Public employee residency requirement stalls in N.J.

Gov. Chris Christie has conditionally vetoed legislation that would require newly hired public employees in New Jersey to live in the state.

The governor said he supports the concept, but took issue with some details of the bill. He wants to expand the commission that will decide on granting exemptions. He also suggests pushing back the effective date of the measure to four months after enactment.

Sen. Donald Norcross is the main sponsor of the residency requirement. He expects the Legislature will vote to accept Christie’s recommendations.

“We are expecting the vote to come back up in the Senate and the Assembly hopefully by the end of the month,” Norcross said Tuesday. “The changes were technical in nature and we don’t really expect that to be a major issue.”

Current New Jersey public employees who live out of state would not be affected by the legislation

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