TRENTON – The Senate Majority was hoping to begin their veto overrides in a full session of the chamber on Thursday, but since they haven’t officially received the vetoes from Gov. Chris Christie, they’ll have to wait a few days.
Procedurally, the Senate must wait three days after receiving the vetoes, and they must be in session to officially receive them, according to Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak. The Governor’s Office submitted the vetoes to the Secretary of State last week, also part of the veto procedure, and plans to deliver the vetoes to the Senate Thursday when it convenes.
Derek Roseman, spokesman for the Senate Majority, said the Democrats will caucus to discuss the final budget Thursday, then they will convene to receive the vetoes. Roseman said Sweeney never scheduled veto overrides for this week, and therefore the situation does not constitute a delay. State Street Wire reported through sources last week that the Senate would be starting the votes this week.
Also Thursday, Democratic leadership will hold a press conference to discuss how they will go forward with the budget overrides, which are sure to fail without support from the Senate Republicans.