Lawmakers Vote to Override Christie’s Veto for 1st Time

TRENTON (AP) -

New Jersey lawmakers voted Thursday to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto for the first time since he became chief executive in 2010 — after more than 50 prior attempts.

The Senate voted 27-12, with three Republicans joining all the Democrats, on a bill that requires law enforcement agencies to be notified when a prospective gun-buyer seeks to expunge mental health records. The measure passed unanimously in both houses of the Legislature earlier this year.

The Assembly must still vote on the override for it to take effect. Democratic Speaker Vincent Prieto said he will announce when to schedule a vote.

An override would be a blow for Christie, who has touted his flawless record on vetoes while campaigning for president.