Christie Vetoes "Hasty Marriage" Bill

Friday, Jun 14, 2013  |  Updated 8:34 AM EDT
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Christie Vetoes "Hasty Marriage" Bill

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Couples will have to wait before rushing down the aisle when it comes to getting married in New Jersey.

Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a bill yesterday that would have eliminated the three-day waiting period for marriage licenses.

Christie says entering into a marriage or civil union requires careful deliberation and thoughtful consideration.

In a letter to the state Senate, Christie said, “while our current waiting period for the issuance of a license cannot ensure that every marriage and civil union has been fully considered, it does protect against entering into these life-long commitments on a mere whim.

The bill's sponsors thought it would have given Atlantic City a boost as a wedding destination similar to Las Vegas.

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Christie says the bill would only facilitate “hasty marriages.”

“It has been suggested that removing this brief waiting period may increase the number of ‘destination weddings’ in New Jersey,” Christie said. “Such events, however, are planned well in advance of the current statutory requirement. Instead, this bill will only facilitate spontaneous ceremonies and hasty marriages.”
 

 


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