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NJ: Another attempt to free marriage from Chris/Christie limitation

by Jeremy Hooper

6A00D8341C503453Ef0120A6565F5D970B-1Giving it another go in NJ? The Star-Ledger reports:

TRENTON — With Democrats poised to introduced gay marriage legislation as the first bill of the upcoming legislative session, advocates say the chances of passage have improved since a no-vote two years ago — thanks to changes not only in Trenton, but in Albany, N.Y.

"Steve Sweeney is the change," said State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), who confirmed Democrats would hold a news conference today announcing the bill will be their priority in the two-year session that begins Tuesday. "The Senate President. It’s not just Steve Sweeney the individual. It’s the Senate President who brings along votes with him."

KEEP READING: Advocates of N.J. legalization of gay marriage hope for better outcome with new bill [Star-Ledger]

It is almost a certainty that GOP Gov. Chris Christie will veto a passed bill. The hope is that Christie make it clear that lawmakers -- including GOP lawmakers -- are free to vote their consciences, and therefore possibly override the governor's penstroke.

Or, of course, Christie might be too busy running in the second slot on a GOP presidential candidate's ticket to notice what's going on. Anything's possible, I guess.

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