Voices from NJ Spotlight
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.
“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?
“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?
“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?
“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.
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?