The State House is expected to be buzzing again on Thursday when the Assembly Judiciary Committee  meets to consider the Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act, which would legalize gay marriage in New Jersey.

Leading Democrats are continuing their push for marriage equality, despite constant confirmations from Governor Chris Christie that he would veto the bill if it hits his desk.

Christie has said he wants to put the issue on the November ballot, so the public can decide, but Democrats believe civil rights issues should not be up for public vote.

"All evidence shows us that New Jersey's civil union law falls far short in providing true equality," said Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver.

The Senate took up the measure this week, accepting testimony from several folks on both sides of the issue. The bill advanced.

Thursday's committee hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Committee Room 4 of the State House Annex.