New Jersey Assembly Passes Marriage Equality, Christie To Veto

The New Jersey Assembly has just passed the marriage equality bill with a vote of 41-33. It now proceeds to the desk of Gov. Chris Christie (R), who has promised to “swiftly” veto it. The legislature will have until the end of the legislative session in January 2014 to override that veto, but neither chamber currently has enough votes. The Senate was three votes shy of a two-thirds majority when it voted on Monday, and the Assembly fell 13 votes short today. A poll released this week shows that 54 percent of New Jersey voters support marriage equality.


According to Freedom To Marry, one Assembly member had a broken button, and so the actual count is 42-33. This means the Assembly is 12 votes shy of what would be necessary for a veto override.

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