New Jersey GOP Gov. Christie vetoes state pig crate bill that Iowa pork farmers opposed

NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a politically charged bill that would have banned the use of certain pig cages in the state.

On Friday, the potential 2016 presidential contender called the bill a “solution in search of a problem.”

It would have banned pig farmers from using gestation crates, which are so small pregnant pigs can’t turn around.

The contraptions are rarely used on New Jersey’s 300 pig farms. But they’re widespread in Iowa, a state that’s home to the nation’s first presidential nominating caucuses.

Many farmers are opposed to the idea of the government telling them how to raise their livestock.

Animal rights advocates say the practice is cruel.

Christie’s response was being watched as a gauge of his presidential ambitions.