NJ appeals court set to rule union donation ban

(AP) - A state appeals court is set to rule onwhether Gov. Chris Christie can subject unions to the samepolitical donation restrictions as corporations.

The ruling is due out Friday morning.

New Jersey prohibits state agencies from awarding contractsworth more than $17,500 to companies that have donated more than$300 any state or county campaign within 18 months.

But unions - which donate heavily to Democrats - had beenexempt.

On his first day in office, the Republican governor signed anorder that says unions are also subject to the state's pay-to-playban.

The unions challenged the order, arguing that it is afree-speech violation. They say it's wrong to equate a collectivebargaining agreement with a corporate contract.

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