Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have required New Jersey to put the majority of its money from a much-criticized proposed pollution settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp. toward environmental cleanup.
Earlier this year, the state struck a $225 million deal with the oil company over pollution around refineries in Linden and Bayonne.
Christie is proposing that $50 million go toward cleanup and the rest to help balance the state’s budget.
Democrats who control the Legislature passed a bill requiring half of the money beyond the first $50 million in any natural resources settlement go toward cleanup.
Christie vetoed it Monday, saying those decisions should be made each year through the budgeting process.