Gov. Christie vetoes politically charged pig crate bill

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To illustrate the conditions that they believe exist on today's pig farms, PETA set up two narrow metal crates with models of pigs crammed inside them at the main entrance to the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel as delegates from around the world arrive for the International Swine Flu Conference on August 19, 2009 in Washington. (Photo: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

To illustrate the conditions that they believe exist on today’s pig farms, PETA set up two narrow metal crates with models of pigs crammed inside them at the main entrance to the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel as delegates from around the world arrive for the International Swine Flu Conference on August 19, 2009 in Washington. (Photo: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a politically charged bill that would have banned the use of certain pig cages in the state.

On Friday, the potential 2016 presidential contender called the bill a “solution in search of a problem.”

It would have banned pig farmers from using gestation crates, which are so small pregnant pigs can’t turn around.

The contraptions are rarely used on New Jersey’s 300 pig farms. But they’re widespread in Iowa, a state that’s home to the nation’s first presidential nominating caucuses.

Many farmers are opposed to the idea of the government telling them how to raise their livestock.

Animal rights advocates say the practice is cruel.

Christie’s response was being watched as a gauge of his presidential ambitions.

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  • FK Pig Christie

    Christie is a pig. Literally and figuratively this man deserves to be thrown into a “gestation crate” himself. Maybe that way he would loose some weight himself instead of having to have liposuction because he’s to lazy to work it off himself. What a looser! You think “bridgegate” was bad. Wait till “PigGate” unfolds. Once again a politician who is bought and paid for by special interest groups!

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