(PHILLY) — Legalizing same-sex marriage is the first priority for legislative leaders in Trenton this session, which they made clear by numbering the bill “1″ in both the Assembly and the Senate.

A majority of New Jersey residents support gay marriage, but residents are far more concerned about the sluggish economy and unemployment, polls show.

So why is the Democratic-led Legislature pushing the issue now, when Republican Gov. Christie has said he opposes same-sex marriage and could veto the bill?

Some say it’s a political ploy to try to trip up Christie while he’s basking in the national limelight as a prominent campaigner for presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Others say Democrats are waving the gay-marriage flag to draw campaign cash and enthuse supporters for 2012.

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