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NJ Governor Chris Christie on Gay Marriage: 'Put it on the Ballot' — VIDEO

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NJ Governor Chris Christie, who last year vetoed a marriage equality bill passed in both houses of the NJ legislature, reiterated his position on same-sex marriage in an interview that aired on CBS' Sunday Morning this morning:

Right now, Christie's fighting for re-election in November. He's ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono by more than 30 points, and has a 66-percent approval rating -- even though polls find most New Jerseyans disapprove of Christie's handling of some key issues, like same-sex marriage.

"You do not believe in same-sex marriage?" Smith asked.

"I do not," Christie said. "But what I will tell you is that I understand that good people of good will have a difference of opinion on this. And so my view on it is, put it on the ballot. Let the people decide."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

The interview may have been recorded before a ruling issued Friday by Judge Mary Jacobson declaring that New Jersey's ban on same-sex marriage violates the state's constitution. Jacobson ordered the state to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples by October 21. Christie said he would appeal that ruling.

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  1. Once an a%%hole, always an a%%hole.

    Posted by: rroberts | Sep 29, 2013 11:33:30 AM


  2. How about we put his diet on the ballot and let him starve?

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 29, 2013 11:36:07 AM


  3. Indeed put it on the ballot with whether or not lard ass bigots have the right to be treated equally. How else can we possibly know.

    Bye bye Mr. Crisco.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 29, 2013 11:40:02 AM


  4. He is a bully and a hypocrite. The duly elected representative of New Jersey voted to make civil marriage equality the law. He vetoed their decision. After the Supreme Court ruling he used the old 'one judge made this decision' and claimed it was not democratic. Yet he doesn't see the irony that one governor overruled the will of the majority of his legislature. What a bigot.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Sep 29, 2013 11:44:16 AM


  5. This fat f*ck really annoys the crap out of me. Civil rights are NOT suppose to be put up for a vote.

    Wow, he's such scum.

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 29, 2013 11:59:22 AM


  6. My governor is such a friggin pr*ck, a**hole isn't a strong enough term.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Sep 29, 2013 12:03:19 PM


  7. Freedom for slaves!?! Put it on the ballot.

    Women want the vote!?! Put it on the ballot.

    Child labor laws!?! Put it on the ballot.

    Etc., etc., etc.

    Sorry, but there ARE somethings that the voting public are just too damn STUPID to be allowed to vote on!

    Posted by: guest | Sep 29, 2013 12:05:57 PM


  8. Hey, CrissCross,

    “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.”
    ― James Bovard, Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty

    Posted by: jleo71 | Sep 29, 2013 12:15:23 PM


  9. People don't get to vote on my rights.

    Posted by: Miguel R. | Sep 29, 2013 12:19:18 PM


  10. So much for leadership.

    Posted by: John Freeman | Sep 29, 2013 12:24:17 PM


  11. Fat Phuk

    Posted by: Stephen | Sep 29, 2013 12:40:06 PM


  12. If Chris Christie hates gays so much, why would he want to governor of liberal, eastern state in the first place? Is he addicted to power as much as he is addicted to food?

    Posted by: Kev C | Sep 29, 2013 12:43:31 PM


  13. He also vetoed a bill banning gestation crates for pigs that passed the NJ state Assembly with a vote of 60-5 and the state Senate 29-4 earlier this year.

    Posted by: Fern | Sep 29, 2013 12:52:50 PM


  14. Christie's vetoes -
    • pig gestation crate
    • Same sex marriage
    • Radioactive fracking waste ban
    • Assault riffle ban
    • The Good Samaritan bill (which he finally signed as a result of public pressure)
    • Equal pay legislation
    • Hike in the minimum wage
    • Many others

    Posted by: Fern | Sep 29, 2013 12:54:18 PM


  15. Christie is not suggesting people vote on other people's civil rights because he thinks it is the right thing to do, instead he said this because it lets him dodge responsibility - in some people's view - for interfering with the rights of a minority.

