Now that the same sex marriage bill in New Jersey has been vetoed by the governor, what happens next? Governor Chris Christie made good on his promise before the weekend and vetoed the same sex marriage bill presented by lawmakers. Christie says a same sex marriage bill should be voted on by residents statewide. Now Christie says he would be open to exploring a strengthening of the civil union laws in the state instead. He says gay couples currently have all the rights and benefits of married couples through civil unions. His veto means the state legislature has to revisit the issue again.