Perhaps he spoke to soon.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo is backing away from Friday’s comments. In a quick afternoon soundbite, Sarlo said on Friday that at this point the Judiciary Committee does not have the votes to pass the bill.
But today, Chris Eilert from Sarlo’s office tells me that Sarlo may have his own personal view ( he’s against it ) , but is willing to put that aside. Sarlo will “not allow his personal views to interfere with the will of the caucus and its leadership.”
hmmmm. I can only imagine the number of angry calls that took place over the weekend in regards to this issue. One thing seems clear and that is the Dems are on the precipice if not fully engaged already in some kind of internecine warfare on what was once believed to be a less than divisive issue.
Supporters point to an April Quinnipiac poll that shows New Jerseyans support same-sex marriage by a 49-43% margin.
But, elections change things. And a big “L” at the top of the ticket for the party of the left seems to have spooked the ones who want to stake out what they consider to be the middle.
From what I am told all weekend there were head counts. Democrats are now confident they have the support of at least four Republicans in the Senate including Jen Beck, Sean Kean, Kip Bateman and Bill Baroni. Democrats will not apparently bring it up for a vote without that bi-partisan support.
The situation was described to me as “fluid.” Meaning ( I think ) that there will be a long internal debate about whether to proceed with this. Lawmakers who are in favor seem confident that the votes are there for passage.