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NJ Governor Chris Christie Calls for Voter Referendum on Same-Sex Marriage, Says He Would Veto Bill

As the first hearings on a marriage equality bill were held in the New Jersey Senate today, Governor Chris Christie spoke out about the issue at a town hall, the Star Ledger reports:

ChristieGov Chris Christie called today for a voter referendum on the fall ballot over the issue of legalizing gay marriage.
If successful, the referendum would change the state Constitution. He urged Republicans in the Legislature to put the matter to voters. But if a bill made it to his desk, Christie said he would veto it.

The NY Post adds:

Speaking in Bridgewater, NJ, Christie said that while he personally opposes gay marriage, he thought the correct course of action was for voters to weigh in on the issue via the ballot. "Let's put the question of same sex marriage on the ballot," Christie said. "It shouldn't be decided by 121 people in Trenton."

Christie has hedged recently on recommitting to veto the bill. Guess things haven't changed. Let's hope for a veto-proof majority.

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  1. Repubs get mad because we want to "redefine" marriage; they want to redefine the entire contents of the US Constitution. The people were never meant to vote on such matters.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Jan 24, 2012 1:00:43 PM

  2. "It shouldn't be decided by 121 people in Trenton."


    Posted by: truthiness | Jan 24, 2012 1:02:12 PM

  3. Let's get rid of Congress and just have referendums on EVERYTHING!

    Posted by: Tyler | Jan 24, 2012 1:02:21 PM

  4. Let's put the continued existence of morbidly obese Republicans on the ballot.

    Chris Christie could easily serve a family of five -- with Fava beans and a nice Chianti.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 24, 2012 1:03:06 PM

  5. Let's vote on whether overweight people should marry. (FYI, I'm overweight too.) With a shorter life expectancy, we shouldn't be allow to marry and have kids!

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 24, 2012 1:03:24 PM

  6. Translation: I care so little about gay—nay, human—rights, and have so little respect and faith in the government that I am part of and hope to cling to for years with my doughy sausage fingers, that I want to push this issue further along, and let outside interests pour millions into the state to try and ratchet up the hatred in hopes that it helps my future presidential bid with conservatives.

    Human rights tend to perish when put to a winner takes all popular vote.

    Posted by: Apparatus | Jan 24, 2012 1:04:15 PM

  7. Wonder what the GOProud regulars of this website think about this extremely unsurprising development.

    This is easy for Christie to do. Continue with the right-wing anti-gay playbook, at the same time, he can say he's not homophobic, he just wants to allow the "people" to decide. Typical and expected spinelessness and bigotry.

    Hopefully we see a veto-proof majority that overrides the veto from Chris Christie.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 24, 2012 1:10:31 PM

  8. He's right. It shouldn't be decided by 121 people in Trenton. It should be decided by two people who love each other.

    Posted by: Joe | Jan 24, 2012 1:10:57 PM

  9. Its Jersey's LOSS......right now U can go to NY,get married and come back to NJ- and they HAVE to recognize it.....we married in VT.2 yrs ago....and spent our $2000 vakay budget THERE....they DESERVED it.....screw NJ.....NJ loses out on the revenue...$$$$$

    Posted by: Gay American | Jan 24, 2012 1:12:23 PM

  10. Ah yes, the unnamed fourth branch of government, voter referrendums. I believe they overrule the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches. Not quite sure what the check against them is

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 24, 2012 1:29:09 PM

  11. What is the likelihood that they can pass it with a vetoproof majority?

    Posted by: acorlando | Jan 24, 2012 1:30:45 PM

  12. Republicans care about one thing: STAYING IN POWER. They don't really care about gay marriage. Republicans are just afraid that doing something for the gays that might cause them to lose an election. A referendum allows the decision to be taken out of their hands. It's leadership by cowardice.

    Posted by: Mona | Jan 24, 2012 1:33:26 PM

  13. surprise, another republican enemy. Jersey really needs to get back to having a governor with a (D) after his or her name.

    Posted by: John Simpson | Jan 24, 2012 1:45:59 PM

  14. Let's also vote on civil rights for black people, and see how that goes.

    Why are people's civil rights up for a vote?

    Posted by: Dave in NYC | Jan 24, 2012 1:53:02 PM

  15. Well, there we go. A voter referendum will probably be the end result of all this. I doubt they will get a veto-proof majority. To do that, they need Republicans. And after Christie's speech today, which basically ordered the Republicans to vote for a referendum, no Republican in the legislature will go against him. I wonder if Christie personally called Steven Goldstein today to tell him the news like he did yesterday with the appointment of Bruce Harris.

    Posted by: KP | Jan 24, 2012 1:55:39 PM

  16. He needs to sign the damn thing and get it over with! He's going to be on the wrong side of history. Instead of him being scared of gay marriage, he needs to be scared of his morbid obesity problem!

    Posted by: theSENATOR | Jan 24, 2012 2:13:36 PM

  17. Fine-then let's put interracial marriage on the ballot!!

    Posted by: Jim Stone | Jan 24, 2012 2:22:02 PM

  18. So one of the men he just nominated for the NJ Supreme Court will, by Mr. Christie's actions, be relegated to second class status. I hope, although I doubt it will happen, that Mr. Harris will gracefully decline the nomination until he's an equal citizen of the state.

    Posted by: TC | Jan 24, 2012 2:24:51 PM

  19. The articles posted with this never seemed to directly quote him as saying he'd veto such a bill.

    Posted by: Stefan | Jan 24, 2012 2:26:04 PM

  20. "You can't put a civil rights issue on a ballot and let the people decide. You have to have elected officials to who have courage to make the right decision. If you left it up to the people, we'd have slavery, depending on how you worded it." - Former Minnesota governor and pro wrestler Jesse Ventura, responding to Maine's vote on CNN last night, Nov. 3rd, 2009.

    Posted by: Donald | Jan 24, 2012 2:49:25 PM

  21. But who elected the legislature in the first place? If they can't legislate marriage equality, why do they let them legislate anything? Why don't we put all government decisions up for direct democracy?

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jan 24, 2012 2:50:05 PM

  22. Monday: play the gay card

    Tuesday: shoot em!

    Posted by: BobN | Jan 24, 2012 3:26:49 PM

  23. Fatty Arbuckle is keeping his V.P. options open by this little dance. He names a gay judge to the state high court to prove his "moderation" and as a shield against bigotry charges. He keeps the Bible Belt wing of the wider national GOP party happy by opposing gay marriage. He is a tool of the Koch brothers who he meets with privately at private forums and seminars of ultra-conservatives.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Jan 24, 2012 3:29:33 PM

  24. Contrarian, I fail to see the Koch brothers connection to Christie. For one thing, the Koch brothers support marriage equality surprisingly. Why would they support an opponent?

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Jan 24, 2012 3:40:36 PM

  25. Well well well, somebody's showing his true colors in a big way today.

    I love the it shouldn't be decided by 121 people in Trenton. Who does he think elected those people? Martians? Better to have a bunch of ignorant old voters (the ones who turn up, sadly) with no knowledge of the Constitution vote on civil rights. Since fat people aren't particularly popular in some quarters, he better watch out . . .

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 24, 2012 3:59:26 PM

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