As another busy week comes to an end today, the summer solstice is set to officially kick off summer tomorrow. So before you head off to enjoy the longest day of the year, we bring you a quick recap of news and events from this week:
GOV. CHRISTIE BREAKS GROUND AT RUTGERS’ LARGEST CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT —
Governor Chris Christie continued to focus on New Jersey’s investment in higher education on Monday by breaking ground on Rutgers University’s new Chemistry and Chemical Biology Building. At the groundbreaking, the Governor highlighted how New Jersey's Building Our Future Bond Act plays an important role in improving the quality of postsecondary opportunities for future generations. Funded in large part by the Building Our Future Bond Act, the new Chemistry and Chemical Biology Building is the largest capital construction program in Rutgers University history. Click below to watch Governor Christie’s remarks on the long-term benefits of our state’s higher education investments:
GOV. CHRISTIE ANNOUNCES NEW EFFORTS TO ADDRESS DRUG ADDICTION & TREATMENT —
On Tuesday, Governor Christie announced a statewide expansion of a successful anti-overdose pilot program, that has already saved 40 lives in Monmouth and Ocean counties. The statewide expansion of Narcan use will not only continue to save more people from overdose, but it will also be a necessary step towards changing the way New Jersey deals with drug addiction.
Following this announcement, Governor Christie attended a groundbreaking ceremony for Daytop New Jersey’s new adolescent treatment facility in Pittsgrove on Tuesday. During his remarks, the Governor emphasized the need to shift our approach to drug addiction from focusing on incarceration, to instead focus on support and treatment for non-violent addicts who deserve a second chance. Watch Governor Christie discuss how treatment facilities like Daytop, can make a difference to those who face addiction:
BILL ENSURING EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES IN TEAM SPORTS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES SIGNED INTO LAW —
Governor Christie on Thursday signed into law bipartisan legislation that ensures students with disabilities are not prevented from participating in school athletic programs. This legislation will help to promote greater inclusion of student athletes with disabilities in unified programs like the Special Olympics, which are taking place right here in New Jersey. Check out the Governor's remarks from the bill signing below:
Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno stopped at Special Olympic events throughout the week to cheer on New Jersey’s teams and even medal some of our state’s players. Congratulations to all of this years Special Olympics participants, volunteers, and winners — and a special shoutout to Team New Jersey for winning the first gold medal baseball game in the history of the Special Olympics — you all make us proud!