Governor Christopher 'Chris' J. Christie's Voting Records

Biographical

Full Name: Christopher 'Chris' J. Christie
Current Office: Governor, Republican
First Elected: 11/03/2009
Last Elected: 2013-11-05
Next Election: 2017
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Mary Pat; 4 Children: Andrew, Sarah, Patrick, Bridget
Birth Date: 09/06/1962
Birth Place: Newark, NJ
Home City: Mendham, NJ
Religion: Roman Catholic
Issue Category

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
7/11/14 A 3484 Establishes Certain Corporate Business Taxes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/11/14 A 2006 Reduces the Maximum Capacity of Ammunition Magazines Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
7/11/14 A 3485 Amends the State Income Tax for Certain Individuals Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/10/14 S 979 Establishes the College Affordability Study Commission Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
7/10/14 S 2265 Requires the State to Make Quarterly Payments to State-administered Pension Systems Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/30/14 S 2015 2014-2015 Biennium Budget Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
5/12/14 S 1306 Establishes "Superstorm Sandy Bill of Rights" Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
5/12/14 S 837 Amends the Procedures for Special Events Held on a Winery Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
4/28/14 S 873 Authorizes certain individuals to obtain birth certificates for adopted individuals Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
3/27/14 S 1869 Extends Salary Raise for Police and Firefighters Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
9/09/13 A 3659 Amends State Firearm Regulations Vetoed - Executive
Veto
8/19/13 S 2842 Authorizes Medical Marijuana For Minors Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
8/19/13 S 2723 Amends Firearms Identification Card Requirements Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
8/19/13 A 3371 Prohibits Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy Signed - Executive
Sign
8/16/13 A 3797 Requires Certain Firearm Information to be Collected and Reported Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
8/08/13 A 3796 Requires an Individual to Dispose of Unauthorized Firearms Within a Certain Time Period Signed - Executive
Sign
7/18/13 S 2163 Amends Arbitration for Certain Non-Teaching School Staff Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/18/13 S 1778 Thomas P. Canzanella Twenty First Century First Responders Protection Act Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/28/13 A 3807 Corporate Disinvestment Property Tax Relief Act Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/28/13 A 3668 Prohibits Investment by State of Pension and Annuity Funds in Companies Manufacturing, Importing, and Selling Assault Firearms Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/28/13 S 2825 2013 Supplemental Appropriation to Department of Health for Family Planning Services Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/28/13 S 2644 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Pursuant to Federal “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/28/13 S 2188 Requires Employer Notification When Relocating Call Center Services Outside the United States Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/28/13 S 968 Establishes Procedures for Privatization Contracts Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/28/13 A 4171 Provides Medicaid Coverage for Family Planning Services to Individuals with Incomes up to 200 percent of Federal Poverty Level Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/28/13 A 3878 Establishes Public Awareness Campaign About New Federally Required Health Insurance Exchange Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/27/13 S 2291 Eliminates the Requirement that Full-Time County College Students in New Jersey Have Health Insurance Coverage Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
6/27/13 S 1921 Establishes Animal Cruelty Offense for Confining a Gestating Sow Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/13/13 S 2399 Provides Immediate Issuance of Marriage and Civil Union Licenses at the Time the License Application is Made Vetoed - Executive
Veto
5/09/13 S 1336 Requires Physicians to Complete a Survey for Biennial Registration with Board of Medical Examiners Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
5/09/13 S 1219 Increases Compensation for Wrongful Imprisonment Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
5/09/13 S 1645 Authorizes Former Members and Employees of the New Jersey Racing Commission to Work for Racing Licensees Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
5/09/13 S 2364 Requires Early Voting to be Available for Certain Elections Vetoed - Executive
Veto
5/09/13 S 1650 Revises requirements for emergency medical services delivery Vetoed - Executive
Veto
5/06/13 A 2982 Authorizes State Lottery Winners to Remain Anonymous for 1 Year Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
5/06/13 A 2878 Prohibits requirement to disclose means for accessing electronic account or services by employers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
5/06/13 A 3614 Requires Legislative Approval for State Lottery Changes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
4/25/13 A 61 Establishes oversight for Hurricane Sandy recovery funds Vetoed - Executive
Veto
4/15/13 S 2535 Increases Earned Income Tax Credits Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
4/15/13 S 2425 Designates Labor Agreements for More Public Works Projects Vetoed - Executive
Veto
4/15/13 S 2211 The "New Jobs for New Jersey Act" Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
4/15/13 S 2483 Establishes the "New Jersey Workforce Development and Education Commission" Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
4/01/13 A 1271 Authorizes Tax Credits for Certain Wages Paid to Interns Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
