TRENTON – Senator Joseph F. Vitale, D-Middlesex, issued the following statement today regarding Governor Christie’s veto of S-1599, legislation that would have created a legal framework for gestational carrier agreements in the state of New Jersey:
“I am deeply disappointed with the Governor’s decision to veto legislation that would have thoughtfully created rules governing what is already an existing method of having children. Many parents who cannot otherwise have their own children have used this procedure for many years. It is a major setback for parents who wish to create life and give a baby a loving home.
“I also strongly disagree with the Governor’s comments that the Legislature did not sufficiently study this issue. I dedicated over one year to discussing this issue with a variety of groups and individuals, including my colleagues.”