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Christie Vetoes Smoking Ban For NJ Beaches, Parks (Newsclips, Editorials, Letters To Editor, Bill Sponsor Statements)

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On September 10 2014, Governor Christie vetoed A1080/S1772 that would have banned smoking in public parks and public beaches across the state. Though the bill had an overwhelming support from the Senate and the Assembly, Christine suggested that a “one sized fits all” approach to this measure is not adequate.

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), one of the measure’s sponsors, spoke on Christie’s veto and finding his actions a blow to public health and the environment. “Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in this country and everyone is well aware of the dangers of second-hand smoking in this day and age,” Vainieri Huttle said in a statement today. “The damage discarded cigarettes do to our already fragile ecosystems is also well-documented. I would have hoped the governor would have joined the overwhelming majority of the legislature who supported this bill by standing up for the public’s best interests.”

You can read Governor Christie’s reasoning on the veto here.

Newsclips on Gov. Christie’s Veto:

Editorials Opposing Gov. Christie’s Veto:

Letters to the Editor Opposing Gov. Christie’s Veto:

Bill Sponsor Statements on Gov. Christie’s Veto: