Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) issued the following statement after attending Governor Christie’s press conference to announce a proposal to expand New Jersey’s drug court system:
“Recognizing this for what it is – a treatable addiction – is a step in the right direction. Most non-violent drug offenders commit crimes mainly because of their relation to substance abuse.
“Offering treatment instead of incarceration is a wise and cost-effective move.
“The devil will, of course, be in the details and we need to vet the Governor’s proposal fully, particularly to make sure it will reach target populations.
“I look forward to working with the Governor on this as we move forward.”