Spotlight Video: Defining the Balance of Power

Matthew Kassel | July 12, 2011 | Budget, Video
The Democratic-controlled legislature fails in 15 budget override attempts

Over the course of three hours, 15 override votes were proposed to Gov. Chris Christie’s line-item budget vetoes, and 15 were rejected. It was little more than an exercise of authority by the Democratic-controlled legislature yesterday, and a largely futile one against a governor’s office that is said to the most powerful in the country. As such, NJ Spotlight asked five of the most prominent legislators in the political tug-of-war — Democrats and Republicans — their definitions of New Jersey’s unique balance of power, or maybe lack thereof. And in case you missed this round, the legislature will do it all over again today with another round of votes, the results not expected to change much.