Atlantic City Council Chairman Tibbitt to end needle “swap”
FIRST REPORT – DATELINE ATLANTIC CITY
In a major report, we confirmed that Atlantic City City Council Chairman George Tibbitt is drafting a bill to end the city’s clean needle exchange program.
Atlantic City Councilor Kaleem Shabazz will co-sponsor the legislation with Tibbitt.
Other Council members are preparing to sign Tibbitt legislation. He may be heading for a unanimous Council vote … however, whatever the case, the votes are in place to pass this legislation.
This program is about to end at the next June Council meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
Tibbitt also confirmed to us that he received the support of New Jersey Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver to end the program.
Oliver was commissioned by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to oversee Atlantic City.
Oliver’s support essentially seals the bill’s ultimate passage.
What started as a clean needle exchange program to help drug addicts has evolved into a free, no-exchange syringe program.
“The people of Atlantic City are sick and tired … of dirty needles falling all over town,” Tibbitt said.
“It must end. That end is now, ”Tibbitt said.