Newark Mayor Blasts Christie Over Gay Marriage Vote (VIDEO)


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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Annmari Lundin
Annmari L5 years ago

A politician that know the Constitution?
A politician that rejects a public vote on civil rights?
A politician that stands strong for the people that elected him?
If I hadn't seen the video I would have thought it was a fairy tale!
Mayor Booker, you will go far!

James S.
james S5 years ago

To the responses in regards to Christie's bear hunt - yes, there hasn't been an attack in 160 years (and, after all, this "issue" is caused by human overpopulation); however, that didn't stop hunters from posing and smiling with dead bears, with their smiling kids in the pictures, the young kids who are allowed to kill innocent beings for the thrill! Here's a sample from the Q and A - " Q) Can I shoot a cub?
A) Yes, any sex or size black bear is legal to shoot" - Mothers were intentionally snuffed out, cubs either killed or left with no parents, protesters being arrested for simply being in public space... from start to finish, it's an incredibly barbaric, inhumane hunt, allowed by lies and bloodlust. A man who gives this the go-ahead is certainly lacking in compassion, empathy and common sense - of course he would try to shoot down the notion of innocent people, harming nobody, having their right to love and marry who they choose to love and marry.

Patrick F.
Patrick f5 years ago

People(if you can call them that) like Christie are just arrogant. They want to be able to stifle anything and anyone who is not like them. This is a conservative or Republican norm.

Sheryl H.
Sheryl Heffernan5 years ago

Thank you, Mayor Booker.

Tony C.
Tony C5 years ago

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation, children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anybody else. Common sense would dictate that if children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help not tease or bully others. It should not matter if a child comes from a FAMILY of a mother and father, 2 mothers or 2 fathers as long as they are loved.
Sex Education should be taught from LGBT, Contraceptives, Masturbation and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier and earlier. Children should be taught the joys and the consequences of having sex ( Pregnancy,STD, AIDS ) But you say when will this be taught. Cut out Geography or History early on then put it back in and remove Geometry and Algebra. They can learn this in college if need be. I believe this is a solution. Nipping it in the Bud so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principals where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. If children grow up with these principals I believe business and government would benefit greatly. Within a few generations this world would be a much better place to live in.

Catherine Turley
Catherine Turley5 years ago

booker is flat out phenomenal. that's why zuckerberg gave him 100 million for his charter schools project. booker raised money for an animal shelter in honor of patrick the dog. and, most impressively, he lived in a run down housing complex in order to better understand the problems surrounding poverty.

Debbie Brady
Debbie Brady5 years ago

Andrew C. Please!
I love your sentiment, but your cut and paste rhetoric is getting old. Is it too much to ask that you write something original for a change.

Kathryn Pierce
Kathryn Pierce5 years ago

What part of "equal protection under the law" don't these people understand? If certain civil rights are bestowed upon two people by the government when they "marry", then that option should be open to all consenting adults, regardless of race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. And it should be the same procedure to gain those rights, not a bunch of extra expense and extra hoops to jump through. If the conservatives want to keep gay people from marrying, keep marriage in the church and do away with the perks granted to married couples by the government. That should be an open-and-shut case. Think how those oh-so-righteous people would howl if, say, the government gave privileges to everyone except Catholics. In this country, if you want certain privileges, everyone gets those same privileges. Or should.

Suzy D.
Reverend Suzy D5 years ago

What gives politicians the right to pontificate over the private life of citizens? They should take a good look in the mirror then work on their own intolerance.

Lynn C.
Lynn C5 years ago

What's new in politics - er - never mind, I don't guess I want to know.