The Truth-O-Meter this weekend checked claims on the legality of interracial marriage in the United States and the frequency of emergency school repairs in New Jersey.
In case you missed it, the Truth-O-Meter handed down a Mostly True rating Sunday to the marriage claim made by Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) and a False rating Monday to a claim by David Sciarra, executive director of the New Jersey Education Law Center, about school repairs.
In talking about Democrat plans this year to legalize same-sex marriage in New Jersey, Oliver noted during a press conference that in 1958, 16 U.S. states prohibited marriage between blacks and whites. She told the story of an interracial couple forced to leave Virginia in the 1950s or face jail time for being married. The U.S. Supreme Court eventually heard the couple’s case and ruled that statutes banning interracial marriage were unconstitutional. PolitiFact New Jersey found that the actual number of states banning interracial marriage in 1958 was 24, not 16, earning Oliver a Mostly True rating.
The New Jersey Schools Development Authority has done "nothing" in making emergency repairs at a number of schools during the past two years, Sciarra said during Jan. 5 testimony before the state Assembly Budget Committee. PolitiFact New Jersey found that the SDA has substantially completed projects at schools in Newark and Camden during the past two years, even though hundreds of other proposed emergency repairs still await approval. But since Sciarra said "nothing" had been done, the Truth-O-Meter rated his claim False.
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PolitiFact New Jersey, Sheila Oliver says 16 states prohibited interracial marriage in 1958, Jan. 15, 2012
PolitiFact New Jersey, Education advocate claims New Jersey officials "have not started or completed one single school project" in the last two years, Jan. 16, 2012