It’s been nine months since Governor Chris Christie vetoed the bill that would have banned the use of gestation crates for pigs in New Jersey but activists aren’t giving up and are asking him to reconsider.
In a town hall meeting in Sayreville, NJ, the Republican politician took questions from the attending audience. One of them was from an animal activist concerned about the way pigs are raised in farms in the state.
“It really broke my heart when you vetoed that bill,” said the resident. “Seeing these pigs confined in these crates really breaks my heart.”
While New Jersey has a small population of pig farmers, only raising about 700 statewide, the state still uses gestation crates, the cheapest method available. The crates are so small pigs can’t even turn around. But that wasn’t enough evidence of cruelty for Christie to sign the bill into law.
“What I know about pig gestation and the crates I learned when the bill came before me last time,” he said. “If bill comes back, I will certainly consider any additional evidence that people want to put in front of me.”
Christie also mentioned that farmers made a stronger case than animal activists. Perhaps that case is that Iowa, the largest pork producer in the country, has a huge impact on presidential elections, which Christie has been highly speculated to be interested in for 2016. That would explain why a bill that was supported by both democrats and republicans and 91 percent of New Jersey voters was simply vetoed.