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Angelini Calls for Assembly Vote On Prescription Drug Disposal Bill

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Mary Pat Angelini

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, R-Monmouth, is calling for the General Assembly to vote on bipartisan measure (A-709), which requires pharmacies and physicians to instruct patients on how to safely dispose of unused prescribed controlled dangerous substances.

In a letter to Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Angelini said that taking action to provide the public with information on proper disposal methods of drugs such as Percocet and Oxycotin is a vital component to addressing New Jersey’s heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis.

“This bill is an important part of the 21-bill package to address our state’s opiate crisis,” said Angelini. “It’s critical that we inform the public about safe disposal methods so we can help thwart the danger of accidental overdose by children and the danger improper disposal methods pose to humans, animals, and the environment as a whole.”

Angelini, who works in the substance abuse treatment and prevention field, has sponsored a number of bills aimed at curbing drug abuse, including a measure that would improve the state’s prescription drug monitoring program. In addition, she sponsored legislation that would increase the penalties for distribution of heroin and has hosted drug abuse forums featuring experts from the substance abuse field and the medical community, as well as families who have been affected by drug abuse.

“As a member of the Legislature, I have been advocating for bills that will help address our state’s substance abuse crisis,” explained Angelini. “I am hopeful that the Assembly Speaker and Legislature will agree that addressing the safe disposal of prescription drugs is an important piece of the puzzle in protecting those we can from the danger of opiate abuse.”

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Angelini Calls for Extradition of Convicted NJ Cop Killer From Cuba

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Disapproves of Pending State Department Decision to Remove Cuba
from State Sponsors of Terrorism List

Amidst news reports that President Barack Obama is expected to announce that he is taking Cuba off the State Sponsors of Terrorism List, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini is calling for extradition of convicted cop killer Joanne Chesimard from Cuba.

Chesimard escaped prison and fled to Cuba after being convicted of killing a N.J. State police trooper in 1973.

Mary Pat Angelini

“I disagree with President Obama’s decision to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and am disappointed that the U.S. State Department is moving towards a decision to recommend the removal of Cuba from the State Sponsors Terrorism List,” said Angelini, R-Monmouth. “Cuba continues to harbor dozens of American fugitives, including Chesimard, who was sentenced to life in prison, but two years later escaped and was granted asylum by Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro. She needs to be extradited to the United States.”

Angelini sponsored a resolution (AR198) that expresses profound disagreement with President Barack Obama to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and urges the extradition to the United States of Joanne Chesimard.

“As the wife of a retired police officer, I firmly believe that anyone who kills a police officer should be brought to justice and Joanne Chesimard should be in a New Jersey prison,” concluded Angelini.

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Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini is being honored by the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) for her strong leadership in helping prevent and treat substance use and mental disorders in youth and adults throughout New Jersey. NJAMHAA will present Angelini with the “State Legislative Champion for Improving Treatment Award” on April 15, 2015 at its Compassion Awards Reception in Woodbridge, NJ.

Angelini will be recognized specifically for the passage of two of her bills (A-3722 and A-3175) that improve the quality of mental health and substance abuse treatment for inmates and conditions for residents of boarding homes and other shelters.

Mary Pat Angelini

“The work that NJAMHAA does to help fight stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness and addictions is invaluable,” said Angelini. “I am so honored to receive this leadership award from an association that works to create a face for the population of individuals with mental illness and/or addictions who don’t have a voice of their own.”

“It is a privilege to recognize Assemblywoman Angelini for her leadership in moving forward so many legislative bills that promote healthy, safe children, families and communities,” said CEO of NJAMHAA Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D. “She is an unmatched advocate in calling for prevention of addictions and the provision of quality treatment for all, wherever an individual is – at home, at school, in the community, or in a state or county correctional or psychiatric facility. With Assemblywoman Angelini bringing the same outstanding leadership to mental health treatment and services, residents of New Jersey are fortunate to benefit from her tireless efforts across the full spectrum of behavioral health services.”

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Angelini bill protects New Jersey’s newborns

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Following a horrific incident this past winter, in which 22-year-old Hypernkemberly Dorvilier of Burlington County allegedly set her newborn baby on fire and left it in the middle of the road, a New Jersey lawmaker is pushing for expansion of the state’s Safe Haven Infant Protection Act.

