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Christie vetoes mandatory recess for children

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Presidential hopeful Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey signed more than 100 new laws on Tuesday.

However, it is the more than 60 bills that the governor pocket-vetoed that are garnering attention. One bill in particular is drawing Jersey ire; the bill proposed making daily recess mandatory for public-school students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

"Decisions about recess should be left to schools and parents, not 120 legislators in Trenton," Joelle Farrell, a spokeswoman from the governor's office, told CNBC. His office declined to comment further.

The recess bill was not the only bill on the chopping block. Christie also pocketed a bill that would have raised the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products, two gun-related bills and more than a dozen environmental bills.

Social media users took to Twitter to blast the governor.

Christie did address a wide range of issues in the bills he did sign into law, including one designed to assist military veterans with financial planning, property tax deferments and other needs. Another will rename Route 17 in honor of an Army National Guardsman killed in action.