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

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.

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