The first time the legislation reached the desk of Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey vetoed it. It's not certain how Christie feels about an amended bill that would make it easier for public safety workers to receive workers' comp benefits. The Senate has given approval to the revised Thomas P. Canzanella 21st Century First Responders Protection Act.
The bill is named after a late Hackensack firefighter who was among the crews exposed to toxins following the September 2001 attack at the World Trade Center. The legislation, outlined on the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police website, ensures first responders receive medical benefits for certain injuries related to their work.