NJ Politics Digest: Christie Urges Trump to Declare National Emergency on Opioids

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President Trump and Gov. Chris Christie. Shawn Thew/Getty Images

The opioid commission led by Gov. Chris Christie urged President Donald Trump on Monday to declare a national health emergency to help bring the drug crisis under control.

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The panel’s 10-page interim report said about 142 Americans die everyday from a drug overdose, and recommended a national emergency declaration to empower Trump’s cabinet and “force Congress to focus on funding and empowering the executive branch even further to deal with this loss of life.” The commission said it will undertake a full-scale review of federal funding, programs, regulations and laws to address drug addiction before releasing a final report.

The state Assembly convened a rare summertime session to approve back pay to to public workers who were forced to stay home during the three-day government shutdown of early July. The back pay bill is now on Christie’s desk, and he is expected to sign it.

And Kim Guadagno got some much needed help from Republican National Committee Co-Chair Bob Paduchik, who came to New Jersey for a fundraiser and rally. Despite polls showing Guadagno trailing Murphy by more than 20 points, Paduchik said the gubernatorial race is still winnable for Republicans.

Quote of the Day: “I think we need to call it Murphy’s law, right? Any tax that can be raised will be raised.” – Kim Guadagno trying a new attack line on Phil Murphy.

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Christie-led panel urges Trump to declare national opioid emergency
The opioid commission led by Gov. Chris Christie is urging President Donald Trump to declare drug abuse a national health emergency to combat a crisis that has claimed a record number of lives and has shown no sign of easing its grip.
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Bipartisan group led by Gottheimer offers plan to stabilize individual health market
A bipartisan group of more than 40 House members offered a joint plan Monday they said would stabilize coverage for individuals by increasing funding for insurance companies and states, cutting regulations and eliminating a tax.
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Thaw For Senior Property Tax Relief Out of 2018 Budget
A recent poll of New Jersey voters indicated the top issue this gubernatorial election year is the state’s notoriously high property taxes. Ever-rising property tax bills are also a particularly troubling issue for the state’s senior citizens because many are living on fixed incomes.
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New Jersey schools ranked second best in America
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‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ announces lawsuit against Gov. Christie
Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman announced Monday a lawsuit against Gov. Chris Christie regarding the April killing of a Millville man.
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Lawmakers, advocates slam Christie over nursing ‘crisis,’ but the administration sees none
Democratic lawmakers and health care advocates are calling on Gov. Chris Christie to “immediately” address what they say is a crisis in the state’s nursing industry fueled by years of neglect.
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20 people killed on NJ train tracks in ’16 — NJ Transit says people need to pay attention
Every couple of weeks or so, someone is killed by an NJ Transit train.
Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation, and not surprisingly, many railroad tracks run right through populated areas.
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NJ Politics Digest: Christie Urges Trump to Declare National Emergency on Opioids