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NJ might help residents turn back tide of junk mail

A New Jersey lawmaker has proposed limiting the volume of junk mail clogging residents’ mailboxes.

Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak said his bill would mirror New Jersey’s “do-not-call” list with a registry for residents who want to decline some of those solicitations.

“With modern-day technology, we receive a lot of our information through either the Internet or on TV,” he said. “To have it in the mail is just kind of overkill anymore. So we’re trying to cut that back.”

The volume of junk mail can set residents up to be charged late fees when they accidentally throw out a bill with all of the junk mail they find jammed in their mailbox, said Andrzejczak, D-Cape May.

If his proposed legislation becomes law, violating the “no-mail” list would be considered an unlawful practice under the Consumer Fraud Act, and offenders could be fined as much as $10,000.

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