The law allows individuals to give up unwanted, newborn children at police stations or hospital emergency rooms. Dorvilier is now facing murder charges connected with the January tragedy.

Mary Pat Angelini

“My bill stipulates any firehouse or first aid squad that has somebody there 24/7, that those type(s) of facilities would be added to the list of Safe Haven sites,” said Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Ocean Twp/Monmouth Co.), who is sponsoring the legislation along with four other Assembly members. “It’s just such a senseless problem when moms feel they have no place to take their child, especially if (the mother is) a teenager or a very young woman. We have to make the information available to let everybody know that there are places where you can go, no questions asked, and you can drop off your child so they will be safe.”

Since the Safe Haven Act went into effect 15 years ago, there have been 62 safe surrenders of newborns and 40 abandonment cases.

Angelini said her measure has been formally introduced in the Assembly Human Services Committee, but no action has been taken yet.

“This is one of those things in politics, you know, they say some things never surprise me in politics,” she said. “This actually does, because it’s a nonpolitical situation. I’m hoping to get nonpartisan support.”

Angelini wants the bill to move forward before the Legislature breaks for the summer at the end of June.

“I urge everyone to reach out to their legislators and ask them to sign on to this bill, A692,” she said.

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Angelini Bill Approved by Panel Will Upgrade Standards for Substance Abuse Education in Schools

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Mary Pat Angelini

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Mary Pat Angelini, approved today by the Education Committee, increases the effectiveness of substance abuse instruction in public schools. The bill, A-3713, requires the review of Core Curriculum Content Standards to ensure instruction relies on the most up-to-date evidence-based standards and practices.

“The heroin and opioid problem is out of control. Education is a key component and is critical for protecting young lives and stopping this plague that is robbing lives and ruining families,” said Angelini, R – Monmouth. “We can’t afford to rely on anything less than the best standards and practices to convey the message to all students.”

The legislation requires a review of the content standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education by the State Board of Education. The board will issue a report on the strengths and weaknesses of the standards on substance abuse.

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Angelini fighting to keep legal pot out of New Jersey

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A New Jersey Assemblywoman said that in light of the formation of a group that launched last week to fight for the legalization of recreational marijuana use in New Jersey, she is planning a group that will actively advocate against it.

Mary Pat Angelini

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth) has been a vocal opponent of the movement to legalize and tax the drug in the state of New Jersey. In response to the official launch of “New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform” in Newark last week, Angelini said she is working with other anti-marijuana activists to form a group of their own.

“The folks that want to legalize appear to be gaining traction,” Angelini said in a phone interview. “It’s a good time to let our voice be heard.”

Angelini said she and some others passionately opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana use in the state plan to hold a conference call this week to “lay out our strategy.”

Angelini said the launch of NJUMR was “not necessarily a bad thing. It starts a dialogue and we need to do a better job educating people (about our position).”

The pro-marijuana coalition, which includes members like the ACLU-NJ and New Jersey’s NAACP chapter, launched with a press conference last week that outlined its position. The group argued that legalizing and taxing marijuana would create revenue for the state, and free up law enforcement officers to focus on other crimes.

Angelini said that some of her group’s arguments will include health and incarceration statistics about marijuana users, and questions about additional costs that might be incurred as a result of legalization. She cited the state’s alcohol tax as an example that brings in revenue. But, she said, the revenue is outweighed by law enforcement and healthcare costs the state must take on to deal with residents who abuse alcohol.

“Look at the tax (dollars) this would garner…the health and society issues we would encounter (as a result of legalization) would far outnumber that,” she said.

Experts last week said they felt the conversation on marijuana in New Jersey will likely be a long-term one that is ultimately decided by the state’s legislators and governor.

Gov. Chris Christie has publicly said that he will not support a legalization bill. NJUMR members said last week that they are not directly targeting Christie, but hoping to spread their message to the public.

Angelini said she felt the pro-marijuana movement was “futile” under Christie’s administration.

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Assembly Republicans on Christie’s FY 2016 Budget Plan

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Shortly after Gov. Chris Christie proposed a $33.8 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, lawmakers commented on the state spending plan.
Assembly Republican Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini (R, Monmouth):

Mary Pat Angelini

“This is another fiscally responsible budget that keeps New Jersey on the right track. The governor has a sustainable plan to fund our priorities – education, property tax relief and pensions – without increasing taxes.

