New Jersey Assemblyman Reed Gusciora believes gay marriage advocates lack a strategy to legalize gay marriage in the state.

Gusciora has taken heat in recent days for proposing legislation to let voters decide the issue.

Local and national gay groups, along with Democratic leaders in the state, have rejected the approach, saying rights should never be put up for a popular vote.

In vetoing a marriage bill in February, Republican Governor Chris Christie called on lawmakers to go directly to the people. Gusciora rejected the suggested then, but he told The Star-Ledger that last month's election results in support of marriage equality changed his mind on winning such rights at the ballot box.

In an appearance on Michelangelo Signorile's SiriusXM radio program, Gusciora, who is openly gay, defended his approach and accused his critics of playing politics.

β€œThere is no strategy,” he said. β€œThe Human Rights [Campaign], the national groups, they need to talk to other gays in the state instead of one person, who everyone seems to talk about [Steve Goldstein, executive director of Garden State Equality]. They're not even talking to legislators. It's short-sighted not to talk to openly gay legislators in the state. I don't think [Goldstein] needs to criticize anyone with a contrarian opinion. We should do all of the above: We should post it for an override, which has little chance. We should continue with efforts in the courts. We should think about reintroducing it in the Legislature. We should do all of the above, including a ballot measure.”