Leaders are paid to lead, period. What Governor Christie is doing is simply dodging an issue in order to appeal to socially conservative voters during an election season.
NJ Governor Christie vetoes same-sex marriage law
Leadership is needed in this issue; as noted above, if the Voting Rights Act of 1965 had been put to a vote, how many people in, say, Alabama would have voted for it? Would it have passed in any state?
Telling a minority that they can only enjoy the same rights a the majority only if the majority first approves of it is wrong, period.