4/01/13 A 2593 Requires Fire Command Structures in Municipal Emergency Operations Plans Involving Mutual Aid Fire Responses Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
3/18/13 S 71 Establishes New Jersey Yellow Dot Program Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
2/07/13 A 3206 Expands neighborhood revitalization State tax credit to include gross income taxpayers Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
2/07/13 A 2577 Reassesses casino licensee fees and employment conditions in Atlantic City Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
1/31/13 S 581 Establishes Tax Credits for Investors in Small Business Technology Signed - Executive
Sign
1/28/13 S 2157 Establishes the "New Jersey Residential Foreclosure Transformation Act" Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
1/28/13 A 2162 Increases Minimum Wage Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
1/28/13 S 2202 Requires the HMFA to Expand Participation in the New Jersey HomeKeeper Program Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
1/28/13 A 1415 Establishes Helmets to Hardhats pilot program in New Jersey Turnpike Authority Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
1/28/13 A 3028 Establishes the Clean Car Commission Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
12/06/12 S 2135 Establishes the New Jersey Health Benefit Exchange Vetoed - Executive
Veto
10/11/12 A 578 Authorizes Temporary Immunity for Witnesses and Victims of a Drug Overdose Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
9/24/12 A 2650 Relating to Unlawful Employment Practices Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
9/24/12 A 3164 Relating to Requiring State Pay Educational Costs of Students who Reside in Domestic Violence Shelters or Transitional Living Facilities Outside District of Residence for More Than 1 Year Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
9/24/12 A 575 Prohibits Treatment or Storage of Hydraulic Fracturing Waste in New Jersey Vetoed - Executive
Veto
9/24/12 A 1459 Relating to Electronic Waste Management Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
9/24/12 A 2649 Relating to Requiring Public Contractors to Report Certain Employment Information Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
9/24/12 A 2395 Relating to Changing Priorities for Financial Assistance from Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
9/24/12 A 2648 Relating to Disclosure of Certain Employment Information Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
9/24/12 A 2885 Relating to Requiring Prompt Monthly Reporting on Condition of Major State Budget Funds Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
9/24/12 A 2351 Relating to Establishing Online Portal for Acceptance of Donations to Certain Funds to Which Contributions may be made on Gross Income Tax Returns Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
9/24/12 A 2169 Relating to Establishing Moratorium on Licensing of Certain Emergency Medical Service Helicopter Response Units Pending Evaluation and Report Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
8/09/12 S 927 Relating to Review of Certain Department of Corrections Privatization Contracts Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
8/09/12 S 1599 Amends Surrogacy Laws Vetoed - Executive
Veto
8/09/12 S 945 Relating to Registration and Reporting Requirements to Prevent Illegal Trade of Tigers Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
8/09/12 S 782 Relating to New Jersey Hospital Disclosure and Public Resource Protection Act Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
7/30/12 S 2925 Relating to Urban Enterprise Zones Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/30/12 A 763 Increases Fees to Fund the E-Court Information System Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/30/12 A 3029 Relating to Increasing Benefit Amounts under New Jersey Earned Income Credit Program Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/30/12 A 2921 Relating to State Aid to Municipalities Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/30/12 A 2950 Relating to Affordable Housing Development Fees Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/26/12 S 1761 Requires more Transparancy and Accountability from Port Authority Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
7/26/12 S 1566 Authorizes the Conversion of Foreclosed Homes into Affordable Housing Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/26/12 S 788 Relating to 2012-2013 Supplemental Budget for Certain State Departments Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/26/12 S 257 Relating to 2011-2012 Supplemental Budget for the Department of Transportation Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/26/12 S 1322 Requires Participation In the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/02/12 A 3202 Relating to Supplemental Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013 Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/02/12 A 3201 Increases the Income Tax Rate on Incomes Over $1 million Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
5/11/12 A 2288 Relating to the Financial Policy Review Board Vetoed - Executive
Veto
5/10/12 A 2171 Relating to a Health Benefit Exchange Vetoed - Executive
Veto
5/03/12 S 1328 Relating to School Elections Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
2/21/12 S 1 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
