TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators John Girgenti (D-Passaic) and Fred Madden (Gloucester/Camden) which would upgrade the offense of assaulting a nurse or other healthcare profession to aggravated assault today received final approved in the Senate. It now heads to the desk of Governor Christie.
“Under current law, assaults against individuals in certain ‘high risk’ occupations such as law enforcement and teaching constitute aggravated assault, but physical violence against a nurse or other healthcare professional only constitutes a simple assault. This makes no sense,” said Senator Girgenti, Chairman of the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee, D-Passaic and Bergen. “Nurses devote their entire careers to saving the lives of others. They should not have to worry about putting their own safety at risk while going about their job. Hopefully, the threat of harsher penalties will serve as a deterrent for those who seek to cause them harm.”