In what appeared to be a response to President Barack Obama's call for tougher gun-control laws, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that he will create a task force to recommend ways to reduce violence in the state. He denounced a National Rifle Association advertisement criticizing Obama's proposals and making reference to armed security for the president's daughters as "reprehensible."
Amazon plans to open two big fulfillment centers and create 1,500 jobs in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie said. The company also agreed to start collecting the state's 7% sales tax in July 2013. Amazon expects to apply for tax incentives to build the facilities.
The New Jersey Legislature has passed a measure that would establish a board and advisory panel as well as other elements for a health insurance exchange. The bill now moves to Gov. Chris Christie's desk.
The New Jersey Star-Ledger editorial board calls on Gov. Chris Christie to signal to Republican lawmakers that they may vote according to their consciences on a pending marriage equality bill without fear of reprisal. Several GOP lawmakers are said to be secretly supportive of the measure, but may not vote for it due to Christie’s influence.
New Jersey's state education board added more math and science to the state's graduation requirements as well as a semester-long course on personal finance and economics. The board also approved up to seven end-of-course exams, although it has not been determined whether students need to pass all of them to graduate. The changes will be phased in over the next seven years.