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Rachel Maddow Blasts Christie's Planned Veto of Marriage Equality: VIDEO


Rachel Maddow slammed NJ Governor Chris Christie's "mind-blowingly bad argument" for putting civil rights up for a vote on last night's show.

"Whatever Christie meant to say about civil rights, what he has decided to do today in New Jersey is to veto a civil rights bill passed by the legislature, and put it up for a majority vote instead. Rights be damned."


In related news, Christie has the bill: "Assembly spokesman Tom Hester says the bill was delivered to Christie’s office by the Assembly clerk’s office Friday morning..."

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  1. Come on Krispy. Show the world that the GOP's Golden Boy is just another right wing bigot.

    One more nail in your coffin.

    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Feb 17, 2012 11:33:21 AM

  2. The follwoing question needs to be posed to Mr. Christie
    "So Mr. Christie, in a hypothetical world where there was no violence during the quest for racial equality in this country such that a referendum would have been possible in the southern states and the majority of voters in those states had voted to deny equal rights to Americans of African descent you would have been okay with that result and that result would have been the law of the land that you would uphold ?"
    would love to see a reporter pose that question to him, he would, of course, refuse to answer.

    Posted by: NwYrkr | Feb 17, 2012 11:44:54 AM

  3. Maybe we should put a millionaire's tax to a referendum. Since the republicans are so into letting the majority decide what's right for a minority, it should be right in their wheelhouse.

    Posted by: MT | Feb 17, 2012 11:51:00 AM

  4. Sounds like a plan, MT!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 17, 2012 11:58:41 AM

  5. But see this piece by GStateEquality CEO: Who has known CHRISTIE a long time! CHRISTIE is doing this just because he is running in 2016 and want/needs SouthCarolina's hate vote!

    'Frankly, I don’t think Chris Christie has an anti-gay bone in his body, however much I cannot say the same about his impending veto.  His veto will be a brutally anti-gay act, pure and simple.
    He won’t veto the bill because he’s anti-gay.  He’ll veto the bill because the 2016 South Carolina Republican Presidential primary electorate is anti-gay.  And if I get flooded with letters now from Charleston, so be it.

    Posted by: LOrion | Feb 17, 2012 12:49:59 PM

  6. watch out boyz and gurlz. This man is attempting to ride piggyback to the white house on our miserable backs. Get your braces out cause he aint no light load to carry anywhere. The arschloch wants to have his cake and eat it too. By vetoeing the bill hes a conservative and by allowing a referendum on gay marriage he showing hes a moderate. Me thinks hes simply an opportunist, and a bad one at that.

    Posted by: stevenelliot | Feb 17, 2012 1:48:07 PM

  7. Am I the only person who finds Maddow intellectually impressive but incredibly hard to watch? Her voice and demeanor bug the crap out of me. And I'm a condescending know-it-all myself.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 17, 2012 1:58:42 PM

  8. Maybe you just don't like lesbians.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 17, 2012 2:01:24 PM

  9. Yep, it IS just YOU, Paul R...

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Feb 17, 2012 2:15:16 PM

  10. Gotta say...I love her !!! Smart, witty and kind of gal.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Feb 17, 2012 2:37:37 PM

  11. It's time to trounce on the gays again...because the GOP needs to galvanize all the uneducated around the bigotry pole to drink the lemonade and get their votes. Pathetic and it just makes you want to pour out your love for America in this year 2012. Human rights...equality...??...where ? Did I miss it as it went fleeting by us ? My God, do we have to eventually threaten to become peacefully very disruptive? Perhaps, as it has appeared, and still appears(even violently) in civil rights struggles around the world. Is radical action against oppression ever justified?

    Posted by: Frank | Feb 17, 2012 3:39:20 PM

  12. Majority vote: polluters must pay to clean up their own spills. (slam dunk)

    Majority vote: corporations and multi-millionaires have the right to be taxed at 95%, and half that money used to buy a new car, ice cream and cookies for everyone . (Slam dunk)

    Majority vote: Large interstate religious organizations have the right to pay taxes, just like any other organization. (Slam dunk)

    Majority vote: To deserve respect for your religious freedoms, you must respect the religious freedoms of others. (totally wouldn't pass).

    Posted by: Jexer | Feb 17, 2012 3:51:53 PM

  13. Chris Christie is the most revolting politician in the US today. Even more so than Santorum, because Christie actually has power.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 17, 2012 3:52:28 PM

  14. So the right wing don't want an active judiciary deciding gay rights, they don't want an elected legislature deciding gay rights. Now they want a general vote? Can we put everything up to a vote then and just skip the entire process of governance?

    VOTERS OF NEW JERSEY: Chris Christie is standing in a Dunkin Donuts. Shall the Governor eat 1) a jelly filled donut; 2) a Boston creme donut; 3) a cruller; or 4) none of the above, go next door to White Castle?


    Posted by: Gregoire | Feb 17, 2012 4:00:34 PM

  15. Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to eat for lunch.

    Why is everyone popping off with food metaphors?

    Posted by: patrick lehman | Feb 17, 2012 5:19:13 PM

  16. Deja vu. Last year, the NJ Legislature passed a bill that would have allowed the majority of NJ-born adoptees to obtain their own original birth certificates. Not only did Christie veto that bill (which had been subjected to numerous public hearings), he substituted a bill that had never even come up for a hearing or a vote in any committee.

    Curious that he didn't think THAT issue should be put up for a popular vote.

    Posted by: Romany | Feb 17, 2012 5:23:07 PM

  17. the correct answer to Gregoire's question is. . .5) All of The Above.

    Posted by: laphil | Feb 18, 2012 2:18:49 AM

  18. To Paul R: Rachel Maddow is the ONLY one (Cable news, let alone National news) pointing out the outrageous hypocrisy and often subtle homophobic strategies of the crazy GOP. She is smart, witty and explains the story, by connecting the dots in a way everyone can understand, with truth (using video) and facts (what a concept?). Also, she is usually the only one (of a very few) digging into the stories, every other pundit skips over.

    I applaud her and give Rachel Maddow my FULL support, and in my opinion, you should too!


    Posted by: Mark | Feb 18, 2012 12:44:02 PM

  19. I want to put on the ballot that overweight people may not hold political office, and see if he'd accept the "will of the people" in such an event that it passed.

    Posted by: Mark | Feb 18, 2012 12:54:08 PM

  20. I have a huge crush on Rachel Maddow. We like strong women, right? They remind us of our Moms.

    Posted by: Rob | Feb 19, 2012 10:31:09 AM

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