By Ed Kasuba
KYW Newsradio

New Jersey governor Jon Corzine has signed into law a bill making his state the first one in four decades to abolish the death penalty.

The move is being hailed worldwide as a victory against capital punishment. Sister Helen Prejean, a nun who gained attention from her book and the eventual movie “Dead Man Walking,” is a death penalty opponent. She points out that New Jersey’s action is being recognized in Rome, Italy, where the Colosseum is being lit for two nights:

“And the word will travel around the globe: there is a state that was the first to show life is stronger than death, that love is greater than hatred.”