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Chris Christie's Dance to Keep Up With Gay Marriage


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, ethics, Chris Christie, gay rights, politics, SupremeCourt, news, americans )

Cal
- 533 days ago - news.yahoo.com
When the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last week, no politician found himself with a harder job navigating the gay marriage waters than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.



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lee e. (114)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 4:38 am
I don't care for Christie, but have to admit the Republicans are scared s**tless of each other - god forbid someone arrives with the gonads to make a moral stand (which on occasion he has done) - but not on fundamental issues of human rights and welfare! I hope that they may meet their demise on Constitutional issues - which as a Party they appear to fundamentally oppose!
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 4:50 am

Christie is hired as governor to do the will of the people and be a manager for state business. If the vast majority of residents do want the law changed to reflect their desires for gay marriage inclusion, Christie's job is to make that happen. Americans have forgotten the function of government. We use government to get things done, government is not supposed to dictate to the people.
 

Ingo Schreiner (8)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 4:54 am
ok
 

John B. (122)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 5:09 am
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Matthew Cooper. Well he certainly isn't doing the "Happy Dance" that's for sure. Would love to see him lose his election to Ms. Buono but I doubt it will happen. Read and noted.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 5:16 am

I'm not from New Jersey, but I think what Christie did after Sandy is what each state should expect from any governor charged with the safe keeping of the state. The rest of his record seems dubious at best.
 

Lisa sick Windsor (149)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 5:30 am
I agree with Kit, Christlie should do his job for the people and his actions should not be a reflection of his own desires and beliefs.
 

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 5:39 am
noted, thanks Cal
 

ellen m. (222)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 6:44 am
He'd dance it gangnam style if he thought it would get him into the Whitehouse...he's got his eye on the prize and is only out for himself.
 

Winn Adams (203)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 7:23 am
Thanks - I'm not his biggest fan but for a republican I can almost tolerate him.
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 7:35 am
Yes, well...''voters rule'' might be fine for tax rates, school boards and the like...but when did it become acceptable for voters to decide who gets which civil rights?

Suppose the citizens of New Jersey decide to vote on whether or not blacks and whites can marry? Is that acceptable?

Suppose they want to vote on whether black children can go to public school?

Or even VOTE?

 

David C. (29)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 8:09 am
He'd dance it gangnam style if he thought it would get him into the Whitehouse. Love it Ellen just love it
 

Gene Jacobson (255)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 8:33 am
Well, I take Pam's point, but think that ruling against things that are already granted in law would be malfeasance and could subject his state to federal sanctions at best, there are many things the federal government requires by regulation be enacted into state law under penalty of loss of funding for things like welfare funding or highway funding. So, I don't think the governor could refuse to let eligible voters vote or anything like that and he is elected at the will of the people and should represent them all, not by ideology, but by expressed will. I don't think a poll meets that test, so legislation or constitutional amendment is probably the best route to follow and the least damaging politically, unless he vetoes the law, in which case he may please republicans outside his state but cost himself his next election in New Jersey. So he has a conundrum indeed. I hope he does the right thing, in my opinion, and signs a law crafted under the recent SCOTUS ruling. Even if he personally doesn't like it.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 11:08 am
If you live in NJ, your position on Christie will not necessarily be positive. He lied about FEMA aiding Sandy victims -I know, I'm one of them. His twisted affiliation with Obama is hurting him even more, as they know they were both lying about rebuilding the shore area.
Gay marriager? Well, Obama has been a verbal supporter,without anything to back him up. Christie may have to go the same slithering route if he thinks he should run for Pres.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 1:18 pm
Noted ~ Thank you Cal
 

Birgit W. (152)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 1:44 pm
Noted.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 2:57 pm
Call it what it is ... civil union, committed relationship, NOT MARRIAGE (which it is not)

Equal rights and benefits for ALL couples is fair and just ... think the turn-off point is the word "marriage" ... which it is NOT.

If Christie stands his ground, while the movement gets their opening to put the measure to a vote, both sides are open to taking a hit ... let the chips fall wihere they may, with the larger number of votes.
 