“The Legislature needs to work together to continue the progress to make New Jersey competitive and affordable. We continue to see significant progress. To sustain the momentum, it will take cooperation like we saw today, with the governor and the teacher’s working out a pension solution for the long haul.”

Assembly Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon, (R-Monmouth):

Declan O'Scanlon

“The governor and the NJEA deserve high praise for working together on a solution to the pension issue. As we have said all along, it is essential we come together to craft solutions that provide long term relief. Gov. Christie and the teachers did just that, coming together to find a realistic, sustainable fix to the pension challenge.

“From a budget-makers perspective, this is a credible first step toward an over-all solution to the serious budget issues facing our state. It will be a work in progress for the next six months as we continue to monitor revenues and work out the details.”

Deputy Assembly Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco (R-Morris and Somerset), a member of the Assembly Budget Committee:

Anthony M. Bucco

“One doesn’t have to look any further than today’s Budget Address to realize the differences between Republicans and Democrats. When Governor Christie said ‘no new taxes’ in his address, not one member of the Democratic party stood in support.”

“The governor’s budget puts taxpayers first by controlling spending, funding education and making the largest pension payment in state history and sets priorities our residents support. These are challenging times and difficult choices must be made. I look forward to a rigorous and honest debate during the budget process.”

“Promoting a more competitive business tax structure and providing direct property tax relief will make our state a more affordable place to live. I am confident we will be able to work together on a plan that continues to move New Jersey in the right direction.”

Assembly Republican Conference Leader David Rible (R-Monmouth and Ocean):

Dave Rible

“For the sixth year in a row, the governor has proposed a budget that protects taxpayers and businesses by keeping our fiscal commitments on solid ground. He understands that tax hikes are the problem, not the solution. By meeting our fiscal obligations without increasing taxes, we continue to provide the predictable and stable environment businesses require to grow and create jobs.”

Assembly Republican Whip Scott Rumana, (R-Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Morris):

“The governor’s budget proposal shows his continued commitment to fiscal discipline and government reform which are paying dividends for taxpayers. Major revenues continue to increase at the same time the state’s unemployment rate continues to decline. Today’s plan again contains no tax increases which has also helped to spur economic growth. People are spending money and our business climate continues to improve. This is the responsible way to fix our fiscal ills.”


Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-Cumberland, Cape May and Atlantic):

Sam Fiocchi

Sam Fiocchi

“Now the Legislature must work with the governor to solve the state’s fiscal obligations. Increasing educational funding and streamlining the government workforce demonstrates Governor Christie’s commitment to keeping his promises. We now have a responsibility to maintain a budget that’s affordable for taxpayers.”

“We can accomplish much more for the people of New Jersey by working together instead of playing politics. This budget is fiscally responsible and keeps New Jersey on the road to recovery without raising taxes.”


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Angelini Response to Gov. Christie’s Budget Address

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Assembly Republican Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini, R – Monmouth, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Christie’s Budget Address, delivered this afternoon to a Joint Session of the Legislature:

Mary Pat Angelini

“This is another fiscally responsible budget that keeps New Jersey on the right track. The governor has a sustainable plan to fund our priorities – education, property tax relief and pensions – without increasing taxes.

“The Legislature needs to work together to continue the progress to make New Jersey competitive and affordable. We continue to see significant progress. To sustain the momentum, it will take cooperation like we saw today, with the governor and the teacher’s working out a pension solution for the long haul.”

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Angelini Opposes Push for Legal Marijuana

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Five years ago, Jon-Henry Barr said he never imagined he would be standing with a group of people advocating for the legalization of marijuana.

Mary Pat Angelini


“I think it’s a bad idea for all of New Jersey,” Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, a Republican representing the 11th legislative district in Monmouth County, said in a telephone interview. “I just have to look to Colorado to see the issues that they are facing.


Barr, who described himself as a lifelong, fiscally conservative Republican, said his experiences as a municipal prosecutor in Clark have changed his mind.

“The war on marijuana is a government program that does not work and is not needed,” Barr said. “It is time for a new approach to New Jersey’s marijuana laws.”

