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Still no gay marriage in NJ, Christie says

Don't get your hopes up, gay rights activists: Today's DOMA decision won't bring gay marriage to New Jersey, Gov. Christie declared tonight. The anti-gay marriage Republican went after the U.S. Supreme Court for its decision on the Defensive of Marriage Act (DOMA) tonight, saying the ruling was "wrong" and "typical" of the kind of high court activism that often happens in the New Jersey Supreme Court. He said the court "substituted its own judgment" for that of elected officials -- Congress and former President BIll Clinton -- who voted for DOMA in 1996. He called out Justice Anthony Kennedy specifically, saying his opinion was “absolutely insulting” to elected leaders. "It’s just another example of judicial supremacy rather than having the government run by the people we vote for," Christie said during his monthly appearance on "Ask The Governor" on 101.5 FM. Despite plans by gay rights advocates to seek gay marriage in New Jersey in light of today's decision, Christie declared that the ruling "has no effect on New Jersey." Last year, Christie vetoed a bill that would have brought gay marriage to the state, saying that Democrats should put the issue on the ballot and let voters decide. He doubled down on that view tonight, saying that changing "an institution that's 2,000 years old" should require voter approval. In November, voters will be able to vote to increase the minimum wage. Democrats put that on the ballot, but they say civil rights like same-sex marriage should not be decided by popular vote. Christie countered that the minimum wage can be viewed as a "rights" issues, too -- for example, raising the minimum wage is about people's "rights" to be paid more. "Their argument is inconsistent," he said. "Let's call this for what it is. It's politics. They don’t want to put it on the ballot." Democrats may also pursue an override of Christie's veto, but they need a few Republican votes. Republican legislators rarely defy Christie, so the host tonight asked Christie if that's an issue. Christie called it a "dumb" and "stupid" question that he wouldn't answer. Meanwhile, Christie's opponent in the November election -- pro-gay marriage Democrat state Sen. Barbara Buono -- will attend a gay rights rally tomorrow morning at the Statehouse.

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