Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie debates Democratic challenger Barbara Buono at Montclair University in Montclair, N.J., on Tuesday. Christie's decision not to fight gay marriage in the state takes away an issue Buono had been campaigning hard on. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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The hands of Beth Asaro, left, and Joanne Schailey after they exchanged vows to become the first same-sex couple married in Lambertville, N.J., early Monday. Rich Schultz/AP hide caption

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gives a press conference on Hurricane Sandy in Old Bridge, N.J., on Monday. Marcus DiPaola/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greets Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Des Moines, Iowa, on Dec. 30, 2011. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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