However, Christie's veto upset some animal advocates, who have condemned his support of the midwestern meat industry in the past.
Last year, Christie came under fire when he vetoed a bill banning the use of cruel gestation crates by New Jersey pig farmers. Like the school lunch bill, the gestation crate measure had significant bipartisan backing - 93 percent of New Jersey voters supported it.
But while New Jersey farmers rarely use gestation crates, they're standard protocol for Iowa's massive pig factory farms. And with a 2016 presidential run a real possibility, many accused Christie of vetoing the popular bill to appeal to Iowa's massive meat lobby and swing state voters instead of the people he was elected to govern.
Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Cherry Hill), who sponsored the school lunch bill, told the Cherry Hill Courier-Post that she was "flabbergasted" by Christie's decision.