VIDEO: Carroll stumps Dems as Christie override attempt fails in Assembly

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

Assembly Democrats failed to aid their Senate colleagues by overriding Governor Chris Christie‘s veto of S2360 on Thursday afternoon, Save Jerseyans, with only 51 voting in favor of the override while 17 registered against and 11 abstained.

54 was the magic number. Speaker Vincent Prieto pulled the override vote at the last second when it was clear that the necessary voters weren’t present.

Four Republicans bucked the Governor and supported the Democrats’ failed override attempt: Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-2), Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16), Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26), and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-13).

Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25) spoke for the majority of GOP members by asking why the Democrats have no interest in passing a better bill in the form of the Governor’s conditional veto. The response (or non-response?) he received was extremely telling and confirmed that all of this has been 100% politically-motivated since day one:

“I voted against the override,” added Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-26) “because the opportunity to strengthen the bill was bypassed in order to make this a political showdown on gun control…”

The majority party failed to consider any of  suggestions by the governor regarding this bill and that’s unfortunate. In order to create meaningful and effective legislation it should be done in bipartisan manner.

If there is a demonstrable need for stricter gun control laws in New Jersey – which already has some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, then let’s do it in a sober, well-reasoned  manner. Attaching gun control measures, including those dealing with the ability of people with mental health issues to buy gun — to a bill dealing with domestic violence is not the way to create effective gun safety regulations.

Likewise if there is a need to address holes in our domestic violence laws, let’s address that need comprehensively and in the proper context.”

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11 thoughts on “VIDEO: Carroll stumps Dems as Christie override attempt fails in Assembly

  1. Voting YES in support of that “gun control” bill in the Assembly are Michael Patrick Carroll, DeCroce, Parker Space, Erik Peterson, John Dimaio, and every other voting Republican.

    Jon Bramnick is a SPONSOR of that “gun control” bill.

    Senate YES votes in support of that “gun control” bill are Michael Doherty and every other voting Republican.

  2. Actually, Christie’s conditional veto calls for an expansion and extension of checks beyond the original bill, so Michael Patrick Carroll, Betty Lou DeCroce, and their fellow-flippers flopped into voting FOR MORE control.

  3. Just the Assembly GOP Craven Caucus of Cowards again genuflecting before King Christie and his whims. And the wonder why no one takes them seriously. And they wonder why they lost 4 more Assembly seats a month ago.

  4. Naturally this insipid post is written just by some amateur “Staff” member. Matt Rooney himself would never have written an entry so thoroughly stupid and self-contradictory.

  5. Here in the Keystone State one can purchase a firearm simply by proffering his or her driver license. Said firearm may be lawfully discharged pretty much anywhere that isn’t Philadelphia – including one’s own backyard. I know this, because I have hosted numerous “target practice cookouts” for gun-owning relatives who still reside in Nazi-occupied New Jersey.

    Suck it long and suck it hard, Nueva Yersei.

  6. You’ve got it backwards, although you can blame the bad info you swallowed from this stupid SaveJersey staff writer.

    The Christie “Republicans,” who all voted for the original bill, flipped their votes because they suddenly said the bill does NOT GO FAR ENOUGH. The Christie “Republicans” wanted the Governor’s conditional veto that pushes for EVEN MORE checks and CONTROL. The desperate and pathetic Christie “Republicans” said exactly that on the floor of the Assembly.

    So, the more-conservative vote was for the narrow original bill and for the override, not for the liberal total-control alternative of the spineless Christie “Republicans” who bow before Emperor Christie.

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