went to college in Wisconsin and it was 18 and I lived to tell the tale.

    Must be the party of personal responsibility?
     
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    There are many states where kids can drink with their parents at 18 some even younger. Not to mention kids are already drinking at least maybe they'll ask for a ride home from their parents instead of getting into a car with their dumb friends...
     
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    This guy says there's no need to worry about kids today driving drunk because they have Uber.
     
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    I approve this measure

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    uber and stuff does make it less of a concern than it once was

    today a lot of parents (the smart ones) will also tell their teen kids (including those who are technically adults)
    that if you drink call me--i'll get you--no questions asked--don't fucking drive

    but denying an adult a legal product because some other adult will break the law seems wrong
     
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    Lower the drinking age to 18 and maybe less kids will get into drugs.

    Plus, I wouldn't mind 18y/o bims getting liquored up in the bar.
     
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    Drunk 18 yr olds in bars?

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    Don't lower the drinking age to 18. Raise the minimum age for military service to 21.
     
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    Seriously though, they have nothing more important to do? This is the most pressing issue in this guy's opinion? Dumb.
     
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    Thank you. That was my 1st thought. :jj:
     
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    It's 19 in Ontario... or 14 if your a bigger kid who could grow reasonable facial hair.
     
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    the people who voted him in will one day get to decide if he's wasting their time
     
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    Because Seniors in High School buy alcohol and provide for everyone and kids drink and drive and die.
     
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