TRENTON — They came close — dangerously close — the first time around, but Senate Democrats will not try for a second veto override of a bill that would put a stop to the transferring of residents with developmental disabilities from out-of-state facilities to residential placements in New Jersey at their voting session today.
Lawmakers in the legislature’s upper house are slated to convene at 12 p.m., when they’ll take up a host of final bills and budget measures before the end of the fiscal year tomorrow night. But a veto override on S2249 — passed in 2014 with near-unanimous support, and later vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie — is not listed on the docket.
Lawmakers in the Senate came the closest they ever have to overturning a Christie veto with that bill during their voting session last week. With two Republicans breaking ranks — state Senators Kip Batman (R-16) and Mike Doherty (R-23) — Democrats came just one vote away from making history.
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) ultimately pulled the bill, saying he might post it again Monday for a second try.
Instead, lawmakers say will return to the drawing board to work on a compromise bill.
“It’s about helping these families,” Bateman told PolitickerNJ.