1/17/12 A 3633 Relating to Soil Contamination Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 4337 Relating to the New Jersey Business Action Center Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 4366 Amending Annulment Requirements and Eliminating Marriage Wait Period Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 1531 Relating to Child Support Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 1463 Relating to Fire Responses Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 3694 Relating to Higher Education Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 3920 Relating to Vaccinations for Health Care Workers Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 3167 Relating to Brownfield Remediation Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 3158 Relating to Social Service Coordination Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 3072 Relating to Higher Education Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 2707 Relating to Death Certificates Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 2108 Relating to Hazardous Substances from Drilling Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 4389 Relating to Voting Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 3806 Relating to Renewable Energy Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 2727 Relating to Fund Donations Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 1080 Relating to Parking Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 2868 Relating to Appropriations Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 317 Relating to Contractors Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 3397 Relating to Deed Procurement Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 3142 Relating to Renewable Energy Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 3089 Relating to the New Jersey Food Access Initiative Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 2932 Relating to Insurance Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 2434 Relating to Flying the Flags at Half-Staff Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 2232 Relating to Taxes Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 1570 Relating to Child Abuse Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 1249 Relating to Municipal Aid Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 917 Relating to Energy Efficiency Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 2100 Relating to the State Retirement System and Health Care Plans Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 463 Relating to Renewable Energy Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 4048 Relating to NJ SHARES Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 2769 Relating to Subcontractors Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 2771 Relating to Building Inspections Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 445 Relating to Vehicle Registration Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 2129 Relating to Small Businesses Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 2888 Relating to Renewable Energy Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 834 Relating to Student Steroid Use Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 958 Authorizes the Limited Sale of Syringes and Needles Without a Prescription Signed - Executive
Sign
1/17/12 S 2316 Relating to Employment Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 2780 Relating to Surgical Practices Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 3054 Relating to Business Tax Credits Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 3309 Relating to Special Learner's and Examination Permits Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 A 3723 Relating to Income Taxes Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/17/12 S 668 Relating to Income Tax Deductions Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/12/12 S 3173 Authorizes Nonprofit Organizations to Construct and Manage Public Schools Signed - Executive
Sign
1/09/12 S 958 Authorizes the Limited Sale of Syringes and Needles Without a Prescription Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
10/27/11 A 359 Relating to Foreclosure Rescue Scams Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
8/25/11 S 2923 Establishes Program for Pet Sterilization Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
8/25/11 S 1815 Ocean County Stormwater Management System Demonstration Act Vetoed - Executive
Veto
8/25/11 S 2576 Relating to a One-Year Moratorium on Fracking Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
8/25/11 S 2197 Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Act Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
8/25/11 S 2946 NJ’s required participation in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/30/11 S 4000 2011-2012 Budget Signed - Executive
Line Item Veto
6/23/11 S 799 Adopted Individuals' Access to Birth Certificates Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
5/12/11 S 2175 Relating to Forfeited Tobacco Products Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
5/12/11 S 1643 Relating to the Sterilization of Animals Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
5/12/11 S 617 Relating to the Regulation of X-Ray Equipment Vetoed - Executive
Veto
5/12/11 S 1856 Relating to the Barnegat Bay Watershed Vetoed - Executive
Veto
5/05/11 A 444 Relating to Members of Boards of Education Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
5/05/11 A 1471 Relating to Taxicab Law Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
5/05/11 A 2173 Relating to Nonprofit Organizations Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
4/11/11 S 1940 Collective Bargaining Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
4/11/11 S 189 Establishes Penalties for Use of Bump Key to Commit Crimes Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
4/11/11 S 1841 Specifies that Department of Corrections Investigators are Police Officers Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
3/30/11 S 2308 Repeals Early Release for Certain Inmates Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
3/14/11 A 2144 Relating to the Maintenance of State Buildings Vetoed - Executive
Veto
3/03/11 A 3195 Financial Assistance Application Form for Small Businesses Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
3/03/11 S 2065 Public Bidding and Employment Database Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
3/03/11 S 490 Permits Internet Gambling Vetoed - Executive
Veto
3/03/11 S 483 Smart Growth Areas Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
