Acting Governor Codey makes his mark in his State of the State address

Acting Governor Richard Codey made his mark Tuesday in his first State of the State address in Trenton.

In his speech, Codey said he plans to help keep New Jersey children safe from terrorism. Codey wants to have national experts teach bus drivers, administrators and teachers how to recognize and prevent terrorist activities. Codey vowed to push for more federal dollars for homeland security.

Codey also proposed making New Jersey the only state to offer free mental health screening for uninsured mothers. He called for a $200 million housing trust fund for individuals with mental illness and other disabilities. Codey already signed an executive order creating a mental health task force on his first day in office.

Codey?s speech highlighted stem cell research, saying a $150 million investment would help build a world-class stem cell research institute in New Jersey.

Codey was sworn into office on November 13 after former Governor Jim McGreevey resigned. In his remarks, Codey said he wants to bring stability and dignity to the Statehouse.

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