Three female NJ senators were caught on tape saying, “We needed a bill that was going to confiscate, confiscate, confiscate.” Based on the recording, individuals speculate the senators in question were Loretta Weinberg, Sandy Cunningham, and Linda Greenstein.
Weinberg later said that she had not made the statement or that it even happened at all. However, many speculate that immediately after the offending quote Weinberg can be heard saying, “They want to keep the guns out of the hands of the bad guys, but they don’t have any regulations to do it."
Cunningham then says, “They don’t care about the bad guys. All they want to do is have their little guns and do whatever they want with them.”
Then, Goldstein says, “That’s the line they’ve developed.”
Again, this is all speculation. Critics cannot say with absolutely certainty who said what because recording is audio only, but gun rights advocates are fairly confident about the voice analysis.
Scott Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club, said "We're outraged by this. These are the words of gun ban extremists and unfortunately they have the ear of the Senate president right now. The bill package that is coming up Monday in the full Senate needs to be held."
Weinberg later defended herself to the press. "The advocates would be much better off not inflaming people," she argued. "Nothing in this package of bills 'confiscates.' If people want to inflame folks rather than advocating on the reality of the situation, I can't do anything about it."
She also added that it could have been a staffer who said the staunch anti-gun words. "All I know is it's not my voice and I don't know who said it or in what context,” she added.
It’s unfortunate that the recording leaves so much room for interpretation. Without video footage, there’s no way to truly pin the comment on a Senator in such a way that she can’t deflect it on to someone else.
You can decide for yourself by listening to the recording below.