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Christie Says He'll Take 'Swift Action' to Veto NJ Marriage Equality, Calls Attempt to Pass It 'Theater': VIDEO

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie assured reporters that the legislature would not have the votes to override a promised veto of the marriage equality bill which the Senate passed yesterday and the House is expected to pass on Thursday, Think Progress LGBT reports.

Said Christie: "They’re gonna be nowhere near the votes to override in either chamber. And so hopefully we can move on from this issue. If they pass it on Thursday and send it to my desk, believe me I will take very swift action on the bill and then we can move on to the things the people of New Jersey say are most important to them, which is creating jobs, lowering taxes and continuing the New Jersey comeback and not the last month that we spent, which really is an act of theater on their part because they know it’s not going to happen."

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  1. All the Republicans have is political theatre, how dare the Democrats put on their own. Oh that's right, this isn't theatre it is representative democracy. And this won't be the last time Democrats will vote for equality. Or the last time republicans will fight against equality. NJ, vote the bums out in November, and get your veto proof majority!

    Posted by: Rod | Feb 14, 2012 6:50:23 PM


  2. Don't they still have 45 days after he veto's the bill to try and get a 2/3 majority vote to override it? Could that still be an option if he pisses enough senators off with his "posturing" and bigotry?

    Posted by: RonTEX | Feb 14, 2012 6:50:46 PM


  3. Damn. I really hoped he would see the writing on the wall. But he seems determine to ignore the majority of the duly elected representatives of his state. Using the argument that there is more important state business is specious - multiple issues and bills are before the legislatures every day.

    It looks like two things will have to happen in NJ: a referendum on civil marriage equality (which polls indicate will pass); and a referendum on whether Christie is governor of NJ or just a very large d-bag.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Feb 14, 2012 6:52:27 PM


  4. Oh, go back to your trough you pig.

    Posted by: ggreen | Feb 14, 2012 6:53:38 PM


  5. Does anyone know the status of the case before their Supreme Court? It was ruled that the legislature must come up with an alternative to marriage that was, for all intents and purposes, exactly like marriage - but for teh gheys. Several years later, a few state agencies filed suit because that never materialized, and it's working its way back up to their Supreme Court. Where is the process at right now?

    Posted by: Zlick | Feb 14, 2012 6:55:42 PM


  6. Well, this NJ clown will never be President, that's for sure. He has just stuffed his chances up his ass.

    Posted by: Abel | Feb 14, 2012 6:59:49 PM


  7. Wow, your system of government is really like a monarchy......a real monarchy where the king has power to overrule legislation.
    Incredible.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 14, 2012 7:00:53 PM


  8. What a small person taking up such a large body.

    Posted by: vanndean | Feb 14, 2012 7:04:13 PM


  9. So human rights isn't a big enough issue? What a coward. He will go down in history as one of the bigots as did the people who wanted to keep slavery as did the nazi soldiers that were just doing the bidding of their leader.

    Posted by: zeddy | Feb 14, 2012 7:08:19 PM


  10. So people wanting to enter into a marriage, build a life together and live like everyone else are theater. But Bachmann, Santorum, Caine, Gingrich, Romney and Christie are not theater. Interesting

    Posted by: phil | Feb 14, 2012 7:11:19 PM


  11. Go have a cheeseburger with a side tub of mac and cheese (you know- a snack for you) -you insufferable, arrogant bigot.

    Posted by: nick | Feb 14, 2012 7:15:47 PM


  12. What an ass.
    He should go back to Libya. (see next story for details)

    Posted by: KevinVT | Feb 14, 2012 7:16:01 PM


  13. PIG

    Posted by: David C. | Feb 14, 2012 7:16:11 PM


  14. I guess he don't think love is a strong enuf reason for two people to marry.

    Posted by: kodiak | Feb 14, 2012 7:17:13 PM


  15. Maybe we'll get lucky and his heart will give out before he has a chance to veto it.

    Posted by: Rob | Feb 14, 2012 7:18:19 PM


  16. The Machiavellian view is that fatso's act is meant to piss off enough centrist Republicans (they still exist in small numbers in NJ) to do the override. This would have the neat result of getting fatso off the hook with the national Republican foamers and haters. He can say: Hey I stiffed da gheys, and I'd love to be either on Mormon man's ticket or run in 2016 for the top spot.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Feb 14, 2012 7:21:12 PM


  17. The swine beast hath spoken his piece, but perhaps the Supreme Court will eventually just put all this to rest so we won't be at the mercy of small-minded, big-bodied persons like Mr. Christie.

    Posted by: Drew | Feb 14, 2012 7:27:25 PM


  18. Allowing folks to get married actually creates jobs.

    So...according to his logic, he should not veto it.

    Posted by: pnut | Feb 14, 2012 7:29:16 PM


  19. Gluttony and pious, all rolled up in a NJ attitude. Not a good combination, NJ should be embarrassed.

    Posted by: bayhuntr | Feb 14, 2012 7:37:29 PM


  20. He hasn't seen his own for so long he's forgotten how great it is to share...

    Posted by: fliptrx | Feb 14, 2012 7:47:23 PM


  21. Gov. Christie's policy here is unacceptable and it is tragic that he was elected in the first place.

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 14, 2012 7:48:36 PM


  22. We have until January 2014 to be able to override the veto... and in politics, that is an eternity. Christie is a smart man, which makes this all the more pitiful and disingenuous. He thinks he is going to get a VP slot or maybe be able to use this veto as a credential for a future GOP run. Good luck with that!

    Posted by: MikeH | Feb 14, 2012 7:53:54 PM


  23. Well I was going to ask how he sleeps at night, being such a bigot. Then I realized the obstructive sleep apnea took care of that problem years ago.

    Posted by: Mike | Feb 14, 2012 8:00:29 PM


  24. How pathetic that a law passed by the elected legislators, backed 57-35 in favor by the citizens will be vetoed by a single man to further his political ambissions. Someone mentioned a monarchy.... Sadly here, the emperor has no clothes. What a shameful act by a small minded man.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Feb 14, 2012 8:01:03 PM


  25. Even though I'm as enraged as the rest of you, there's no point in making this personal. Christie is entitled to use his veto and if he does, the political process will continue. I'm not going to let one guy with a very mundane set of bigoted preconceptions ruin my mood for the day. =) Let's keep our heads.

    Posted by: Dan | Feb 14, 2012 8:12:42 PM


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