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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a measure that would have prohibited the agency that oversees Newark’s airport from assisting in enforcing President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
The Republican said Thursday that the measure passed by the Democrat-led Legislature was a “political stunt” and disregards lawmakers’ “duty to govern responsibly.”
Lawmakers wanted to prevent Port Authority of New York and New Jersey employees from helping enforce the rules and block access to Port Authority facilities.
The U.S. Supreme Court last month ruled the administration could mostly enforce its travel ban on citizens from six majority-Muslim countries.
Christie, a Trump supporter, says compelling the Port Authority to violate state or federal law “is the epitome of irresponsible governing.”
He says lawmakers should instead pass larger reform measures for the agency.