Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday that he will veto the push to ban underage teens in New Jersey from getting married, and asked lawmakers to instead require a judge’s approval for some younger teens to get a marriage license.
The Republican said in a conditional veto of a bill passed by lawmakers in March that they should change it to require a judge to approve a marriage license for a 16- or 17-year-old. He would also prohibit a marriage license for anyone under 16.
Under current state law, 16- and 17-year-olds only need parental consent. Children under the age of 16 also need a state judge’s approval. Read more here.