TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – The New Jersey Legislature has approved a measure to expand New Jersey’s tax credit program for film and digital media production.

The bill was approved by both houses on Monday and now goes to Gov. Chris Christie.

The measure is part of the “Back to Work NJ” economic development package being pushed by Democrats in the Legislature.

The tax credit program was suspended last year as Christie worked to close an $11 billion budget deficit.

Proponents say the tax credits are a valuable economic development tool. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have tax credit programs for production companies.

The credits would be restored on July 1.

WATCH: Assembly Dems on Passage of “Back to Work NJ” Package

READ: NJ Legislature Bill: “Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act”

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Comments (2)
  1. video cheif says:

    Seeing that big camera in this digital age that still looks like
    a camera from the late 1930’s is a bit odd.
    In any event i hope shooting in NJ does not mess
    with our NYC IATSE Local 52 guys and gals.

  2. bush says:

    If they want Christie to sign the bill, give it to him AFTER lunch. He’s pretty cranky on an empty stomach.

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