An attempt to override Governor Chris Christie’s veto of a Sandy :bill of rights” has failed in the New Jersey Senate.
The vote was along party lines with 24 Democrats supporting the override, and 14 Republicans rejecting it.
There are aspects of the bill that are illegal, said Sen. Jen Beck, R-Monmouth.
“That promises things that we can not deliver because it violates federal regulation and law,” she said. “We cannot do this to people. We can’t. They have been through so much.”
Senate President Steve Sweeney said the measure would have created a faster and fairer process for distributing grant money.
“We covered ourselves by ensuring that we can’t violate federal law. We have lawyers on both sides. They argued these issues,” he said. “We do read these bills.”
The Democratic leadership in the Legislature has never managed to get Republican support to override any of Christie’s vetoes.