New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was joined by Jon Bon Jovi as he signed into law a bill intended to help prevent drug overdose deaths.
The Republican governor held the bill-signing ceremony Thursday at a drug rehabilitation center in the northern New Jersey city of Paterson.The measure shields someone overdosing on drugs and those who get them medical assistance from prosecution if they act in good faith.
The issue hits close to home for Bon Jovi. The rocker's daughter apparently overdosed on heroin in a Hamilton College dorm room last year . Hamilton College is in Onedia County.
A district attorney dropped drug charges against Stephanie Bongiovi and another student under New York's so-called Good Samaritan 911 law that was designed to reduce overdose deaths by encouraging people to call 911 without fear of being arrested for drug possession.
New Jersey lawmakers had reached a compromise with Christie, who had conditionally vetoed the legislation to limit its scope.
Bon Jovi praised Christie and the Legislature for New Jersey's new law. The rocker says he expects it to save lives.