New Jersey Democrats are urging the state's Supreme Court to take up the issue of gay marriage before Oct. 21. That’s the date a state judge has ruled same-sex marriages may begin in New Jersey.
Gov. Chris Christie has vowed to appeal the ruling, and wants the issue put on the ballot.
Brigid Callahan Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair State University said the governor is making his political ambitions clear.
“Is that enough to hurt his re-election chances?" she said. "Absolutely not, but I think that for some New Jerseyans, they’ll recognize that the governor at this point is prioritizing those national politics at the cost of state constituencies.”
Legal experts say there is precedent for the state’s Supreme Court to take up the case without an appeal, but that it has only done so on rare occasions.
With the Associated Press