On his first veto of the legislation back in January 2014, Christie said he was afraid of fraud, deception, and abuse “over the removal of the surgery requirement.”
“For the second time, Governor Chris Christie has elected to allow his state’s birth certificate laws to deteriorate despite the overwhelming majority of support from the New Jersey legislature to modernize,” said National Center for transgender Equality (NCTE) State Policy Counsel Arli Christian.”
Jennifer Long, a transgender woman in the state and a 30 year US Army veteran, says she’s been able to update her state driver’s license, her social security card and passport, and as of this week, a key military document that allows veterans to receive their military benefits.
“The federal government in all the different aspects has moved on these topics at a faster rate than the state,” Long said. “The last document that’s left here in New Jersey is my birth certificate.”
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Here in Virginia, most trans folks have few issues receiving a name change, but the system is not perfect, especially in more rural parts of the state.