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NJ Congressional Delegation (Including the First Republicans in the Nation) Makes 'It Gets Better' Video


Several members of New Jersey's congressional delegation — seven Democrats and three Republicans — appear in a new video for the "It Gets Better" project.

Senators Frank Lautenberg, Robert Menendez, and Representatives Rush Holt, Bill Pascrell, Albio Sires, Donald Payne, Steve Rothman participated, along with Republican Representatives Leonard Lance, Frank LoBiondo, and Jon Runyan.

These are the first — the first — congressional Republicans in the country to appear in an 'It Gets Better' video, which is quite sad in the big picture. It's about time.


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  1. Wow, I'm sure gay teens will jump for joy knowing the New Jersey delegation is on their side.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Oct 25, 2011 8:34:34 PM

  2. Wow, they still make these?

    Posted by: Jason (the commenter) | Oct 25, 2011 8:38:07 PM

  3. All 3 Republicans in this video have anti-gay voting records. I appreciate the effort, but they're actually in a position to help make it better and they refuse. It doesn't take much courage to appear in a video telling gay kids not to kill themselves. I'm a fan of these videos, but I am not a fan of political opportunism, which is exactly what these anti-gay Republicans are practicing.

    Posted by: Mark | Oct 25, 2011 8:39:46 PM

  4. Just an FYI -- the title is poorly worded and quite misleading. They are not the first Republicans to make an IGB video. They are the first Republican Members of Congress to do so. Huge difference.

    That said, it's still kind of sad.

    Posted by: Graham | Oct 25, 2011 9:21:18 PM

  5. Andy,why are praising them? They're all bloody liars,exploiting the suffering of others for their own.

    Posted by: J | Oct 25, 2011 10:19:42 PM

  6. I'm glad Payne is my rep... he's consistently progressive.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Oct 25, 2011 10:57:35 PM

  7. Proud to be from NJ!

    Posted by: Mike C | Oct 25, 2011 11:32:32 PM

  8. LoBiondo and Lance both voted against repealing DADT. An extremely unpopular policy that was obviously going out. How dare they make a video like this.

    Posted by: Tyler | Oct 25, 2011 11:38:31 PM

  9. Good for them

    Posted by: Reality | Oct 25, 2011 11:43:14 PM

  10. Remember when Dan excoriated White House staffers for daring to make an "IGB" video in light of President Obama not being on board with full marriage equality?

    Anyway, it's surprising any Republicans made these videos considering their party's official stance can be summarized as, "It gets worse. Go die."

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Oct 26, 2011 12:25:19 AM

  11. Just another example of hypocrisy by politicians..this is nothing but grandstanding because the republicans fall on side of bigotry and discrimination..when it comes down to it, their actions speak louder than their words. The only message, especially by the republicans that appear in this video, sends is that of that I may tell you it gets better, but I am not going to do anything to make it better.

    Posted by: Nathan | Oct 26, 2011 2:45:31 AM

  12. only 1 rep voted for nj marriage equality, and it wasn't ANY of these assholes.

    nj reps keep us gay njers second class citizens, including ubercatholic (unlike privately catholic ny governor cuomo) governor christie

    Posted by: h | Oct 26, 2011 3:45:25 AM

  13. Hmm, interesting. Just last week, here in Canada, the first Conservative MPs participated in such a video, though with distinctly lower production standards and conviction levels. Wonder what's going on...

    Posted by: VSo | Oct 26, 2011 7:42:34 AM

  14. This is a step in the right direction. As more Republicans step out and do this, the party will begin to move forward. It takes courage to step out alone.

    Posted by: Jim | Oct 26, 2011 8:56:41 AM

  15. So shallow Republicans are joining shallow Democrats in exploiting LGBT youth for face time on YouTube, and we're supposed to be impressed? There's some gullible folks up in here for damn sure.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Oct 26, 2011 12:11:34 PM

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