Barr, president of the New Jersey Municipal Prosecutors Association, was one in a diverse group of people on Wednesday announcing the formation of a coalition to push for legalization of marijuana in New Jersey.

New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform held its launch at a news conference at the Newark Club. Among the coalition’s members are law enforcement officials, medical professionals, as well as representatives of the New Jersey chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People,

The group espoused this message: that New Jersey’s prohibition on marijuana has been a failure, and that legalizing, regulating and taxing cannabis is a better idea.

Opponents of marijuana legalization point to problems that have arisen in states that have legalized it.

“I think it’s a bad idea for all of New Jersey,” Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, a Republican representing the 11th legislative district in Monmouth County, said in a telephone interview. “I just have to look to Colorado to see the issues that they are facing.

“There’s a large black market for marijuana because it is cheaper than going through a dispensary,” she said. “There’s a large increase in children exposed to pot by mistake.”

In fact, she said, there have been several cases where young children wound up in emergencies rooms because they mistakenly ingested marijuana.

Angelini is a certified drug prevention specialist and chief executive officer of Preferred Behavioral Health Group, a Lakewood-based provider of mental health and substance abuse treatment.

“Why promote the legalization of marijuana when we know for a fact this can be a stepping stone to other drugs?” Angelini said.



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Angelini: Legalizing Marijuana is a Bad Idea

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Marijuana should be decriminalized in New Jersey because existing laws waste police resources, unfairly target minorities and leave millions of dollars in potential tax revenue unrealized by relegating it to the black market, a coalition said Wednesday in announcing a public education initiative.


Mary Pat Angelini


Assemblyman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Ocean) doesn’t support the plan. “This is a very bad idea for New jersey. It’s a bad idea for our families, our children.  “Everybody that is in rehab for heroin at one point or another I would dare to say smoked marijuana.”


New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform wants to legalize marijuana for people over 21, tax it and regulate its distribution. Among the groups represented at Wednesday’s news conference were the American Civil Liberties Union New Jersey (ACLU), the NAACP State Conference of New Jersey and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

NJUMR is focusing its efforts on educating the public about the issue first, before seeking a solution through the ballot box or the Legislature, said William Caruso, former executive director of the state Assembly. Gov. Chris Christie has been an advocate of changing drug laws to allow for more opportunities for treatment instead of incarceration, but he has consistently opposed marijuana legalization and has said he would veto any such bill that arrived on his desk.

“People change their minds,” Caruso said. “I’m not saying that’s where the governor is or will be, but we can’t just stop because somebody has said, `This is where I am.’ It’s our job to create a responsible debate. Our goal right now is not the statehouse. Our first job is articulate a message to the voting public, the taxpayers of this state, about what we’re trying to accomplish and why.”

Police in New Jersey make more than 21,000 arrests for marijuana possession annually, the group said. Those offenses cost about $127 million to prosecute, according to Richard Smith, president of the NAACP New Jersey State Conference.

Marijuana prosecutions affect blacks disproportionately, Smith said: Black New Jerseyans are three times more likely than whites to be arrested, with potential far-ranging consequences including loss of jobs and benefits, loss of student loans and difficulty obtaining future employment. Pot arrests also clog courts and distract law enforcement officials from more serious crimes, coalition members said.

Assemblyman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Ocean) doesn’t support the plan. “This is a very bad idea for New jersey. It’s a bad idea for our families, our children.  “Everybody that is in rehab for heroin at one point or another I would dare to say smoked marijuana.”

ACLU New Jersey Director Udi Ofer said that based on comparisons to Colorado, which he said reaped between $60 million and $70 million in revenue from legal pot sales in that state’s first full year of legalization, New Jersey could expect $100 million or more.

“To say that this is going to help us get out of our fiscal crisis is a cop out,” Angelini said.

David Nathan, a Princeton-based psychiatrist and clinical associate professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, compared some of the group’s goals to previous efforts to educate children about smoking cigarettes — efforts, he said, that have decreased tobacco use.

“That campaign worked, not by making tobacco illegal for adults,” he said. “It worked by giving kids realistic, evidence-based, scientific and appropriate education about the harms of smoking and, frankly, making it a lot less cool. That’s what we have to do with marijuana.”

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