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An Unenthusiastic Veto Override

A corrected version of this earlier post follows:

Governor Christie continues his unblemished record of preventing legislative overrides of his vetoes. He succeeded again on Monday by rallying his troops to defeat a bill that would have “required more detailed reporting by the state about the long-term impact of its soaring debt.” So reasonable and needed was this bill that the Assembly initially passed it unanimously. Christie’s victory, however, was not so sweet for him.  

To override Gov. Christie’s veto, 54 Yes votes were required, including enough Republican votes. The results were (Bill A961) Yes (45), No (5), Not Voting (7) and Abstains (23).

Of the Republican Sponsors of the bill, only one legislator stuck to his principles and voted Yes: Jay Webber.

These Republican Sponsors changed their minds and did NOT vote Yes: Alison McHose (abstained), Chris Brown (abstained), Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (not voting), Declan O’Scanlon (abstained), Parker Space (abstained), and Anthony Bucco (abstained).

Only five Republicans were unequivocal in their No vote: Brian Rumpf, Mary Pat Angelini, Jack Ciattarelli, DiAnne Gove, and Gregory McGuckin.

Other Republicans waffled by abstaining or did not vote.

So only five Republicans voted to override, one Republican Sponsor had the guts to vote Yes, and most Republicans quietly abstained – not much enthusiasm from Christie’s troops. If this is a trend we may yet achieve an override before our governor disappears into the mist.

 

What’s Happening Today Wed. 10/23/2013

Christie’s financial mismanagement: One of the lingering effects of the shutdown is a lack of access to current federal data. The Federal Election Commission’s website, for example, indicates, “We are working to bring this section back online as quickly as possible.” The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as of now can only tell us unemployment rates in the states through August. Nonetheless, we don’t need current federal data to show that Christie’s financial stewardship has been a disaster.

We looked to NJ data where our state has reported on the revenue it has received. In September the State failed to meet its Revenue Budget of $2,557,400,000 by $(37,983,000). In the first three months of the new budget year (July-Sep) it likewise failed to meet its budget of $4,598,200,000 by $(62,040,000). One might think that with a gubernatorial election to be held on Nov 5, and September data to be available in late October the Governor’s officials might have budgeted cautiously in order to present a picture of meeting its budget at election time. Maybe they did, but their projection was flawed, and what we see now might be a harbinger of further failures in meeting their targets. We also know that the state saw a drop of 10,700 jobs in July, and 1,500 in August. Also, the most recent unemployment data we have for N. J. is for August at 8.5%, as compared to 8.1% for CT, 7.5% for DE, 7.6% for NY and 7.7% for PA.

Christie’s administration has been replete with failures in meeting budgets, lowering unemployment, and strengthening the economy. Today’s Rutgers/Eagleton poll concludes, “Voters remain persistently negative toward Christie’s efforts on what they perceive as the two most important issues facing the state, the economy and taxes.” It’s time for a new governor.

PUBLIC SCHEDULES

Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: Barbara Buono: Due to a scheduling conflict, the press conference on gun violence at Ewing Cemetery has been postponed;  Milly Silva: 7:00pm, Cumberland County Democratic Leaders’ Reception, New Jersey Motorsports Park, 8000 Dividing Creek Rd., Millville.

Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial campaign: Chris Christie: 1100am, groundbreaking ceremony, the Keasbey redevelopment site for Competitive Power Ventures, Woodbridge Energy Center, Woodbridge;  Kim Guadagno: 6:30pm, speaks at the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner, the Wildwood Convention.

9th LD Debate – Republican Incumbents vs. Democrats: 6:00pm, for Senate: Chris Connors (R) vs. Anthony Mazzella (D), and 7:00pm: for Assembly: Brian Rumpf (R) and Dianne Gove (R) vs Peter Ferwerda III (D) and Christopher McManus (D), both events at The Richard Stockton College, Campus Center Theatre, Galloway.

Open thread: Add an event taking place today of interest to our readers, or email items for this column the evening before to BillOrr563@gmail.com

Women in politics reality check, it’s not 1950, right?

At the meeting where DiAnne Gove was selected to replace Van Pelt, she said

I thank you for your vote of confidence because this is a very important position. Yes, I’m a woman, which does bring a different . . . “That’s right!” Gove continued. “. . . A different perspective

The APP reported a member in the audience interrupted with applause and a drawn-out “Yeah,”

When it was Sen. Connors turn to speak, APP reports

And one more thing, he began. He knows there are some Republicans out there who are perhaps uncomfortable with her statement that as a woman she would bring “a different perspective” to the table.

“Brian [Rumpf] and I are used to a different perspective at least once every evening when we go home,” Connors quipped to laughs and applause.

I know there are Dem men who would acknowledge that some in the party are uncomfortable with women bringing a different perspective or with women just being women and allowed to hold higher office.  And some would try to diffuse it with old boys’ club type humor.  

Hardly seems worth the newsprint, except to remind some of us that we haven’t left the 1950’s that far behind.  

Rumpf, at least, acknowledged it had been a tough couple of weeks, referring to Van Pelt’s indictment and resignation.