TRENTON - Most future New Jersey public workers will be required to live in the state within a year of their hiring under a law Gov. Christie signed Wednesday.

The legislation, sponsored by several local legislators, applies to new employees, except visiting professors and those who spend most of their work time out of state. It covers full- and part-time state, county, municipal, and school employees, plus those who work for public authorities and boards.

A three-member committee has the power to grant exemptions. The primary sponsors of the bill were Sen. Donald Norcross (D., Camden), Assembly members Celeste Riley (D., Gloucester), Paul Moriarty (D., Gloucester), John J. Burzichelli (D., Gloucester), Angel Fuentes (D., Camden), and Gilbert "Whip" Wilson (D., Camden).

"We're merely saying that, going forward, if you want a taxpayer-funded job in New Jersey, you'll have to live here, too," Norcross said. "Given the level of talent that is right here in New Jersey, we should have no problem finding well-qualified workers to fill our public jobs."