If Republicans had a gut check in the New Jersey Senate today, the only one who responded to it with any rectitude was GOP Senator Mike Doherty, the sole Republican vote to override reform legislation designed to clean up the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.
Three Republican votes were needed to add to votes in the Democratic majority, but Doherty was the only GOP vote to override. Senator Jennifer Beck did not vote.
Gov. Chris Christie has a 100% record of discipline in requiring the members of his party to do what he requires of them, and sometimes against their own better judgement, their independence, and at a sacrifice of their own integrity.
Another override vote down in flames. This one, however, was different. The legislation, designed to break the cycle of political interference in the workings of the vast agency, was voted unanimously by both houses in the legislatures of both New York and New Jersey, by both parties. When the vetoes came from both governors Christie and Cuomo, it read as a defiance of that broad support, the will of both legislatures and the will of the residents of both states. Ignore all the federal investigations, ignore the cesspool of political dealing against the interests of the residents and commuters of both states that the PA has become. Nothing to see here, move along.
Save Sen. Doherty today who has real problems with how the PA operates, the elected Republicans of the NJ Senate should be ashamed of themselves. They look like chickens. Sops. Namby-pamby pushovers who don’t have the intestinal fortitude to stand up for what they know is right, or to do what they have known for months needs to be done. Or they wouldn’t have voted for it in the first place.
Republican Tom Kean proposed watered-down “compromise” legislation designed to look like something but actually amounts to nearly nothing in terms of real change to the agency. And so it goes.