TRENTON - Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep has teamed up with New Jersey lawmakers to rally behind the beleaguered elephant - and she hopes Gov. Christie takes notice.
The Legislature on Monday sent Christie a bill that would ban the sale, purchase, or possession of ivory and rhinoceros horn.
Streep, a winner of three Oscars who has starred in movies including Sophie's Choice and Out of Africa, ramped up the pressure on the Republican governor in a statement Tuesday to the Humane Society of the United States.
"As a New Jersey native, I was delighted to learn from my friends at the Humane Society of the United States that our state could be the first in the country to enact a ban on the importation and sale of ivory - a product of horrific cruelty to elephants and rhinos, who could very well become extinct within decades if we don't act now," said Streep, originally from Summit, Union County.