New Jersey

Christie Faces Fight in NJ to Privatize Lottery

Democratic legislators try to slam on the brakes


The state Assembly today passed a measure that would force Gov. Chris Christie to seek the Legislature's approval for his plan to privatize parts of the state lottery, which Democratic lawmakers said is being pushed through "under the radar" without oversight.

The bill (A3614), approved 45-29, largely along party lines, would give the Legislature the power to reject or accept the 15-year, $120 million contract the Christie administration is reviewing. Current law does not require Christie to seek approval from lawmakers.

The Assembly also moved a resolution (AR130) by a vote of 45-30 that encourages the governor to ask the U.S. Department of Justice for guidance before the contract is awarded.