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NJ Senate Prez: Marriage Bill Needs Votes


New Jersey state senate president Richard Codey expressed doubt that enough support exists in his Democratic caucus to bring the marriage equality bill to a vote. He said that bipartisan support is needed to pass the bill in the senate.

Cody, who is acting governor while Jon Corzine is on vacation, spoke with Bob Hennelly of WNYC-FM.

"There's not unanimous support within the Democratic caucus for it," said Codey. "There's members that will not be voting for it. So clearly there would have to be some Republican votes for it to pass the Senate."

Democrats hold a 23 to 17 majority in the senate. They hold a 47 to 33 majority in the assembly, where prospects for the marriage equality bill may be better, according to WNYC-FM.

Advocates hope to see action on the bill in the lame duck session of the legislature between now and January 19, when governor-elect Chris Christie, who has vowed to veto the bill, takes office.

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