Jersey’s Saggy Pants Problem? - My9 New Jersey

Jersey’s Saggy Pants Problem?

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Wildwood, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

Localities across the country have begun to pass bans on saggy pants or pants that are three inches below the wearer's waist.

Wildwood was the first to pass the ban in New Jersey and now the small town of Penns Grove looks to be next.

The justification is to protect residents from having to look at underwear but some say it’s the new way to keep certain people from coming to the city.

Attorney Michael Coard says the laws are largely unconstitutional.  He claims the goal is to keep the hip hop culture out of towns and to tell young black men that "you’re not welcome" in these cities.

"It's a group of people that these municipalities don't like," Coard says.

He says that the towns don't have to enforce the bans to get their message out for people in the hip hop culture to stay away.

Former a Penns Grove councilman John Scarpaci says that in the 8 years he was in office, he didn’t hear a single complaint about saggy pants.

Scarpaci says there are plenty of other problems to worry about in Penns Grove.

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