New Idea: Lie-Detector Tests For Politicians

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A political consultant for New Jersey lawmakers has proposed a list-ditch effort to rid the state of political corruption: Require lie-detector tests for candidates and officeholders.

Republican consultant George Dredden said Monday that the polygraph tests would be a means of reform for a state where more 130 public officials have pleaded guilty or have been convicted for corruption this decade.

Dredden told the state Assembly Republican Policy committee that plenty of laws are on the books to deal with corrupt politicians once they're in office.

But he says his suggestion would weed them out before they get there.

Dredden acknowledged that the idea might not be constitutional. But he says the state needs to do something radical to fight its corruption problem.

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