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Christie to make speech on bail overhaul plan

Local News | Jul 31, 2014

Christie to make speech on bail overhaul plan

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie is using a speech to lawmakers to continue his push to overhaul New Jersey’s bail system.

Christie has called in lawmakers for a special legislative session Thursday just to address the issue. He will talk to them about his plans but cannot force them to take action.

Christie supports letting judges keep suspects who are considered dangerous in jail as they await trial and release low-level suspects without requiring them to pay. The concept has broad support among advocates and lawmakers, though there’s not universal agreement on all the details.

Christie wants lawmakers to act by Monday, so a constitutional amendment on the issue can be presented to voters in November.

The state Senate is planning a vote for Thursday, but the Assembly is not.

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