Christie Signs Opioid Treatment Mandate, Prescription Limit

Bill highlights differences between O’Scanlon and Handlin in LD-13 Senate Race

Handlin says new law punishes patients for the sins and transgressions of addicts

Governor Chris Christie signed legislation today that compels New Jersey health insurance companies to cover inpatient care to opioid addicts, implements a 5 day limit on the first prescription for opioid painkillers, and requires doctors to discuss the dangers of opioid addiction with patients.

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Posted: February 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, Amy Handlin, Chris Christie, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Christie acts to clear names of N.J. defendants found not guilty of crimes

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie on Friday signed a new law requiring prosecutors in New Jersey to take down or update public statements about people who have been acquitted of crimes. The bill’s sponsors hailed its passage as a way to clean up the online reputations of those found not guilty, but the measure also raises… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 13th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Christie breaks silence, scoffs at ‘loony’ Bridgegate trial claims

NEWARK — Ending a nearly five-month drought on taking questions from New Jersey reporters that began at the start of the Bridgegate trial, Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday said he won’t provide answers for every “loony” thing that was said during the trial. The governor, speaking at a drug rehabilitation event in Newark, briefly scolded reporters… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 1st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

FDU Public Mind Poll: New Jersey’s Government Is Inept

Voters Give Christie, Legislature low marks. No confidence in government impacting addiction crisis, State is on the wrong track

State of the State 2017(Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

The vast majority of New Jersey voters, 74%, think individuals and families should be most responsible for ensuring that those seeking treatment for alcohol and drug treatment find what they need, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind Poll released this morning. 22% think government should be most responsible for getting addicts help.

Those who favor personal and family responsibility over government intervention include 64% of Democrats, 82% of Independents and 87% of Republicans.  60% said the know someone personally who is or was addicted to alcohol or drugs.  70% said they know someone who has died as a result of addiction.

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Posted: January 31st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, News, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Trump says he may find a job for Christie in the end

TRENTON — President-elect Donald Trump said during a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal that Gov. Chris Christie may end up working in his administration after all. “At some point, we’re going to do something with Chris,” Trump said in a report the newspaper published late Monday. “Don’t forget: We have a lot of positions,”… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: January 17th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, Trump Administration | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Christie attempts to step on Guadagno’s launch. Will the press corps go along?

Governor Chris Christie is holding two events tomorrow, according to the daily schedule released by his office.

The first event is in Newark, at 11:30 a.m., one half hour after Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno launches her own campaign for Governor at LaPlaya in Keansburg.  Christie is signing an Executive Order and holding a round-table with recovering addicts at Integrity House.  His second event is a bill signing at outside his office in Trenton at 2:30 p.m.

Christie’s schedule says the events are open to the press but there will be no availability– meaning he won’t take questions from reporters.

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Posted: January 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Kim Guadagno | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

NBC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Chris Christie’s State of the State to Focus on Drug Epidemic

By Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO)

Posted with permission by NBCNews

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will forego the traditional formula of laying out his achievements and policy goals when he gives his final State of the State address Tuesday.

Instead, he plans to use the entire speech to put forth a plan to fight the nation’s drug epidemic, sources close to the governor told NBC News.

Christie’s approval rating is mired in the teens after the Bridgegate scandal, the investigation that led to the convictions of two allies who conspired to cause a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge in 2013 to punish a Democratic mayor who didn’t endorse the governor for re-election.

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Posted: January 10th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Governor Christie’s Final State of the State Address

Governor Chris Christie is scheduled to deliver is final State of the State address this afternoon at 2 p.m. from the Statehouse in Trenton.

Watch the address live here courtesy of NJTV.

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Posted: January 10th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

A Message From Governor Chris Christie On Posting Legal Notices Online

Photo by Paul Scharff

Photo by Paul Scharff

By Governor Chris Christie

“On Thursday, the Legislature advanced a commonsense piece of legislation that was first proposed in 2004 and will reform the archaic practice of requiring taxpayers and private businesses to pay for costly legal notices in print newspapers. The legislation provides the option of posting notices online and citizens will be allowed to take advantage of modern technologies that are already in use by the vast majority of the people in our State.

“It also saves money.

“The current unfunded mandate that is being addressed by this legislation costs New Jersey taxpayers and private citizens more than $80 million per year. That is $80 million annually from property taxpayers, including those facing the nightmare of foreclosure.

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Posted: December 18th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Christie turned down several jobs in Trump administration, sources say

assetcontentTRENTON — President-elect Donald Trump offered Gov. Chris Christie numerous positions in his incoming administration, but the New Jersey governor turned them down, two sources with knowledge of Trump’s transition efforts told NJ Advance Media. The sources said those jobs included Cabinet-level posts like Homeland Security secretary and Veterans Affairs secretary, as well as other posts,… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: December 12th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Donald Trump, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »