Bill "El Wingador" Simmons, the competitive chicken-wing eater arrested this month on drug-related charges, issued an apologetic statement following his release Monday on $100,000 bail and praised Gov. Christie's efforts to push for mandatory drug treatment for nonviolent offenders.
Simmons' 10 days in jail were a "life-changing experience," according to his statement, because of his exposure to young people serving long sentences for nonviolent offenses. Simmons, 50, of Woodbury Heights, faces such a sentence if convicted.
"I got to see firsthand the impact hard time for nonviolent offenders has on these young kids facing long sentences," Simmons said, "giving them no chance at rehabilitation or of ever leading normal, productive lives."