Christie Signs Anti-Bullying Bill

Advocates say it's the toughest such law in the nation

Thursday, Jan 6, 2011  |  Updated 11:15 AM EDT
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Christie Signs Anti-Bullying Bill

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gestures Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, in Freehold, N.J., as he answers a question about last weekend's blizzard. New Jersey will seek federal aid to help cover cleanup costs related to the monster winter storm that dropped up to 30 inches of snow on the state. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed an anti-bullying bill that gay rights advocates say is the toughest law of its kind in the nation.

The issue has gotten more attention since a Rutgers University student killed himself this fall after his roommate allegedly captured his liaison with another man on a webcam.

Christie's office confirmed that the governor signed the bill on Wednesday.

The law requires anti-bullying programs in public schools and requires college codes of conduct to address bullying. It updates a law that's been on the books in the state since 2001.

The gay rights group Garden State Equality and the bill sponsor, state Sen. Diane Allen, praised Christie for signing the law.

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