Asbury Park


A Resolution urging the New Jersey State Legislature to Override Governor Christie’s Conditional Veto


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WHEREAS, Although it has been more than 50 years since the Equal Pay Act (1963) and the Civil Rights Act (1964) were passed, pay equality remains an issue; and


WHEREAS, According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for women is about 24 percent less than that of the median male salary-women earn 76 percent of what men earn; and


WHEREAS, Although this wage disparity has decreased since the late 1970s-when it was 62 percent-it reflects the long road to realizing fully equal pay in the workplace; and


WHEREAS, To specifically strengthen protections against employment discrimination in New Jersey and promote equal pay for women, New Jersey State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg from New Jersey’s 37th Legislative District introduced Senate Bill 992 on February 4, 2016; and


WHEREAS, Senate Bill 992 bill would amend the “Law Against Discrimination,” P.L.1945, c.169 (C.10:5-1 et seq.) (“LAD”) to make it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to discriminate between employees on the basis of sex by paying a rate of compensation, including benefits, to employees of one sex less than the rate paid to employees of the other sex for substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill, effort and responsibility. The bill would also prohibit any employer paying a rate in violation of this bill from reducing the rate of compensation of any employee in order to comply with the bill; and


WHEREAS, Senate Bill 992 gained final approval by the New Jersey State Senate on February 11, 2016. It would then gained final approval by the New Jersey General Assembly on March 14, 2016; and


WHEREAS, Senate Bill 992 was conditionally vetoed by Governor Chris Christie on May 2, 2016. Governor Christie requested several changes to Senate Bill 992 that, in his opinion, would mirror the provisions of the Lilly Ledbetter Act and the established precedent of the New Jersey Supreme Court with regards to the Law Against Discrimination; and


WHEREAS, Members of the New Jersey State Legislature expressed disproval of Governor Christie’s conditional veto of Senate Bill 992, and have been engaging in attempts to override the Governor’s conditional veto, as recently as of January 2017, by securing 2/3 of the majority in both houses of the New Jersey State Legislature; now, therefore,


    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Asbury Park that:


     1.  This body expresses approval of Senate Bill 992 and disapproval of the bill’s conditional veto by Governor Christie.  


     2.  This body respectfully urges the New Jersey State Legislature to override Governor Christie’s conditional veto of Senate Bill 992. 


     3.  Copies of this resolution shall be sent to all area legislators as well as the Governor of the State of New Jersey, the Senate President, Senate Majority Leader and Senate Minority Leader of the New Jersey State Senate, and the Assembly Speaker, Assembly Majority Leader and Assembly Minority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly. 



Meeting History

Feb 8, 2017 7:00 PM  Municipal Council Regular Meeting
MOVER:Amy Quinn, Deputy Mayor
SECONDER:Jesse Kendle, Councilmember
AYES:Eileen Chapman, Yvonne Clayton, Jesse Kendle, Amy Quinn, John Moor