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Chris Christie blasts gay-marriage ruling

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed the Supreme Court decision on DOMA as “wrong” and an example of “judicial supremacy.”

Christie, a former federal prosecutor, made the remarks on his “Ask the Governor” radio show, hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck a crucial section of the Defense of Marriage Act.

“I don’t think the ruling was appropriate,” said Christie, who is running for reelection in a blue state, one in which Democrats have hailed the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage.

“I think it was wrong,” Christie continued, calling it “typical of the problem we see” in New Jersey’s own Supreme Court.

He blasted the U.S. Supremes for substituting “their own judgment for the judgment of a Republican Congress and a Democratic President. In the Republican Congress in the ‘90s and Bill Clinton. I thought that Justice Kennedy’s opinion was, in many respects, incredibly insulting to those people, 340-some members of Congress who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, and Bill Clinton.”

“He basically said that the only reason to pass that bill was to demean people. That’s heck of a thing to say about Bill Clinton and about the Republican Congress back in the ‘90s. And it’s just another example of judicial supremacy, rather than having the government run by the people we actually vote for,” said Christie, who recently appeared with Clinton at a Clinton Global Initiative conference.

Clinton himself has walked away from the signing of DOMA, and in a statement said he was pleased with the court’s ruling.

Christie is polling as a top prospect for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, and a number of evangelical leaders made clear after the SCOTUS ruling that the base of the party will remain opposed to same-sex marriage.

Yet, Christie is running in an overwhelmingly Democratic state, and wooing Democrats has been a huge part of a strategy aimed at driving up his margin of victory, should he win over rival Barbara Buono.

Christie, who already vetoed a gay marriage bill in the past, has said he’d do the same with another one but also has called for a ballot referendum on the issue, and did again on the radio show.

“You’re talking about changing an institution that’s over 2,000 years old. Seems to me that, you know … the Democrats are putting an increase to the minimum wage on the ballot,” Christie said, noting Democratic opposition to a referendum. “That’s important enough to put on the ballot. But gay marriage is not. That’s something the people should decide, but not whether same-sex marriage should happen in New Jersey.”

When the radio host pointed out their argument is that there shouldn’t be a vote on someone’s rights, Christie raised the minimum-wage issue again.

“What I’m saying is that they are both rights,” he said. “I’m not evaluating the depth of the right, but their argument is inconsistent. It’s an inconsistent argument. Listen, Eric, let’s call this for what it is, OK? It’s politics. They don’t want to put it on the ballot.”

He added, “I’ve made it very clear since 2009 that I believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. I’ve said that, I ran on that, I’ve said it consistently. That doesn’t mean, in any way shape or form, that I have anything against folks who are homosexual. In fact, I’ve said I believe people are born that way. I don’t believe it’s a choice…you were born with your sexual preference. But I believe that the institution of marriage for 2,000 years has been between a man and a woman.”

But he added that if it the state’s residents voted for it, he would be obligated to follow the law of the land of New Jersey.

by Anonymousreply 1606/28/2013

This is why the poor fat man will never be President.

by Anonymousreply 106/26/2013

I hope all the Democrats who think Christie isn't that bad are having second thoughts today,.

by Anonymousreply 206/27/2013



Another reason why Chris Christie won't ever be president is because he is in the wrong party during this presidential period. We are in a realigning period favoring the Democrats. And the Republican party's base in the south where they are forced to thread a thin victory to get to 270 in the Electoral College. Christie would not carry New Jersey, which hasn't voted for a Republican since 1988, in a presidential election.

Mr. Christie is reduced to ... entertainment. It's no wonder he wants N.J. to pay an unusual special tribute to Tony Soprano.

by Anonymousreply 306/27/2013

Horrid man.

by Anonymousreply 406/27/2013

Exactly my thought, r2. Just because he plays nicey-nice with President Obama after Sandy doesn't mean that he isn't an unwiped asshole.

by Anonymousreply 506/27/2013

It's official. He's running for POTUS.

Not that Christies doesn't mean what he says here, but still,this isn't dog whistle speak to the Repug primary voters, it's an entire box of milkbone dog biscuits.

Now watch for him to start slamming Obama.

by Anonymousreply 606/27/2013

I hope this serves as a warning to all the gays who say, "Oh, for a republican he's pretty good." He's not. He's a homophobic fat fuck.

by Anonymousreply 706/27/2013

In light of the ruling, I wonder if the push for marraige equailty in NJ will begin anew. Christie's worst fear is that it could pass in NJ during his watch and, as R6 notes, that would render his presidential ambitions moot.

by Anonymousreply 806/27/2013

[quote]I wonder if the push for marraige equailty in NJ will begin anew

Here ya go . . .

"In N.J., gay rights advocates vow new campaign to legalize same-sex marriage"

by Anonymousreply 906/27/2013

He'll never be president because he can't help coming off like a Little League dad with rage issues. People don't like that as much as he seems to think, and a little of it goes a very very very long way once you become high profile. Living in NJ, I can say that more people are ready to be rid of him than he thinks, due largely to how insufferable he is in public. What sort of adult carries on like that? And who wants to watch it day in and day out? Even Republicans are exhausted by it.

He's also doing himself no favors by being so transparent in his pandering over the entire marriage equality issue. He's clearly trying to endear himself to the right wing, while trying to paint himself as trusting in "the people," and no one believes he's doing anything sincere.

by Anonymousreply 1006/27/2013

Apparently, he wasn't asked about or didn't care about the SCOTUS striking down the voting rights act. He should be more concerned about that than about a person's private life.

by Anonymousreply 1106/27/2013

As a New Jerseyan it astounds me that this fat fuck is so popular. He has done so much to hurt NJ (Sandy being the exception). The same people who vote for him-Dems included- are still suffering from his disasterous policies like cancelling the tunnel project, forfeiting Federal education money, holding Federal funds meant to help relieve homeowners and minimum wage.

And yet he will win by a landslide. I guess we deserve what we get.

by Anonymousreply 1206/27/2013

I highly doubt that in his personal life he is homophobic. Like many repubs, he could care less if two gay people married, but must appeal to the phobic repub base. He should just switch parties know he wants to.

by Anonymousreply 1306/27/2013

R12 -- as for former Garden Stater, I think having the multi-million dollar special election a couple of weeks before his own name appears on the ballot will cut into that 30 point margin.

by Anonymousreply 1406/27/2013

He is New Jerseys own Rush Limbaugh

by Anonymousreply 1506/27/2013

I wonder if his wife has to push his fat around to find his peen?

by Anonymousreply 1606/28/2013
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