Christie takes action on pending bills

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday signing the following bills into law:

A-1394/S-1856 (Wilson, Conaway/A.R. Bucco) – Establishes pilot program suspending operations of superintendent and deputy superintendent of elections in certain second class counties

A-1688/S-2303 (Russo, Riley, Wagner/O’Toole) – Prohibits public institutions of higher education from permitting direct solicitation of students for credit card accounts

A-2739/S-1949 (Benson, Wagner/Greenstein, Sweeney) – Directs State Board of Education to promulgate regulations requiring school districts to develop a plan to establish stability in special education programming

A-3027/S-2350 (Greenwald, Eustace, Milam, Webber/Pou, Oroho) – Authorizes the use of fraud prevention contractors by the Division of Taxation

A-3166/SS for S-2129 (Wilson, Fuentes/Norcross) – Permits appointment and transfer of certain special law enforcement officers and county park police officers by certain sheriffs and counties

A-3178/S-2075 (Fuentes, Wilson, Coutinho/Norcross) – Authorizes sale of site of former Riverfront State Prison in City of Camden as State surplus property to NJEDA for public auction to prequalified developer

A-3591/S-2394 (Burzichelli, Benson, Conaway, Spencer/Turner, Oroho) – Appropriates $24,290,379 from “2009 Farmland Preservation Fund” and “Garden State Farmland Preservation Trust Fund” to State Agriculture Development Committee for farmland  preservation purposes

A-3592/S-2397 (Albano, Eustace, Singleton, Caride DiMaio/Beach, Bateman) – Appropriates $38.5 million from “2009 Farmland Preservation Fund” and “Garden State Farmland Preservation Trust Fund” to State Agriculture Development Committee for county planning incentive grants

A-3593/S-2396 (Milam, Caputo, Gusciora, Barnes, DiMaio/Van Drew, Doherty) – Appropriates $16,250,000 from “2009 Farmland Preservation Fund” for planning incentive grants to municipalities for farmland preservation purposes

A-3594/S-2395 (Riley, Chivukula, Johnson, DiMaio/Sweeney, Singer) – Appropriates $4,083,320 from “2009 Farmland Preservation Trust Fund,” “2007 Farmland Preservation Fund,” and “Garden State Farmland Trust Fund” for grants to certain nonprofit organizations for farmland preservation purposes

"He evolves like any other politician who knows how to flip a foe into a friend when necessary. He’ll do whatever it takes to survive."
—Bergen Record columnist Charles Stile, on Gov. Christie's sudden embrace of the way unemployment data is collected