TRENTON - The Democrat-controlled Assembly has again fallen short in its attempt to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of legislation dealing with guns and mental illness.

The Assembly vote was suspended Thursday, falling three votes short of the amount needed to rebuke Christie. Their final opportunity to override the veto will be Jan. 11.

The Legislature's failure to override continues Christie's record of never having a veto overturned, something he has touted on the campaign trail.

The bill required potential gun buyers seeking to clear a mental health record to first notify law enforcement officials of their petition.

The measure initially passed unanimously in the Legislature before Christie conditionally vetoed it, saying he wanted a more comprehensive approach to reform how the state deals with mental health and guns.

This is the second time the Assembly has attempted to override the veto. The New Jersey Senate has already voted to override.

The Assembly also failed to override a veto of a bill designed to take guns away from domestic abusers.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.