New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed a bill which would have established marriage equality in the Garden State.
In New Jersey, overriding a governor’s veto requires a two-thirds majority in both house of the legislature. The marriage equality bill would require three more than originally voted for it in the Senate, and 12 more in the state Assembly. The legislature has until the end of 2013 to try to find the votes to override Christie’s veto.
Christie has long been seen as less socially conservative than the rest of his party; earlier this year he nominated openly gay Chatham Borough mayor Bruce Harris to the state Supreme Court. Christie said he would prefer that the question of marriage equality be settled by a ballot referendum.
“When we look back in the annals of history, unfortunately, the governor will see that he was on the wrong side of justice,” said Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver. ”All the couples disappointed by his action today should take solace in the fact that we are not giving up this fight.”