Christie non-committal on equality bill

Timothy Kincaid

January 16th, 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been presumed to be opposed to the marriage bill being proposed by Democrats. In fact, I suspect that it is the presumption of his veto that is a selling point to some hesitating votes who might see a Christie veto as a win-win; they get to vote for it but it doesn’t really happen.

But the Star-Ledger is reporting that Christie is being non-committal about a veto.

When forced to make a decision, if forced to make a decision on it, I’ll make a decision.

This is an interesting response. It may well be a positioning in which the Governor can ask for specific religious exemptions or other provisions and thereby make the Democrats be the “difficult” ones. Or it may reflect his recognition of the popularity of equality in his state. And no little part of the equation is whether Christie will be considered as a Vice President nominee choice.

But whatever the motivation, when a Republican governor indicates the possibility of signing a marriage bill (or letting it become law without signature), you know that it’s a very different world than it was just a decade ago.

Lucrece

January 16th, 2012

The “forced” phrasing really tries to portray the measure as unnecessary.

He said marriage will not happen under his administration, so I’d be surprised if he goes back on his words given his well-groomed image of the principled, straight talk politician.

TampaZeke

January 16th, 2012

Sorry, I missed the “indication”. I think this is another case of wishful thinking and, going out of one’s way to read something into a statement that was never intended nor inferred.

Timothy Kincaid

January 16th, 2012

Yup, me and the Star Tribune and Democratic Underground and The Christian Post and the Advocate and Politicker NJ are all making a mountain out of a molehill.

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