Category: State News

Proposed Bill Would Authorize Court-Ordered Outpatient Treatment For Mentally Ill

TRENTON — State Senators Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passiac) and Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) introduced bipartisan legislation on Thursday that would authorize courts in any county in New Jersey to order patients with mental illness to partake in outpatient treatment. Currently, only six counties have taken advantage of legislation enacted in 2009 that enabled an involuntary outpatient treatment program.

Christie Calls Climate Change A “Distraction;” Environmental Group Criticizes Rush To Rebuild

STATE – Gov. Chris Christie has been quick to downplay the impact of climate change on New Jersey, and actually referred to it as a “distraction” in a recent interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer. With the arrival of the unofficial start of summer last weekend, New Jersey’s Republican governor was highly visible at the Jersey shore, trumpeting his recovery efforts in hopes of drawing tourists to the state.

NJ Officials Offer Heat Safety Tips

WEST TRENTON – The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and the New Jersey Department of Health are monitoring a heat wave, with an air quality alert forecast for today into the weekend, in coordination with the National Weather Service. Temperatures estimated to hit in the low 90s. Children, older adults, people with disabilities and pets are most at risk during excessive temperatures.