NJ.Com reports that State Senate Democrats on Monday, July 11 plan to go through Gov. Chris Christie’s budget vetoes line by line today in an attempt to overturn 39 of his cuts.
The Democrats have cried foul over Christie’s cuts to social welfare programs and aid to struggling cities in the $30.6 billion budget.
Bills being considered today would restore funds for legal services for poor people, an AIDS drug distribution program and aid to some of the state’s poorest cities, among other things.
The overrides are not expected to pass, because Democrats do not have the 27 votes needed to cancel out a veto.
The vote is scheduled for 10 a.m.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said Friday that Republican lawmakers need to buck the governor.
“This time you have no place to hide. You can’t make any excuses,” he said.
Republicans said the Democrats were playing politics.
“The Democrats’ budget was never realistic to begin with and only served as an election year tool to deceive voters and play on the emotions of the most vulnerable New Jerseyans,” said Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts.