Gov. Chris Christie took time out of his hectic schedule campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination this week to head back to the Garden State, where a stack of pending legislation — 64 bills in all — awaited his attention. The governor signed 39 bills into law, but gave his veto pen almost as strenuous a workout, vetoing or conditionally vetoing 25 measures — leaving his critics understandably unhappy.
Among the legislation that Christie rejected outright was the “Democracy Act,” which would streamline voter registration and simplify the voter process itself — a seemingly smart move following a general election in which voter turnout barely broke 20 percent.
The governor is back on the campaign trail, leaving lawmakers on both sides of the aisle — and New Jersey residents — to deal with his decisions.