Christie wants changes to Legislature's college cost panel proposal before he'll sign it


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TRENTON, New Jersey — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he likes the Legislature's idea of studying college affordability but says he does not want the effort to take resources from his branch of the government.

The Republican issued a conditional veto on Thursday of a bill to create a commission to study the issue, saying he would sign the measure only if lawmakers change the measure to staff the panel with Office of Legislative Services employees rather than administrative workers.

Senate President Steve Sweeney, a Democrat, says he is reviewing the suggested changes and that they seem like something lawmakers would be willing to accept.

New Jersey's state universities have some of the most expensive tuition costs in the nation.

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