New Jersey Democrats are shopping for enough votes to power through gun legislation despite a veto from Republican Gov. Chris Christie last month.
In August, Christie torpedoed a measure that would have added steps to those seeking to clear certain mental health records for the restoration of gun rights. The bill would have required individuals looking to erase old mental records so that they could legally purchase firearms first notify the state attorney general’s office and others of their efforts.
“I cannot endorse a continued path of patchwork proposals and fragmented statutes that add further confusion to an already cumbersome area of law,” said Christie in a 27-page veto message of S 2360.
The proposal, which had originally passed both chambers of the state legislature in unanimous votes, is not as popular with Republicans the second time around.
Minority Chief Jon Bramnick, R-Union, one of the sponsors of the bill on its first trip through the legislature, contends a compromise can be made with Christie and does not support the move to override the Governor’s veto.
“They appear to seek out the place they will divide Republicans or divide individuals,” Bramnick said in a release calling out Democrats for what he termed diversionary tactics. “The large issues within the state of New Jersey are the financial system, jobs and excessive taxes.”