Senate President Steve Sweeney called the recent series of scandals a “major distraction” that has “paralyzed” the state government. Sweeney said that in his opinion, the governor’s recent pocket vetoes of 44 bills is a “result of that.”
“He vetoed 44 bills, and honestly you have to question is he paying attention to them?” he said. “Is he being distracted right now? Because, look — I said this all along — this stuff is distracting to start with, and my concern is right now we have to be able to stay on course and stay focused to get things done.”
The vetoed bills included legislation requiring police cars to be equipped with cameras, as well as another calling for inspections into mold hazards in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
“We’re really upset about the things that he did with these vetoes,” said Sweeney. “He pocket vetoed 44 bills — some of them were really good bills. The dashboard camera thing — that protects the police officer just as much as it protects the driver. All the state troopers in New Jersey have a camera — they have cameras and they have microphones.”
He later added that the governor’s office at no time let on that the bills would be allowed to die on Christie’s desk.
“For us, no one was saying ‘Don’t do it,’” he said. “Most (of the bills) were bi-partisan.” [Read more in Star Ledger]