The 20-14 vote essentially kills all hope of marriage equality coming to New Jersey. The State Assembly has no reason to take up its own bill now, and with Chris Christie taking over the governor’s seat, Jersey has four years to sit this one out. Unless, of course, Lambda Legal and Garden State Equality succeed in their just-announced (but long-planned) decision to head back to court.
And why don’t those votes add up to the total number of senators? Because there were abstentions. Including, unbelievably, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who argued the bill was destined for defeat anyhow, so why go on record whether he’s pro-discrimination?