Assembly Democrats Again Fall Short in Attempt to Override Christie

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto.

TRENTON -No change.

After falling short in this endeavor two weeks ago, Assembly Democrats this afternoon again failed to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of the expungement bill.

“We have tried during the past three weeks to bring cooperation to this house,” complained Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) when Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-37) introduced the bill on the floor.

Democrats needed 54 votes to effect an override of A-3593, which would require notification of local law enforcement before expungement of mental health records of prospective firearms purchaser.

The bill failed with 51 voting yes, 17 no and 9 abstaining.

Seeing that he didn’t have the votes for passage, Johnson requested that the bill come down.

Prieto derided those members of the GOP who – cowed by the national-office-seeking Governor Chris Christie – resisted the bill, noting how the legislation initially went to the governor’s desk with bipartisan 74-0 assembly support.

“Steadfastly flip-flopping and putting a governor’s political ambitions above the public’s interest and safety is yet another example of why Republicans are becoming an endangered species in the New Jersey Assembly,” Prieto said. “New Jerseyans are smart and they are watching. They know who is doing the right thing and who is not. They will make their voices heard. Republicans will get another chance to do the right thing.”

Assembly Democrats Again Fall Short in Attempt to Override Christie