The New Jersey Legislature yesterday voted to override gov. Jim Florio's veto of a $608 million sales tax cut, handing the Democratic governor the most significant defeat of his term.

The Assembly approved the measure, which will pull the tax back to 6% from 7%, by a 59-to-12 vote-- five votes more than the two-thirds needed for an override. The Senate vote was 29 to 2, two more than required.

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