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01/14/2014 02:16 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Chris Christie To Trans People: No New Birth Certificates Without Surgery

ASSOCIATED PRESS

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie continues making headlines in 2014 for all the wrong reasons.

In addition to the recent "Bridgegate," he vetoed a bill today that would have allowed transgender residents of New Jersey to receive updated birth certificates accurately reflecting their gender identity, rather than their assigned gender. The bill, known as A4097, passed in the New Jersey Senate last month with a vote of 21-11 and had been awaiting Gov. Christie's signature. In June, it passed 43-37 in the New Jersey General Assembly.

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