Pig-confinement veto override gets another opportunity

TRENTON – The Senate voting list for Thursday includes the vetoed pig-confinement bill, which again could put to the test whether the Democrats can successfully override a gubernatorial veto.

Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the bill that would have banned confinement of gestating pigs, saying it should be left up to the Department of Agriculture to monitor such activity.

Sponsor Sen. Ray Lesniak had said the bill drew bipartisan support, and that Christie’s veto was a nod toward presidential caucus state Iowa, home of the Pork Board.

In mid-November, an attempt at overriding the veto stood at 24-11, but Lesniak said then that he would bring it back next voting session and hope that Sen. Barbara Buono would attend.

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