Christie says he needs more authority over local agencies

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) announced today that his office will ask the Legislature to approve giving him more official power.

Democrats are firing back after the governor pinned the circumstances of a murder at the feet of a New Jersey assemblywoman.

Christie says that it's a tragedy that "because of Assemblywoman Watson Coleman's philosophy on crime, we now have one person that's lost their life."

He says the suspect in the shooting death was out of jail only thanks to the state's early release program, written by Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman.

Coleman says the suspect was legally paroled and supervising him is the administration's job.

The governor also discussed his town hall meetings, which he is taking heat for. Democrat Assemblyman Paul Moriarty says Christie is using them to push for Republican votes and should reimburse taxpayers for the cost of the events.

Christie said his office will ask the Legislature to end the early release program and will officially request the expanded veto power within the next 10 days.

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