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July 25, 2017

We have no word on whether Gov. Chris Christie’s arm or wrist were tired this past Friday July 21, but they definitely got a good workout: The state’s chief executive signed 53 bills into law.

Included in the stack was legislation that raised to 21 the legal age to buy tobacco products in the state.

“My mother died from the effects of smoking, and no one should lose their life due to any addictive substance,” the governor commented.

He also signed four bills that help continue the fight against the opioid epidemic that is sweeping the state.

One measure requires the Department of Human Services to develop an application for its website that displays daily information about the number of open beds available in facilities for people in need of mental health or substance-use disorder treatment. One helps inform parents of student athletes and cheerleaders about the use and misuse of prescription opioids. One allows hospice programs to accept unused prescription medicines from hospice patients for safe disposal. And one mandates the use of “current-day, sensitive terminology” when referring to people with substance-use disorders or certain disabilities.

It wasn’t all smiles at the governor’s desk, however. He also vetoed 14 bills.

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