Clock Ticking for Christie to Decide on Bills on His Desk

TRENTON (AP) -

The clock is ticking for Gov. Chris Christie to act on several dozen bills sitting on his desk, including an aid package for the economically hurting resort town of Atlantic City and an overhaul to the state’s election laws.

Lawmakers expect some action by Monday or sooner.

New Jersey’s governor has 45 days from the time legislation passes to act on it or it becomes law, but that clock stops when the chamber where a bill originated is out of session, as the Assembly has been throughout the election season.

The chamber is scheduled to return Monday, and if a quorum is reached, then Christie would have to act or the bills become law.

One measure would enact automatic voter registration when residents apply for driver’s licenses, establish early voting and authorized pre-registration for 17-year-olds, among other measures.