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NJ Assembly Takes Up Job-Training Bill Again

A state Assembly panel is set to reconsider a job training bill that Gov. Chris Christie previously vetoed.

The measure before the Labor Committee establishes a program for residents to receive job training from prospective employers while still collecting unemployment benefits. Sponsored by Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, it’s modeled on a similar program in Georgia.

It would cost taxpayers $3 million.

The bill allows people to work up to 24 hours a week — for six weeks — for an employer who will soon be hiring for the position. It also provides up to $100 per week to defray training-related costs, including transportation and child care.

Christie simultaneously vetoed 14 bills the Democratic Legislature sent him in February, including this one, saying the combined $600 million cost was unaffordable.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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