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O’Malley blasts Christie’s veto of same-sex marriage bill in fundraising effort

(Editor's note: Both governors are considered potential presidential candidates in 2016.)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) inserted himself into the New Jersey governor’s race on Monday, knocking Republican incumbent Chris Christie for vetoing legislation last year that would have allowed same-sex marriages in the Garden State.

“Christie vetoed a marriage equality bill last year, denying thousands of New Jerseyans equality,” O’Malley said in a fundraising solicitation on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Barbara Buono. “We have a chance to defeat him and make real progress, but we need you today!”

Christie has pushed instead for a voter referendum on the issue of gay nuptials.

He has been a frequent target for O’Malley, the former chairman of the Democratic Governors Association who is considering a 2016 presidential bid. In speeches to Democratic audiences around the country, O’Malley has often held Christie up as an example of Republican governors pursuing misguided policies on a range of issues.

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