Christie Signs Bill To Delete Offensive References In NJ Law

TRENTON – Legislation to remove demeaning language about people with disabilities from state statute was signed into law Monday.

The bill deletes all references in laws to the terms “mental retardation,” “mentally retarded,” “idiot,” and “feeble-minded” and replaces them with the term “intellectual disability,” using “person-first” language.


“Person-first” language is language that refers to an individual as a “person with a disability,” rather than as a “disabled person.”

The bill passed the Senate 38-0 and the Assembly 80-0 in June. It was signed Monday by Gov. Chris Christie.

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