Water fluoridation bill to be met with skepticism by Christie

WESTFIELD – A resident asked Gov. Chris Christie today whether he would support a water fluoridation bill passed by the

WESTFIELD – A resident asked Gov. Chris Christie today whether he would support a water fluoridation bill passed by the Assembly Health Committee this week.

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Christie said the bill will be met with a significant amount of “skepticism” if it reaches his desk.

The bill, A1811, the “N.J. Public Water Supply Fluoridation Act,” directs the commissioners of Health & Senior Services and Environmental Protection to establish regulations to control the amount of fluoride in the state’s water supplies, including guidelines for testing and record-keeping.

The bipartisan measure is backed by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the N.J. Dental Association, and the N.J. Public Health Association, and sponsored by, among others, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, (R-21), Summit, who was in Christie’s town hall audience today.

Christie said the bill was another example of the Legislature’s penchant for tackling “solutions without a problem.”

Recognizing the ideological opposition some people have to water fluoridation, Christie acknowledged that at some level, “There are issues of individual rights.”

He made a comparison to parents of autistic children who are “absolutely convinced” that their child’s autism was caused by a vaccine, aside from any of the scientific arguments against such a claim. Those parents are entitled to consideration of their belief, as are opponents to the fluoridation bill, he said.

Water fluoridation bill to be met with skepticism by Christie