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NJ Spotlight: Democrats Make Marriage Equality Their No. 1 Priority

Christie calls for public referendum. Sweeney: 'We don't put civil rights on the ballot.'

The Democrats drew a clear line Tuesday when they released the Senate version of the marriage equality bill (S1), honoring a promise to make the issue their first priority.

Gov. Chris Christie, in a political counterpunch, stole some of the Democrat's thunder by arguing he believed the issue should be decided by public referendum.

He also reiterated his pledge to veto the Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act if it crosses his desk.

Christie's latest action, as well as proposals to cut the income tax and to raise the minimum wage, show that the focus among politicians in Trenton has moved to the 2013 gubernatorial election and either strengthening or weakening Christie as he begins the second half of his term.

“Everyone is now looking ahead to 2013,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “This really is a game of chicken, where each side is daring the other to take the first step.”

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