New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made good on a promise to veto legislation that would have expanded the ability of striking workers to collect additional unemployment insurance payments while on strike.  In his veto message to the legislature, he especially highlighted retroactive provisions in the legislation that would have reached back to April 10, 2016 when Verizon workers nationally went on strike.  Had Christie signed the bill (S.2160), from that point until the strike was settled in June, some 4600 Verizon workers in New Jersey would have become retroactively eligible for unemployment payments!  New Jersey law allows for payment of unemployment benefits to striking workers if their work stoppage does not “substantially curtail” the operations of the company.  The bill passed along party lines, so there are not enough votes in the legislature to overturn the Governor’s veto.