Gay Marriage Bill Dies in NJ Senate Measure defeated 20-14; incoming governor promised veto By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Jan 7, 2010 6:31 PM CST 31 comments Comments Supporters of gay marriage react in the gallery of the New Jersey Statehouse as the senate rejected a bill that would have legalized gay marriage. (AP Photo) (Newser) – New Jersey's state senate today defeated a bill to legalize gay marriage, leaving it unlikely the state will have a gay marriage law in the very near future. The bill needed 21 votes to pass, but was defeated 20-14. Gay-rights advocates had pushed hard to get the bill passed before Jan. 19, when Republican Chris Christie becomes governor. Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine promised to sign the bill; Christie has said he would veto it.