New Jersey’s Democratic-controlled Assembly has again fallen short in its attempt to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of legislation dealing with guns and mental illness.
The Assembly vote was suspended on Thursday, falling three votes short of the support needed to rebuke Christie. Their final opportunity to override the veto will be on Jan. 11.
The Democratic Legislature’s failure sustains Christie’s blemish-free streak on overrides, something he has touted on the campaign trail.
The bill required potential gun buyers seeking to clear a mental health record to first notify law enforcement officials of their petition.
The measure initially passed unanimously in the Legislature before Christie conditionally vetoed it, saying he wanted a more comprehensive approach to reform how the state deals with mental health and guns.