    It is simply the politically expedient thing for him, if he cared about justice he would not be a Republican.

    He has chosen to be the enemy of gay people, so be it.

    Posted by: Stephen Rider | Sep 29, 2013 1:06:16 PM


  16. Christie's handlers are fools for not seeing marriage equality as a great starting issue to do himself, the GOP and the country a ton of good.

    He started with putting marriage equality up for a public vote when polling showed that it would not pass. Now that the public favors marriage equality he still asks for a vote so that he can claim to the fundamentalists that he fought it as long as he could. It's XX Century politics where he thinks a Republican with national aspirations has to pander to the hard core fundamentalists on social issues.

    Good political advisers would show him otherwise. In XXI Century politics the majority of people favor equality and the numbers grow with every poll. Millennials favor marriage equality over 3 to 1, moderate Republicans favor marriage equality, Independents favor marriage equality 2 to 1. That small core base of fundamentalists that have strangled the GOP for decades is dying off and shrinking. Fear of Tea Party backlash is ridiculous. Their appeal is in small isolated segments of the country. Where are they going to go? They're powerless as a block by themselves and have the voice they do now only because the GOP continued to cater to them even as their demands became more outlandish. The GOP is now at implosion status due to that catering. If the GOP is to survive they have to stand up to their Party fanatics. Christie could use backing marriage equality to emerge as the nationally recognized Republican with appeal to moderate Republicans and fiscally conservative Independents with a voice strong enough to say 'enough is enough' to Koch and the TPers.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Sep 29, 2013 1:13:14 PM


  17. BS. As Stephen Rider says, his "position" is purely political and is designed to let him coast through and, when marriage equality comes to NJ, say, I tried my best, not my fault! CUs are a violation of the NJ Supreme Court decision in a post-DOMA world and he knows it. A people's vote on civil rights would be not only offensive but a huge waste of $.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 29, 2013 1:31:45 PM


  18. I wonder what his Lesbian Sister thinks of her Brother... That said, he is pandering all the way to the White House. The GOP told him to drop the weight (Belly Band) The Gop guides him along so he can roll himself over to the White House... Looks like the Bully himself is being bullied. I really dislike this character not only for who he is but for the way he represents my State. I will go to the polls and I will vote against him, not a fan of Buono but just to push this Phat Phuck out will make me sleep easier at night

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 29, 2013 1:37:24 PM


  19. Did his marriage go on a ballot?

    Posted by: deke | Sep 29, 2013 1:46:01 PM


  20. Nasty anti-gay prick, send him to Russia where he can whore his fat ass to Putin!!!

    Posted by: litper | Sep 29, 2013 1:56:42 PM


  21. Put his marriage on the ballot at the same time.

    Posted by: SeattleMike | Sep 29, 2013 2:02:50 PM


  22. What's most disgusting about Chris Christie is that I don't think he truly cares. He's just making himself more palatable to the Tea Baggers so they'll vote for him.

    Whatever happened to personal convictions instead of political convenience?

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 29, 2013 2:05:32 PM


  23. At this point if we don't win in the courts I'd be inclined to agree with him. Yeah he's looking for political cover but I care more about expanding marriage equality than getting bogged down over that. He's clearly going to win reelection and the votes are not there for an override of his veto, so if lawsuits fail put it on the ballot. I'd prefer not to but I'm also a realist and confident that we can win. The more states like NJ that enact marriage equality the closer that day comes when folks in red states like mine will see the same. I'd rather win on this than lose on principle.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Sep 29, 2013 2:31:39 PM


  24. Sure, Chris. While we're at it, let's also put it on the ballot that obese, bovine, slovenly, gluttonous white men cannot run for public office.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 29, 2013 2:34:21 PM


  25. You have to love hypocrites that want things they don't like to be voted upon, but you know they would scream to high heaven if you put it up to a vote whether straight people should be allowed to marry. Life is not a popularity contest; what people should be allowed to do shouldn't be decided by mob rule.

    Posted by: Garst | Sep 29, 2013 2:34:57 PM


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