Proving once more that he has little regard for the will of the state he represents, Republican Gov. Chris Christie hastily vetoed New Jersey's passage of same-sex marriage Saturday. His civil rights rejection came days after the state Assembly and Senate passed the measure.
A recent poll shows 52% of his constituents believe same-sex marriage should be legal in New Jersey; 42% say nay.
"It's unfortunate that the governor would let his own personal ideology infringe on the rights of thousands of New Jerseyans," said Reed Gusciora, a sponsor of the bill. "For all those who oppose marriage equality, their lives would have been completely unchanged by this bill, but for same-sex couples, their lives would have been radically transformed. Unfortunately, the governor couldn't see past his own personal ambitions to honor this truth."
Steven Goldstein, chairman of the state's largest gay rights group, Garden State Equality, believes Christie's national political ambitions guided the bigoted action. "He'll veto the bill because the 2016 South Carolina presidential primary electorate is anti-gay."
Another gay marriage supporter, Washington state Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire—who approved gay marriage in the state last week—reached out to Christie, offering to talk about gay marriage because, in her words, "while I am a Governor, I am also a Catholic." Not surprisingly, he has not responded to her letter. *