New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday pledged he would veto a gay marriage bill being considered by lawmakers, the Star-Ledger reported.

Speaking after a town hall in Bridgewater, Christie called on lawmakers to put the question before voters.

“I think this is not an issue that should rest solely in my hands, or the hands of the Senate president or the speaker or the other 118 members of the Legislature,” he said. “Let's let the people of New Jersey decided what is right for the state.”

Christie said lawmakers should “trust the people,” as he does.

“I think it's the institution of marriage and it's bigger than just a word, it's hundreds of years of tradition both legally and societally and religiously and that's what I stand up in protecting.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on the issue as Christie made his remarks.

The measure's primary sponsor in the Senate, Democratic Senator Raymond Lesniak, reacted to Christie's remarks by saying that marriage equality is “a right that's guaranteed by the Constitution. It's up to us to implement it as legislators.”