The proposed law would fine drivers found to "engage in any activity unrelated to the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle."
The bill advanced by a 12-0 vote Monday in the Assembly's transportation committee.
It does not spell out which activities would and would not be considered distracted driving, instead leaving that determination up to police.
New Jersey National Motorists Association representative Steve Carrellas tells The Star-Ledger that the proposal is too vague.
The bill has not been introduced in the state Senate.