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Chris Christie Calls Obama a Coward on Gay Marriage: VIDEO


On this morning's Morning Joe, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie talked about his veto of marriage equality and compared his position to that of President Obama's, Think Progress LGBT reports.

CapehartAfter the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart points out that Christie wants to put civil rights up for a public vote and Obama doesn't, Christie lashes out at Obama, calling him a coward:

The President is silent on this like he’s silent on every issue that’s difficult for him. [...] Let’s have the President of the United States show some courage, come on this program, look into the camera like I’m looking into the camera, and state his position. He won’t because he wants to have it both ways. I’m not looking to have it both ways, I vetoed the bill. That’s my position. What I’ve offered to the supporters of same-sex marriage is if one of your reasons for why I should have voted signed it was because you’re telling me the majority of the people of New Jersey want it, then prove it. Put it on the ballot and prove it. At least I’m standing up for what I believe in. The President has hidden on this issue, Jonathan, he’s hidden on it….This is the type of cowardice that we don’t want.


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  1. It's so funny watching Christie and Scarborough twist into knots to bash our President.

    Posted by: Jon Lee Hart | Feb 23, 2012 9:05:36 AM

  2. Coward? You mean like being asked point blank about putting up civil rights to a vote and you dodge actually answering the question. F*ck you you fat bastard.

    Posted by: Michael | Feb 23, 2012 9:09:56 AM

  3. I think someone needs to have the courage to address this man's morbid obesity.

    Posted by: Mark | Feb 23, 2012 9:11:38 AM

  4. Obama is a coward and he is not?

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 23, 2012 9:12:26 AM

  5. Go ahead. Hop up and down about it. Make a big fuss. Marriage equality is inevitable in this country. Your legacy will be a sad one. In 20 years no one will care and everything you are saying and doing will still be there for everyone to look back on. Sad and misguided.

    Posted by: AJ | Feb 23, 2012 9:15:00 AM

  6. Pot Belly meets Kettle.

    Posted by: johnny | Feb 23, 2012 9:17:42 AM

  7. As much as I hate to admit it I think Christie is absolutely right on this one. Obama IS trying to have it both ways. He was for it before he was against it even though he really isn't against it. He claims that he believes marriage is only between a man and a woman because, "God is in the mix", but then claims that gays and lesbians deserve full and equal civil rights. I know why he isn't coming out publicly for marriage equality but it's still cowardly.

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Feb 23, 2012 9:29:17 AM

  8. Just how much does this guy weigh? He's extremely obese!

    Posted by: Oliver | Feb 23, 2012 9:35:05 AM

  9. If you take a look at pictures of Bull Connor from the 1960's, you can see exactly the same arrogant, hateful expression on his face as Christie perpetually wears. But what is Bull Connor now? Just the symbol for racism -- a piece of human trash whose image we look at with disgust. Christie will be there soon enough. All of his smug insistence that he is somehow brave or some kind of hero is laughable. His desperate attempts to delay equality will fail and in not too many more years we will all look at his picture and shudder.

    Posted by: kit | Feb 23, 2012 9:35:09 AM

  10. This clip pissed me off! Gov. Sandwiches of NJ is the true coward! This should not be a huge deal. Gov. Sandwiches is on the wrong side. I'm happy my Governor of NY had the courage to sign marriage equality.

    Posted by: theSENATOR | Feb 23, 2012 9:35:44 AM

  11. the bloated mess hides behind "let the people vote on it" and claims he stands up for his convictions. go eat some fries, wall of flesh.

    Posted by: matt | Feb 23, 2012 9:41:08 AM

  12. These are all valid points, folks. However, attacking a man's personal appearance is just juvenile and catty.

    Regarding this Morning Joe program, and its panel: Jonathan Capeheart is a passionate, thoughtful, intellectual. Scarborough is a condescending bigot--or at least he appears to be. As a New Yorker, I am familiar with Mr. Harold Ford Jr.'s run for the Senate; I don't believe we've seen the last of him on the U.S. political stage.

    I'm reluctant to admit, as well, that Tampazeke actually has a valid point: President Obama has been on the fence on this issue. My prediction is that he will "come around" after the midterms.

    Sadly, Chris Christie is only beginning his political career. I only hope his hothead demeanor and his off-the-cuff remarks will limit his ascent. If Romney or Santorum has his way, we might just have this man as a VP potential.

    Posted by: tophu628 | Feb 23, 2012 9:41:31 AM

  13. Thank God that Jonathan Capehart was there. The scene of Harold Ford, Chris Christie, and Joe Scarborough smirking about the inconsequentiality of gay rights was disgusting: a bigot parade. At least, Capehart forthrightly asserted that gay rights are civil rights.

