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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. But having "one person" veto the will of the elected officials is fine?

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Jan 24, 2012 4:22:37 PM


  2. This is fresh coming from the state that is promoted through a reality thrash called "Jersey Shore".

    Getting pissed drunk on a daily basis, bar fights, being absolutely stupid (and proud about it), flaunting promiscuity (mind you, heterosexual promiscuity) = absolutely fine by them.

    Two men or two women in a committed long-term relationship and want to build their family with the recognition, protection and security from the state = HELL NO!

    THIS IS TRUE AMERICAN VALUES!

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Jan 24, 2012 5:55:07 PM


  3. The NJ legislators should send Christie a bill that puts his marriage up for a vote.

    Just his.

    Posted by: Cassandra | Jan 24, 2012 6:07:02 PM


  4. Tyler
    They do that already its called California. The people in CA vote on every dam thing. Nothing gets done.

    Posted by: George M | Jan 24, 2012 6:19:10 PM


  5. Would NJ use the same vote counters and voting machines used in Iowa?

    Posted by: Dale | Jan 24, 2012 6:43:21 PM


  6. How much would the referendum cost, Gov?
    Dude ain't got balls.

    Posted by: kodiak | Jan 24, 2012 9:45:21 PM


  7. I think we're trying the wrong approach:

    What will convince Christie to be pro-same-sex-marriage is simply to let him know that if there's more weddings in his state, there'll be more wedding cake.

    Result: "Yum yum!" says Christie, already waving a fork, "marriages for everyone!"

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Jan 25, 2012 7:55:45 AM


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