Assembly GOP leery of push to override Christie veto

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democratic efforts to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a measure on mental health and gun ownership could run into a wall of Republican opposition in the Assembly.

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick says he is not willing to give Democrats a big political victory by overriding the governor, who is running for president.

Instead, he wants Democrats to consider changes to the state’s estate and inheritance taxes or its public pension and benefits system.

Bramnick co-authored the bill that gives judges any updated criminal information on people seeking to clear the criminal background database of their health records as a step toward purchasing a gun.

The issue could be the most closely watched in lame-duck sessions when lawmakers return Nov. 9 from Tuesday’s election.