Port Authority reform override rescheduled for March 16th

A Senate vote to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of legislation aimed at reforming an embattled Port Authority has been tentatively rescheduled from March 5th to March 16th, one of the bill sponsors has informed PolitickerNJ.

S-2181, meant to bring greater transparency to the bi-state agency, was vetoed by Christie last year after unanimously passing both the Senate and the Assembly. Democrats pushing the reform measure had originally planned a vote to override that veto in early March, using these last few months to garner Republican support.

Now, the vote will be delayed, according to state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-38). Weinberg said the main reason for the date change was because the bill’s only confirmed Republican supporter, state Sen. Mike Doherty (R-23), will be away on that day.

Moving the vote to the 16th, the next available voting session, isn’t necessarily a setback, Weinberg noted.

“This gives us a little more time to garner support,” she said.

Earlier today, the bill’s other sponsor, state Sen. Robert Gordon (D-38), said he’s continued to go behind closed doors to talk with Republicans about supporting the bill and has been encouraged by what he’s heard. Port Authority reform override rescheduled for March 16th