Black New Jersey lawmakers are calling on the state to examine its role in slavery and possibly pay reparations to black residents.

Leaders of the state’s Legislative Black Caucus introduced a bill that would establish the New Jersey Reparations Task Force.

It would review the history of slavery in the state, and any racial discrimination or disparity from it.

A senator in favor of the bill says such a task force would begin the "painstaking process to rectify our past."

New Jersey fought for the Union in the Civil War, but was the last of the northern states to abolish slavery.

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