Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Senate Puts off Vote to Restore Pa Reform Bill

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Senate Puts off Vote to Restore Pa Reform Bill

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The state Senate is delaying its March 5 vote on Port Authority reforms because the one Republican committed to overriding Governor Christie is scheduled to be on vacation that day, said the legislator who's leading the charge.

Sen. Bob Gordon, D-Fair Lawn, said he has met with about a dozen Republicans so far to try to get their support to override the governor's veto of the reforms, which unanimously passed both houses -- plus the New York Legislature -- last year. Christie, a Republican, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, vetoed identical Port Authority reform bills at the end of last year.

All 24 Democrats in the New Jersey Senate are committed to voting for an override of Christie's veto, but 27 votes are needed. Gordon needs three Republicans, but so far only has one committed: Sen. Mike Doherty, who is scheduled to be on vacation on March 5, the day of the override vote was scheduled.

There have been several dozen attempts to override Governor Christie's vetoes since he took office in 2010, but none has been successful. …

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