New Jersey court upholds ‘seamlessly’ cotton hoodies
New Jersey is the first state in the country to allow its residents to wear a single piece of fabric as a jacket, under a bill that was signed into law earlier this month by Gov.
The law requires that a single, sewn garment can be worn as a hoodie in public places and on school grounds.
“This legislation ensures that New Jerseyans have the ability to wear clothes as they please,” Christie said in a statement announcing the legislation on Tuesday.
“I believe this will help protect New Jersey residents from the dangers of heat and cold and help reduce the number of illnesses caused by heat-related illnesses.”
Under the law, New Jersey businesses and institutions that do not provide free or discounted clothing can charge a surcharge for a single-use garment.
The bill also allows for the creation of a “sweater-shopping” program, which would allow clothing retailers to accept items for purchase that were purchased online.
“These changes will help our city, state and country continue to move toward a world that is more and more comfortable for everyone,” New Jersey Governor Christie said.
The measure, which was approved in a bipartisan vote in May, was opposed by the New York City mayor and other top Democrats, who claimed the measure was aimed at helping the wealthy.
But Christie defended the bill by saying that the measure is “not intended to make our state the ‘nastiest’ place in the world,” and said the law will help people “who have been living in New Jersey and are trying to make it their home.”