Christie Issues Conditional Veto on New Family Leave Bill

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a new bill on Friday, July 21st, that would have expanded paid leave for workers in the state.

Christie issued a conditional veto of the bill passed by the legislature, which would have increased the eligibility period for family leave insurance from six weeks to 12 weeks, and would have allowed siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and parent-in-laws to be added to the list of caregivers who could have the benefits.

The bill would have expanded benefit access to those who work for companies with at least 20 employees, instead of the current 50 employees.

Christie argued that the new bill would have resulted in increased taxes, and told lawmakers to refocus the bill to raise awareness of the benefits that are currently available to workers. 

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