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Chris Christie Drops Gay Marriage Appeal in New Jersey

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tells a story about Ilene St. John Monday, July 29, 2013, in Morristown, N.J., at a ceremony naming the Morris County clerk of the board's office after St. John. St. John was the clerk when Christie was a Morris County Freeholder. Later Monday, the democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, labor leader Milly Silva, said Christie's associations with conservative politicians is "cause for alarm." The Christie campaign says Silva is unqualified to be governor. Credit: AP

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Christie has dropped his appeal to legalized same-sex marriages in New Jersey.

In an email, the governor's office said it submitted a formal withdrawal to the state Supreme Court Monday morning.

Gay couples began exchanging vows shortly after midnight Monday.

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