Christie rejects $10M for lead fund, proposes new program

Gov. Chris Christie turned back lawmakers’ attempt to put $10 million in an account for removing lead paint from homes. Instead, he said he is establishing a new program to remediate lead-contaminated homes in New Jersey.

Christie conditionally vetoed the legislation on Monday after announcing he planned to put $10 million toward lead abatement.

He said he is directing $10 million in the current fiscal year to establish the new program in the Department of Community Affairs.

The rejected legislation would have replenished the Lead Hazard Control Assistance Fund, which a tax on paint cans was supposed to finance when it was created in 2004.

Separately, Christie is also seeking $10 million to pay for lead testing at 3,000 public schools.

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