New Jersey State Senator Jennifer Beck will co-sponsor a gay marriage bill when it is introduced, The Auditor, a The Star-Ledger blog on New Jersey politics, reported.

The Monmouth Republican previously voted against recognizing gay and lesbian couples with marriage.

“She said she would vote to override if the governor vetoes,” Senator Raymond Lesniak told the paper. Democrats Lesniak and Senator Loretta Weinberg are the chief sponsors of the bill in the Senate.

Coincidentally, Beck's new district includes a sizeable gay population.

A 2010 effort to approve the legislation fizzled in the Senate. Governor Chris Christie has since threatened to veto a gay marriage bill, if approved by lawmakers.

In June, state Rep. Reed Gusciora, the New Jersey Legislature's only openly gay member, introduced a gay marriage bill. He has since called on Assembly leaders to take action on the bill during the upcoming lame-duck session.

Gay marriage activists have returned to court to win the right to marry in New Jersey, where a state Supreme Court decision ushered in civil unions for gay and lesbian couples five years ago.

Lesniak has not said when he will introduce his legislation in the Senate.