TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie signed two bills intended to help New Jersey veterans on Monday. One bill allows veterans to be given preference for affordable housing opportunities in accordance with an agreement between a developer and municipality.
The other bill authorizes local governments to establish a local public contract set-aside program for business enterprises with majority ownership or control by veterans, or that agree to hire veterans for said contract work.
Christie conditionally vetoed a bill to establish a Helmets to Hardhats pilot program within the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which would have required the authority to award between five and 20 percent of the projected labor hours per project to contractors registered with the program.
Christie’s conditional veto included modifications to the bill that would require actual benchmarks for veteran hiring and retention by all contractors working with the Turnpike Authority, as well as attainable targets for veteran Helmets to Hardhats participant labor hours for each highway project during the pilot program.