New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Vetoes Gay Marriage Bill


Gov. Chris Christie has followed through on his promise to reject a bill allowing same-sex marriage in New Jersey by quickly vetoing the measure Friday.


“I am adhering to what I’ve said since this bill was first introduced — an issue of this magnitude and importance, which requires a constitutional amendment, should be left to the people of New Jersey to decide,” Christie said in a statement. “I continue to encourage the Legislature to trust the people of New Jersey and seek their input by allowing our citizens to vote on a question that represents a profoundly significant societal change. This is the only path to amend our State Constitution and the best way to resolve the issue of same-sex marriage in our state.”

Just another craven and disingenuous politician whose name is going to be infamous in just a few short decades for his pandering to bigots today. No one in the future will believe his attempt to be cute and make this about democratic principles when it’s about basic civil rights.

And let no one get away with calling this weasel a “straight talker” ever again, please.

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  • Alverant

    So does this mean if Jersey approves of equal marriage that Christie will accept it and quit trying to halt social progress?

    • Daniel Fincke

      Probably. I don’t think he really cares. I think this is just to keep him in the Tea Party’s good graces so that he has a shot at the Presidency in 2016.

    • jamessweet

      I agree with Daniel. Christie doesn’t care, he’s just toeing the “let the people decide” line. Sure, there are True Believers who will flip out when “the people” inevitably start voting in favor of marriage equality, but a lot of Republicans will say, “Thank fucking God!” and just quietly drop the issue.

      Make no mistake, marriage equality is becoming a serious albatross for the GOP. Young voters, even staunch conservatives, are overwhelmingly in favor of it (a couple of my cousins are Republican through-and-through, total “fuck the poor” types, but are rabidly in favor of marriage equality.. because they are under 35). And yet there is a hardcore of the Republican base that will refuse to vote for anyone who doesn’t fight marriage equality with every weapon in their arsenal. As long as this issue is up for grabs, Republican candidates are increasingly going to have to choose between a rock and hard place.

      Folks like Christie would like nothing more than for this entire debate to just vanish. A popular vote in favor of marriage equality gives him that out.

  • Stacy

    an issue of this magnitude and importance, which requires a constitutional amendment, should be left to the people of New Jersey to decide,” Christie said in a statement

    The rights of a minority should be left to majority vote. Riiight.

    A cowardly weasel indeed.

  • peterh

    Whence ariseth the assumption “an issue of this magnitude and importance, which requires a constitutional amendment…”? And is not the NJ legislature, at least nominally, already voicing the will of the people of NJ?

  • Ted H.

    Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.

    –Falsely attributed to Thomas Jefferson

    Measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.

    –James Madison, Federalist #10.

    The Constitution was framed to avoid the exact thing Governor Christie (and others) is suggesting.

  • Ace of Sevens

    Has he ever thought this about any other issue?

    • We Are Ing

      No he is very very happy to use bully tactics and strong arm to get his agenda through.

  • R Johnston

    New Jersey Democrats should attach an amendment permanently dissolving the marriage of Chris Christie and forbidding him to ever marry again to every piece of legislation until marriage equality is the law in New Jersey.