TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey residents would be barred from smoking on public beaches and in parks under legislation scheduled to get a vote in both houses of the Legislature.

The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate are set to vote Thursday on the bill.

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Republican Gov. Chris Christie spoke about the measure Wednesday on his regular call-in show on 101.5 FM. He did not say whether he would sign or veto the bill, but said he doesn’t see why the decision to ban smoking shouldn’t be left to towns across the state.

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The legislation would amend a 2005 law that banned smoking at indoor public places and workplaces to include state, county and town parks and beaches.

The ban would not apply to parking lots adjacent to public parks or beaches.

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