Diana Bair (7)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 3:16 pm
AT TIMES CHRISTIE SEEMS TO CARE ABOUT HIS STATE.....THEN HE SHOWS LIKE OTHER REPUBLICIANS...HE COULD CARE LESS WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT, SOMETIMES ONE OF THIS PARTY SEEMS ALMOST "REDEEMABLE" THEN OPENS MOUTH...INSERTS FOOT, I WILL NEVER VOTE REPUBLICIAN....HOW CAN ANYONE??????????, THEY TELL YOU THEMSELVES WHAT THEY WANT!!!!!!!!!!!.....AND IT IS NOT A PRETTY PICTURE....EXCEPT FOR EXTREME...RICH!!!!!!!!!!!!. DIANA.
 

Suzanne O. (35)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 4:51 pm
I think one thing that is true about Governor Christie is his love for this state. I do believe it is genuine.

I also would like to add that the gay community in New Jersey is being used as a political tool by both parties. Moreso the left to discredit Christie in this case.

It's politics. Gotta know Jersey.


I hope they put it to a vote. I say their marriage does not change mine.
 

Charlie Rush (65)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 5:44 pm
Mr. Christie has bigger and better aspirations on his menu.
He will wear whatever 'hat' is necessary to achieve his objective. Many Republicans in power, today, could really _care less_ about this issue, but they must tote the party line. Of course, they will only tote the party line, if and until, it interferes with their national election goal.
Governor Christie is just another politician.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 6:15 pm

Marriage is marriage, in some states all marriages are a civil union. Allan you said you did not have insurance on your beach house, that is not the fault of the governor nor the president. Buy the flood insurance or pay the price.

 

lee e. (114)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 8:43 pm
Oh Kit - if you go to the marriage issue - then we go to the Constitution and most governors could give a damn about that!
 

David Johnson (15)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 6:02 am
Noted. Thanks Cal.
 

Suzanne O. (35)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 12:45 pm
The last year of the reign of terror of Jon Corzine, there was legislation and a vote on gay marriage in New Jersey. Democrat Governor, Democrat Assembly and Democrat State Senate. It still failed at that time.

There is a lot more to all of this then just Governor Christie, who by the way has said he will veto gay marriage. He said it from the beginning. He has not waivered in that. I do believe he feels genuine when it comes to that.

So our brilliant assembly in order to discredit Governor Christie for doing exactly what he said he would do had this issue as their priority item. Our state had over 9% unemployment, outrageously high property taxes, as well as other areas of taxation, school budgets/union contracts unsustainable for average folk insurance rates that soar and on and on. So our assembly rather than tackle items for the good of all, chose gay marriage knowing it would go no where and that it made Governor Christie a bad guy. Pathetic really.

I don't agree with Governor Christie on this matter and others to some degree but it is what it is in his thinking. I respect that he is genuine and thinking about moving Jersey in a direction where people can afford to live again.

Put it to a vote... It stands a better chance of happening that way. Keep the politics out of it in this case and let the people do what's right.
 

Amy L. (91)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 12:57 pm
People of legal age should be able to marry who ever they want to! The radical right can't decide just when they want to loose this battle either now or later. I'm failing to understand why this is such a battle in the first place!
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (464)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 10:15 am
According to the Newsletter Church & State, July/August 2013, the Newsletter of AU, Americans United [for Separation of Church and State]:

Governor Christie has just allocated MILLIONS IN TAXPAYERS' MONEY to SECTARIAN, RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS for construction projects.
This includes, for one, Princeton Theological Seminary, for "technology upgrades".
It also includes $10.6 MILLION for a RABBINICAL SCHOOL, THAT DOES NOT ADMIT WOMEN.
This is Beth Medrash Govoha. Repeat, this school, supported by a grant of over 10 MIL in public funds, to "build a new library" -
this school DOES NOT ADMIT WOMEN.
Do Women PAY TAXES in New Jersey? but we're STILL SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS??????

So, it's not only the GAYS AND THEIR ALLIES, SUPPORTERS OF GAY MARRIAGE in NJ, that Gov Christie has to worry about. HE DISCRIMINATES AGAINST WOMEN, BLATANTLY, ALSO.
[And against Atheists, and non-Christians, and Christians for separation of Church and State...]

No doubt in my mind, that Gov Christie WANTED TO SECURE THE LARGE ORTHODOX JEWISH VOTE by this move... for a future Presidential run... which he TRIED TO SNEAK IN WITH NO PROPER REVIEW OF SPENDING...
 
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