TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has used his veto pen to try to change a civil service reform measure and to reject outright a move to force the state to apply for federal funds for family planning services.
Christie has been urging the Democratic-controlled Legislature to reform civil service laws to help municipalities stay under the new 2 percent cap on annual property tax increases.
On Thursday, he conditionally vetoed a civil service reform bill to let municipalities opt out of civil service and allow them to impose local furloughs across the board. The bill goes back to the Legislature for consideration of the changes he wants.
He also rejected a bill to establish limits on chemicals such as nitrogen fertilizer that can be allowed to enter the Barnegat Bay.
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