TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers say Gov. Phil Murphy is backtracking on his veto of a bill calling for greater political donor disclosure and will sign the bill in response to the threat of a veto override.
The Democratic-led Assembly and Senate once again passed a bill on Monday that the governor had conditionally vetoed in May. Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, fellow Democrats, say Murphy has committed to signing the bill. Sweeney says there’s “no question” Murphy would have been overridden. The Democratic governor’s office offered no explanation for the about-face. Murphy argued the measure could run afoul of the U.S. Constitution and instead sought other changes, including disclosure for firms getting tax credits. The legislation requires certain groups with contributors giving over $10,000 to be disclosed.