Legislation that would allow gay couples to marry in New Jersey will not head to the Assembly before the Senate votes on it. In a statement released today, Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts (D-Camden) said an “additional Assembly committee debate is not needed.” “After more than seven hours of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Dec. 7 and continued public debate in the weeks since, we’ve certainly had a chance to hear all sides on marriage equality legislation,” said Roberts. “I’ve advised the Senate sponsors that, if the bill is passed by the Senate, I am prepared to bring the bill directly to the Assembly floor for a vote before the end of this legislative session.”
With just two weeks left until Gov.-elect Chris Christie takes office, time is running out for the state legislature to pass the bill.
The bill must pass both houses before it reaches Gov. Jon Corzine, who says he will sign it. Gov.-elect Chris Christie, who takes office Jan. 19, has said he will not sign the bill. Star Ledger.