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Senator urges Christie to reconsider veto

Keywords: Tags  scrap metal law, New Jersey bill, Shirley K. Turner, Gov. Chris Christie, veto, metals theft, Daniel Fitzgerald

NEW YORK — New Jersey state Sen. Shirley K. Turner is calling on Gov. Chris Christie to reconsider his veto of a bill that would have required scrap metal buyers to maintain purchase records for at least 18 months.

Christie vetoed the bill last month, saying he was "concerned that significantly increasing record-keeping and reporting requirements on scrap metal businesses will impose substantial expenses and administrative burdens on operators in this state" (, Sept. 10).

Turner, a Democrat, is now urging Christie to allow Republican legislators to override his veto, noting that the original bill passed the Senate with a vote of 37-1.

"As it stands, the veto protects criminals and continues to cause a financial strain for businesses, homeowners and taxpayers," Turner said in a statement. "It is simply unfair that Christie would protect criminals and a small segment of an industry that wants to continue dealing with thieves, while the rest of us pay the costs."

Bill A.3222, co-sponsored by Turner, would have revised current regulations to require scrap metal businesses to maintain records of all scrap metal purchases for at least 18 months as well as establish an electronic reporting system for scrap dealers to submit information on purchases to the New Jersey State Police. The bill also would have restricted cash payments for scrap metals and the types of scrap metals that may be purchased by dealers.

"Scrap metal dealers are clearly not asking the questions to ensure their business transactions are legitimate," Turner said. "The legitimate scrap metal buyers I spoke with wanted the bill to pass because the law breakers are giving them all a bad name."

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