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Christie Surprised, Skeptical of Eminent-Domain Bill -- But He Already Signed It

Could confusion be linked to scandals and investigations distracting NJ's hands-on governor?


A little-noticed bill that passed the state Legislature last month gives extraordinary eminent-domain powers to a new higher education board in South Jersey.

But Gov. Chris Christie, embroiled in and perhaps distracted by two abuse-of-power scandals and investigations, said during a recent radio appearance that he didn't know anything about the bill, which would allow a new joint Rowan/Rutgers University board to seize private property in Camden.

In fact, the governor expressed skepticism and disapproval of the idea, suggesting that such a proposal would face tough scrutiny if it ever reached his desk.

There's just one big problem with this scenario. Christie himself signed the bill into law less than three weeks ago.

Read the full story and audio report by Richard Yeh of WNYC and Matt Katz of New Jersey Public Radio. Both WNYC and NJPR are partners of NJ Spotlight.

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