How Christie’s Legacy Can Be About Compassion for Neediest

Homeless Families Are Among
Most Vulnerable Populations

How Christie’s Legacy Can Be About Compassion for NeediestOn February 16, 2016, the Star-Ledger featured an Op-Ed, “How Christie’s legacy can be about compassion for N.J.’s neediest.”

Serena Rice, Executive Director of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey and Walter X. Kalman, Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers-NJ co-authored this piece in which they challenge Christie to invest in needed services for vulnerable populations.

“Gov. Chris Christie recently declared a standard for judging the state’s legacy in caring for the most vulnerable: ‘The true measure of greatness is found in the strength of our compassion.’ But compassion is only half of this equation. Investment is equally essential to properly serve the most vulnerable in our state.”

In response to the Governor’s recently released planned for state funding, their state-wide organizations “challenge him to hold this plan to his own standard of compassion and invest in needed services for vulnerable populations, including individuals with substance abuse and mental health needs, but also the many other populations that are equally vulnerable” including among the many deserving New Jerseyans living in poverty “Families and individuals facing homelessness, including many with special needs.”

Write Rice and Kalman.

New Jersey is facing a poverty crisis.

“Approximately 2.8 million people in this state are struggling just to cover the costs of basic needs each month.”

“We challenge Gov. Christie to not pick and choose just one vulnerable group, but to demonstrate the strength of the State’s commitment to making New Jersey strong for everyone. The state budget is an essential tool in building a ‘legacy of greatness’ for New Jersey, and “the true measure of greatness is found in the strength of our compassion.”

Write Rice and Kalman.

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