Override vote of pig confinement bill on Monday’s Senate list

TRENTON – The attempt to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of the pig confinement bill has been scheduled for a vote Monday in the Senate.

The bill, which passed the Senate 29-4 earlier this year, has more than enough votes to achieve a two-thirds majority for a veto override already in place; what Democrats hope is that GOP aye votes from May somehow do not turn into no votes on Monday.

While no Christie veto was overridden in his first term, this vote could be seen as a test of GOP muscle-flexing during a second term in which Christie could be more increasingly concerned with a White House run.

Other points of interest on Monday’s agenda:

Some bills that are scheduled for committee hearings today already are lodged on the board list for Monday.

Prime among them is the tuition equality bill that would allow undocumented students to pay the lower, in-state tuition.

Another education bill up for a vote Monday would establish a commission to study the so-called “pay forward’’ tuition option in which students agree to repay a portion of post-college paychecks in exchange for tuition aid up front.

Not yet scheduled for a full Senate vote is the affirmation of state Supreme Court nominee Faustino Fernandez-Vina, who already has cleared the Judiciary Committee.

Override vote of pig confinement bill on Monday’s Senate list