TRENTON — Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono today criticized her Republican colleagues for adhering to the governor after the Senate failed to override five gubernatorial vetoes of legislation that would have repositioned the state’s economy and business climate to one of growth and opportunity.
Buono noted that the five bills which failed to receive the 27 votes needed for a veto override had initially passed the Senate by overwhelming bipartisan margins.
Buono (D-Middlesex) released the following statement:
“Just as they did with women’s health last year, the Senate Republican caucus has once again made it clear that they are more than willing to be told what to do out of fear of going against their governor.
“These are bills that would create jobs and help turn our economy around. And our Republicans colleagues know it, considering these measures passed the Senate in January by a collective vote of 187 to two.
“The minority party has made it clear they have no intention of ever casting a vote in the best interests of their constituents. The only person that matters to them is Chris Christie.
“Today was a day to stand with New Jersey’s business community and unemployed and chart a new course for our state’s economy. Sadly, the Republican caucus was more than willing to let the governor shackle their ankles together rather than join us in that effort.”