a. Improper behavior. A person is guilty of a petty
disorderly persons offense, if with purpose to cause
public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or
recklessly creating a risk thereof he:
(1) Engages in
fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous
(2) Creates a hazardous or physically dangerous
condition by any act which serves no legitimate
purpose of the actor.
b. Offensive language. A person is guilty of a petty
disorderly persons offense if, in a public place,
and with purpose to offend the sensibilities of a
hearer or in reckless disregard of the probability
of so doing, he addresses unreasonably loud and
offensively coarse or abusive language, given the
circumstances of the person present and the setting
of the utterance, to any person present.
"Public" means affecting or likely to affect persons
in a place to which the public or a substantial
group has access; among the places included are
highways, transport facilities, schools, prisons,
apartment houses, places of business or amusement,
or any neighborhood.
L.1978, c. 95, s. 2C:33-2, eff. Sept. 1, 1979.