New Jersey: With Surprise Veto, Christie Rejects Sweeney's College Affordability Commission
"Governor Christie issued an unexpected veto [Monday] of a college affordability bill sponsored by the Senate President," NorthJersey.com reports. "The measure was a pet project of the Senate President, Stephen Sweeney. Sweeney said he was disappointed by the veto, while Christie said the measure would have been redundant. The bill would have created a panel to investigate a proposed 'pay it forward' program, which would allow students at state colleges to avoid paying traditional tuition. Instead, they would pay the state a percentage of their future income for a certain number of years. The panel would have also looked into other college affordability proposals, including possible changes to state loan and educational savings programs. Christie said those issues 'are already being addressed' by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority."
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