You cannot record the babysitter's conversation with the police without either the consent of the police or the babysitter. You can record conversations between yourself and the babysitter and/or police, without the consent of the babysitter or police.
New Jersey is a "one party consent" state, meaning as long as you have the consent of one party to a conversation it can be recorded. You would count as one party, so you can record your own conversations with others, without their knowledge or consent. Keep in mind that if you are recording a telephone conversation with someone in another state you may be violating federal or state laws outside of New Jersey law. Additionally, keep in mind that there are various restrictions, such as prohibitions against recording devices in most New Jersey Court Systems. Further, there are rules governing specific situations, such as "nanny cams".
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It is illegal to record someone without their knowledge. You would have to inform them that you are currently recording the conversation.
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Be very careful. You are permitted to record any conversation you are a party to. You CANNOT record the conversations of other people.
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