2019 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 2A - Administration of Civil and Criminal Justice
Section 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.