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Voices from NJ Spotlight

In the rush of quotes and contentions that mark every week at NJ Spotlight, it's easy to miss some of the most memorable.

We were struck last week by a number of compelling quotes from a wide variety of stories on NJ Spotlight, and thought we would highlight a few you might not have seen. Here’s a chance to catch up as a new week begins.

School Safety

“Remember, there are two types of schools, and they are not urban vs. suburban or private vs. public. It is those who have undergone a crisis, and those waiting for one to happen.”

-- Michael Wanko, Piscataway High School principal and author of "Safe Schools: Crisis Prevention and Response." What led him to make that distinction? The full story.

Unlikely Allies

“Right now, from what I understand, Jeff Tittel [director of the New Jersey Sierra Club] and the Chemistry Industry Council are actually on the same side of the issue. Maybe the Mayans were correct and the world is coming to an end.’’

-- NJ Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-Bergen). What might have united these two organizations, which are usually at odds? The full story.

Camden Crime

“There’s not a doubt we’ll be successful. We’re providing the resources necessary to change the public safety paradigm in the city of Camden.”

-- Jose Cordero, on major changes coming to Camden law enforcement. How can he be so confident? The full story.

Gambling Revenues

“If we did something [passing antigambling legislation] to make the lottery less attractive that would hurt revenues. If we want to increase revenues, we have to advertise the lottery. Just like with Pepsi or a car commercial, you say, ‘You’re going to feel better if you buy this product or service.’ We have to do the same thing with the lottery.”

-- State Assemblyman Gary Chiusano (R-Sussex) on the idea that the state needs to provide more funding and promote services to those fighting gambling addiction. The full story.

A Chance at Recovery

“The first time I overdosed, I was slapped, shaken, and I was dumped in a bathtub and I remember waking up to my boyfriend at the time who was crying. Today . . . I’m so unspeakably grateful that I’ve been gifted with a chance at recovery and I think that everybody should have this opportunity, that struggles with addiction.”

-- Drug Policy Alliance New Jersey policy associate Elizabeth Thompson, a former heroin addict. What measure before the legislature does she want passed? The full story.

Paula Saha is NJ Spotlight's director of community engagement and social media.

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