BY TOM HESTER SR.
The Democratic-controlled Assembly Monday failed to gain the necessary Republican support to override the veto by Gov. Chris Christie of two bills that would have restored a state income tax surcharge on 16,000 New Jerseyans who earn more than $1 million annually as a way to raise $635 million to finance the restoration of property tax rebates for more than 600,000 seniors and disabled.
The vote on bill (A-20), which would have dedicated the revenue raised by the surcharge for property tax rebates for seniors and the disabled and to help support two state-run prescription programs fro low-income seniors and disabled, was 47-33.
A total of 54 votes, including 7 from the Republicans, would have been necessary for an override. No Republicans voted in favor of the override.
The vote came after 26 minutes of debate.