NJ Politics Digest: Christie Signs Expungement Overhaul Bills

Gov. Chris Christie, Tim Larsen/Governor's Office

Gov. Chris Christie signed three bills into law on Wednesday to make it easier for criminal records to be expunged.

The legislation would increase the number of convictions that can be expunged, reduce the waiting period to expunge a juvenile record and prohibit employers from discriminating against job applicants who have expunged records. “We need to give those who have truly earned forgiveness the chance to be forgiven,” Christie said.

The governor could sign a bill that would force ratepayers to bail out New Jersey’s nuclear power plants. The bill is being fast-tracked through the lame duck Legislature and on Wednesday cleared Senate and Assembly panels during a marathon hearing.

And Governor-elect Phil Murphy announced he will nominate Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti to be New Jersey’s next Commissioner of Transportation. He said the state’s infrastructure is in “crisis” and vowed to turn NJ Transit around.

Quote of the Day: “The answer is we’re not there yet.” — Governor-elect Phil Murphy on whether he will have to hike NJ Transit fares.

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NJ Politics Digest: Christie Signs Expungement Overhaul Bills