Christie vetoes measure to snarl Trump travel ban in state

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Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a measure that would have prohibited the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from assisting in enforcing President Donald Trump's travel ban at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Christie said Thursday that the measure passed by the Democrat-led Legislature was a "political stunt" and disregards lawmakers' "duty to govern responsibly."

Lawmakers wanted to prevent Port Authority employees from helping enforce the rules and block access to Port Authority facilities.

The U.S. Supreme Court last month ruled the administration could mostly enforce its travel ban on citizens from six majority-Muslim countries.

Christie, a Trump supporter, says compelling the agency to violate state or federal law "is the epitome of irresponsible governing."

He says lawmakers should instead pass larger reform measures for the agency.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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