One and done

TRENTON – Less than an hour after Gov. Chris Christie called on a joint legislative session to take an immediate vote on a tax plan, state lawmakers began their departures from the Statehouse, officials said.

Although the governor has the authority to call lawmakers to the Senate and Assembly floors, he’s unable to force the Legislature to take action. And while both houses agreed to attend a joint legislative session, neither chamber issued a call for quorum.

The result: No vote today.  According to one Democratic source “We’re done with this for the summer.”

The governor’s office indicated another special session is unlikely to be called again in the immediate future.

“If they’re disinterested in doing the right thing today, I doubt they’ll be interested tomorrow,” Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said.