BY JOHN REITMEYER, JAMES M. O’NEILL AND MICHAEL PHILLIS
"Governor Christie has rebuffed attempts to change the laws covering some of New Jersey’s most controversial and emotional issues, including the treatment of the developmentally disabled, disposal of fracking waste and the chance to bet on sports.
In all, Christie rejected 11 bills using the absolute veto or conditional veto. He also approved six other bills and endorsed a resolution.
The governor took action on the bills on Aug. 1, but did not disclose that fact to lawmakers or the public until his office announced the decisions in a news release on Friday afternoon. The actions will be officially recorded by the Legislature on Monday, said spokesman Kevin Roberts.
Though it’s not unusual for announcements on bill signings and vetoes to be delayed slightly, Christie’s office released the details seven days after he departed for a vacation that left Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno as acting governor. On Tuesday, his office announced that Christie had signed a bill into law that day that bans the sale or importation of ivory and rhinoceros horns, a measure that was actually recorded by the Legislature on Aug. 1.
Many of the measures Christie’s office announced on Friday were nearing the constitutionally mandated deadline for the governor to take action.
For the second time in two years, Christie vetoed a bill intended to ban the treatment and disposal of waste generated by hydraulic fracturing, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution’s interstate commerce clause...." Read MoreHere's the sidebar that explains it all:
Governor Christie’s office announced on Friday that the governor took action earlier this month on 17 bills and one resolution recently passed by the Legislature. Christie signed seven of the measures and either outright rejected by veto or modified the others using a conditional veto.
- A measure allowing Internet gambling equipment to be located in secure Atlantic City facilities. Before the legislation, all gambling hardware had to be located in casinos. The new law now allows such equipment to be located at other places in Atlantic City.
- Legislation that allows new noise controls to be imposed on businesses in the Atlantic City tourism district. Previously, no noise control measures could be imposed on bars in the district at certain times of the year.
- A funding plan for the state Department of Environmental Protection for environmental infrastructure projects.
- A companion measure that allows developers to borrow from the state for such projects.
- Renaming the Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge on Route 22 as the Sgt. William John Cahir Memorial Bridge. Cahir was a Marine who died in Afghanistan in 2009.
- Legislation establishing an equipment loan program within the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust.
- A resolution declaring the second Saturday in July every year as Dominican Pride Day.
- A bill that sought to change municipal tax-lien laws to generate more revenue and provide funding for urban revitalization programs. The bill would have created a pilot program.
- An effort to mandate that the commissioner of education approve any school closures and establish additional procedures.
- A move that would have given towns an exemption from the 2 percent property tax cap for flood insurance premiums.
- A measure that would have set specific standards for privatizing public services.
- Legislation that would have forced companies doing business with the state to disclose employees’ salary, gender and race to the commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
- A ban on allowing waste from hydraulic fracturing to be stored in the state.
- An effort to repeal prohibitions against sports betting at New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks.
- An attempt to provide energy assistance to some families that qualify for food stamps.
- Legislation that would restart the statute of limitations on potential lawsuits every time someone received a discriminatory paycheck.
- A measure that would require that anyone moved from a developmental center to a private group home receive a similar level of care nearby.
- A push to stop the transfer of developmentally disabled patients who receive out-of-state care to in-state facilities pending further study of the process.
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