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Question:

If you hold a basic driver license, are you allowed to talk on a cell phone while you drive?

A Yes, but only on a hands-free device.
Explaination

Under New Jersey law, if you hold a basic driver license, you may use a hands-free cell phone but not a handheld cell phone. However, aspiring drivers in the Graduated Driver License (GDL) program may not use any type of cell phone, not even a hands-free cell phone.