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Gov. Chris Christie On NJ Gay-Marriage Bill: “If Forced To Make A Decision On It, I’ll Make A Decision”

While NJ legislators haven’t brought a marriage-equality bill to a vote in the state House or state Senate, Governor Chris Christie has finally broken his silence on the issue.

“They have a right to set their agenda, I’ll set mine, [and] we’ll see who gets there first,” he said yesterday in Camden, reports NJ.com. “When forced to make a decision—if forced to make a decision on it—I’ll make a decision.”

We were actually hoping he wouldn’t make a decision, though NOM probably wouldn’t keep quiet in that case.

In New Jersey, a bill becomes law if it reaches the governor’s desk and languishes for 45 days. We wouldn’t mind if Christie ignored the bill, seeing as the more likely thing for a Republican governor to do is veto the the thing. But now he’s said that he’ll “make a decision,” that’s probably not going to happen.

Still, Christie wants to be a viable candidate for president in 2016 and national polls on gay marriage have seen a major change in the past year: more people support than oppose our cause. In four years, the trend will continue upward, and a veto on gay-marriage could be a stain on his record.

Should Christie veto the bill, marriage-equality supporters will be hard-pressed to secure a veto-proof majority. That’s because Democratic Senate leader Steve Sweeney didn’t organize enough campaigning around the issue recently. He has admitted that the bill failed two years ago largely because he abstained to vote on the measure.

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