TRENTON – A former Republican State Party Chairman who once clashed behind the scenes with Gov. Chris Christie’s inner circle allies before surrendering the chairmanship, was one of four Republicans who crossed the aisle earlier today to vote in favor of attempting to override Christie on a public safety-targeted gun bill.
Like his Republican colleagues in the legislature, Webber originally voted in favor of the bill in June.
While 17 of his colleagues reversed themselves this afternoon, Webber stuck by his initial vote.
“I thought the bill makes the state a little safer place,” the veteran assemblyman from Morris County told PolitickerNJ after recording his vote and watching the override fail. “My job when I come to Trenton is to vote for things that make the state safer.”
Did he consider voting against the override?
“I listened to all my colleagues, and I think the governor’s CV (conditional veto) was well-written, but at the end of the day, this was the vote before us for a common sense measure and I voted in favor of the common sense measure,” Webber said.
Party sources say Webber – long regarded as a stand-out intellect in the legislature – may be positioning himself to run for statewide office, be it senate or the governor’s office. When he served as state Republican Chairman he disagreed at times with Christie’s kitchen cabinet about the direction of the party.