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O’Malley gets involved in New Jersey governor’s race

Gov. Martin O'MalleyNew Jersey Sen. Barbara Buono, the Democratic nominee for governor in the state, is trying to unseat Republican Gov. Chris Christie in November. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is trying to help.

In an email sent by Buono’s campaign on Monday, O’Malley attacks Christie for vetoing gay marriage legislation last year and asks for campaign contributions to counteract “millions in tea party donations” for Christie.

O’Malley campaigned to ensure voter approval of a Maryland law petitioned to referendum that legalized same-sex marriage.

“I was honored to lead the fight for dignity and equality in Maryland,” O’Malley said. “And today I strongly support Barbara Buono, who can finally defeat Chris Christie and make sure that New Jersey is no longer the ONLY state in the Northeast that doesn’t recognize marriage equality.

“Christie and his right-wing allies are determined to win at all costs, and spend another term denying equality for the people of New Jersey. We can’t let that happen.”

Despite last year’s veto, Christie’s public comments on gay marriage have been nuanced. For instance, he has called for a voter referendum on the issue.