A New Jersey lawmaker wants to give more veterans a leg up in landing government jobs.
To get preference in hiring under New Jersey law, veterans must have served at least 14 days in combat.
A bill introduced by Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo would extend that to all veterans who pass the civil service examination.
“We’re the only state in the whole country that actually has this law,” Mazzeo said, “and what it does it causes a little problem as far as employment for these veterans when they come back. It’s not their fault if they join up, they sign up, and then they don’t go to a combat zone.”
Mazzeo says it takes courage to enlist in the military and he believes it’s not fair to leave out people just because they weren’t selected for combat duty.
He questioned why New Jersey wouldn’t follow the same rules as the federal government.
Mazzeo says this could help combat the high unemployment rate among veterans.