Dems will seek override on millionaire's tax, though 'not overly optimistic'

The day after Gov. Christie vetoed the millionaire's tax, Democratic legislative leaders said they would work to get the votes needed to achieve an override.

Democrats would need a two-thirds majority in both houses to override the governor's veto, a high hurdle to pass.

"I'm not overly optimistic, but we're not backing down," said Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester). Seniors, the disabled and the poor, Sweeney said, are "worth fighting for."

Sweeney said that privately, more than one Republican legislator has indicated to him that they were "very uncomfortable" with their votes. He added that he was impressed that with the party discipline shown by the Republicans, who all voted against the the millionaire's tax and a companion bill to direct the funding toward property tax rebates for senior citizens and the disabled.

Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D., Middlesex) also hopes there will be some room for negotiation. "I sense that there are some fissures on the Republican side in the senate and I'm hoping that will develop into support that would enable an override to be successful," Buono said. "I just hope that the governor would... have another look at the millionaire's tax. We haven't given up on this yet."

After the press conference during which Sweeney presented Christie with the bills and the governor vetoed them, Christie and Sweeney met privately for 30-45 minutes, Sweeney said.

Asked what they discussed, Sweeney said, "Just life. No policy stuff, just talking."

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