The New Jersey Legislature convenes for its lame duck session Monday and a gay marriage bill will be on the agenda, says one lawmaker.

State Senator Loretta Weinberg says Senate leaders have assured her the bill will reach the Senate floor for a vote, reported. Weinberg, a Democrat, ran as Governor Corzine's running mate.

Just last week, Senator Paul Sarlo, who chairs the Judiciary Committee overseeing the bill, said he would not bring up the bill unless enough committee members favored passing the bill on to the Senate floor.

“Today, as I stand here, we do not have the votes in the Judiciary Committee,” Sarlo, a Democrat from Wood-Ridge, told reporters.

“Until somebody can demonstrate that we have the votes in the Judiciary Committee, it will not be posted. I'm not going to put people in harm's way where they have to vote 'yes' or 'no' when we don't have the votes to get it out [of the committee],” he added.

Weinberg said Wednesday she had Sarlo's commitment that he'll move the bill.

Gay marriage backers have called on lawmakers to approve the bill before Governor Jon Corzine leaves office in mid-January and is replaced by Republican Chris Christie, a gay marriage opponent who supports a gay marriage ban.

In related news, a Rutgers-Eagleton poll of 903 adults released Wednesday found New Jersey residents narrowly (46% to 42%) support gay marriage. And a majority (52%) said they would accept a gay marriage law if approved by lawmakers.

“If the Legislature passes a bill on gay marriage, results suggest that most New Jersey residents will accept the decision,” said pollster David Redlawsk. “There will be a strong reaction from opponents, but for the most part, opponents actually see this as a less important issue than do supporters.”