Christie disappointed bail legislation not voted upon; avoids GOP convention keynote speaker speculation

TRENTON – In his first press conference in Trenton in some time, Gov. Chris Christie touched on  a number of topics: bail legislation, the GOP convention, gaming outside of Atlantic City, and more.

Bail

He expressed disappointment that bail reformation legislation was not passed in the previous legislative session along with the bill for the expanded drug court.

He said he considered them part of a package.

Christie said he has not received explanations about why the bill was not posted for votes.

“Violent people are being granted bail every day because judges have no choice,” said Christie, who added the bill merely would have granted judges discretion in an area that concerns residents: dangerous people returning to communities and commiting more crimes.

Convention

Christie would not comment on speculation he may be keynote speaker of the Republican National Convention.

Any such comment must come from the Mitt Romney camp, he said today.

And he dismissed speculation that having him as a keynote speaker would draw the spotlight away from Romney.

“You can’t take away from the guy who speaks on the last night and has all of the balloons dropped on top of him,’’ Christie said.

Gaming

He also dismissed the legislative hearing today on gaming potentials outside of Atlantic City, such as in the Meadowlands.

He said the state made a five-year commitment to fortify Atlantic City and is only in year two of that effort.

In addition, he said that Senate President Steve Sweeney has made it clear he will not post for a vote any such bill that would diminish that effort.

“Any conversation about extending gaming to the northern part of the state is really a waste of time. As a practical and political matter it simply is not going to happen,’’ Christie said.

Christie disappointed bail legislation not voted upon; avoids GOP convention keynote speaker speculation