GOP lawmakers chided for not standing up to Christie on ‘Sandy Bill of Rights’

     82-year-old Tom Largey and Senate President Steve Sweeney meet in Largey's Sandy-damaged Sea Bright home to urge lawmakers to override Governor Christie's veto of the Sandy Bill of Rights (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

    82-year-old Tom Largey and Senate President Steve Sweeney meet in Largey's Sandy-damaged Sea Bright home to urge lawmakers to override Governor Christie's veto of the Sandy Bill of Rights (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

    The leader of the New Jersey Senate is blasting Republican lawmakers for saying they won’t support an override of Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of the “Sandy Bill of Rights.”

    Speaking inside a Sandy-damaged home in Sea Bright Friday, Senate President Steve Sweeney called it “disgusting” that Republicans who supported the bill are afraid to stand up and show the governor his veto was the wrong thing to do.

    “It’s the exact same bill that they voted for, and it’s not that hard to understand it’s to make the process work better,” said Sweeney, D-Gloucester.

    Waiting to know if the state will give him a grant to elevate his house has been frustrating, said Tom Largey, 82.

    “We’ve been approved I guess, but we’re 2,000 on the list,” he said. “We’re within a hundred a feet of the water, and you think they would do something, move a little faster.”

    Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean said Republicans won’t support an override because they do not believe the bill will achieve its goals of improving the recovery from the storm.

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