New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have expanded the Wrongful Death Act to allow recovery for mental anguish, emotional pain and suffering, loss of society and loss of companionship.

The governor gave as his reason the lack of caps on recoveries in the bill, S-176/A-1511. He said “unlimited damages … could have a significant impact on state and local budgets, since government entities are not infrequently named as defendants in wrongful death suits, and there are similar concerns as the State undertakes efforts to attract and grow businesses here.”

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