New Jersey Democrats are making one last effort to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bill that would have funded family planning services in the state. The veto eliminated millions of dollars intended to expand access for low-income women to family planning services, breast and cervical cancer exams and other annual reproductive health screenings. Although Republicans have already stated that they will not override the veto, Democrats have chosen to hold a vote regardless.
Trenton Democrats will try to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of $7.5 million in funding for family planning clinics Sept. 20, despite a pledge from Republicans to sink the effort.
Most of the Republicans in the state Senate who originally voted in favor of funding have said they will vote against the override, to support the governor’s call for fiscal restraint.
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Both Christie and the Republicans who have flip-flopped on the funding are claiming that abortion has nothing to do with the desire to stop the funding, despite the fact that it became a flashpoint in the earlier debates over the money, with one legislator even claiming, “It’s wrong to put a price tag on children. Children are our future. We want more children, not less.”
Overriding the veto would require 27 votes, including the support of all 24 Democrats and at least three Republicans.