In Trenton, legislation redux

By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau

TRENTON At the Statehouse, if at first you don’t succeed, try introducing the bill again.

Gov. Christie may have shot down hundreds of bills last session, but that didn’t stop lawmakers from moving forward Thursday with some of the same proposals. Bills brought back include one championed by the state’s top elected Democrat to form a commission on college affordability – legislation the governor opposed as redundant – and a measure to ban pig gestation crates, which are decried by animal rights groups as inhumane.

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Sweeney said students are “drowning in debt.” Donna Chiera, president of the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey, said the bill deserved a second hearing.

Higher education officials have “released no relevant information nor shown any indication of addressing this major challenge for New Jersey students,” she said in a statement.

The bill was advanced Thursday by the Higher Education Committee.

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