Sunday, February 14, 2016

Christie: What about the not-so-good samaritans?

Governor explains veto of bill to encourage 911 calls in drug overdose cases

Christie: What about the not-so-good samaritans?


Chris Christie conditionally vetoed the "911 Good Samaritan" bill because it would have let drug dealers "off the hook."

The New Jersey govemor's veto surprised and dismayed the Drug Policy Alliance and other supporters statewide (read my column here). The law would have exempted people who participate in or witness illegal drug use from criminal liability after summoning emergency help for an overdose victim.

"It's one of these things that sound good in the abstract," the governor told a town hall-style meeting Thursday in Mount Laurel. "How about if they're not a good samaritan? How about if  they're the (person) who supplied the drugs? That was my problem with the bill."

Christie supports "harm reduction" strategies, including treatment for low-level offenders who also are addicts.  "What I'm not willing to do is to give is to give people who commit harm to other people a free pass just because they picked up the telephone," he said. "

"The legislature...has got to make the bill better...If they make the bill better, I'll be happy to consider signing it."



Inquirer Columnist
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Blinq is a news commentary blog featuring contributions from Inquirer Metro columnists Kevin Riordan and Daniel Rubin.

Kevin Riordan Inquirer Columnist
Daniel Rubin Inquirer Columnist
Also on
letter icon Newsletter