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Sandy Bill of Rights veto override vote today – Will any Republicans break from Christie?

UPDATE: Senate session has begun, and can be viewed at the NJ Legislature’s media page.

Last month, both houses of the Legislature unanimously passed a bill to help fix the Christie administration’s disastrous Sandy relief process. That was the Sandy Bill of Rights, spearheaded by Steve Sweeney, who went out on a listening tour through some of the communities most impacted by the superstorm to hear from frustrated residents who say they were left in the dark by the very process they counted on to help them in the months after the storm.

The bills address accountability to residents: requiring clear explanation of eligibility, the right for residents to know the status of their application and what additional info they may need to provide, and clear explanation why an application was rejected or wait-listed.

Makes sense. But Christie gutted the bill package in a conditional veto, which he refers to as a conditional approval while describing the Sandy Bill of Rights as a “raft of partisan political findings, all styled as ‘rights'”. This, that every Republican in both houses voted for, because they saw how the state’s recovery efforts were failing people and knew they could improve that. Since then, some Republicans seem to have forgotten that, siding with Christie and against their own earlier vote.

In the Senate Session that starts in about an hour, a veto override vote is scheduled. Without at least three Republicans deciding their responsibilities to Sandy victims are greater than adherence to the governor’s will when he is wrong, the vote will fail. The stakes are very high, particularly for Sandy-impacted New Jerseyans who feel tangled in Christie’s ineffective recovery policy. We’re going to find out what and who is really important to the Republicans today. I hope at least three do the right thing.

The Senate Democrats did a Sandy Override by the Numbers. Below the fold.

Join the Thunderclap: Override Christie’s Veto of Sandy Bill of Rights

Promoted by Rosi. Want more on this? Marie Corfield’s post is a good place to start.

On Thursday, June 12th the New Jersey Senate will vote on the override of the Sandy Bill of Rights.  There was unanimous support when the Bill passed the Senate and the Assembly but the Governor sent back a conditional veto with over 100, many petty, changes.  

The Republicans are sticking with their Governor, not their constituents. We need three of them to override the veto.

Sign up for this Thunderclap to create massive social media pressure Thursday morning as legislators head into caucus.  Thunderclap will generate the message through twitter and/or Facebook for you and we will make sure the Republicans get our message.

It is easy and fast – we all need to act.

Thunderclap on Sandy Bill of Rights veto override

NJ GOP is not stronger than Superstorm Christie

Next Thursday June 12th the legislature plans to try a veto override of Christie’s CV of the ‘Sandy Bill of Rights.’ Here’s why it matters. And what you can do – right now. Cross-posted at Marie Corfield. Promoted by Rosi.

DropDead (new Chris Christie version)For those readers old enough to remember, this image is a parody of the fierce reaction to President Gerald Ford’s infamous but false response to NY City’s 1970’s financial crisis. Even though he never said those words, he might as well have because his reaction to the city’s request for financial help was part of his political undoing.

My point is not to rehash what happened 40 years ago so, gentle readers, please limit your comments to current events. If you want the back story, read this NY Times piece. In a nutshell it was a classic case of liberal vs. conservative values locked in a game of Chicken. The only difference is that unlike many of today’s elected officials, both sides blinked: they came together and worked it out.