SOUTH AMBOY – Gov. Chris Christie said in response to a question at today’s town hall that he could not commit yet to signing a bill regarding alimony revisions because the proposal still is working its way through the Legislature.
“I don’t want to commit to signing it because I don’t know what the Senate will do to it,” Christie said, but added that if the bill stays the same he would lean toward signing it.
Christie added that laws “surrounding divorce need to be reformed in the state.”
A measure, AJR32, which cleared the Assembly earlier this year, would establish a commission to study alimony reform. Among other things, it would study alimony laws in other states, and whether the economic downturn has affected such laws.
The bill has not been voted on yet in the Senate.
That was not the only measure regarding alimony that was considered this year.
A related bill, A685, sponsored by Sean Kean, (R-30), Wall Township would amend the law to provide that support payments may be modified when the person’s income is diminished due to unemployment, temporary disability or other similar circumstance. That bill cleared an Assembly committee in February. A Senate version of that bill was referred to a Budget Committee early this year.