Thursday, January 26, 2017

Christie's Equal Pay Veto Stalls

TRENTON -- After a heated debate, state Senate Democrats on Monday failed to gather enough votes to override Republican Gov. Chris Christie's veto of an equal pay bill aiming to help eliminate the pay gap between men and women.
The Democratic-controlled Senate passed the measure (S922) last year, 28-4, with eight abstentions. But on Monday, only 23 senators voted in favor of the override, falling four votes short of the 27 it needed to succeed.
Three Democrats were absent, and three of the five Republicans who voted yes last time voted against the override. Multiple other senators from both parties abstained.

At the request of the measure's main sponsor, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), the bill was pulled before an official vote was recorded.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said he will bring it back for another vote at a later date when a "full contingent" of senators is present.
The state Assembly would also have to vote for the override for Christie's veto to be reversed.
Here is a look at how each senator voted Monday. The votes to override Christie that differed from the original vote last year are noted in parentheses. A "yes" vote means the lawmaker wanted the override.
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