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TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation that allows people previously convicted of drug offenses to more easily receive state benefits.

The law sponsored by Democratic lawmakers changes the state's rules for giving general assistance benefits to those convicted of drug offenses.

Previously, anyone convicted of drug use or possession charges had to complete a licensed inpatient drug treatment program. Under the new law, people can complete an outpatient drug treatment program as well.

Christie had conditionally vetoed the measure to remove a requirement that allowed people convicted of drug distribution to be eligible. He signed the updated version on Wednesday.

Democratic Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter says the measure will allow ex-offenders to get a second chance.

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