Christie calls for referendum on gay marriage in New Jersey

If successful, the referendum would amend the state Constitution and trump the current civil unions law. He urged all Republicans in the Legislature to put the matter to voters, but promised to veto the measure if it came to him in the form of a bill.

“I think this is not an issue that should rest solely in my hands, or the hands of the Senate President or the Speaker or the other 118 members of the Legislature,” he said. “Let’s let the people of New Jersey decide what is right for the state.”…

In reaction to Christie’s bombshell, State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), a sponsor of the bill, said same-sex marriage is “a right that’s guaranteed by the Constitution. It’s up to us to implement it as legislators.”