A Republican lawmaker said Thursday he has submitted a proposal for a ballot question that would ask New Jersey voters to approve gay marriage in November.
Assembly Democrats met privately for 90 minutes primarily on gay marriage before Speaker Sheila Oliver announced the vote on Feb. 16.
Christie apologized to anyone offended by his comment that people in the civil rights struggle would have been happier to have the matter settled by public vote rather than by dying in the streets.
New Jersey Democrats have identified legalizing gay marriage as their top priority for the legislative session that starts Tuesday. It failed to pass when it was voted on two years ago.
The debate over gay marriage in New York has inspired at least one New Jersey lawmaker to try again in the Garden State with similar legislation.