New Jersey Governor and 2016 Republican Presidential candidate, Chris Christie last week voted a bill to block $10 billion from a fund that would help with lead paint poisoning and exposure. The New Jersey Record reports that the fund helps provide low-interest loans to homeowners to remove lead paint. During a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Gov. Christie said he vetoed the funding believing that funding should be decided on during budget negotiations with the New Jersey Legislature, rather than appropriation bills.
According to a report released this week, in 2014 twelve communities in New Jersey were found to have a greater percentage of lead poisoning than those in Flint, Mich., which is currently in a state of emergency over lead contaminated water.