Could New Jersey Become America’s First Actual Alien Sanctuary State? Dems Push Bill to Find E.T.

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BAYONNE, NJ – Could New Jersey become the first real sanctuary state for actual aliens? That would be a true progressive milestone for Democrats in the state.

After a narrow election victory by Governor Phil Murphy last November, Democrats in New Jersey are now seeking to start looking for real aliens, possibly even future voters. Democrats introduced a bill to turn UFO hunting from a science fiction conspiracy into a legitimate field of study at colleges and universities.

Nearly 17 years after the fictional movie War of the Worlds depicted a UFO invasion that centered around a Bayonne man played by Tom Cruise, New Jersey Democrats are now asking taxpayers to fund UFO studies in the Garden State in a search for E.T.

“Do state taxpayers need to spend money on UFO research? The answer should be an easy “nope,” because this is real life, not a Jordan Peele sci-fi horror film. But, Assembly Democrats prioritize the paranormal over residents with their $250,000 proposal to fund UFO and alien studies,” the New Jersey Senate Republican caucus asked today.

The Democrat Party has been fighting for college loan forgiveness where we’re graduates with degrees such as liberal arts and gender studies have been unable to find jobs and pay for their college debt. Now the same Democrats are asking the state to fund UFO studies and all your education that are sure to provide degrees for students without a job field to pay off student debt in the future.

David Harkness, a legislative adviser at the Assembly Republican Office in Trenton, analyzes the bill (A4060) creating an extraterrestrial scholarship and grant program while noting the pressing need for more teachers and mental health care professionals.

Democrats want to transform the search for extraterrestrial life from a subject of ridicule and anecdotal evidence into a mainstream, transparent, and scientifically-verifiable field of research.

You can read the full bill below:

SYNOPSIS

     Establishes scholarship program for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers studying unidentified aerial phenomenon and extraterrestrial technological signatures; requires Secretary of Higher Education to establish grant program; appropriates $250,000.

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

An Act establishing a scholarship program for certain graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, supplementing chapters 3B and 71B of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes, and making an appropriation.

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

     1.    a.  The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority shall administer a scholarship program for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers studying or conducting research in the State in the fields of unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) and signatures of extraterrestrial technological civilizations (ETCs).  The goal of the program shall be to:

     (1)   support the education and career development of scholars who seek to advance the search for UAP and ETCs; and

     (2)   transform the search of UAP and ETCs from a subject of ridicule and anecdotal evidence into a mainstream, transparent, and scientifically-verifiable field of research.

     Under the program, the authority shall award ten scholarships in the amount of $12,500 each to qualified recipients enrolled in or employed by an institution of higher education in the State.

     b.    In order to be eligible for the scholarship, a candidate shall submit an application to the authority, including a written commitment from the institution of higher education at which the candidate is enrolled or employed to match the scholarship in the event the candidate is selected to receive one.  A candidate shall also submit a written statement to the authority detailing the candidate’s ongoing commitment to conducting transparent and scientifically-verifiable research in the fields of UAP and ETCs. The authority shall appoint a three-member selection committee to review scholarship applications and make final determinations on scholarship awards.  Members of the selection committee shall be selected based on their academic expertise in the field of astronomy, physics, or astrophysics.

     c.     Each scholarship awarded under this act shall be contingent upon the recipient receiving an equal scholarship from the institution of higher education at which the scholar recipient is enrolled or employed, and remaining in good standing at the institution.    

     d.    There is appropriated from the General Fund to the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority the sum of $125,000 to effectuate the purposes of this section. 

     2.    a.   The Secretary of Higher Education shall develop a grant program for four-year institutions of higher education to establish a program for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers studying or conducting research in the State in the fields of unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) and extraterrestrial technological civilizations (ETCs). The purpose of the program shall be to provide grant funding to a four-year institution of higher education to purchase the  scientific equipment necessary, including but not limited to, calibrated instrumentation, sensors, cameras, telescopes, and computer hardware and software, to conduct transparent and scientifically-verifiable research in UAP and ETCs.

     b.    An institution that wishes to participate in the grant program established pursuant to subsection a. of this section shall submit an application to the Secretary of Higher Education in a manner and on such forms as determined by the secretary. 

     An application shall include information concerning the institution’s proposed program, including its plan to:

     (1)   obtain high-resolution images of UAP using multiple detectors to discover their nature;

     (2)   conduct in-depth research on unexplained interstellar objects and phenomena; and

     (3)   search for potential ETC satellites.

     c.     After reviewing the applications submitted pursuant to subsection b. of this section, the secretary shall select one four-year institution of higher education to participate in the program. The institution selected to participate in the program shall provide a matching grant to the program.

     d.    There is appropriated from the General Fund to the Secretary of Higher Education the sum of $125,000 to effectuate the purposes of this section. 

     3.    This act shall take effect immediately and shall first apply in the first full academic year next following the date of enactment. 

STATEMENT

     This bill establishes a scholarship program for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, and a grant program for four-year institutions of higher education, to further the study of unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) and extraterrestrial technology civilizations (ETCs). 

     On June 25, 2021, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) issued a report titled “Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon.” In its report, ODNI stated that the limited amount of high-quality reporting on UAP hampers the ability to draw firm conclusions about the nature of UAP. However, the report also declared that, in a limited number of incidents, UAPs reportedly appeared to exhibit unusual flight characteristics and that UAPs “clearly pose a safety of flight and may pose a challenge to United States national security.” Specifically, the report stated that “some UAP appeared to remain stationary in winds aloft, move against the wind, maneuver abruptly, or move at considerable speed, without discernable means of propulsion.” According to the report, in addition to flight safety, UAPs could pose a broader danger if some instances represent the sophisticated collection against United States military activities by a foreign government “or demonstrate a breakthrough aerospace technology by a potential adversary.” Given the ODNI’s report, it is clear that UAPs – and the search for signatures of ETCs – require rigorous, academic study.

     The bill directs HESAA to administer a scholarship program for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers studying or conducting research in the State in the fields of unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) and technological signatures of extraterrestrial civilizations.  Under the bill, the goal of the program is to:

·        support the education and career development of scholars who seek to advance the search for UAPs and extraterrestrial technological signatures; and

·        transform the search of UAPs and signatures of extraterrestrial technological civilizations from a subject of ridicule and anecdotal evidence into a mainstream, transparent, and scientifically-verifiable field of research.

     Under the program, HESAA will award ten scholarships in the amount of $12,500 each to qualified recipients enrolled in or employed by an institution of higher education in the State. Under the bill, HESAA will appoint a three-member selection committee to review scholarship applications and make final determinations on scholarship awards. 

     Under the bill, $125,000 will be appropriated to HESAA for the purposes of this act.

     The bill also requires the Secretary of Higher Education to develop a grant program for four-year institutions of higher education to establish a program for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers studying or conducting research in the State in the fields of UAP and ETCs. The purpose of the program is to provide grant funding to an institution to purchase the scientific equipment necessary, including but not limited to, calibrated instrumentation, sensors, cameras, telescopes, and computer hardware and software, to conduct transparent and scientifically-verifiable research in UAP and ETCs.

     Under the bill, an application is required to include information concerning the institution’s proposed program, including its plan to:

·        obtain high-resolution images of UAP using multiple detectors to discover their nature;

·        conduct in-depth research on unexplained interstellar objects and phenomena; and

·        search for potential ETC satellites.

     The secretary will select one four-year institution of higher education to participate in the program. Under the bill, $125,000 will be appropriated to the secretary for the purposes of this act.

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