NEW JERSEY - Governor Christie has vetoed a piece of legislation aimed at protecting the shore. Christie says he supports banning smoking in state-owned parks and beaches, but conditionally vetoed a measure that would require towns to implement the ban. The Republican governor says he abhors smoking, but that it should be left to towns to decide whether to ban it. Christie also vetoed an attempt to ban smoking at beaches and parks in 2014, but he says that hundreds of towns have already instituted their own bans. The ban passed by lawmakers in May would have allowed towns to set aside up to 15% of a beach for smoking. The ban also would not apply to parking lots adjacent to public parks or beaches.