TRENTON – Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) has scheduled a voting session on Monday to attempt to override Gov. Chris Christie’s line item veto cuts to New Jersey’s budget.
Democrats passed a $30.6 billion budget on June 29, but Christie slashed about a billion from the spending plan with his veto power. The governor accused Democrats of fabricating revenue “out of thin air” for their budget, which he called unconstitutional because it was not balanced.
The governor’s cuts sometimes went further than his original budget proposal, leading critics to suggest that they were made out of spite rather than any real fiscal need.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) defended the governor and criticized Sweeney today.
“We would not be here if the Majority had chosen to negotiate a balanced budget with the Governor and Legislative Republicans rather than use the budget process to make a political statement. A bipartisan, negotiated budget worked perfectly well last year,” Kean said.
“Overriding a Governor’s veto should be a thoughtful decision that is used sparingly by the Legislature, not as a tool to churn political fodder for the fall campaign. The Majority’s never ending use of this extraordinary tool shows that they are more concerned about political theater than the actual outcome.”
A two-thirds majority is required to override a veto. Democrats control 24 of the 40 seats in the Senate, leaving them three votes short.
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