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Families Push For Override Of Good Samaritan Bill Veto

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. December 3, 2012

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Families of overdose victims at Statehouse news conference (photo by Phil Gregory)

Relatives of drug overdose victims are urging New Jersey lawmakers to override Governor Christie’s veto of the Good Samaritan Emergency Response Act.

The legislation would have given immunity from drug possession charges to people who witness an overdose and call 911 for help.

When he vetoed it in October, Christie recommended an 18-month study to come up with a more comprehensive approach to the overdose problem

Linda Surks of South Brunswick says her 19-year-old son Jason died from an overdose in 2003. She wants an override vote soon.

 “I know it will help save lives. Every second counts with an overdose. Children are dying. Our children are dying. We must do everything we can to prevent that from happening.”

Assemblywoman Connie Wagner sponsored the legislation and is hopeful of getting an override of the governor’s veto.

 “It doesn’t cost the state money. In fact is might actually cost the state less money because it will treat the problem. I know that I can’t go on another 18 months and have more lives lost.”

Every previous effort by Democrats who control the legislature to override a Christie veto has been unsuccessful.

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