Christie turns down lawmakers' student steroid testing bill

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(AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a measure that would expand steroid testing and education in high school because of how it's funded and managed.

Christie issued his conditional veto of the measure on Thursday.

He told lawmakers that testing for steroids of athletes should be handled by the state health department, and not the organization that oversees athletics.

The measure would expand the state's existing random steroid-testing program beyond just those athletes who qualify for playoffs.

It's now up to lawmakers whether to accept Christie's changes.

Christie said he conditionally vetoed an identical bill in 2015 because it also contained a supplemental financial appropriation.

He also cited the $45,000 appropriation that the current bill includes because it would be done outside of the budget process.

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