Gov. Chris Christie signs bill aiming at overhauling New Jersey's bail system

Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation aimed at overhauling New Jersey's bail system.

Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation aimed at

Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation aimed at overhauling New Jersey's bail system. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation aimed at overhauling New Jersey's bail system.

The bill will allow judges to release non-violent suspects as they await trial, even if they cannot afford to pay. It also gives judges the freedom to withhold bail from suspects with a violent history.

The governor signed the bill on the steps of Trenton's City Hall, something that many say would not have happened during the term of the former mayor, and now convicted felon, Tony Mack.

The law puts the framework in place for the new bail system. In November, voters will decide on the constitutional amendment that seeks to keep dangerous criminals behind bars by eliminating their right to bail.

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