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10/21/2013 09:39 am ET Updated Oct 21, 2013

Chris Christie Administration Withdrawing Appeal Of Gay Marriage Ruling In New Jersey

Gov. Chris Christie's administration is withdrawing its appeal of a judge's recent ruling in favor of gay marriage in New Jersey, according to Bloomberg.

According to Politicker NJ reporter Matthew Arco, Christie's administration said "the governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his administration enforces the law as dictated by the N.J. Supreme Court."

Below, more from the AP:

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. — LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has dropped his appeal to legalized same-sex marriages in New Jersey.

In an email, the governor's office says it submitted a formal withdrawal to the state Supreme Court Monday morning.

Last month, a lower-court judge ruled that New Jersey must recognize gay marriages starting Monday. Gay couples began exchanging vows shortly after midnight.

The Republican governor, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, had been asking the state's top court to overturn that ruling. But he announced Monday he was dropping the appeal.

Christie's administration says he strongly disagrees with the court substituting "its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people." But he says the Supreme Court was clearly going to favor same-sex marriage and that he has a constitutional duty to enforce the law.

This has been updated with more from the AP.

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