From attempting to clear the way for sports betting in New Jersey to clamping down on the sentencing of sexual assault convicts, Gov. Chris Christie and the Legislature are bidding farewell to 2014 after enacting more than 80 pieces of legislation.
The year included of partisan points of friction like the Democrat-controlled Legislature’s panel to investigate the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.
But lawmakers and the governor found common ground too.
Besides a bill designed to bolster the state’s fight to allow sports betting, Christie caps the year having signed bills renewing fire and police department interest arbitration rules, requiring police cars to have video recording systems, bolstering vocational education programs and imposing mandatory 25-year-minimum sentences on people convicted of sexually assaulting a child under 13.