Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti won’t cast a vote in favor of a veto override should budget negotiations come to that point, the two-term assemblyman said in a Facebook post on Friday.
“I have no interest in any discussion about overriding a potential Governor Murphy veto or conditional veto – he deserves our support,” Chiaravalloti said in a posting that also espoused support for a millionaires tax, an almost existential priority for Gov. Phil Murphy.
Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin have so far opposed the measure, fearing that it would push millionaires – and their businesses – out of the state.
The budget the legislature passed last week – one Chiaravalloti voted for – did not include the measure, instead opting to fund some increases in spending through a temporary hike in the corporate business tax.
“I voted for the Legislative Budget because it included many of the Democratic priorities I have fought for since being elected in 2015,” the assemblyman wrote on Facebook.
But, talks of a veto override may be somewhat premature, as Murphy’s promised veto of the legislatures budget has not yet come, and lawmakers are now in their second meeting of the day to try to work out a budget compromise.
Sweeney said made Murphy and offer and were returning to the governor’s building to see what the latter thought.