The New Jersey State Assembly overwhelmingly approved a bill that would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco in the state to 21, but it’s unclear if it will become law.
It passed the Senate 23-14 and was approved by the Assembly 53-16 with six members abstaining, however it now heads to Gov. Chris Christie, who pocket vetoed a similar effort in early 2015. Pocket vetoing is a maneuver where an executive refuses to sign the bill and allows the bill to essentially expire.
If Christie signs the bill, it would be illegal for someone under 21 to purchase tobacco products, but it won’t make possession or use of tobacco products by a person under 21 a crime. Retailers would face fines between $250 and $1,000 should they sell to a minor.