(TRENTON) — Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson) issued a multimedia package Monday in which he responded to Gov. Christie’s veto of “The Democracy Act” — sweeping legislation (A-4613) Prieto sponsored to modernize New Jersey’s voting laws.
The multimedia package consists of Speaker Prieto’s comments on the veto and audio and a transcript of same.
The audio file is available upon request.
A transcript of Speaker Prieto’s comments is appended below:
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson):
“I think it was foolish for him to veto a bill like this.
“We just came off an election; we had the lowest turnout, I believe, since 1924. There was a lot of support on this bill, which I think people understand it and get it, that, you know, being 39th in the nation, both in voter participation and voter registration, is not right. New Jersey has to come up into the 21st century.
“I think him vetoing it at this point in time shows that there has to be some correlation to him running for president. So, I think it just shows that when you put politics before policy, it’s not the right thing.
“And I think it’s all about people being able to vote, and I think this was just a common sense bill that we put forward.”