TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – Governor Chris Christie has signed a bill that will require newly hired government workers in New Jersey to live within the state.

It doesn’t cover the thousands of current government staffers in New Jersey who aren’t residents — the vast majority of them cross over from Pennsylvania.

“The new law requires all newly hired public employees to live in New Jersey or move to the state within a year of taking a position,” Cumberland County Assemblywoman Celeste Riley said.

She is one of several sponsors of the law that takes in effect in four months. She didn’t consider it fair to impose the change on those now in the state’s payroll.

There is a loophole in the residency requirement. Those with special cases can go to a five member panel to seek an exemption.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio

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