TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has used his veto power to once again block a decision made by a state authority.

In vetoing the Sept. 8 meeting minutes of the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, Christie cited its failure to seek bids or proposals from other firms before hiring the Hackensack-based law firm of Pashman Stein to conduct an operations review.

The review came about after the state Inspector General’s office released an audit in May that found the authority to be in management “disarray.” The agency oversees more than $1 billion in financial aid to the state’s college students.

The veto announced Friday night was Christie’s 15th involving various state authorities and commissions since taking office in January.

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