New York and New Jersey have a rivalry as fierce as that between Oklahoma and Texas. But next week, New Jersey may be the winner in the area of civil rights leaving New York far behind.

Despite the recent defeat of marriage equality in Maine and New York, the New Jersey legislature may vote on upgrading from civil unions to marriage as early as next week.

But the Turnpike State is under a deadline. Current Gov. Jon Corzine was defeated for re-election in November. Corzine supports marriage equality.

The new Republican governor, Chris Christie, said he will veto any marriage equality bill. So any bill must pass and be signed before the end of the year. If not, the law would have to pass with a super-majority over a veto or wait four years until the next administration.

The Newark Star-Ledger reports that a Senate committee will consider the bill on Monday and the full Senate will vote on Thursday.

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