TRENTON – Sen-elect Robert Andrzejczak and Assemblyman Bruce Land issued the following statement Jan. 11 on the intent of the statewide Code Blue legislation:
“When we crafted the Code Blue legislation with Congressman Van Drew, the intent was for the 21 counties in New Jersey to take an active lead in formulating and implementing a Code Blue alert plan in their respective county.
"It is the county's responsibility to coordinate the efforts of those municipalities with an identified homeless population. County government's responsibility does not end with making an alert announcement. We would encourage the Cape May County Board of Freeholders and the Office of Emergency Management to take a more proactive approach to working with local municipalities in identifying the homeless population, effectuating a plan for notifying those individuals of a Code Blue alert, and getting them into an identified shelter.
“We stand committed to assisting the County in addressing questions or concerns they may have with state requirements or restrictions. County governments have a lot of leeway in how they address the issue of homelessness in their local communities and we remain committed to working with local governments to address this pressing issue."