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Gov. Christie once again vetoes trans birth certificate bill

Gov. Christie once again vetoes trans birth certificate bill
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Matt Rourke, AP

The National Center for Transgender Equalityreports that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would’ve made it easier for transgender people to update their birth certificates to their accurate gender. Despite overwhelming support in the New Jersey General Assembly, it’s Governor Christie’s second veto.

On his first veto of the legislation back in January 2014, Christie said he was afraid of fraud, deception, and abuse “over the removal of the surgery requirement.”

“For the second time, Governor Chris Christie has elected to allow his state’s birth certificate laws to deteriorate despite the overwhelming majority of support from the New Jersey legislature to modernize,” said National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) State Policy Counsel Arli Christian.”

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