- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has signed a measure requiring the state to develop cultural diversity training for law enforcement agencies in New Jersey, without making the training mandatory.

Christie signed the law on Tuesday after it was approved by lawmakers last week. He had vetoed a previous measure that would have required the training, noting that the legislation could have been viewed as an unconstitutional unfunded mandate.

Christie says cultural diversity training helps promote interaction between police and the communities they serve.

But he said in his conditional veto in June that he was concerned that version of the bill would create more than 500 potentially inconsistent plans.

Christie suggested that lawmakers let the state develop or identity uniform training course materials.

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