Ahead of the General Assembly voting session on Monday, Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling have called for an override of Governor Christie’s veto of legislation that would have promoted pay equity for women in New Jersey. Houghtaling and Downey previously criticized Governor Christie for vetoing the bill back in May.
“The Governor has, time and again, demonstrated his apathy toward the struggles of working women in our state,” said Downey (D-Monmouth), who is a primary sponsor of the legislation, “This bill had broad bipartisan support, and I am hard pressed to imagine why a legislator would not want to promote pay equity. I hope that our colleagues in the Legislature will join us in voting to override this veto, and send a strong message to Governor Christie.”
“Our state has a withering middle class, which can and will be strengthened if we empower our workforce,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth), who co-sponsored the legislation, “We can’t afford to turn a blind eye to the barriers women still face in the workplace. Right now an override is the right thing to do.”
The bill (S-992) originally passed both houses of the Legislature with bipartisan support before being vetoed by Governor Christie. The legislation would strengthen penalties for employers who don’t pay women the same as men for similar jobs.