NJ Dems push to override Christie veto on revamping rules for bridge agency

 Democrats who control New Jersey's Senate intend to try overriding Gov. Chris Christie's veto of measures calling for reforms at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that operates the George Washington Bridge. (AP file photo)

Democrats who control New Jersey's Senate intend to try overriding Gov. Chris Christie's veto of measures calling for reforms at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that operates the George Washington Bridge. (AP file photo)

Democrats who control New Jersey’s Senate say they’ll try to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of measures calling for reforms at the agency that operates the George Washington Bridge.

 

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg says the legislation would have required financial accountability at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. It also would have authority officials to appear before legislative committees to discuss their plans.

She is hoping Republican senators who voted for the reforms will join with Democrats to support an override.

“It would he hard for me to fathom how anybody would not vote for an override to put these ideas into law, but it remains to be seen,” said Weinberg, D-Bergen.

The legislation would complement the reforms suggested by a task force that Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are embracing.

“What it mainly does is call for a lot of transparency and a lot of accountability, some of which the Port Authority is already doing, but by passing this into law we can be assured they will continue doing it.”

Every previous effort to override a Christie veto has failed because it lacked Republican support.

Even if an override succeeds this time, the measures would also need approval in the next session of New York’s legislature.

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