(AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed legislation that would have
required legislative approval for any contract allowing a private
company to operate the New Jersey lottery.
announced last month it would award a 15-year contract to operate the
lottery's sales and marketing functions to a joint venture called
Northstar New Jersey, the only company to bid for the contract. In his
veto message, Christie said the bill's sponsors "misunderstand" the goal
of the contract.
Christie announced his decision Monday, the same
day he conditionally vetoed a measure that would have allowed lottery
winners to stay anonymous for up to one year.
The governor said
allowing anonymity could hamper the lottery's marketing efforts, so he
recommended a seven-month study into the effects of offering such