New Jersey state senators Ron Rice (D-Essex) and Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) have proposed two separate measures to combat the state’s lead poisoning crisis. In January, Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have allocated millions of funding to help property owners remove traces of lead in aging buildings.
The proposed measures by Rice and Vitale aim to shift $10 million into an account to help fund efforts to prevent lead poisoning in children and update New Jersey’s testing requirements for lead poisoning. These testing requirements would aim to match federal standards and create strategies for screening.