June 6, 2014-TRENTON NJ- Former Rhode Island Congressman, son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy and now New Jersey resident Patrick Kennedy joins Michael Aron on this week’s On the Record for a wide-ranging discussion about his family, the mental health issues he championed in Congress, and the upcoming National Special Olympics next week in New Jersey.
Kennedy discusses a wide range of topics, including how the assassinations of his uncles and the threats against his father rippled through his family.
He is currently working on the implementation of The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. He and his father co-sponsored it in 2008, and on July 1st, 2014, the law will be implemented.
In the half-hour interview Kennedy discusses the founding of the Special Olympics, a global organization founded by his aunt Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and about the last bill signed into law by his uncle, President John F. Kennedy. It was the Mental Health Act of 1963.
He also applauds Governor Chris Christie’s efforts to define addiction as a disease.
When asked why he moved to New Jersey (he lives in the Brigantine area), the retired representative said, “I met a Jersey girl” with roots in Absecon.
On the Record with Michael Aron airs Saturday at 6:30pm and Sunday at 10am on NJTV (check local listings). Learn more about the series and watch past episodes online at http://www.njtvonline.org/programs/on-the-record/.
Patrick Kennedy joins Michael Aron for NJTV's On the Record.