DEPUTY SPEAKER WISNIEWSKI STATEMENT ON GOV. CHRISTIE’S COMMENT REGARDING LAME DUCK SESSION

(TRENTON) – Assembly Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) on Thursday released the following statement in response to comments made by Governor Christie regarding lame-duck legislation during his Denville Town Hall meeting:

“You can imagine what great precision was used in passing those bills. It was a pile of crap, I vetoed most of it.” – Governor Chris Christie

“Governor Christie is, once again, resorting to indecorous and inflammatory language, this time to justify his veto actions in lieu of any serious discussion with legislators and voters about the bills he rejected. In my own case, a Teen Driving Safety bill he vetoed reflected proposals developed by a panel of recognized experts created by legislation sponsored by former Assemblyman Joseph Malone, and were vetted by the legislature for over a year. If there are specific problems or concerns that he had with the bill, all of us who worked on the proposal would like to know what those concerns were. I’m sure the same is true for colleagues of mine in both houses and both parties.

“To smugly dismiss bills that could have improved the lives of veterans, students, the unemployed, people with health conditions and child victims of sex abuse by simply characterizing them all as “a pile of crap” is behavior unworthy of a man who holds the office of Governor.”