Oliver: Christie Fails to Lead with Anti-Gun Violence Vetoes

(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) on Friday expressed her disappointment with Gov. Christie’s decision to put politics before public safety by vetoing several bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats to help curb gun violence.

Oliver noted the bill banning .50 caliber weapons (A-3659) was an especially common sense proposal to help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and minimize the destruction caused by guns that land in the wrong hands.

“Banning these battlefield-style weapons was designed to keep these highly destructive firearms out of the hands of dangerous criminals and terrorists. Weaponry designed for the battlefield, that serves no legitimate civilian use, should not be landing on our streets.

“Instead the governor has shunned this notion and bowed to the pressure of right wing conservatives.

“The governor’s vetoes today demonstrate a failure in leadership. Instead of doing what’s right for New Jersey, he bowed to the pressures of his political party.”