Chris Christie isn’t exactly laying low.
The embattled New Jersey governor signed 12 bills into law on Monday, and vetoed 10 others–including a bill that would allow transgender individuals to amend their birth certificates.
“Unlike many other states, New Jersey already has an administrative process in place to streamline applications to amend birth certificates for gender purposes without court order,” Christie said in a veto statement. “Under the proposal before me, however, the sponsors seek to alter the amended birth certificate application process without maintaining appropriate safeguards.
Consequently, further consideration is necessary to determine whether to make such significant changes to State law concerning the issuance of vital records.”
Garden State Equality executive director Troy Stevenson dismissed Christie’s reasoning in a statement on Monday, calling it a “vindictive move to punish the LGBT community after a year of tremendous progress.”