Christie vetoes measure requiring smart guns to be sold; signs nearly 100 bills

The Record- Governor Christie signed nearly 100 bills into law Tuesday and vetoed another five dozen, including two gun-related measures, a new tax on hotels and mandatory recess at public schools.

Christie’s action finalizes the legislative business for the session that ended last week.

Among the bills Christie signed is one naming Rt. 17 in Ramsey “Staff Sergeant Timothy R. McGill Memorial Highway,” in honor of the borough native who was killed in 2013 while on a mission with the Army National Guard in Afghanistan.

Christie also signed nearly a dozen bills into law designed to assist veterans, from financial planning assistance to securing jobs.

Tuesday marked the deadline for Christie to act on legislation sent to him at the end of the two-year session last week. Bills passed within the last 10 days of a two-year session give the governor the power of a pocket veto – rejecting measures but not sending them back to the Legislature for an opportunity to override the veto. Christie pocket vetoed 62 bills. 

Included in the vetoes was a measure to require smart guns be sold by all retailers in New Jersey. The technology to personalize handguns by using wireless devices or a fingerprint has been stifled by a 2002 law requiring them to replace traditional handguns. The lead sponsor of the bill, Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, introduced a new version of the law last year to do away with that requirement in an attempt to drive advancements in the technology.

Christie also rejected another gun bill that would prohibit those convicted of terroristic threats, carjacking, racketeering and gang criminality from owning or possessing a gun.

A bill that would have required public school districts to provide a daily recess period for students in kindergarten through fifth grade was also vetoed by Christie.

Christie did not make public his reasons for any of those vetoes.

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