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(CNN) - As the Supreme Court prepares to consider two landmark same sex marriage cases, gay rights advocates are targeting New Jersey. Their goal: to override Governor Christie's veto of a bill that would have legalized marriages for same sex couples.
Troy Stevenson, executive director of the gay rights organization Garden State Equality claims they are getting closer to achieving their goal with each passing day.
[2:10] "We need 27 in the Senate and 54 in the Assembly to override... we need 3 more Senators and 12 more Assembly people," said Stevenson.
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney would have to call for a vote to override the governor’s veto. He says fear may be preventing some Republicans from changing their positions.
[4:09] “Honestly, when I say New Jersey’s governor has the strongest powers of any governor in the country I’m not exaggerating. And, you know, he controls a whole lot of things.”
Several polls show that a majority of people in New Jersey favor legalizing same sex marriage. But Garden State Equality’s Troy Stevenson doesn’t want to go the referendum route.