Christie conditionally vetoes ‘child bride ban’ bill

Chris Christie has conditionally vetoed a legislative effort to ban child marriages in New Jersey.

The Governor wants changes, including the option to allow the issuance of marriage licenses to 16 and 17 year old minors WITH judicial approval.

Christie stressed his opposition to an outright ban, echoing the position of pro-life organizations by arguing that “…it is disingenuous to hold that a 16 year old may never consent to marriage, although New Jersey law permits the very same 16 year old to consent to sex or obtain an abortion without so much as parental knowledge, let alone consent. That inconsistency in logic undercuts the alleged logic of an outright ban.”

You can click here to view the full conditional veto message. The legislature now has the option of adopting the Governor’s proposed changes, attempting to override his veto or letting the measure die.

A ledger of all bills acted upon this Thursday is listed below:



ACS for A-815/ACS for S-1088 (Land, Andrzejczak, Mosquera, Vainieri Huttle, Bramnick/Van Drew, T. Kean) – Concerns Code Blue alert plans to shelter at-risk individuals

A-837/S-468 (Jimenez, Green, Mukherji, Sumter, Munoz/Sacco, Greenstein) – Establishes “Hazardous Drug Safe Handling Act;” requires promulgation of standards and regulations concerning safe handling of hazardous drugs by certain health care personnel

A-1256/S-1381 (Caride, Singleton, Jasey, Wimberly/Bateman) – Requires State Board of Education regulations regarding school nurse certification to include certain minimum eligibility requirements

A-1649/S-853 (Schaer, Pintor Marin, Wimberly, Mukherji/Stack) – Requires local governments and authorities to obtain financing cost estimate from NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust for certain projects

ACS for A-1973/SCS for S-2401 (Prieto, Handlin/Diegnan, Stack) – “Appraisal Management Company Registration and Regulation Act”

A-1991/S-2722 (Prieto, Jimenez, Oliver/Stack, Cunningham) – Provides two elected members of pension commission of closed Hudson County Employees’ Pension Fund may be active or retired county employees

ACS for A-2004/SCS for S-731 (Green, Benson, Moriarty, Mukherji, Pintor Marin/Cruz-Perez, Beach) – Establishes certain penalties for operating or participating in pyramid promotional schemes

A-2087/SCS for S-2792 (Mukherji, Schaer, Downey, Quijano/Greenstein, Turner) – Grants drivers additional time to resolve parking violations prior to license or registration suspension

A-2340/S-2108 (Benson, Muoio, Gusciora/Greenstein, Diegnan) – Authorizes students in Marie H. Katzenbach school for the deaf to operate State vehicle for driver education and provides protection for such activity under tort claims act

A-2512/S-1899 (DeAngelo, Pintor Marin, Houghtaling/Whelan, Turner) – Requires BPU to render decision on case within 12 months of final public hearing or hold another public hearing prior to deciding case

A-2805/S-2726 (Caputo, Houghtaling, McKeon, Chiaravalloti/Codey, Pou) – Requires DMVA to develop online historic tour identifying locations of war battles and places of significance to war efforts in State

A-3011/S-2796 (Conaway, Singleton/Allen) – Modifies charter of Board of Island Managers of Burlington Island to move elections to November

AS for A-3351/S-2570 (Lampitt, Andrzejczak, Quijano, Holley, Jones, Space/Cruz-Perez, Oroho) – Creates license to manufacturer and sell hard cider and mead

A-3581/SCS for S-2582, 2092 (Downey, Mosquera, Danielsen, Houghtaling, Van Drew, Turner, Moriarty) – Requires Internet-connected baby monitors to include security features

A-3601/S-2209 (Schaer/Vitale, Gill) – Concerns regulation of guaranteed asset protection waivers by DOBI

A-3785/S-2396 (Downey, Houghtaling, Jasey, Singleton, Holley, Caride, Wimberly/Ruiz, Turner) – Requires State to pay educational costs of students who reside in homeless shelter outside district of residence for more than one year

A-4019/S-2491 (Mazzeo, Mukherji, Andrzejczak, Land, DeCroce, McKnight, Danielsen/Cruz-Perez, Madden) – Permits eligible students who are members of United States Armed Forces to wear military uniform at high school graduation

A-4146/S-2521 (Vainieri Huttle, Benson, Lampitt, Johnson, McKnight, Sumter/Vitale, Gordon) – STATEMENT UPON SIGNING – Provides for monitoring and evaluation of transition of mental health and substance use disorder treatment service system and developmental disability system to fee-for-service reimbursement model; makes appropriation

A-4284/S-2675 (Quijano, Benson, Muoio, Caride, Vainieri Huttle, McKnight, Wimberly, Sumter/Diegnan, Beach) – Provides that school districts and nonpublic schools may receive reimbursement for costs incurred on or after January 1, 2016 for testing school drinking water for lead

A-4344/S-2729 (Karabinchak, Pinkin, Coughlin, Wisniewski/Diegnan, Vitale) – Designates portion of Route 18 in East Brunswick as “State Trooper Werner Foerster Memorial Interchange”

AJR-76/SJR-16 (Vainieri Huttle, Holley, McKnight, Jasey/Gill) – Designates September “Affordable Housing Awareness Month”

AJR-130/SJR-92 (Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt/Vitale, Singer) – Designates January 23 of each year as “Maternal Health Awareness Day” in New Jersey


A-1850/S-2606 (Giblin, DeAngelo, Mukherji, Holley/Diegnan) – ABSOLUTE – Extends by two months seasonal retail consumption alcoholic beverage license

A-1869/S-668 (Wimberly, Vainieri Huttle, Oliver, Tucker, Quijano, Johnson/Rice, Cruz-Perez) – CONDITIONAL – Establishes Division of Minority and Women Business Development and State Chief Disparity Officer to monitor efforts to promote participation by minority-owned and women-owned businesses in State contracting

A-2353/S-367 (Vainieri Huttle, Jasey, Mukherji, Benson, Quijano/Codey, Turner) – CONDITIONAL – Establishes measures to deter steroid use among students; appropriates $45,000 to DOE for New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association testing of student-athletes for steroids and other performance enhancing substances

A-3091/S-2528 (Munoz, Gusciora, O’Scanlon, Oliver, Lagana, Lampitt, Mukherji, Sumter/Pou, Weinberg, Cunningham) – CONDITIONAL – Bars persons under age 18 from marrying or entering into a civil union