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Chris Christie Reacts to Rick Perry's Comparison of Homosexuality to Alcoholism: VIDEO

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In San Francisco on Friday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was asked about Texas Governor Rick Perry's recent remarks comparing homosexuality to alcoholism and whether the GOP and the Republican Governors Association should disavow Perry's comments.

Said Christie, who leads the RGA: "I disagree with them. I don't believe that's an apt analogy and not one that should be made because I think it's wrong. Every governor and public official needs to speak for themselves on these issues. I just spoke for myself."

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Thursday Speed Read: Pennsylvania Gets Equality, New Jersey an Equality Justice

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service

PENNSYLVANIA IS FINAL; NO APPEAL: Corbett

Republican Governor Tom Corbett announced Wednesday that his administration will not appeal a federal district court decision Tuesday that declared the state ban on same-sex couples marrying to be unconstitutional. Corbett had vowed in recent to defend the law, but he issued a statement May 21 saying an appeal would be “extremely unlikely to succeed.” “I continue to maintain the belief that marriage is between one man and one woman,” said Corbett. “My duties as Governor require that I follow the laws as interpreted by the Courts and make a judgment as to the likelihood of a successful appeal….The court has spoken, and I will ensure that my administration follows the provisions of Judge Jones’ order with respect for all parties.” And with that, Pennsylvania, the sixth most populous state, becomes the 19th state plus the District of Columbia with marriage equality. The marriage equality states include 44 percent of the nation’s population.

PasqualePENNSYLVANIA AUDITOR SPOKE UP:

Even before the release of the court decision declaring Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex couples marrying unconstitutional, the state’s chief fiscal officer urged the governor against an appeal. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued a press release May 8, saying it is “unquestionably unfair” to make same-sex couples pay an estimated $1,600 more per year in state taxes because of the ban. And he said it was unwise for the state to pay as much as $400 an hour in legal fees to defend the ban against several lawsuits while the Pennsylvania budget is facing a $1 billion shortfall.

WolfCORBETT COMPETITOR URGED NO APPEAL, TOO:

Democratic businessman Tom Wolf urged Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett not to appeal the federal district court decision that the state ban on same-sex couples marrying is unconstitutional. Wolf, who won Tuesday’s Democratic primary with 58 percent of the vote, said he agrees with the court’s decision.

Cbs_christieNJ’S CHRISTIE REAPPOINTS CHIEF JUSTICE:

Lambda Legal and other legal groups had expressed concerns in recent months that New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie might decline to reappoint the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. Rabner wrote a critical opinion supporting the declaration that the state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying to be unconstitutional. But on Wednesday, Christie announced that he will reappoint Rabner to the position and that, despite his disagreement with Rabner on some decisions, “my respect for him has never been diminished.”

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Lambda Legal Concerned Chris Christie May Retaliate Against Pro-Equality Supreme Court Justice: VIDEO

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Lambda Legal has launched a campaign with citizens groups and unions over concern Chris Christie will play politics with the New Jersey Supreme Court and refuse to reappoint Chief Justice Rabner.

Writes Lambda in a press release: Rabner

In 2010, Gov. Christie became the first New Jersey governor since the ratification of the New Jersey constitution in 1947 to not reappoint a sitting Supreme Court justice. Many reacted with shock when he chose to end the service of Justice John Wallace, a respected jurist and the New Jersey Supreme Court's only African-American justice. In 2012, the governor declined to reappoint another sitting Supreme Court member, Justice Helen Hoens. There are currently two vacancies on the seven-member Court; if Justice Rabner is not reappointed, the state's highest court will have three vacancies and only four justices.

Lambda Legal and other advocates for fair courts are concerned that Gov. Christie will once again play politics with the Court, this time regarding the reappointment of Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, author of an October 2013 decision in Garden State Equality v. Dow that was instrumental in providing the freedom for same-sex couples to marry in the state. Gov. Christie roundly criticized the ruling.

The campaign to protect the courts includes a video, online petition and other activities to engage residents of New Jersey to speak out about protecting the courts from improper political influence. Organizations joining Lambda Legal in the petition effort include: CWA New Jersey, New Jersey Citizen Action, Latino Action Network, and Blue Jersey.

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Joy Behar Roasts Chris Christie - 'You're Toast': VIDEO

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Video has emerged of the April 1 roast of former New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne attended by Chris Christie, in which many of the speakers uncomfortably rattled the governor over the Bridgegate scandal. Among them was Joy Behar, who stuck the knives in.

New Yorker writer Ryan Lizza described the roast:

Joy Behar, the former co-host of “The View,” was even more pointed. “When I first heard that he was accused of blocking off three lanes on the bridge, I said, ‘What the hell is he doing, standing in the middle of the bridge?” After another barb, Christie interrupted her. “This is a Byrne roast,” he said. He stood up and tried to grab her notes. The audience laughed awkwardly. “Stop bullying me,” Behar said as he sat down. Christie said something out of earshot and Behar responded, “Why don’t you get up here at the microphone instead of being such a coward?” Christie stood up again and moved in front of the lectern as Behar retreated.  “At least I don’t get paid for this,” he said.

Christie sat down and Behar continued, though she was noticeably rattled. “I really don’t know about the Presidency,” she said. “Let me put it to you this way, in a way that you’d appreciate: You’re toast.”

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NJ Governor Chris Christie Booed at Super Bowl Event in NYC: VIDEO

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NJ Governor Chris Christie was booed today at a Super Bowl event in Times Square.

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Meanwhile, Christie attacked the New York Times and David Wildstein after an article published yesterday said "evidence exists" that Christie knew of the bridge closings while they were happening.

Christie sent out an email to allies and friends, titled "5 Things You Should Know About The Bombshell That's Not A Bombshell" which BI has published in full.

"A media firestorm was set off by sloppy reporting from the New York Times and their suggestion that there was actually "evidence" when it was a letter alleging that 'evidence exists,'" Christie's office wrote in the email.

The next four points in the email defended Christie and attacked Wildstein. The email dug into Wildstein's background — including a mention of a time when, as a 16-year-old, he sued over a local school board election.

The email also noted that Wildstein has been looking for immunity. His lawyer, Zegas, has said that Wildstein has a "story to tell" if he were granted immunity.

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Port Authority Official: 'Evidence Exists' That Shows Chris Christie Knew About Bridge Closings

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"Evidence exists" that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was not, despite his claims otherwise, oblivious to the retaliatory lane closures on the George Washington bridge last summer that have now become known as "BridgeGate", former Port Authority official David Wildstein claims in a letter released today by his lawyer.

The NYT reports:

In a letter released by his lawyer, the former official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference” three weeks ago.

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