One day after defeat of a gay marriage bill in nearby New York, New Jersey says it's ready to debate the issue.

“On Monday in the Judiciary Committee, we're going to vote on marriage equality,” New Jersey state Senator Ray Lesniak told a crowd of over 650 gay marriage supporters who had gathered at the Statehouse Thursday, the Star-Ledger reported.

Lesniak said he believed the measure would be approved by the committee and reach the Senate floor by Thursday, December 10.

“And God be willing, we'll have 21 votes,” he said.

Lawmakers are being pressured to approve a gay marriage bill before Governor-elect Chris Christie, a gay marriage opponent, takes office in mid-January.

But enthusiasm to hold the vote is on the wane after Maine voters “vetoed” a gay marriage law approved by lawmakers in the spring and senators in New York overwhelmingly rejected a similar measure on Wednesday.

The defeat of Governor Jon Corzine is also seen as a referendum on gay marriage. Corzine promised to sign the bill, while Christie supports amending the New Jersey constitution to ban gay marriage.

Canceling the vote, however, would come with dire consequences, supporters warned.

“If Democrats in New Jersey don't lead the way, as they promised, to pass marriage equality in 2009, there could be a mutiny against the New Jersey Democratic Party the likes of which this state has never seen,” Steven Goldstein, CEO of Garden State Equality, the state's largest gay rights advocate, told the AP after Wednesday's gay marriage defeat in New York.