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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would, for the purposes of providing workers’ comp benefits, assume illnesses and disorders suffered by public workers stemmed from their employment unless evidence is provided in rebuttal.

The bill, N.J. Senate Bill 1778, or the “Thomas P. Canzanella Twenty First Century First Responders Protection Act,” states that it is an “appropriate public policy to modernize the WC system in the state to ensure the meeting of the critical needs of public-safety workers” who are exposed to carcinogens, communicable diseases, radiation and related hazards. Complications from these exposures may take long periods of time to manifest themselves, masking the causality of the physical or psychological illness.

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