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Event Sheds Light on Adolescent Substance Abuse Providing Hope for Families Throughout New Jersey

Mendham, N.J. Sept. 3, 2013– Daytop New Jersey, which delivers comprehensive substance abuse treatment and education programs to New Jersey teenagers, adults and their families, will pay tribute to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his wife, First Lady Mary Pat Christie, at its annual “Spirit of Daytop” gala dinner on Thursday, September 26, 2013.

“Mary Pat and I have been involved with Daytop for many years so we know firsthand that Daytop is truly one of the places in New Jersey where miracles happen,” said Governor Christie. “No life is disposable and I know that the types of comprehensive treatment programs and education that Daytop provides can in fact turn around the lives of adolescents here in New Jersey. Mary Pat and I are honored to attend the annual gala and look forward to many more years of working together to reclaim lives and heal families.”

“We are truly honored and grateful for Governor and Mrs. Christie’s support of Daytop Village of New Jersey and for their commitment to our mission, going back to 1992 when we first opened our doors. Then a Morris County freeholder and overseeing human services, Governor Christie made sure that no Morris County child would ever have to wait for treatment by ensuring we received a county grant,” said Jim Curtin, executive director of Daytop New Jersey. “The Governor and First Lady continue to lead by example, and are big believers in serving New Jersey through public and community service. We are truly grateful for their support and commitment to our mission.”

Christie has been a successful lawyer, US District Attorney and governor and, together with his wife Mary Pat Christie, has led by example through legislation and continued support for programs that address the needs of those people and their families who are struggling with substance abuse. In 2012, Governor Christie signed a bill passed by the New Jersey Legislature that would expand the state’s drug court program and make treatment mandatory for addicts who commit non-violent crimes. The law also expands the state’s drug court, which is currently a voluntary system and takes in only about 1,400 participants a year.

Annually Daytop New Jersey delivers comprehensive substance abuse treatment and education programs to more than 500 teenagers, adults and their families. Daytop’s programs are individualized, family-based, cost-effective, peer-oriented and multi-disciplinary in nature.Daytop operates facilities in Hunterdon County as well as in Parsippany, Mendham, and Pittsgrove, N.J. 

The Daytop 2013 Gala will be hosted at The Palace at Somerset Park, and will feature a VIP reception with Gov. Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie, a general reception and a dinner and program. This year’s goal is to raise $1 million to support Daytop’s valuable programs, which are tailored specifically to the needs of those struggling with substance abuse. For more information or to purchase tickets for the gala, please contact O’Mealia Special Events at 908-781-8418 or, or visit

About Daytop New Jersey

The mission of Daytop New Jersey, Inc. is to provide highly effective and accessible Behavioral Health Services, restoring hope and improving the quality of life for persons served, their families and our communities.

The program is individualized and provides comprehensive treatment options for substance abuse, including co-occurring disorders. Substance abuse is pervasive in our community and it is a problem that will affect each and every one of us at some point in our lives.  It is important that we have a trusted resource in our community such as Daytop to turn to in a time of need. For more information visit: Members of the media may register with Jerry Schranz 201-465-8020 or

09/16/2013 - 09:45


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