Christie takes action on pending legislation, issues absolute vetoes on 3 bills

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TRENTON, New Jersey — Gov. Chris Christie has taken action on several pieces of legislation, issuing absolute vetoes on three bills.

The Republican governor on Monday vetoed a two-bill package to boost funding for health care for low- and middle-income women and their children.

The first bill would have provided $7.5 million in supplemental funding for Family Planning Services grants through the state Department of Health. The second would have expanded Medicaid coverage of family planning services to non-pregnant individuals whose income does not exceed the highest income eligibility level established for pregnant women under current state plan. In his veto message, Christie said the bills would be a burden on taxpayers.

Christie also vetoed a bill for a second time that would have authorized certain gestational carrier agreements in the state.

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