Chris Christie unaware of eminent domain bill he signed two weeks ago

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks after his swearing in ceremony inside of the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, New Jersey January 21, 2014. Credit: Reuters
Credit: Reuters

In the latest piece of bad news for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie since 2014 began, he has criticized eminent domain legislation he already signed and which he was apparently unaware of.

Christie answered a caller during a radio talk show who asked about a bill to support eminent domain actions by New Jersey universities in Camden by saying that he would “take a close look at the bill,” the Inquirer reported.

However, as the caller informed the governor, such a bill was signed into law by Christie in January.

The bill reportedly empowers the joint board of governors of Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University, which was formed last year for new health sciences partnership between the academic institutions, to employ eminent domain in Camden.

Eminent domain is the controversial legal doctrine that allows the government to seize private property for a “public good.” However, it has been employed on behalf of private corporations. In notable past examples, Pfizer seized a property in Connecticut; and Forest City Ratner seized land in central Brooklyn, New York, for the building of a basketball stadium. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is currently employing eminent domain to buy out properties for modifications to I-95 in Bridesburg and Frankford.

But Christie said he had no idea that the New Jersey state senate bill had approved the Rutgers-Rowan bill which he signed.

He said there was “certainly nothing that Sen. Sweeney has brought up with me in terms of eminent domain.”

Christie reportedly signed this bill and 99 others on Jan. 21.

A synopsis of the bill states that it “revises the authorities of the Rowan University-Rutgers Camden Board of Governors and authorizes Rowan University to participate in public-private partnerships.”

Specifically the bill grants the Rutgers-Rowan board the power to acquire land through eminent domain.

____________________

Follow Sam Newhouse on Twitter: @scnewhouse

Follow Metro Philadelphia on Twitter: @metrophilly

Follow Metro Philadelphia on Facebook: Metro Philadelphia


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.