Override to depend on Republicans; Rice not capitulating to pressure on S1

TRENTON – State Sen. Ron Rice, (D-28), Newark, said he is not entertaining changing his marriage equality vote should the measure come up for a veto override.

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, (D-1), Middle Township, the other Democrat who voted against the bill today, told the Asbury Park Press that he is also not open to changing his vote.

Rice said, “In the end, the governor is not going to sign the bill. I’m not voting for an override.”

As state Senate President Steve Sweeney, (D-3), West Deptford, said today, The Democratic majority has particular legislators who they are targeting for three votes needed in order to overturn Gov. Chris Christie’s avowed veto, assuming Republican supporters, state Sens. Diane Allen, (R-7), Edgewater Park, and Jen Beck, (R-11), Red Bank, remain in the ‘yes’ column.

The Senate needs 27 votes for an override, three more than the 24 lawmakers who cast their votes in favor today.

Rice said he has his own bill to adjust legal issues with civil unions, S1588. “It’s not about marriage, it’s about equality,” Rice said.

Override to depend on Republicans; Rice not capitulating to pressure on S1