Legislation designed to lessen the size of forest fires through controlled burns of underbrush on forest floors has been pocket vetoed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
A-329 was one of some 100 bills signed or pocket vetoed by the governor on Jan. 21.
The Governor's Office provide no explanation for the veto.
Prior to the governor's action, Associated Press writer Wayne Parry wrote:
Jaclyn Rhoads, assistant executive director of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, said the state does not carry out enough prescribed burns, due to staffing, funding, and other concerns.
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