Democratic gubernatorial candidate and State Senator Barbara Buono released the following statement:
"It is absolutely astounding that Governor Christie has ignored the will of his constituents and vetoed legislation that is supported by an overwhelming number of New Jerseyans. With today's vetoes, he has made his priorities clear - the wishes of right-wing, fringe Republicans in Iowa and New Hampshire are more important than protecting children and families in the Garden State. His cynical decision is even more astounding when you consider that he called for banning .50 caliber rifles in April.
"He assumes that he will be leaving New Jersey for Washington, D.C. and is therefore willing to let citizens, law enforcement and legislators in the streets of Newark, Trenton and Camden deal with the consequences of today's decision. We deserve better than broken promises and empty rhetoric that is out-of-touch with the vast majority of the state. Moreover, New Jersey has previously been a national leader on gun safety legislation. Today's decision means that we will continue to fall behind our neighbors, who have already taken steps to eradicate gun violence.
"I will continue to fight for everyday New Jerseyans across the state and, as Governor, I promise to enact this commonsense legislation to reduce gun violence."