NJ bail reform opponents lose first challenge to overhaul enacted by Christie
Opponents of the sweeping changes to New Jersey's bail system that took effect this year suffered a defeat when an oversight body threw out their case. The state Council on Local Mandates, an obscure panel with the power to strike down laws if it determines they don't meet the New Jersey constitution's "state mandate, state pay" requirement, narrowly voted to dismiss a challenge mounted by an association of counties claiming lawmakers failed to properly fund the bail overhaul.
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