TRENTON - New Jersey Democrats on Thursday failed to override Gov. Christie's veto of gun-control legislation, despite previous Republican support and a successful vote in the Senate less than two months ago.
After about 90 minutes of debate, Assembly Democrats were three votes short of the 54 needed to override the veto. Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) did not record an official vote and said he would try "again and again" to defeat the veto.
Christie, a Republican running for president, preserved his record of sustaining each of the 50 some vetoes Democrats have tried to override. (He has vetoed dozens of other bills that Democrats have not tried to defeat.)
The bill, which the Assembly passed on a 74-0 vote in June, would make it more difficult for certain people with a history of mental illness to expunge such records for the purpose of buying a firearm.