TRENTON — As he made an impassioned plea to battle drug habit throughout his State of State handle Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie talked concerning the exceptional restoration of a former aide who’s the son of a state Supreme Courtroom justice.
AJ Solomon, who as soon as confided to the governor that he would cease in North Camden on his method to the Statehouse to purchase heroin for the day when he labored on Christie’s advance staff, says he had buddies who went to jail and buddies who died as he lived on the streets through the peak of his drug habit.
However now, the 26-yr-previous son of Supreme Courtroom Justice Lee Solomon and BPU Commissioner Dianne Solomon, is sober and has turned his consideration to others battling habit. He’s getting ready to open an prolonged care remedy facility in Laurel Springs in February.
Christie: Let’s deal with ‘disaster of drug habit’
“AJ will proceed to vary and save lives,” stated Christie, who described him as a pal and a beloved one.
“He informed me that folks assume that being an addict is a demise sentence or an insufferable burden. He disagrees,” Christie stated. “He’s grateful to be in restoration and he believes that the achievement and pleasure that serving to others brings to his life will maintain him from relapsing and utilizing medicine once more.”
Solomon described the expertise of Christie telling his story as “surreal” and stated he was “humbled.”
And the emotions have been compounded by the very fact the month of January holds particular significance for him, Solomon informed NJ Advance Media.
“Three years in the past as we speak I used to be homeless. I used to be dwelling out of my automotive in Florida and I needed to die,” he stated. “A pair weeks later I might get sober.”
Solomon stated his remedy facility will differ from others as a result of it’ll present prolonged care. He defined there might be a number of steps to this system, versus a 30-day mannequin he stated does not do sufficient for individuals in restoration.
“I did not know easy methods to be a traditional grownup,” he stated, describing how years of drug habit could not be cleaned by a 30-day program.
“(Doing medicine) does such injury,” Solomon defined.
Christie advocated for the kind of remedy facility Solomon plans to open.
His facility, the Victory Bay Restoration Middle, is predicted to deal with 20 to 30 shoppers in numerous degree of care, Solomon stated.
Solomon acquired a sustained standing ovation from the joint session of the state Legislature when Christie highlighted his success.
“I used to be touched,” stated Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-Camden). “I do know AJ and his…