Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark who has worked closely with Governor Chris Christie on a variety of issues, has openly blasted the governor for his suggestion that gay marriage should be put to a public vote.
Booker, speaking during a City Hall news conference last week, was asked his opinion on putting marriage equality to a referendum. In an impassioned reply he said: ”Dear God, we should not put civil rights issues to a popular vote, to be subject to the sentiments and passions of the day. No minority should have their rights subject to the passions and sentiments of the majority.”
Watch the full video below (readers should be aware that around the 3:30 mark there may be a significantly loud moment of feedback):
A swathe of Democrats have criticized Christie’s suggestion of a referendum. You can read more about the intense pressure he has faced here.
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