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Christie Vetoes Politically Charged Pig Crate Bill

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a politically charged bill that would have banned the use of certain pig cages in his state, a move many observers see as aimed at appeasing Iowa voters ahead of a potential 2016 presidential run.

In a veto message issued Friday, Christie called the bill opposing gestation crates a "solution in search of a problem."

"It is a political movement masquerading as substantive policy," he said.

The crates, which are so small that pregnant pigs can't turn around in them, have been criticized by animal welfare activists as cruel. Pigs can spend years in them, and advocates say they don't want their use to spread.

The bill had overwhelming support from Republican and Democratic state lawmakers but would have had little to no impact in New Jersey, whose roughly 300 pig farms don't regularly use the crates.

But the crates are widespread in Iowa, which is home to millions of pigs and the nation's first presidential nominating caucuses. Christie has invested significant time building relationships in Iowa, campaigning on behalf of its Republican governor, Terry Branstad, who had urged him to squash the bill.

New Jersey state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, a Democrat and the bill's lead sponsor, expressed disappointment after the veto and accused Christie of "capitulating to political influences in a state thousands of miles away."

"Obviously, the governor is putting his personal political ambitions ahead of the humane treatment of animals," he said.

The fight over the legislation had become one of the most heated in recent memory.

Animal welfare advocates launched a public relations blitz, complete with celebrity endorsements, and staged events at which activists stood inside cages. They also commissioned polls to show support for the ban in New Jersey and Iowa and said they flooded the governor's office with thousands of phone calls and emails.

The National Pork Producers Council, based in Washington, D.C., sent a lobbyist to New Jersey to try to scuttle the attempt. It was pleased with Christie's action.

"Gov. Christie recognized that it's the hog farmers not national animal rights groups who know best how to ensure the well-being of pregnant sows," Council spokesman Dave Warner said in an email.

The Humane Society of the United States' vice president of farm animal protection, Paul Shapiro, characterized Christie's decision as a "cynical political calculation."

But Christie said it was the other way around. In his veto message, he urged lawmakers to stop "using their lawmaking authority to play politics with issues that don't exist in our State" and shilling for groups that "want to use the law making process as a political cudgel on issues outside our borders."

New Jersey is "at the vanguard of protecting domestic livestock from animal cruelty," he said.

Christie vetoed similar legislation last year, but advocates had hoped changes would address his concerns. Instead, Christie said he would leave state policy in the hands of the Board of Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture.

"I will rely on our in-state experts rather than the partisan politicians who sponsor this bill," he said.

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If the people didn't want this, the people could end this themselves. Why must we play puppeteers with gov. officials?

A few days of "no pork purchases" protest, would have farmer joe building him some new pens.

But apparently people (other than the small handful with a gripe) don't care enough.

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If the people didn't want this, the people could end this themselves. Why must we play puppeteers with gov. officials?

A few days of "no pork purchases" protest, would have farmer joe building him some new pens.

But apparently people (other than the small handful with a gripe) don't care enough.
Yeah I can see both sides of it, but I personally think it's stupid to veto a bill for basic humane conditions for the animals we consume. Especially if it's just for his possible future voters from another state..

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Yeah I can see both sides of it, but I personally think it's stupid to veto a bill for basic humane conditions for the animals we consume. Especially if it's just for his possible future voters from another state..
He did it for purely political reasons

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Yeah I can see both sides of it, but I personally think it's stupid to veto a bill for basic humane conditions for the animals we consume. Especially if it's just for his possible future voters from another state..
Yea, I get that aspect of it. I am even an animal enthusiast, and prefer buying free range product.

I just wonder if there would have been a mass hiccup in the business structure of change for the farmers though. Mass production food (since we went foreign) would be near impossible to address in such a short time, without huge impacts for possibly years to come.

I'd have to understand the infrastructure of pig farming, and it's effectiveness, efficiency etc, to keep cost down.

Humane dairy farming took many years to adjust, and the cost doubled for the consumer.

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Yea, I get that aspect of it. I am even an animal enthusiast, and prefer buying free range product.

I just wonder if there would have been a mass hiccup in the business structure of change for the farmers though. Mass production food (since we went foreign) would be near impossible to address in such a short time, without huge impacts for possibly years to come.

I'd have to understand the infrastructure of pig farming, and it's effectiveness, efficiency etc, to keep cost down.

Humane dairy farming took many years to adjust, and the cost doubled for the consumer.
I prefer paying more for free range also..

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