TRENTON - Paul Moriarty acknowledges doing it himself, but he's not proud of it.

"It's very, very dangerous," he said.

Citing that risk, the Democratic assemblyman wants to stop motorists from sending text messages while driving.

"It's more dangerous than talking on a cell phone because I believe you can keep your eyes on the road when talking on a cell phone," Moriarty said.

State police are looking into whether text-messaging played a role in the April 12 Garden State Parkway accident that seriously injured Gov. Jon S. Corzine.

Investigators want to know if Corzine's driver was distracted before the accident by text messages from a Berkeley Heights cop angry about the driver's alleged affair with the cop's wife, though state police union officials contend the driver wasn't distracted by any message.

The proposed bill was scheduled to be considered by an Assembly committee today. *