Coming up short, all 24 Democrats voted in favor of today’s override of Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of Senate President Steve Sweeney’s (D-3) “Sandy Bill of Rights.”
Fourteen Republicans voted against the override, state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) among them.
“You really have to wonder how you could live with yourself if you showed such hypocrisy,’ Sweeney said. “This is the exact same bill we voted on in March. Nothing – absolutely nothing – about it has changed. Yet not a single one of the Republican members of the Senate had the nerve to stand up to the governor. Apparently, that only happens when it’s their own asses on the line. Then, they can’t fight him hard enough.
“We didn’t hear a word of concern from the GOP back in March. In fact, my staff and I were publicly thanked for our willingness to work with the other side of the aisle on this bill. There are countless lawyers sitting in the Senate and Assembly Republican caucus, and yet they all voted for a bill that they now say is not legal. They know full well that the bill clearly outlines that in case of conflict with federal law, federal law prevails. It’s an absolute non-issue they are blanketing themselves with to avoid the scorn of the governor. Each and every one of them should be ashamed. The worst part is that their cowardice is just punishing folks who’ve already lost so much.”
State Senators Gerry Cardinale (R-39) and Mike Doherty (R-23) abstained.
In March, senators Dawn Addiego (R-8), Cardinale and Joe Kyrillos (R-13) abstained. All other Republicans were a “yes” in March, resulting in 13 flip flops.