    Posted by: Jay | Feb 23, 2012 9:43:37 AM

  14. God, that's rich. Governor Lard Ass calling Obama coward? That's right up there with Santorum's endless, moronic insinuating the President is a Muslim. These conservative clowns have no shame, scruples or any moral sense whatsoever. Go Obama go!

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 23, 2012 9:45:05 AM

  15. Yes, unfortunately Obama is avoiding this and being a true politician when it comes to marriage equality but you know what? I'd rather he be in office NOT defending DOMA, etc. than some non-"coward" on the other side. Obama will come out in favor of full marriage rights the day after the election.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Feb 23, 2012 9:46:44 AM

  16. It is important to judge a man on his actions rather than his words. Obama ended Don't Ask, Don't Tell, working slowly and methodically, at his own pace , being careful not to upset the generals in the process. It is his style and he used it effectively to push for equality in the military. He is moving in the same manner with DOMA and gay marriage, slow and steady. It is how change occurs in a democratic society, with lots of discussion and thoughtful consideration of the impacts of the change. Christie, on the other hand, blows hot air and vetoes a law that passed the NJ legislature after plenty of debate, and then says it is all Obama's fault. When will Republicans like Fat Boy own up to their own actions? I will take Obama over Christie any day when it comes to gay rights issues.

    Posted by: Brian from Tucson | Feb 23, 2012 9:50:07 AM

  17. I agree that in spoken word that Obama is being a coward. And I'm a strident Obama supporter.

    But two things that make him MUCH MUCH MUCH better than this man.

    A) He has done a whole lot for the rights of gays in this country. Christie has done negative amounts.

    B) Obama knows in a 2nd term he can push this topic with more people in support. He needs a 2nd term to get it done, and in a 2nd term he can do whatever he wants with no electorally repercussions.

    While we don't want to wait, it just makes more sense to wait.

    He's got a plan, and while he make sound like a corward now, he'll be a genius soon enough.

    Posted by: Mark | Feb 23, 2012 9:50:57 AM

  18. Capehart is a vomit-provoking WUSS!

    When Mr. Dead Intern brought up the Birmingham church bombing he should have countered with Mtthew Shepard and that gay black kid in Atlanta who got beaten up by black phobes who videotaped it. Neither were about marriage.

    Just breathing.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 23, 2012 9:53:11 AM

  19. Political cunning is not cowardice

    Going whole-hog on a terrible decision is not bravery.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Feb 23, 2012 9:55:18 AM

  20. I am very much looking forward to Chris Christie's inevitable heart attack. Or choking on a ham sandwich, whichever comes first.

    Posted by: Robert | Feb 23, 2012 9:56:11 AM

  21. So, based on what Joe Scarborough said, he doesn't believe that women and religious minorities should be covered by the civil rights laws because because women and religious minorities were not be attacked by flesh ripping dogs while they were working to gain their rights to be treated equally in civil society.

    That's all that civil rights actually means. Being treated equally in civil society under the law. Civil rights is NOT only rights based on race or rights based on what group has been treated most violently. It is the right of EVERY person to be treated equally in civil society under the law. Even white men have civil rights.

    For Joe to profess that civil rights only apply to those who have been beaten and killed is asinine.

    Posted by: Tim NC | Feb 23, 2012 10:02:07 AM

  22. Obama's tactic is to say as little as possible and step out of the way and let progress happen. That doesn't feel much like strong leadership (yet) but it's far better thanChristie's tactic of actively putting obstacles in the way of equal rights so that he'll get in good with the haters when his political future leads to seeking support in the former slave states (where Christie also seems to think whites should have had the chance to vote down the civil rights of blacks).
    Civil rights are guaranteed to EVERYONE in a decent society and should never be granted or taken away on the whims of popular referendums.

    Posted by: Gregv | Feb 23, 2012 10:04:30 AM

  23. If Christie were my governor, I would make an effort to have him impeached for this outrageous veto. I looked it up, and impeachment in NJ is the same as under the federal constitution: majority of House votes to impeach, and super-majority of Senate convicts. My advice to New Jersey residents would be to explore this option as soon as possible.

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 23, 2012 10:10:35 AM

  24. Please would someone throw fork on the floor and ask Governor Cristie to try to pick it up. Seeing that slob makes Ralph Kramden look delicate.

    Posted by: ggreen | Feb 23, 2012 10:29:25 AM

  25. NJ has civil unions which grant the same rights as marriage at the state level. Christie is not the villain and cannot be impeached (as another commenter suggested) for using his power of veto. Christie is not trying to get rid of civil unions and take away gay rights any more than Obama is trying to expand gay rights on a federal level.

    Nothing can truly be done until Obama makes gay marriage a part of his agenda. Don't hold your breath. He is a weak politician who "leads from behind" on most issues. That is not leadership at all.

    Posted by: Scott | Feb 23, 2012 10:36:49 AM

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