New Jersey Senate delays vote on gender-equality override

January 23, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s inauguration and the women’s march to protest it weren’t enough to persuade New Jersey lawmakers to overturn Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bill tightening rules on gender and pay.

The Democrat-led Senate postponed a vote Monday on the override.

The delay came after pointed debate on the legislation. The bill included provisions that permit women to seek triple damages from employers who paid men more for equal work.

Christie rejected the measure last year, asking lawmakers to remove that provision, among others.

Democratic Sen. Shirley Turner backed the override and says if New Jersey women’s marches didn’t persuade Republicans to support the override then the nationwide events should.

Republican Sen. Mike Doherty criticized the timing of the vote. He said laws already cover gender discrimination.

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