DENVILLE - (AP) Gov. Chris Christie says he's being"magnanimous" in his offer to help Democrats get a gay marriagereferendum on the ballot by guaranteeing enough Republican votesfor the proposed constitutional amendment.

Speaking before a friendly crowd in his home county of MorrisThursday, Christie was asked whether he would stick to his promiseto veto a gay marriage bill if it comes to his desk. He said hewould.

In a mocking tone, Christie asked how much more "magnanimous"could he be than offering the referendum. The governor says recentpolls show a majority of New Jerseyans support gay marriage andvoter turnout in November should be large because of thepresidential election.

The governor's comments in Denville come as Democrats consider abill to legalize gay marriage.