3/03/11 S 2126 Renewable Energy Facilities Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
3/03/11 A 2529 Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Requirements Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
2/22/11 A 3143 Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
2/22/11 S 2398 New Jersey Economic Development Authority Vetoed - Executive
Veto
2/22/11 A 3308 State Contracts for Veteran-Owned Businesses Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
2/22/11 A 2215 Loans for Development of Green Buildings Vetoed - Executive
Veto
2/22/11 S 1216 Loans for Women and Minority-Owned Businesses Vetoed - Executive
Veto
2/18/11 S 2373 Business Tax Credits for Wages Paid to Qualified Interns Vetoed - Executive
Veto
2/18/11 A 1851 Historic Property Reinvestment Act Vetoed - Executive
Veto
2/18/11 A 1676 Amends Corporation Business Tax Income Allocation Formula Vetoed - Executive
Veto
2/18/11 S 2345 Expands Gross Income Tax Exclusion for Pensions and Annuities Vetoed - Executive
Veto
2/18/11 A 3353 Closing Fund for Economic Development Projects Vetoed - Executive
Veto
2/18/11 S 1540 Amends Business-Related Categories of Gross Income Vetoed - Executive
Veto
2/18/11 A 3584 Back to Work NJ Program Vetoed - Executive
Veto
2/18/11 A 3513 Workforce Shortage Loan Redemption Program Vetoed - Executive
Veto
2/18/11 S 2454 New Jersey Angel Investor Tax Credit Act Vetoed - Executive
Veto
2/18/11 S 690 Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act Vetoed - Executive
Veto
2/18/11 S 2394 Incentives for Breeding and Development of Racehorses Vetoed - Executive
Veto
2/18/11 A 3596 Public Contracts for Employers Who Hire Former Prisoners Vetoed - Executive
Veto
2/07/11 S 1730 Requires Certain Public Employees to Reside in the State Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
2/03/11 A 3273 Provides Funding for Family Planning Organizations Vetoed - Executive
Veto
1/31/11 S 2317 Establishes New Jersey Center for Oral Health Vetoed - Executive
Veto
1/31/11 S 572 Permits Undersheriff to Perform Administrative Duties Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
1/31/11 A 1705 Revises the Off-Track and Account Wagering Act Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
1/28/11 S 2381 Electric Generation Facilities Pilot Program Signed - Executive
Sign
1/06/11 A 3359 Prohibits practice of excluding unemployed individuals in advertisements for job vacancies Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
1/06/11 S 1248 Reporting lawsuits to Division of Local Government Services Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
12/09/10 S 2220 Concerning sick leave and vacation pay for public employees Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
10/07/10 A 2740 Requiring Review of New Drivers' Program Vetoed - Executive
Veto
9/13/10 A 973 Establishes a Juvenile Transfer Task Force Vetoed - Executive
Veto
9/13/10 A 584 Concerning publication of real estate sales Vetoed - Executive
Veto
9/13/10 A 2911 Relating to the use of the municipal free library surplus for property tax relief Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
9/13/10 A 2866 Establishes State Mental Health Facilities Evaluation Task Force Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
9/13/10 A 2768 Establishes deadlines for filing financial disclosure statements with State Ethics Commission Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
9/13/10 A 2850 Authorizes State Treasurer to sell certain public lands Vetoed - Executive
Veto
8/23/10 S 2137 Relating to Outreach and Training for Minorities and Women in the Construction Industry Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
8/23/10 S 1968 Revising Certain Unemployment Benefit Claim Procedures Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
8/23/10 S 1794 Relating to Redevelopment Authority Financing Assistance Vetoed - Executive
Veto
8/19/10 S 2036 Offshore Wind Economic Development Act Signed - Executive
Sign
7/30/10 A 2921 Concerning Burial or Removal and Transit Permit Fees Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/23/10 A 1678 Establishing a New Jersey Homebuyer Tax Credit Program Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/23/10 S 2134 State Government Appropriations Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/23/10 S 2139 2010-2011 Supplemental Health Services Budget Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/13/10 S 29 Reducing the property tax levy cap Signed - Executive
Sign
7/08/10 S 515 Continuing Education credits for physicians and veterinarians Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
7/08/10 S 29 Reducing the property tax levy cap Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
6/30/10 S 2105 Delaying the Effective Date of the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act Signed - Executive
Sign
6/30/10 S 2094 Limiting State Alternate Benefit Program for Higher Education Faculty Signed - Executive
Sign
6/30/10 S 2090 Car Inspection Waiver Signed - Executive
Sign
6/29/10 A 3009 Professional Sports Team Specialty License Plates Signed - Executive
Sign
6/29/10 S 3000 2010-2011 Budget Signed - Executive
Sign
6/24/10 S 1813 Reduces employer unemployment taxes during fiscal year 2011 Vetoed - Executive
Conditional Veto
6/10/10 A 10 Increasing Income Tax Rate on Income Exceeding $1 Million Vetoed - Executive
Veto
5/20/10 A 20 Increasing Pharmaceutical Assistance Funding Vetoed - Executive
Veto
1/19/10 A 3852 Relating to Public Notification Regarding Contaminated Site Remediation Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/19/10 A 832 Relating to Small Business Regulations Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/19/10 A 4345 Relating to Wastewater Management Plans and Wastewater Service Areas Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
1/19/10 A 371 Relating to Service Life of School Buses Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto

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