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Sarlo Statement On Pascack Valley Hospital

TRENTON – Senator Paul A. Sarlo, D-Bergen, Essex and Passaic, issued the following statement today after Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie attempted to use the closing of Pascack Valley Hospital to score cheap partisan points in a press conference held at the hospital site:

“I have been a long standing supporter of reopening Pascack Valley Hospital and have testified to the same before hearings of the State Health Planning Commission. I am confident that Hackensack Medical Center will be granted the certificate of need from the State Health Planning Commission based upon the merits of the application.

“It is unfortunate that Chris Christie is attempting to politicize this issue just before an election. For the past few months I have been working with Senator Weinberg and other interested parties including the hospital executives in developing a collaborative effort that will not only reopen Pascack Valley Hospital, but will strengthen all of the hospitals in Bergen County. I feel that this process should be done with all the stakeholders at the table, with no political grandstanding.”