2009 New Jersey Code
Section 2A:31
2A:31-1 - When action lies

2A:31-1.  When action lies
    When the death of a person is caused by a wrongful act, neglect or default,  such as would, if death had not ensued, have entitled the person injured to  maintain an action for damages resulting from the injury, the person who would  have been liable in damages for the injury if death had not ensued shall be  liable in an action for damages, notwithstanding the death of the person  injured and although the death was caused under circumstances amounting in law  to a crime.
L.1951 (1st SS), c.344.

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