TRENTON — Bucking his personal custom and that of previous governors to make use of the State of the State to spotlight achievements and articulate coverage objectives, Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday as an alternative targeted most of his seventh annual tackle on his plans to battle drug habit.
Christie, limping into his final full yr in workplace with an approval rating him as one of the unpopular governors within the state’s trendy historical past, signaled he’ll make investments his remaining time in workplace on a problem that garnered him nationwide consideration and has broad bipartisan help.
The governor’s speech began by boasting about financial success and strides the state has taken. However Christie shortly delved in to the “disaster of drug habit” and introduced a few dozen new initiatives.
“I can’t have the blood of addicted New Jerseyans on my palms by ready to behave,” Christie intends to inform a joint session of lawmakers, in response to excerpts of the speech launched Tuesday afternoon
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“That is the face of the epidemic of habit that’s ravaging our state and its individuals. In truth, it’s ravaging our whole nation,” he stated. “Drug habit is a illness. it isn’t an ethical failing. It’s a illness that may be handled.”
He referred to as on lawmakers to help laws to mandate that no one with medical insurance may be denied protection for the primary six months of in-affected person or outpatient remedy and introduced a further $5 million for the statewide enlargement of what he stated was a profitable pilot program on pediatric behavioral well being.
The governor additionally referred to as on the state’s lawyer basic to attempt to restrict the availability of opioid-based mostly ache drugs by well being care suppliers from 30 days to 5 days.
Christie unveiled plans for “a one-cease web site” to reinforce consciousness relating to remedy choices and put habit info in a single place. He additionally introduced plans to take a position $12 million to pay for remedy for younger adults and $1 million for school housing packages arrange for college kids in restoration.
The governor stated the state plans to associate with Koch Industries “to work collaboratively with New Jersey based mostly corporations to problem ourselves and lengthy accepted exclusions for employment of the previously incarcerated.”
He dubbed it the “Christie plan to assault the epidemic of drug habit” in New Jersey.
“I’m able to work with and take heed to anybody with extra concepts on the best way to handle this problem,” Christie stated. “I’m prepared to…