NJ Assembly Adds Another Vote to Override Christie’s Veto of Marriage Equality Bill

Earlier this week, Towleroad reported that one Republican, Holly Schepisi, and two Democrats, Wayne DeAngelo and Gabriela Mosquera, said they would be voting to override Chris Christie's 2012 veto of the marriage equality bill.

OscanlonNow the Courier-Post reports that another Republican vote, Declan O'Scanlon, has been added to the override column, and he believes there will be more:

O’Scanlon said there are likely to be more crossover votes.

“The narrative that the governor strong-arms Republicans in the Legislature is false,’’ O’Scanlon said Wednesday.

“I think you’ll see some other folks vote for it, but I don’t know exactly how many at this point. We’re some time away from that vote actually happening,’’ he said.


  1. KT says

    Its good news but we are far from the finishing line – and I think our chances of an override are very slim. Both of the Republicans voting for override mentioned above were not present for the original vote. So they did not change their mind on the issue or change their vote. We need 11 people to actually change their mind on their original vote. I just don’t see that happening. Hopefully the courts will make an override vote unnecessary.

  2. UGH says

    I agree, but it would sure be nice to have some positive leadership, and when Republicans side with us, it makes me happy, because a vigorous and effective two party system is all about change within parties and adaptation to the changing social perceptions.

  3. says

    There’s really no excuse for any fair-minded legislator not to support a veto since CUs and marriage are so obviously unequal after the DOMA decision. (As obvious as Christie’s motives for the veto in the first place.)

    The court will do it for them sooner or later–but they’ll go down on the wrong side of history.

  4. MiddleoftheRoader says


    The Pope may have given some further assistance to our effort to attract more pro-marriage equality votes in NJ, IL and Hawaii. Many of the Catholic legislators are Italian or Irish in NJ and IL, and some of them are Philippino in Hawaii.

    If nothing else, the Pope’s comments about “who am I to judge?” and “It is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person” should provide enough comfort to Catholic legislators who want to give up their anti-marriage equality positions. In some states like IL or Hawaii, if enough “anti-marriage equality” Catholics simply abstain from voting — “who am I to judge?” — then the “yes” votes should enough to enact the marriage equality bills. Not so in New Jersey where votes are needed to override the veto, and abstentions won’t help.

    So for the undecided Catholic legislator, or even those who were previously ant-marriage equality, didn’t the Pope give them enough cover for them to change their votes and now vote in favor of marriage equality? They can now go back to their constituents in heavily Catholic districts and say “I was just following the Pope’s admonition not to judge our gay citizens who want to get married.”

    I hope the gay marriage proponents can successfully make these arguments to the legislators in these states.

  5. Ryan says

    I have NO faith in the people of New Jersey… obviously they could give a crap about us!

    No SSM means I don’t go anywhere near your crappy backward state!