Why New Jersey’s Senate Will Not Be Voting on Gay Marriage This Week

If you’re interested in the micropolitics of New Jersey’s marriage debate, you’ll care that the Senate’s bill supporters are now holding off on a full Senate vote — and will wait for the State Assembly to pass the bill. Senate President Richard Codey opted to delay a full vote at the request of the bill’s sponsor Sen. Loretta Weinberg, who is looking for momentum among her Assembly peers. Of course, while the Senate’s Judiciary Committee OK’d S1967 on Monday, the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee has yet to pass its version of the bill, which is necessary before a full Assembly vote. According to NJN News’s Zachary Fink, there is stalling because … “the votes are not there in the Senate.” Shocker. Tick tock.