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(David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
(David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ bail system overhaul signed into law

During a ceremony outside Trenton City Hall Monday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a package of bills designed to overhaul the state's bail system.

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Gov. Christie makes a statement regarding bail reform
Gov. Christie makes a statement regarding bail reform (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ voters to weigh-in on bail reform in November

Under current law in New Jersey, judges must set bail for every defendant even those that are known to be violent. Garden State residents will get the opportunity to change that in November.

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WATCH: Bail reform a win-win for Christie

In this edition of our weekly Political Bytes videos, State House Reporter Kevin McArdle and I discuss the special legislative session called by Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday to discuss bail reform. We also discuss how the measure could affect the governor's political future should he decide to run for president.

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Gov. Christie addresses the legislature about bail reform
Gov. Christie addresses the legislature about bail reform (Gov. Office)
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Christie’s political play on bail reform

If Gov. Chris Christie does to decide to seek the GOP nomination for president in 2016 he may have put himself in a win-win situation on the issue of bail reform.

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Gov. Christie makes a statement about bail reform
Gov. Christie makes a statement about bail reform (Gov's Office)
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NJ Assembly to vote Monday on bail reforms

Gov. Chris Christie used a special session address Thursday to plead with lawmakers to vote on bail reform measures. The Senate approved the legislation, but the Assembly bailed from the State House just minutes after hearing what the governor had to say.

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Gov. Christie makes a statement regarding bail reform
Gov. Christie makes a statement regarding bail reform (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Christie makes case for bail reform

In advance of Thursday’s special session of the legislature, Gov. Chris Christie held a State House press conference Wednesday to urge lawmakers to pass bail reform measures. Flanked by advocacy group leaders, Christie said the time to act is now.

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Christie calls special session on bail reform

In an extremely rare move, Gov. Chris Christie is using his power to call the legislature back to Trenton for a special session Thursday, to pass legislation to keep dangerous criminals off the streets.

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Groups tell lawmakers to overhaul bail system

Advocates for the poor, crime victims, police and others told New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday that they should move ahead with a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the right to bail for people accused of crimes -- but only if they also pass a law making other changes to the state's bail system.

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Gov. Chris Christie hosts his 122nd town hall in Haddon Heights, Camden County
Gov. Chris Christie hosts his 122nd town hall in Haddon Heights, Camden County (Townsquare Media)
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Christie’s town hall: Bail reform and death taxes [AUDIO]

At his latest town hall, Gov. Chris Christie used much of his monologue to go after the state legislature on a number of issues including bail reform and the cost of death in the Garden State.

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Former Gov. Jim McGreevey and Gov. Chris Christie
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Stuck in Jail With No Way Out [POLL/AUDIO]

As part of an effort to reform New Jersey's criminal justice system, key members of the state legislature are working with the Christie administration on bail reform.

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