N.J. Dems Plot to Override Christie's Marriage Equality Veto
BY Neal Broverman
February 23 2013 6:52 PM ET
Democratic New Jersey legislators are putting their heads together to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a 2012 marriage equality bill.
The lawmakers believe they have a chance to gather a two-thirds majority of votes in each legislative body to overcome the governor's veto. While the Senate will need only three more votes to meet the required threshold, the Assembly needs 12. Even though they have until 2014, Democratic leaders in the House and Assembly want a marriage bill passed this year. They will likely wait for another vote until after the June primary, so as not to scare off equality-minded Republicans who fear retaliation from conservatives.
Both houses of New Jersey's government passed a marriage equality bill in February 2012, but the state's popular Republican governor killed it, even though he had the option of letting it pass without his signature.
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