And this is rich: Christie has suggested appointing an ombudsman to "strengthen" New Jersey’s civil union law.
"I have been just as adamant that same-sex couples in a civil union deserve the very same rights and benefits enjoyed by married couples — as well as the strict enforcement of those rights and benefits,’’ Christie said in a prepared statement. "Discrimination should not be tolerated and any complaint alleging a violation of a citizen’s right should be investigated and, if appropriate, remedied."
Christie continued push his suggestion of the gay marriage issue to a referendum in November to allow New Jersey voters to decide. Republicans fell in line with his recommendation; not a single Republican present on Thursday voted for the gay marriage bill.
A two-thirds vote in each chamber is needed to override the veto. The override would require at least 13 more votes in the Assembly. Three more votes are required in the Senate. Legislators can attempt a veto override as many times as necessary until January 2014.
Six states currently mandate marriage equality—Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York—as does the District of Columbia. On Monday, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire signed legislation to make Washington the seventh state. That legislation is expected is to head to the ballot in a voter referendum.