The fire in Edgewater that ruined a residential complex but did not result in the loss of human life has motivated one lawmaker to revisit a bill untouched last year by Gov. Chris Christie.
A member of the New Jersey Fire Safety Committee for 19 years and chairman for 13 years, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) champions requiring fire suppression sprinklers in one and two family homes.
The lawmaker’s bill was on the governor’s desk at the end of lame duck but Christie didn’t sign off on it and it died. Wisniewski subsequently got a revised version through the assembly and is now working with senate staff to get senate support.
“I’m a big supporter of fire suppression sprinklers,” said Wisniewski.
“I think it’s too early to say anything specific about the fire [in Edgewater],” he added, but the sprinkler system in place, while not saving property, gave people time to get out of the building and to safety.
“It’s an opportunity to save more lives,” the assemblyman said of his bill.