Civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, is heading to the Garden State to champion marriage equality, reports.


Lewis will stand alongside U.S. Rep. Rush Holt Jr., D-New Jersey, and New Jersey Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver during a Monday press conference.

He’ll take on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s claim that all civil rights could have been gained by popular vote. Lewis was a Freedom Rider and student activist during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

New Jersey Democratic state lawmakers, who control the legislature, believe gay marriage is a civil right.