Once upon a time, it seemed all but certain that New Jersey's legislature would legalize gay marriage. But last Thursday, the state senate voted against the measure, 20-14, in a last-ditch effort to pass the law before Gov-elect Chris Christie (R) takes office Jan. 19.
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Now, the effort to enact gay marriage legislatively is dead, at least for the next four years.
So what happened? According to those involved, the effort was dead the second Christie won in November.