Gov. Phil Murphy plans to veto a controversial bill that would have placed a 5-cent fee on plastic bags, according to a senior administration official.

Murphy plans to veto the bill in the coming days, per the source. The governor must act on the legislation by Monday, as both houses of the Legislature have said they intend to hold quorum calls that afternoon, triggering the deadline for a veto.

Sources told POLITICO in July that Murphy was unlikely to sign the plastic bag fee into law. But some environmental groups, like the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, were pushing Murphy to conditionally veto the bill, arguing it would have been effective at reducing waste but certain amendments were needed.

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