This bill (A.3466, text inexplicably not available on state website) is a political goldmine. Bullies are indefensible and considered politically unpopular, so the bill will have a real chance of enactment. The problems are in the bill's implementation, its definitions of terms like "bullying" and "intimidation" (which cannot be evaluated yet because the text of the bill has, interestingly, not been provided to the public) and its unintended consequences.
My concern -- just like your concern -- is not the issue of stopping or deterring bonafide harmful bullying. My concern revolves around the abuse of such definitions to give the legal cover for people to intimidate others into silence or non-involvement in civic, political or public affairs under threat of false accusations of bullying or intimidation.
In the real world, bullies tend to be popular, protected and given the benefit of the doubt. (As to the definition of popular, that might reflect the tendency to try to ingratiate oneself with the bully in order to insulate oneself from abuse.) This is an issue, when false accusations start flying. An anti-bullying law can easily become a weapon by which the more powerful can -- well, bully -- the less powerful, the less popular and the less able to defend themselves. This law may give the malicious and powerful, particularly in New Jersey's warren of small hick towns, a new tool to coerce compliance. There is enough corruption in New Jersey, and this law could actually provide new avenues for the abuse of power to flourish.
The new bully tactic may become: Submit to our wishes, or be accused a bully and face expulsion.
Get it? Understand how this works? Think this is about protecting the weak? Or giving legal and PR cover to the manipulators out there, who are already working to proactively defend themselves?
We don't need more laws against bullying. We need more supervision, more eyes actually watching, more ears actually hearing, and more people being concerned and active and working to protect our kids. People who already break the rules won't be impressed -- much less deterred -- by more laws. They will only respect the power that comes from bonafide vigilance.
More laws won't cure the problem of absentee parents and indifferent, overpaid school administrators.